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Project Overview and Role
- About the Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) Program
- The Pathways program is a six-year education program that is supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of the Philippines and implemented through the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) of the newly installed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The program's key outcomes are to reduce disparity and improve participation and education performance of boys and girls, particularly those experiencing disadvantage within the BARMM, and to support sustainable positive engagement and collaboration of key actors and stakeholders in providing and supporting conflict sensitive quality basic education services.
- Pathways' core program relates largely to K to 3 education and the key challenges that are associated with its delivery. Recently, however, Pathways supported broader transition issues that are crucial to the life and political survival of K to 3 programs.
- The program's base of operations is in Cotabato City and covers five provinces of BARMM.
About the position
The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer will contribute to the development and implementation of Pathways MEARL Framework, which is aligned with MBHTE's monitoring and evaluation systems. The M&E Officer will work under the direction of the MEAL Manager and closely with other team members. The M&E Officer will also contribute to creating opportunities for learning and sharing knowledge about the progress of Pathways program.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
1. Provide support in ensuring that the MEARL System will:
- Capture both quantitative and qualitative information in measuring progress and attainment of outcomes (results) and provide information for the assessment, review and reporting of program performance;
- Capture qualitative and quantitative information in assessing the improvement/change in institutional performance and the effectiveness and efficiency of strategies to do so;
- Capture qualitative and quantitative information in assessing the current political and economy context;
- Capture qualitative and quantitative information in assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of strategies to ensure gender, disability and social inclusion issues are addressed by the program;
- Align with and contribute to the development of the DepEd-CO and MBHTE internal monitoring and evaluation systems, and
- Present appropriate and timely information and reports that meet different stakeholder needs. This includes the need for tight feedback loops to inform decision-making.
- Assist in the implementation and periodic review of the MEARL Framework of Pathways program;
- In collaboration with education counterparts and working groups at regional, division and school cluster level, contribute to the development and implementation of processes to monitor progress of activities and
- gather information and insights to be used to assess the potential for replication, scale-up and sustainability;
- Provide inputs to and support the MEARL Adviser and MEARL Lead for the design and implementation of an internal Quality Assurance system to ensure the quality of technical work undertaken;
- Assist the MEARL Lead and MEARL Adviser during the Strategic Monitoring Team missions;
- Provide technical support for the monitoring and evaluation of activities being implemented under the Responsive Innovation Fund;
- Contribute to fortnightly management dashboard, quarterly and annual progress reports;
- In collaboration with the Data Management team, maintain and update a database of all Pathways and MBHTE information and data sets; and
- Other duties as may reasonably be required by the MEARL Lead and Team Leader.
Below are the qualifications and experience of the M&E Officer:
- Qualifications in social science, development management, mathematics, statistics, or related field is desirable;
- Extensive experience in data processing, management, development of M&E framework, information analysis, and report writing;
- Familiarity with DFAT M&E requirements and work experience in Mindanao are desirable;
- Strong analytical, qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation skills;
- Demonstrated experience in evaluation design, management, interpretation and reporting;
- Strong, proven writing and reporting skills including expertise in the presentation and interpretation of data;
- Ability to work collaboratively with counterparts to achieve outstanding results;
- Excellent written and verbal communication, liaison, and interpersonal skills;
- Fluency in English (written and spoken); and
- In-depth understanding of the education sector in Philippines is desirable.