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M&E Coordinator for Financial Inclusion Project- Subject to Funding

Date: 03-Jun-2021

Location: Assuit, Egypt

Company: Plan International

The Organization

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 its 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 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Please see https://plan-international.org/organisation/strategy for Plan international strategy

 

Plan started working in Egypt in 1981 and has a presence in ten of the 27 governorates in which the country is divided: two urban (Cairo and Alexandria) and five rural (Giza, Cairo, Beheira, Kalyoubia, Damietta, Qena, Assuit and Sohag). Plan Egypt’s work focuses on child rights, implementing programmes designed to enable communities to improve the lives of the most marginalised children and their families. Plan Egypt’s Country Strategy focuses on five strategic objectives listed below:

 

  1. Improve the quality of early childhood care & education;
  2. Promote economic empowerment of vulnerable young men & women;
  3. Facilitate girls in realising their full potential in an enabling and gender responsive environment that protects them from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence;
  4. Support adolescents and young people, particularly girls to become active drivers of change and lead the way towards more equitable and inclusive societies;
  5. Promote adolescents and young people, particularly girls to be empowered to take informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and live free from gender-based violence

 

The Opportunity:

The financial inclusion project is aiming utilizing the Saving Groups (SGs) approach to mobilize vulnerable rural women for deeper and wider financial inclusion. SGs will support poor and vulnerable groups to shift from informal to formal financial system and empower them through increased access to financial savings and the safe custody of funds, financial literacy awareness and opportunities for access to formal credit. The mutual support that members will provide to each other will also help them gain confidence to participate in local markets as well as value chains. SGs will also provide a space to address discriminatory cultural norms and to act as a catalyst for enhanced social capital and women’s leadership in the household and community levels.

The programme will focus on creating and expanding SGs in the governorates of Assiut and Sohag to create a wider base for women’s financial inclusion. It will support women’s financial and economic empowerment through: 1) Provision of financial literacy awareness, including through testing use of gamification; 2) Facilitating women’s access to savings and loans out of the accumulated savings of the group; 3) Ability to use those savings and/or loans to invest in their wellbeing and/or that of their children (health and education) and/or to start and expand a business. SGs can also serve as a steppingstone for women to access larger credit from responsible microfinance institutions; 4) Capacity development for women members of SGs on business development and technical skills to start income-generating projects in areas that are based on the governorates competitive advantage and support the women-led clusters/SGs to be integrated into higher value chains.

The M&E Coordinator will be supporting in the set-up of the project logic model and ensuring that suitable monitoring and evaluation systems are in place, implemented as intended, and reporting in a comprehensive and timely manner to facilitate the delivery of the project and achieving the desired outcomes/impacts maintaining the alignment with the donor requirements.

Typical Responsibilities

  • Responsible for providing technical oversight & support for establishing a monitoring system for the project, procedures and mechanisms particularly with feedback relevant to the field level, presentation of findings to the project management and building the partner staff competencies on M&E.
  • Work with the Project Manager and the concerned staff for the development and the finalization of the project implementation plan for ensuring that project design in proposals is logically sound, beneficiary-informed and contextually appropriate, based on learning from previous projects and technical best practice, and includes a Theory of Change and SMART logic model;
  • The Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator for SWEET project will promote and facilitate the participation and feedback of community members, including girls, boys and vulnerable groups, sponsored children and their families in the MER activities relating to the projects in their communities.
  • Responsible for ensuring that detailed and feasible project monitoring plans are developed in a satisfactory way.
  • Work with project and support staff to ensure that monitoring activities are adequately resourced, with sufficient project and support staff and adequate budget;
  • Work with project and support staff to ensure that the project work plan includes monitoring activities (or that a stand-alone monitoring work plan is in place), is up-to date and progress tracked.
  • Work with project and support staff to develop, translate, pilot and finalize data collection tools as needed;
  • Assist in training of staff in data collection methods, management, analysis and action techniques.
  • Work with the Project Manager and the Field officers to ensure that data is collected and entered into databases & BTT &/or the data platform on a regular basis;
  • Responsible for providing consistent, supportive supervision to strengthen staff performance as necessary to meet monitoring objectives and ensure data quality;
  • Responsible for conducting data quality audits of the project to identify and resolve systemic problems affecting data quality, and documenting;
  • Assist in conducting regular analysis to (1) compare data against project milestones, targets, and quality expectations; (2) identify issues requiring further attention;
  • Work with project and support staff to track progress on action points related to implementation of M&E activities;
  •  Work with project and support staff to provide M&E inputs for reports written during project implementation;
  • Support in the development and analysis of the project baseline, mid and end line surveys;
  • Provide the M&E inputs for needs assessment and survey report writing;
  • Provides inputs from survey and assessment data for tracking of overall progress on projects, programs and strategic priorities.
  • Assist in identifying, documenting, storing and sharing lessons learned that have implications for refinement of best programmatic practice.

