Design, Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning Advisor

Reporting to: Country Representative, Great Lakes

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Type of position: L5 S1

Application closing: 15 November 2021

Background

Interpeace is an international organisation for peacebuilding that strengthens the ability of societies to manage conflict themselves in sustainable and non-violent ways. Interpeace designs and delivers its work tailored to each situation in partnership with local partners and communities, based on extensive consultation and research. Interpeace also ensures that the processes of conflict management and change that it supports are integrated at all levels of society including local communities, civil society, government and the international community (we call it a ‘Track 6’ approach).

Interpeace was originally established by the United Nations and remains its strategic partner. Beyond field-based peacebuilding, Interpeace also assists the international community – particularly the UN – to be more effective in supporting peacebuilding efforts worldwide. This includes contributing innovative thought leadership on peacebuilding policies and practices.

Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva and has offices around the world.

For more information about Interpeace, please visit www.interpeace.org

Interpeace in Rwanda

Interpeace has been working in Rwanda since 2001. During this time, Interpeace has been working in support of national institutions to strengthen durable peace, through the promotion of social cohesion, social trauma healing, participatory governance and regional collaboration. In this work, Interpeace has worked with several Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and is now in the process of developing new multi-year peacebuilding work in partnership with national authorities as well as CSOs.

In recent years, the headline work of Interpeace in Rwanda has been the delivery of two programmes. One has been the Societal Healing and Participatory Governance Programme, focused on group-based trauma healing, and strengthening relations and improving participation of citizens in Imihigo and related processes. The other programme has focused on strengthening the capacity of district level governments to implement participatory governance practices. In addition, Interpeace’s work in Rwanda has been linked to a Great Lakes regional programme focused on fostering strong relations across borders. A new programme is now being commenced in 2020 in collaboration with national authorities and CSOs, focused on strengthening societal mental health and trauma healing capacities, addressing inter-generational transmission of trauma, and promoting reintegration and cohesion of prisoners with the communities to which they return.

Position within the Organisation

The Design, Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning Advisor is a member of the Programme Management Unit, which designs, implements and manages all Interpeace field-based peacebuilding programmes around the world. The Programme Management Unit is headed by the Senior Director in Geneva, with team members based in different parts of the world. The DMEL Advisor will be supervised by Interpeace’s Great Lakes Regional Representative and work closely with the Rwanda Programme team, including the Programme Manager, Programme Support Officer, and Finance and Administration Manager. The DMEL Advisor will also work closely with the the Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team.

Purpose and General Overview

The Design, Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning Advisor will provide technical leadership and oversight on the Rwanda programme’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning strategies and activities. This will include developing tools, conducting workshops, research and analysis; producing reports and visual representations; provision of technical advice; presenting and sharing learning; and representation of Interpeace.

The DMEL Advisor will lead the outcome harvesting and After Action Review processes; coordinate data collection for the base- and end-line surveys and randomised control trials; train Interpeace and partner staff on data collection tools; and manage day-to-day review and feedback of collected data. S/he will also ensure that learning from these surveys is translated into effective programming and advocacy, including the production of policy papers and learning events.

This post is based in Kigali and involves a significant amount of travel throughout Rwanda. Occasional overseas travel might also be required.

Responsibilities

Planning of Monitoring and Evaluation activities

  • Develops a solid understanding of the programme’s overall strategy;
  • Develops and implements the programme monitoring and evaluation plan;
  • Provides support for basic studies and research within the programme; and implements baseline studies, rapid assessments and surveys;
  • Collects lessons learned, success stories, positive impacts, achievements, and case studies to be shared internally and externally;
  • Guides internal reflections on programme progress, review programme strategy and refine programme implementation;
  • Participates actively in Programme Planning, ensuring that Interpeace’s change framework and Gender Practice Note is clearly reflected in our programme implementation;
  • Organizes and facilitates training workshops on the monitoring and evaluation systems, data collection, outcome harvesting and participates in meetings with authorities, donors, partners and project beneficiaries to share lessons learned, advocate policy recommendations, etc.
  • Lead the capacity building of partners on M&E processes, use of tools and development of institutional systems to support effective programme MEL.
  • Translate lessons-learned, both positive and negative and intended and unintended, into communication outputs for donors, partners, communities of practice, and the general public.
  • Shares lessons learned with the wider organization to increase knowledge transfer and effectiveness across the organization.

