GIZ invites applications from suitable qualified Malawians for the position of Monitoring and Evaluation Expert at the SEWOH global project ‘Employment in rural areas with focus on youth
Position: Monitoring and Evaluation Expert
A. Brief introduction to the project
The GIZ global project “Employment in rural are with focus on youth (RYE)” is part of the special initiatives ONEWORLD – No Hunger (SEWOH). Commissioned by the German federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the project is aimed at improving the employment and income opportunities in the agri-food sector in rural areas with a special focus on the youth target group. It applies the so-called integrated approach to employment promotion. This is an innovative approach which focuses on creating employment opportunities, improving employment prospects and link labor supply and demand in rural areas on the basis of specific needs and interests of young people, in order to improve their income and employment situation. The focus intervention areas in Malawi are:
- Improved qualification of women and youth for the agricultural and agri-food sector
- Increasing new and supplementary job opportunities through support to MSMEs, smallholders and start-up creation as well as development partnerships with the private sector
- Improved framework conditions and integration of young people into rural labor markets through innovative (digital) matching activities.
In Malawi the project will be implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MolT). Implementation areas are to be explored and pursued nationwide, also considering possible synergies with other GIZ projects and stakeholders.
There is no limitation to certain regions. The area around Lilongwe, especially Mchinji District, offers great potential, which is why this district is being considered as one of the first possible implementation regions.
The project is embedded in the portfolio of GIZ Malawi and will be aligned to the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy 2017-2022 (MDGS) III, the National Agricultural Policy (NAP) 2016, the National Youth Policy (2013) and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Policy Strategy (2012-2017).
The monitoring and evaluation expert (m/f) will plan, set up, implement. manage and coordinate the projects M&E system in accordance with the overall M&E framework of the global project He/she will do this in close collaboration with the M&E expert of the global project’s steering unit in Germany. The monitoring activities should monitor the activities and capture the technical progress of the project on output, intermediate and outcome level.
He or she will be responsible for reliable and timely tool development, data collection, data processing, data visualization, reporting and regular presentation of the results to the management level.
To fulfill these tasks, the M&E expert will collaborate closely with the technical experts of GIZ, external consultants and implementing partners and define together their responsibilities within the M&E system and processes.
He/she will also support implementing partners, operating in qualification/training, startup promotion/ MSME support and job matching and youth organizations, to set up or improve their own monitoring and tracer systems.
This aims to on the one hand provide the required data for the project’s M&E system and on the other hand to allow better impact assessments and learning for their own sakes during the project phase and beyond.
He/she will also support the project’s communication on ongoing activities, achieved results and impacts towards different target groups in Malawi and Germany.
The results will also be shared with stakeholders involved in the global project in Kenya and Burkina Faso.
I. Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
- Support the development of the global M&E framework in coordination with the project team and the steering unit of the global project in Bonn
- Develop, implement and manage the Malawi specific M&E system, together with the project team, political partners and in cooperation with the steering unit of the global project in Bonn
- Develop and implement processes and tools for results-based, gender-sensitive and conflict-sensitive (based on do no harm principles) monitoring of the projects’ progress and achievements based on the overall M&E framework of the global project and in line with GIZ Responsible Data Guidelines
- Advise colleagues on their M&E responsibilities and ensure data quality of transmitted information, especially quantitative data
- Advise external consultants and implementing partners on their contribution to the project’s M&E system and assure quality and completeness of transmitted data on activities and results
- Continuously support implementing partners in the set-up and improvement of their monitoring activities and tracer systems, strengthen their capacities in the management and use of these systems
- Coordinate and implement data collection in the field in coordination with relevant stakeholders (regional and local authorities, project team, implementing partners, private partners, target groups. civil society) and ensure quality of collected data, data processing and analysis for the baseline-studies as well as constant follow-ups
- Collate data on activities and results
- Visualize collated data and present it in a timely manner in line with reporting schedules and as need arises in the course of program implementation
- Respond to requests from management level and the steering unit in a timely manner and provide relevant inputs for reporting
II. Capacity Development
- Facilitating capacity building initiatives of staff and project partners on M&E frameworks and processes as well as tracer studies (youth organizations, training institutions etc.)
- Support short-term experts/ missions regarding planning and M&E.
Ill. Knowledge Management
- Follow trends, discussions and best practice of ICT4M&E in the country and region and insert information in exchange formats within GIZ and with partners
- Support the development of communication material on the achieved results and impacts (e.g. success stories, video clips, fact sheets) in close collaboration with the cluster project colleagues and steering unit as well as implementing partners
- Actively contribute to the global projects knowledge exchange activities between country packages in Africa and partners as mall as GIZ platforms of knowledge management (Sector network rural development in Africa, IDA communities)
- Actively contribute to a knowledge exchange with M&E-officers of GIZ projects within the Cluster and support the cluster formation with regard to conjoint M&E efforts
- Support the GIZ wide annual aggregated monitoring in cooperation with the steering unit in Bonn.
IV. Other Duties/Additional Tasks
- Support the project management in organizational and strategic questions
- Perform any other duties as required by your superior.
D. Required Entry Qualifications and Competencies
- Relevant Master’s Degree (Economics Social Sciences, Agricultural Studies, Development Studies, related field) of a recognized institute
- Very good knowledge of results-based monitoring and evaluation methodologies and approaches
- Knowledge of methods and procedures of the German Development Cooperation are an advantage
II. Professional Experience
- At least 5 years working experience in lager projects, in monitoring and in evaluation of international development programs
- Several years of work experience in data collection, processing and analysis preferably with DAC criteria
- Work experience in cooperating with public and private service providers (e.g. agricultural extension) and/or NGOs in monitoring and data collection
- Desirable: experiences in applied field research in agriculture or rural development with link to employment promotion
- Have very strong organizational and networking skills, ability to work with minimum supervision and as part of an international team
- Fluency in written and spoken English and spoken Chichewa are a must, additional local languages and German are an advantage
- Good IT skills, especially Microsoft Word, Power Point and very good skills in Excel: ICT based applications for data collection and data visualization are an asset
- Knowledge of descriptive statistics, basic inferential statistics and statistical software is an asset
How to apply
Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should submit their applications, with a one-page cover letter demonstrating how they meet the above requirements, along with a detailed CV to:
The Human Resource Manager
P. O. Box 31131
Email: [email protected]
The closing date for applications is 8th May, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. GIZ is an equal opportunity employer.