Do you want to work in a leading international humanitarian organization committed to the protection of forcefully displaced people in 40 conflict zones world-wide? Then this position might be for you.
Who are we?
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team has responsibility for carrying forward a comprehensive work plan related to the strategic priorities, particularly through scoping, defining and implementing three strategic projects: a strategic research and evaluation agenda for the organization, and a global approach to monitoring the progress and achievements of the organization with related methodological guidance and information management systems, and a review and revamp of DRC’s approach to participatory programming, with a view to putting beneficiaries as the focus of DRC’s efforts. As such, the MEAL team’s objectives include leading development and implementation of DRC’s global approaches to MEL, acting as a reference point on MEAL practice, as well as providing technical support and capacity building on MEAL-related issues across the organisation. The team is currently comprised of one MEL advisor, one participation and accountability advisor and one programme data management advisor working specifically with IATI.
The Global Advisor and Team Leader – (MEAL) will play the lead role in the above-mentioned MEAL team, based in DRC’s international department in Copenhagen, situated within the broader Programme Division. The Programme Division’s role is to ensure the development of operational and programmatic policies and standards of DRC’s international work, based on the organisation’s principles for quality and accountability, and to support individual DRC operations in meeting both external and internal standards.
This is an exciting time to join the MEAL team at DRC, where the organization is rolling out its 2020 strategy. DRC’s 2020 strategic vision is to become a strong advocate and provider for solutions to forced displacement. In order to support this programme of organizational change, the 5 strategic priorities have been identified: one of these is the ambition to make better and greater use of evidence, so that the organization, by 2020, is able to draw “on a solid evidence base to systematically inform management decision making, programme design and advocacy”. This strategic priority aims to build on and broaden achievements made in advancing monitoring and evaluation policy and practice during the previous strategic period.
About the job
The Global Advisor and Team Leader – MEAL will lead and coordinate the development of the team’s strategy and work plan, as well as coordinate and mentor the technical professional needs of other team members. The global advisor and team leader will play the lead role in developing and implementing the organisation’s research and evaluation agenda and leading the commissioning and management of strategic global evaluations. The position will also act as the organisation’s lead authority on matters relating to MEAL across the organization, supporting colleagues at headquarter and field levels as appropriate.
Key Duties and Responsibilities for the position:
- To lead and coordinate the development of the team’s strategy and work plan, as well as coordinate and mentor the technical professional needs of other team members
- To lead the development of DRC’s evaluation and research agenda in consultation and collaboration with relevant stakeholders (especially platform and other technical leads), using appropriate techniques and internal/external sources to identify strategic needs for evidence and opportunities for use of evidence.
- To contribute to the development and rollout of the organisation’s approach to using theory of change at programme levels, particularly with respect to strategic identification of evidence gaps to guide the focus of evaluative research.
- To identify and develop joint research partnerships and/or funding opportunities in relation to the evaluation and research agenda.
- To lead, facilitate, manage and advise as appropriate on the commissioning, design and implementation of evaluations and/or research projects in relation to the evaluation and research agenda.
- To lead, facilitate, manage, conduct and advise (as appropriate) on the commissioning of real-time evaluations for DRC’s corporate emergency responses.
- To maintain an overview of planned and completed evaluations across the organization and introduce mechanisms and approaches to ensure greater coordination and strategic use of evidence for DRC’s performance and organizational learning.
- To identify and undertake initiatives to promote the use of DRC evaluation findings, evidence and research by relevant internal and external stakeholders.
- To lead and contribute as appropriate to the development of M&E frameworks for DRC projects and programmes which are able to contribute to generation of evidence in support of DRC’s research/evaluation agenda.
- To lead and contribute as appropriate to initiatives, which synthesise and/or analyse monitoring data and sets of thematic evaluations/research to identify trends with a view to supporting decision-making and organizational learning.
- To lead and contribute (as appropriate) to the revision and further development of DRC’s MEL-related policies and standards with a view to enhancing the quality of monitoring and evaluation data and processes – as well as ensuring proper communication, guidance and technical guidance to DRC staff in relation to these.
- To lead and contribute (as appropriate) to the global leadership of DRC’s MEL community of practice, including facilitation of online collaboration tools, organizing and facilitating annual workshops and other knowledge-sharing initiatives relating to MEL practice.
To be successful in this role we expect you to have extensive experience as a monitoring and evaluation specialist in international humanitarian and/or development organisation, and significant demonstrable experience leading and managing evaluations of international assistance projects and/or equivalent experience in managing consultant-led research. All employees should master DRC’s core competencies: Communicating, Taking the lead, Collaborating, Striving for excellence and Demonstrating integrity.
Moreover, we also expect the following:
- Significant demonstrable experience of working on developing and implementing complex monitoring and evaluation frameworks for major institutional donors in the humanitarian and development sectors.
- Significant demonstrable experience in a range of techniques and tools to support the logical design of project and programmes, including use of logframes and theory of change approaches.
- Demonstrable experience of management of thematic evaluation exercises at global level.
- Demonstrable experience of working in complex institutional environments and developing close working relationships remotely and across HQ teams.
- Demonstrable experience with communication and dissemination of research and evaluations.
- Excellent and updated knowledge of innovative concepts, techniques and methodologies used for contemporary design of projects in international aid settings, including logframes and theories of change.
- Strong knowledge and experience in the techniques, concepts, methods and approaches to conduct project/programme evaluations, impact evaluations and real-time evaluations, and theory-based evaluations.
- Strong knowledge in a range of qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques to support monitoring and evaluation.
- Practical knowledge and experience of survey design and corresponding sampling techniques.
- Strong knowledge of quality management standards, including the CHS standard.
- Expertise in the communication, feedback, participation of beneficiaries, and establishment of complaints mechanisms in humanitarian response.
- Knowledge and experience of establishing, developing and maintaining information systems for the storage and analysis of monitoring and survey data.
- Good understanding of knowledge management and organizational learning strategies is considered an advantage.
- Social science master’s degree in development or humanitarian studies, sociology, human geography or similar
- English, fluent spoken and written. Ability to work in French an advantage
- Demonstrable skills with the design and facilitation of trainings and workshops.
- Excellent communication skills for writing and presentation skills.
- Demonstrable abilities in problem solving as well as taking a flexible and innovative approach to working.
- Demonstrable ability to work independently as part of a small team and form working relationships with colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds.
- Highly motivated and hard working with strong attention to detail.
- Able to travel for up to 90 days per year and operate in a physically demanding working environment.
Contract length: Permanent contract
Work place: Copenhagen, Denmark
Start date: ASAP
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the agreement between DRC and the AC organization. This is a national position for which local terms and conditions apply.
Please note that you need to have the right to work in Denmark (through nationality or existing work visa) in order to be considered for this role.
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV in English. Apply online on our page Current Vacancies at www.drc.ngo. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: Friday, 25 January 2019. We expect to conduct interviews during week 5.
Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications sent together with a CV will be considered. Please provide references but do not attach any written recommendations until requested to do so.
For questions regarding the vacancy please contact Peter Klansø at the following: email@example.com.
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.
DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process. Visit drc.ngo to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.
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