Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
IJR is looking for an M&E specialist for 2015
The IJR's comprehensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system generates a lot of information and data. Each project at the IJR collects information data and feeds it back into the overall system. The IJR believes that M&E data is key at every reflection and planning stage of the organisational life of the IJR. However, the lack of capacity has in the past years lead to the fact that the analysis of the available data is lacking.
The IJR has in the past worked with various M&E consultants that have delivered according to very specific outputs and assisted the organisation to shape its M&E system. The IJR has spent significant time improving and streamlining its M&E system and even thought it might still needs some tweaks, the IJR is looking for someone to assist implementing the system and its frameworks.
Due to the growth of the organisation, the increasingly requirements of donors and funders as well as the IJR’s urge to remain a learning organisation, the IJR is aiming to hire an M&E consultant that will work alongside the organisation and assist with the coordination and development of the M&E at the Institute.
The external evaluation in 2014 also highlighted the following areas of improvement for the IJR:
- The evaluation team found that the IJR’s systems are too complex, extremely comprehensive and data-heavy, and not streamlined across programmes. This is hampering the capacity of the organisation to properly understand its impact, in particular in the area of policy influence;
- In the area of monitoring and evaluation, it is recommended that the IJR explores specific models of monitoring and measuring policy change as well as prioritise the use of Most Significant Change technique to evaluate progress under MTO4;
- Maintain consistency in the wording and reporting of STOs against planned activities and targets included in the strategic plan 2012-2016 and annual work plans, in order to ensure that the Institute is able to track and report on its progress towards achieving the MTOs;
- Reduce and prioritise the number of indicators per medium-term objective and streamline the collection, analysis and reporting of data feeding into those indicators. Currently, there are a number of instances where two or more indicators speak to the same piece of information, adding duplication, repetition and unnecessary complexity to the monitoring and evaluation process.
Scope of work:
The consultant will be asked to spend either two half days or one full day at the IJR offices to assist with the following:
- Implementation of programme specific M&E frameworks;
- Consistency in reporting on Outcomes and Outputs;
- Skills transfer in terms of data collection, data capturing and analysis;
- Annual organisational M&E analysis reports;
- Assist with the improvement of the feedback loop from monitoring to evaluation;
- Assistance with donor reporting/fundraising proposal input where M&E is concerned;
- Assistance for programmes with programme specific reports.
- Exceptional ability to take initiative and complete tasks on time;
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with partners, staff, and colleagues with a high level of tact, diplomacy and confidentiality;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to monitor and document observed activities and write clear and accurate technical reports;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with strong computer skills.
- Interest in the field of work of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
- Ability to facilitate trainings and workshops
- Willing to work in a diverse team
- Minimum five (5) years working experience in the field of monitoring and evaluation in the Civil Society or Government sphere;
- A Masters degree in Monitoring and Evaluation;
- Qualitative, participatory research skills (quantitative skills will be an advantage);
- Experience with research design, data collection techniques, data analysis and report writing;
- Strong analytical skills;
- Ability to facilitate trainings and workshops.
Documents required for application:
- CV clearly stating past experiences and at least 3 contactable references;
- Daily rate;
- A short statement on how you envisage to assist the IJR based on the TOR, the external evaluation report, Annual report 2013 and the overall work of the IJR (max 2 pages).
Name: Margo Newman
Phone: 021 202 4071
For more about the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, refer to www.ijr.org.za.