Design, develop, implement and review MEL tools

  • For collecting M&E data, the DMEL Advisor will develop the standardized data collection tools for, among other purposes:
    • Establishing the project’s monitoring-evaluation system, aligned with Interpeace’s overall approach to monitoring and evaluation to systematize the monitoring of progress towards expected results.
    • Develop simplified monitoring tools that will allow for the collection of information related to project indicators.
    • Organize training workshops on the monitoring-evaluation system to be set up with the actors concerned (especially the implementing partners).
    • Ensure all stages of the implementation of the monitoring-evaluation system: Collection of basic (and final) data through quantitative surveys, conducting qualitative surveys of project participants, computerization of data collection and analysis forms, production of reports.
    • Ensure the integration of the gender dimension and the perspectives of the different segments of the population in the development of different indicators.
    • Organize baseline evaluations and compare results with mid-term or final evaluations. The M&E Specialist will monitor the quality of these evaluations from design to reporting by ensuring that all tools have been made available and are useful.
    • Guiding the documentation of success stories to feed into reporting and organizational memory in collaboration with Rwanda Programme team and consultants; and supports the documentation of success stories to feed into reporting, learning and organizational memory.

Reporting

  • Collects, compiles and consolidate reports from field assistants, trainers and consultants, and programme team.
  • Produces regular monitoring reports focusing on monthly, quarterly and annual results and a comprehensive progress report on indicators and analysis allowing annual adjustment of activities based on performance achieved, the reporting formats, standards and procedures established in collaboration with the Programme Manager.
  • Documents lessons learned and good practices during the implementation of programme activities.

Designing new projects/programmes

  • Organize and facilitate workshops to design results focused programming, including the development of results frameworks and theories of change.
  • Develop logical frameworks for proposals and lead the writing of lessons learned and MEL sections of new proposals.
  • Ensure the integration of lesson learned and best practices into new projects/programmes

Design, Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning Advisor can be called upon to perform other duties required for the effective running of the programme.

Qualifications

Candidates with relevant qualifications, experience, a tertiary degree, and fluent in English with working knowledge of French, are invited to apply.

Relevant experience and qualifications may include:

Education

  • Tertiary degree in statistics, demography, peacebuilding, international affairs, mental health or any other related fields.

Experience

  • At least 7 years in the field of research, both quantitative and qualitative.
  • Previous experience in quantitative analysis and familiarity with statistical software.
  • Experience with an international Non-Governmental Organisation would be an asset.
  • Previous evaluation experience preferred.

Competencies

  • Ability to conduct interviews and interact with a wide range of people effectively and according to high ethical standards
  • Knowledge of peacebuilding, governance, gender and / or conflict transformation
  • Advanced knowledge of the Rwandan context and
  • Confident public speaker and presenter.
  • Fluent spoken and written English. Working knowledge of French
  • Good command of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook – Required
  • Excellent analytical and practical problem-solving skills
  • Ability to organize work efficiently and deliver assignments in a timely manner often under time constraints
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and with minimal supervision.

Interpeace Competencies

  • Collaboration and Weaving
  • Communication
  • Drive for results
  • Adaptability and Continuous Learning
  • Respect for Diversity

How to apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications to recruitment-eca@interpeace.org on or before 15th November 2021, 23:59 pm, Kigali time. Design, Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning Advisor, Kigali” MUST BE included in the subject line of the application email to be considered.

  • a complete curriculum vitae
  • a letter of interest
  • an acknowledgement letter, answering the following questions:
  1. Have you ever been criminally convicted or subject to any criminal or administrative penalty by any competent authority? If yes, please specify:
  2. Have you ever been terminated or separated (e.g. contract termination, dismissal, non-renewal) or subject to any disciplinary measure or sanction by your employer for fraud, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse?
  3. Have you ever resigned while under investigation or during disciplinary proceedings?

 

Confirming the following declaration of understanding:

I confirm the accuracy of the information provided, with the understanding that Interpeace will conduct reference checks to verify relevant information.

I understand that if any false or misleading information is provided in my application, or any material fact suppressed, I may not be employed, of if I am employed, I may be dismissed.

Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims to achieve gender equality both through gender parity at all levels of the organisation and the promotion of a gender dimension in all its work. We welcome applications from women and men, and those with disabilities.

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted.