Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist
Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is seeking applicants for the position of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist for an anticipated US Agency for International Development (USAID) Community-based Forest-management program in Zambia. This is a multi-year project to support the Government of the Republic of Zambia address the drivers of deforestation and degradation and strengthen forest management in the Eastern Province of Zambia. The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description.
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
Winrock offers employees excellent benefits. The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
- Applicants should submit a current resume and cover letter referencing “Livelihoods Specialist” by June 30, 2013. Zambians residing in Zambia are encouraged to apply.
- Winrock would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.
UNIT: Forestry & Natural Resource Management
Winrock is seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist for an upcoming USAID-funded program in Zambia. The Community-based Forest-management program (CFP) will be a key component of USAID/Zambia’s Global Climate Change (GCC) program under the Presidential GCC Initiative. The CFP will strengthen the Government of Zambia’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) strategy, by using a range of approaches to more effectively and sustainably manage forested areas through integrated forest planning and active community engagement.
The M&E Specialist will be responsible for the design and implementation of the project’s comprehensive M&E system that establishes baseline data and integrates forestry, livelihoods, and REDD+ considerations. The M&E system will track activities in project sites throughout Zambia. The M&E Specialist will lead the collation of data that measures progress, track effectiveness, and provides continuous assessment of progress toward project targets and benchmarks and ensure quality control and rigorous monitoring and evaluation. The M&E Specialist will mobilize field teams to monitor on-the-ground performance and ensure achievement of project results and objectives. The position will require travel to field location sites within the project area. He/she will work in close collaboration with the Deputy Chief of Party, other project staff and country-based project teams.
- Develop and implement the project’s M&E system in coordination with project staff, both in the project office and based in field sites. The M&E system will be responsive to USAID requirements.
- Responsible for regular M&E activities including baseline data collection, performance data collection, quality assurance and quality improvement.
- Monitor program progress in terms of compliance results, indicators and advice on programmatic adjustments.
- Provide country teams with guidance and support in appropriate means of gathering, managing, and analyzing data.
- Timely preparation and submission of reports and other deliverables.
- Design and provide training as necessary to partners, beneficiaries, and counterparts.
- Completes other tasks as assigned by the project team.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:
- Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Evaluation, Project Management, or relevant international development field or specialized training/certification in monitoring & evaluation.
- Five years of relevant experience in monitoring and evaluation, focusing on forestry, biodiversity conservation, or climate change projects in East Africa.
- Experience addressing the M&E and reporting requirements of USAID.
- Demonstrated and proven record to work in a multidisciplinary team under changeable and complex circumstances.
- Previous work experience and knowledge of conditions in East Africa, preferably in Zambia.
- Strong technical skills in M&E design and implementation, baseline survey design and implementation, evaluation, and performance monitoring.
- Understanding of environmental topics, especially forestry, climate change, and REDD+.
- Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
- Fluency in English required. Expertise in local language preferred.
- Computer literacy, specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel, is required.
- Quick learner, with interest and motivation to learn new topics, methods, and skills.