Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Officer

Plan International

Kwekwe, Zimbabwe

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Monitoring and Evaluation

Reporting to the Sexual Reproductive Health Rights MERL Specialist, provides support on MERL activities in line with the MERL policy and standards. The position also supports generation of quality evidence for the Adolescent Girls & Young Women Project (AGYW) progress, performance and results consistently.


Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E):

  • Assist development and regular updates of the AGYW Project M&E frameworks for projects in line with MERL standards.
  • Support effective utilisation of M & E systems for data collection, storage, analysis, reporting, data aggregation at different levels including use of data for reflective learning and feedback for the AGYW Project.
  • Plan and facilitate data quality assurance, including frequent data auditing and data spot checks for the AGYW project.
  • Support the development of the AGYW project M & E tools and promote their effective application in tracking project progress.
  • Support the development and implementation of feedback and accountability mechanisms the project.
  • Facilitate data collection, verification, compilation, analysis and interpretation of the project data for decision-making.
  • Project data entry into the project database for easy access and utilization by project staff.

Evaluation and Research:

  • Assist in the planning, design and coordination of the project base, mid and endline surveys, including reviewing consultant Terms of Reference, supporting quality implementation of the sampling methodology and data collection.
  • Review the AGYW project evaluation and research reports and give recommendations for improvement.
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of the AGYW project evaluation/research findings to donors, partners, key stakeholders and communities and their utilization in learning activities.

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Facilitate the generation, storage and utilization of project information among project staff and key stakeholders.
  • Support generation and complication of the AGYW project reports in line with donor guidelines.
  • Support documentation of the AGYW project program and influencing work through various channels to demonstrate program effectiveness.
  • Support building for and partners on basic MERL in line with donor requirements and Plan` s MERL approach.
  • Manage SAP to ensure consistency and integrity of the AGYW project data for reporting and decision making.

Adherence to Plan policies, including:

  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding of Children & Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility.

Qualifications and Experience: 

  • A degree in Development Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics and Operations Research, Strategic Planning or related studies.
  • A post graduate degree in research and or monitoring and evaluation will be an added advantage.
  • Participatory, gender-sensitive and inclusive MERL approaches and methodologies with adults and children
  • Data management, quality control and validation processes and requirements
  • Programmatic results frameworks and the distinctions between results at different levels (impact, outcome, output) and different dimensions of change in development and humanitarian settings.
  • Feedback and complaint mechanisms and methodologies
  • M&E of social norms and influencing
  • Appropriate statistical analysis methodologies and systems
  • 3- 5 years relevant working experience.