Accountabilities

  • Support the project manager in the development of M&E systems, tools and procedures and in the implementation of quality M&E for the project.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of M&E framework at operational (project) levels and link it to strategic (country).
  • Support project design, from situation analysis to design and planning.
  • Support the process of needs assessments, baseline studies, mid-term reviews, final evaluations and other research related to programs and projects and ensure dissemination of results with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop, communicate and implement M&E plans.
  • Adapt and tailor M&E methodologies, processes and tools to different target groups and contexts.
  • Develop/critically analyse M&E reports and project narrative reports.
  • Participate in processing, analyzing and reviewing learnings, findings and outcomes of projects.
  • Support Project manager in reviewing and analyzing case studies, success stories and other learnings collected at the field level and once finalized share them with Plan Egypt relevant teams for learning.
  • Identify, articulate and support strategic use of data for programme management and improvement.
  • Assess, plan and implement activities to build M&E capacity at different levels, including both Plan staff and partners, in particular on the use of participatory monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Ensure standardization of M&E tools and methodologies across partners.
  • Take part in creating a supportive network of M&E staff to jointly learn from, develop and innovate M&E practice and methodologies.
  • Promote and facilitate participation and feedback of communities in Plan Egypt’s M&E activities.
  • Assist PUs when necessary with Annual Counting guidelines and data consolidation.
  • Support relevant PUs in annual reflections.
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and
  • Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

 

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Essential

  • A University degree in relevant subject.
  • Minimum 2-3 years of Monitoring and Evaluation experience preferably with an international organization.
  • Experience in planning and facilitating training/workshops.
  • Fluent written and spoken English and Arabic language skills required.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to process large and complex data.
  • Demonstrated writing skills (report writing, proposal, and concept paper writing)
  • Experience working with children and understanding their special needs.
  • Experience with rights based participatory MER approaches.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and team work abilities.
  • This position requires high computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the promotion of gender equality, child protection and inclusion of the most vulnerable.   
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet multiple deadlines and targets. 
  • Involves others in setting and achieving goals.
  • Creates strong sense of ownership within one part of the business to different stakeholders.
  • An open communicator and team player.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the local context and of interaction with local development actors and communities.
  • Ability to distinguish and describe key gender equality and inclusion concepts (including equity, discrimination, exclusion, gender, social norms, root causes and transformation).
  • Fundamentals of gender responsive and inclusive M&E (sex-disaggregated and gender sensitive indicators and qualitative indicators on social norm change) to inform programming decisions.
  • Apply a range of gender and inclusion analysis tools and conduct high-quality and nuanced gender and inclusion analysis from a child rights perspective.
  • Support program managers and staff to design and implement evidence based solutions for gender transformative programs, and to provide monitoring and quality assurance support on the ground.
  • Measure progress in gender and inclusion outcomes, analyse gender-relevant data and document the results/changes in social norms and recommendations in reporting on programmes.
  • Analyse data and evidence (including research findings) from a gender and inclusion lens.
  • Challenges sexual harassment and other forms of gender based violence and confronts both overt and subtle forms of inequality, exclusion and/or discrimination in the workplace and in public
  • Promotes equality, including gender equality, inclusion and girls’ empowerment in Plan’s work and in its work with partners.
  • Present/speak about gender equality and inclusion with gravitas and passion, and in a manner that people can relate to and understand in their local context.

Behaviors (Plan International’s Values in Practice)

We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organization for all children, girls & young people. 

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximize long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together  

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well

 

Level of contact with children

 

  • Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children

PHysical Environment

  • The position will be based in Assiut Programme Unit Office at Upper Egypt
  • Typical office environment with frequent field visits to projects locations at PIE working areas.

 

Type of Role: One year fixed term contract - Subject to Funding

Location: Assuit PU

Reports to: M&E Manager

Closing Date: 17th of June 2021

 

 Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Child Protection Policy.

As an international child centered community development organization, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realization of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

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 organization, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.

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.