Pact South Africa
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.
Pact South Africa seeks to appoint a Monitoring and Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL ) Officer, based in Pretoria.
The MERL Officer is expected to implement monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems to ensure Pact and its implementing partners and grantees provide compatible data supportive of programme and donor reporting requirements. The MERL Officer will work closely with the senior MERL advisor and the MERL Director in implementing methodologies and standards (in line with donor requirements) for monitoring and evaluating programme activities.
Key responsibilities include providing support to Pact grantees under the direction of the MERL Director as well as undertaking various data management tasks for Pact SA. In addition, s/he will also develop presentations and written reports based on programme results. Other tasks include participation in training programmes as well as routine programme monitoring for Pact partners.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
- The MERL Officer will work under the direction and supervision of the MERL director and mentorship by the MERL advisor to undertake the following tasks
- Participate in Implementation of Pact’s MERL capacity building strategy for grantees including conducting MERL capacity assessments and developing MERL systems strengthening plans for each grantee;
- Participate in the management of partner evaluations including updating and managing the MS project data as well as other data sets. The MERL officer’s job includes keeping track of progress of all contracts managed by the MERL department and filing all related communication and documentation;
- Provide input into and assure that all USG reporting requirements are met and assist implementing partners/grantees in setting up reporting and tracking systems to provide such information in an efficient and timely manner;
- Participate in implementation of Pact MERL training series for grantees including supporting the preparation for the various training events;
- Implementation of Pacts data quality /risk management plan for the programme including data quality assessments/audits for grantees as needed;
- Undertake routine collation, analysis and reporting of data from Pact grantees and contribute to development of Pact reports to key stakeholders;
- Support grantees in developing reporting and communication tools. Using MERL data draft materials for use in communications relating to sector programmes, including speeches, press releases, briefing papers, etc;
- Keep appraised of country wide monitoring and evaluation data relating to trends in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the region through surveillance of other key data sources available;
- Maintain close communication with Pact MERL Director and participate actively in Pact’s MERL community of practice which is a forum for learning and sharing by Pact MERL professionals.
- Degree in social, behavioral or health sciences with practical experience in developing and implementing, monitoring and evaluation activities in the HIV/AIDS health sector;
- Minimum of three years of relevant professional experience: evaluation and research design, data collection and analyses, indicator construction, curriculum development and computer software, i.e. MS Word and database programmes;
- Ability to work independently, take initiative and manage a variety of activities concurrently;
- A strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a high profile, fast-paced environment;
- Ability to communicate technical issues effectively and persuasively;
- Fluency in English for day-to-day communications and excellent English writing and presentation skills;
- Demonstrated skills in working with multinational groups and fostering collaborative relationships across multiple organisations;
- Ability to work under pressure of work and yet deliver effectively.
Starting date: As soon as possible.
To apply, submit a CV, list current salary, salary expectation and motivation letter to ZBlack@pactworld.org before 30 January 2013 at 11h00 am.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
Only successful candidates will be contacted.
For more about Pact South Africa, refer to www.pactworld.org/cs/africa/south_africa.
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