Mercy Corps Education program ‘Advancing the Future of Iraq’s Displaced Youth’ (AFIDY II) is a two-year program that operates within pockets of vulnerability in Baghdad, Diyala, Salah Al-Din, and Kirkuk governorates. The program aims to enable IDP, returnee and vulnerable host community out-of-school youth to re-enter education through the Ministry of Education programs. This is achieved through direct assistance offered to out-of-school youth and an Advocacy and Media campaigns designed to improve access to education.
The main objectives of the program are:
- Objective 1: Increased ability of displaced, returnee & vulnerable host community youth, especially girls and young women, to enroll in education.
- Objective 2: Community and local, provincial, and national government take action to improve access to education.
- Objective 3: Improved quality and increased accessibility of supplemental education programs to support access to education.
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) officer will support the Program with technical oversight and direction of all monitoring and evaluation activities of the program. S/he will develop and implement an efficient and effective MEL system focused on data collection and reporting to measure implementation and impact of program activities in north Iraq. The MEL officer will work closely with Sr. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning and coordinate with national, provincial and local authorities, partners, and community leaders in North for activities related with MEL. He/she will based in Sulymania, with frequent travels to other provinces as required, in particular, Diyala and Kirkuk provinces.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Work closely with Sr. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning to establish a monitoring and evaluation system that engages program participants, in accordance with existing Mercy Corps DM&E guidelines.
- Support the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data that supports effective program management.
- Evaluate progress against goals, benchmarks and indicators, and revise them as necessary.
- Oversee the database including data input and tracking on regular basis in North.
- Support the program team to identify lessons on an ongoing basis and adapt activities accordingly.
- Document lessons learned and best practices for dissemination within Mercy Corps, to donors, and to other agencies and interested parties.
- Support program learning through participating in MEL events which help the program team to identify program strengths and weaknesses.
- Support pre and post-tests, needs assessments, surveys, focus groups, and evaluation or verification as well as other studies at program levels, using standard Mercy Corps assessment tools and assisting in developing new tools.
- Tracking the data collected during monitoring and evaluation activities in North.
- Conduct regular field visits to meet beneficiaries, track and report on lessons learned, prepare success stories and coordinate with project officers to capture data correctly and efficiently.
- Work closely with Deputy Education Program Manager in filing and archiving documentations in both soft and hard copies in North.
- Responsible for program close-out and checking final program evaluation documents in North.
- Responsible for translation of MEL related or other program documents as needed.
- Provide ongoing monitoring of program activities implemented by local CSOs, communities or other implementing partners in North.
- Ensure compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and regulations throughout the course of program implementation
Accountability: Accountable to position description, MC HR Manual, ICRC Code of Conduct
Organizational learning: As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
Reports directly to: AFIDY II Sr. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning officer.
Works directly with: AFIDY II Program team, and MEL department.
Supervisory responsibility: Filed Monitors
External contacts: National, provincial and local authorities, Directorates of Education, NGOs, and community leaders.
Knowledge and experience:
- Between 2-4 years of work experience in Monitoring , Evaluation and Learining with international and/or local NGOs or other relevant organizations.
- Experience working on humanitarian issues in vulnerable communities is preferred.
- Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods.
- Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s preferred.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required.
- Strong analytical, multi-tasking, and organizational and prioritization skills are necessary.
- Demonstrated attention to details, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members is required.
- Commitment to working with vulnerable groups regardless of race, religion or gender.
- Excellent communication skills are required, including writing and reporting skills.
- Highly developed computer skills and strong familiarity with Microsoft Office are mandatory.
- Candidate must be willing to travel and work in difficult conditions.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles, follow procedures, and meet deadlines.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills (email communications, regular updates and internal and external reports).
- Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving.
- Proven ability to learn quickly, take initiative, and be accountable for results.
- Ability to understand the larger picture while remaining focused on the details.
- Ability to work with diverse groups of people, diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid work and security environment.
- Conscientious, with an excellent sense of judgment.
- Understanding of the long-term implications of development work.
Qualifications and experiences:
Successful candidates should meet the education and experience requirements in the position descriptions for the vacant positions and should have a strong and demonstrated knowledge of safety and security management, good written and spoken English, computer Skills and local languages.
S/he must be self- motivated, creative, tolerant, and able to work in difficult, stressful environments and follow procedures. S/he must respect diversity and gender equality at the workplace.
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability and transparency to its beneficiaries and to International standards guiding relief and development work.
How To Apply
Interested candidates should submit their CVs, references and application letter to the email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org , you should mentioned Title position in subject of Email, Submission should include a copy of Iraqi national ID card and education certificates .
Mercy Corps will review CV’s and applications on a rolling basis (i.e., as applications are submitted).
Potential candidates for the post will be contacted for an interview and processed according to Mercy Corps, Human Resources policies and procedures. As soon as qualified candidates are identified the positions will be closed automatically.
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for potential interview. Any documents submitted will remain with Mercy Corps and will not be returned to candidates.
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer. Females are highly encouraged to apply.