Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Regional Specialist (West Africa)

Closes: Jan 30, 2018
Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Regional Specialist-West Africa

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The Institutional Learning Team
The Institutional Learning Team (ILT) was set up in 2002 with the aim of supporting SFCG as a learning organization by enhancing the effectiveness of SFCG’s programming through a commitment to excellence in programing, monitoring and evaluation, and through continuous learning institutionally and within related fields. Today, the team is composed of a mix of DME Specialists and Associates supporting country and regional teams, as well as project managers and coordinators led by the team’s senior manager to engage with partners on DME innovation and thought leadership in the field of M&E in peacebuilding.

We are searching for…

A Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) Africa Specialist, who is responsible for providing leadership and technical support on design, monitoring and evaluation to our six West Africa country programs (Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea). The DM&E West Africa Specialist will also work within a regional structure to improve program and DM&E quality. S/he will directly report to the Director of DM&E and work closely with the West Africa Regional Team and the other four regional or program DM&E Specialists. This position is based out of SFCG’s West Africa Regional Office, based in Dakar, Senegal. There is also possibility to be based in one of our other program country offices upon discussion.

Your contribution
The roles and responsibilities include:
Country-Level Responsibilities
Support quality, conflict sensitive, innovative and effective DME process across the West Africa region, and specifically to six West Africa country offices.
Provide ongoing high-level technical support in proposal development, monitoring, reflective practice, evaluation and learning to Country Programs.
Support DM&E Coordinators and staff in implementing SFCG M&E standards around project planning meetings, baseline studies, data collection tools, monitoring missions and evaluations.
Provide support in creation of new data collection methodologies and strategies to evaluate peacebuilding.
Enable country programs to utilize evaluation findings and communicate results effectively.
Strengthen programmatic capacities and cultivate DME talent within SFCG, specifically West Africa.
Supporting recruitment and management (if needed) of external consultants for specific projects.
Conduct internal evaluations when appropriate based on SFCG Evaluation Guidelines and Policies.

Regional-Level Responsibilities
Supervise remotely an ILT DME Associate based in Burundi.
Work as a team with the DME West Africa Specialist to influence SFCG’s Africa’s DME Policies and Strategy.
Liaising with the Regional Program Manager and Regional Director to align regional priorities.
Facilitate the creation of evidence-based decision-making processes, including research on key topics.

Organization-wide Responsibilities
Working closely with the Director of DME to set priorities and review quality of the work undertaken.
Contributing to developing organization-wide DM&E tools, systems, and processes.
Actively participate in the platform and create important literature on M&E of peacebuilding.
Facilitates cross-organizational learning, which includes providing information, guidelines, lessons learned, and user-friendly learning tools on DM&E on the Institutional Learning Team Intranet website.
Participate in program quality initiatives led by the Vice President of Programs.
Attend DM&E events, conferences, and meetings to keep up to date and maintain relationships.
Be directly engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its staff, through the sharing of experience and knowledge, particularly contributing to its Institutional Learning efforts.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.


As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties. Key priorities include:
Support to DM&E Coordinators and staff in implementing SFCG M&E standards.
Support key country program priority evaluations to utilize evaluation findings and communicate results effectively.
Liaise with the Regional Programme Managers and Regional Director to align priorities from the beginning of your time in the position.

You are…
You meet the following qualifications:
Minimum of three to five (5) years of work experience in design, monitoring and evaluation methodologies.
At least one year of field-based data collection and analysis experience.
Multi-country and cross-cultural experience related to program or DM&E implementation.
Collaborative working style that enables coaching and training in M&E principles and best-practices.
Demonstrated capacity to coordinate evaluations, including experience developing evaluation terms of reference and recruiting and managing consultants.
Extensive knowledge and application of proposal design principles.
Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, Pivot Tables, Access, as well as web browsers.
Excellent English writing skills and proficiency in French.
Spoken fluency in English and French.
Ability to travel for extended periods of time within West Africa (up to 30%).

Knowledge of participatory methods, mixed-methods, outcome mapping and/or impact evaluation techniques.
Experience working internationally and specifically in conflict/fragile state environments.
Knowledge of data analysis software (e.g. STATA, SPSS).

Personal Characteristics
High standards of integrity, professionalism, and impartiality.
Demonstrated skills in working collaboratively and effectively across cultures.
Ability to multi-task, be self-motivated, and be organized but flexible.
Sense of humor and grace under pressure.
Able to work independently and effectively in a team environment.

Please note: Qualified local, national, and international persons are encouraged to apply. We prefer that the position be based out of one of our West Africa country program offices, but this could be negotiated so long as SFCG operates in that country.

Sound good? To apply, interested candidates should:
Send a cover letter and current resume to our employment website here.
Include the following in your cover letter
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We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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