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Evaluation and Research Coordinator

Date: 20-Sep-2022

Location: Accra, Ghana

Company: Plan International

The Organisation

 

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

 

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

 

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

 

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

 

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.

Position

Evaluation and Research (E&R) Coordinator

Grade

C2

Department & Location

Programs and Influencing Department, Country Office

Date

Feb 2021

Reports to:

Monitoring, Evaluation and Research & Research (MERL) Manager

Purpose:  How does this post support Plan’s strategy and mission?

The position delivers substantial contributions to the efficient roll out of the PQP, the Global Strategy and enhances evidence based individual and organisational learning from E&R processes.

 

Dimensions of Role                                                  

  • Responsible for ensuring quality in E&R initiatives including Annual Review and post intervention studies
  • Supports the roll out of other key Program Quality  and Influencing Policy (PQIP) components (Situation analysis, country strategy development, review and revision)
  • Responsible for ensuring that all E&R activities are conducted in line with Plan International’s child protection and ethical principles, and for promoting accountability to beneficiaries
  • Member of Country Office MER unit
  • Does not line manage another person[1]

 

Typical Responsibilities - Key End Results of Position

 

  1. Evidence for success or failure and knowledge on what works and what doesn’t in programs through the planning and implementation of high quality E&R

Activities

  • Facilitate the development of annual evaluation and research planning in a participatory mannvvvvvvvver
  • Ensure that all research and evaluation initiatives comply with Plan’s global standards
  • Develop/ revise Terms of Reference (ToR) for E&R initiatives
  • Submit research ToR to the global Research and Knowledge Management (RKM) team for approval
  • Organize ethical clearance for research projects in compliance with Plan’s global research standards
  • Support the recruitment of consultants for E&R initiatives; assess their work and make recommendations about future recruitment
  • Ensure quality of evaluation and research initiatives whether internal or external
  • Develop implementation plans for evaluation initiatives
  • Provide input and quality control for E&R data collection tools as well as quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Support/ lead the implementation of E&R projects including baseline studies
  • Review evaluation and research reports and give recommendations regarding follow-up actions for program management
  • Lead the implementation of internal evaluation and action research initiatives, including the design of tools
  • Lead post intervention studies
  • Lead the Annual Review process (TOR and budget development, organisation of data collection and workshops)
  • Write-up annual review report

 

  1. Evidence based decision making, learning and corrective actions in projects and program through the use of knowledge from and capacity building on E&R

Activities

  • Organize internal and external dissemination of findings in collaboration with study commissioners for E&R initiatives
  • Monitor the implementation of management response for evaluations
  • Conduct after action reviews for research projects to reflect on the findings and recommendations
  • Organize internal and external dissemination of Annual Review results
  • Coach and train other staff on high quality E&R practices
  • Document and disseminate internally, practices on MER and program quality
  • Contribute to E&R practices sharing within the regional Plan MER network
  • Performs any other tasks assigned by supervisor

 

 

Dealing with Problems

Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them

Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) are crucial components for ensuring high quality outcomes and impact in rights based programming. Barriers that the Evaluation and Research Specialist will have to deal with include:

  • Some staff at CO and Program Unit (PU) level have insufficient knowledge and practice regarding professional evaluation and research practices.
  • There are misconceptions and lack of clarity on what the MER unit should be doing.
  • The budget allocations for evaluation and research in certain grants and most sponsorship projects are insufficient.  
  • The quality and availability of secondary data from programs and projects make it challenging to use them for baselines and project evaluations.
  • The budget allocated to MER capacity building is insufficient and MER capacity assessments are not undertaken.
  • Some data collection is done using pen and paper methods meaning inefficiencies and data reliability issues.

 

The Evaluation and Research Coordinator needs to:

  • Be able to communicate clearly on the remits of the work
  • Be capable of providing capacity building and coaching on E&R practices and processes
  • Convince people to modify practices and procedures that they have grown accustomed to
  • Handle challenges with pragmatism and flexibility.

 

Communications and Working Relationships

High level contact: Internal:  the Country Office and PU level program team and in particular the other members of the MER unit; External: Partners and consultants

Medium level contact: the Country Office operations team

Low level contact: National Office (NO) staff, RKM team at International Headquarters (IH), the Regional Office (RO) MER team

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of theories of child-rights programming and child protection (programmatic and safe-guarding)
  • Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development
  • In-depth knowledge of results based management and demonstrated experience as a development professional in E&R
  • Knowledgeable on participatory and gender sensitive evaluation and research tools
  • Understanding of gender transformative program/projects
  • Understanding of measuring influencing project outcomes

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in demography, measurement, statistics, monitoring & evaluation, development studies, social sciences or other relevant field; master degree preferred
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in evaluation and research of international development projects, preferably in education, health under five, child protection and household economic security, DRM, gender and inclusion

 

Skills

  • Skills in developing and managing qualitative and quantitative data collections
  • Working experience in community participation in projects and child participation in E&R processes
  • Skills for data base management (design, entry, analysis)
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to translate key findings into concrete programmatic recommendations;
  • Ability to deliver to tight deadlines
  • Good presentation skills
  • Language skills necessary for the recruiting Country Office
  • Skills in using Microsoft Excel and other software applications relevant to MER (e.g. MAXQDA, SPSS, epi-info, CSPro or similar)

 

Behaviours

  • Coaches and builds capacity of staff at CO and PU level
  • Promotes innovation and learning
  • Communicates clearly and effectively
  • Demonstrates clear respect to all and especially children and women without discrimination
  • Acts as a team player, willing to get the best outcome overall, adjusting own priorities if necessary
  • Good listening skills
  • Remains calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations

 

Physical Environment and Demands

Typical office environment with 40% travel to program units

 

Level of Contact with Children

The position will be based at the Country Office and level of contact with children is medium

Location:Country Office, Accra

Type of Role: Evaluation and Research

Reports to: MER Manager

Grade: C2

Closing Date: 4th October, 2022

 

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

 

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

 

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

 

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

 

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

 

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates.