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The Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Division have a unique opportunity for a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, to workon a Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Aid Connectfunded project, on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB).
This consortium based project will create a FoRB leadership network involving parliamentarians and belief leaders across eight countries (Bangladesh, The Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda) to address the legislative barriers to FoRB and the social traditions that support societal hostility towards minority groups on account of their religion or belief.
The consortium consists of the following partners: The Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion based at the School of Anthropology (Oxford University), the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (Oslo, Norway), NORFORB (Oslo, Norway), Danish Institute for Human Rights (Copenhagen, Denmark), the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (Accra, Ghana); the programme for Christian Muslim Relations in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya), the Jinnah Institute (Islamabad, Pakistan), the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (Islamabad, Pakistan), the British Council (Dhaka, Bangladesh).
Oxford University is the Tier 1 partner and hold the contract with the FCDO, and will take lead responsibility for the research dimension of the project. The Church of England is the Tier 2 partner and has responsibility for managing the operational delivery of the project with Tier 3 partners across the 8 countries.
As Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, you will work under the guidance and supervision of the Director and Deputy Director of Operations, and Project Director.
You will develop and implement an overall project strategy and framework that will ensure timely information and feedback to consortium partners, and develop systems, forums, protocols, and policies that facilitate communications between consortium partners and other concerned parties.
Liaising with other members of the Consortium, you will plan for and conduct monitoring, evaluation and learning activities and ensure accurate and timely reporting to the FCDO. You will be responsible for leading on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning across the full scope of the project.
To be successful, you will need a proven track record of working in an international grant-funded, not for profit organisation and experience of leadership in the development and implementation of a monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy and/or implementation plan. A high level of IT competence, communication and inter-personal skills including a collaborative approach to resolving issues will also be required.
This role will be part time, working 17.5 hours per week and the salary shown will be prorated for the hours worked. This contract is fixed term, expected to last until September 2023 (subject to review).
Flexible working arrangements will be available but the Project Management team will be based at Church House, Westminster, London SW1P 3AZ and there will be a requirement to attend occasional meetings. Currently employees are working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Interviews will take place via Teams/Zoom on the 2nd December 2020.
In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.
Lead the development of the MEL system and update as necessary throughout the life of the project
Implement appropriate mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and tracking of program activities and results across the project
Select and manage appropriate consultants for evaluations and research, as required for the mid and end of project evaluation, including developing scopes of work, reviewing survey design, conducting quality control of the work, and reviewing final reports
Organise regular collaboration, learning and adaptation events both internally and externally
Provide regular updates on project progress against key metrics to the Project Lead, Director and Deputy Director of Operations, Financial and Administrative Controller and Project Administrator for inclusion in monthly and quarterly reports, work planning and learning events
Demonstrate the highest degree of integrity throughout all activities, and raise any concerns with implementation quality immediately with the Financial and Administrative Controller and Director and Deputy Director of Operations.
Demonstrate a proven track record of working in international grant-funded NGOs
Demonstrable leadership in the development and implementation of an MEL strategy and/or implementation plan for an effort of similar magnitude
Demonstrable ability to develop and conduct robust assessments and evaluation
Experience of developing theories of change, log frames, indicators and outcome/impact measurement
Experience of working as part of a consortium with a range of partners
Experience in using value for money and full-cost recovery concepts
Experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
Experience of writing and presenting reports and briefings
Experience of designing MEL systems and tools
Skills, abilities and knowledge
Knowledge of current good practice in MEL methodologies
High level of IT competence, including Excel, PowerPoint, Zoom, Teams, and web-based tools e.g. Survey monkey
Fluency in written and spoken English
Ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation to senior colleagues on the interpretation and application of monitoring and evaluation data and findings
Inter-personal skills, including a collaborative approach to resolving issues
Self-motivation, high level of initiative and sense of responsibility
Commitment to the continuous improvement in the quality of FoRBLN’s work
Good understanding of and commitment to gender and cultural sensitivity
Willingness to service own work
Willingness to work out of office hours occasionally when necessary
Ability to travel occasionally during the year to carry out evaluations or other work responsibilities
Ability to independently and proactively work as a team member with minimum day-to-day oversight.
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