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M&E Officer – Malawi

Background Information

The Landirani Trust (the “Trust”) is a small NGO based in Malawi and supported from the UK where the charity is known as African Vision Malawi. Our vision is for a healthy, educated and self-sufficient community in Malawi. We work in an area North West of Lilongwe (near the Airport) that is 400sq km in size, with 14 centres, and around 4,000 OVC beneficiaries (orphan and vulnerable children).

The main activities we deliver are:

  • The on-going development of our training village (Sam’s Village) which is primarily being used as an educational site for life-skills and vocational training
  • Promoting educational facilities and access to them for all children in the community
  • Enhancing the ability of the community to become self-sufficient
  • Improving care of orphans and vulnerable people e.g. those affected by extreme poverty, exclusion, HIV/AIDS, disability, etc.
  • Providing access to clean, safe water and sanitation

We now have a full-time vacancy for a Monitoring and Evaluation (“M&E”) Officer to work with our small but committed and enthusiastic team.

Title: M&E Officer

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Primary objectives:

The M&E Officer will be responsible for the measurement, monitoring and evaluation of all projects and programmes undertaken by the Trust. The M&E Officer will ensure that there is consistency in the objectives and success indicators of all projects and will be held accountable for the development and timely delivery of relevant reports against outcomes.

The M&E Officer will be responsible for the overall M&E needs of each project and will come up with findings based on real data to show the performance of each project. This will involve obtaining baseline information from which to measure data. You will need to guide relevant people connected to each project, to provide you with information to support the M&E reports. The M&E Officer will also help the Trust in strengthening its M&E function based on their experience from each project. The M&E Officer will also promote the key lessons for the improvement of each project and for the wider learning of the Trust from ‘lessons learnt’.

The M&E Officer will also be involved with proposal writing, since M&E is a significant part of any proposal.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To supervise regular data collection through project managers and project leaders and ensure quality of the data by random verifications and validations
  • To record, manage and preserve monitoring and evaluation data in a safe and accessible way
  • To analyse and discuss findings based on regular data monitoring
  • Provide technical support on M&E and evidence-based recommendations to the relevant project managers and project leaders
  • Ensure that the implementation of all field activities adheres to the Trust’s monitoring and evaluation system
  • Work closely with the appropriate finance team members and project managers / leaders in the project planning and budgeting process
  • Support the Trust in developing regular reports, e.g. quarterly, six monthly and annual reports

Responsible to: The Country Manager

Working with:

Internal: Landirani Trust team members, local and international volunteers, Landirani’s Local Based Committee and field-based volunteers

External: Chiefs, elders and senior people in the community we work in; NGOs and other civil society organisations who are our partners; UK and Malawi Government officials locally and nationally, providers and suppliers; donors and sponsors.

Remuneration: The salary and allowances will be appropriate to your experience and within our funding levels.

Contract: 6 months’ probation period followed by an indefinite period (subject to funding and the Trust’s needs and priorities).

The person:

We are looking for someone with a passion to help raise sustainability in Malawi. You will have the enthusiasm and the ability to work with our team and the local communities. You will be able to work alongside people of all ages and be able to build a good rapport with all the team.

We are looking for someone who can combine excellent self-organisation and management skills together with a willingness to be flexible and adaptable.

You need to be honest, open, reliable, resilient and able to deliver in difficult circumstances,

You should enjoy working with the widest range of people from a range of backgrounds and environments, where you can add in your own unique ‘added extra’.

This is not a job where the primary rewards are financial or material but instead come from the changes you can support and improvements that you can influence.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

Essential Criteria

  • A university degree in M&E, social sciences, statistics or related technical field
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional work experience at national and / or international levels in programme monitoring and evaluation with practical experience in community-based research
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Experience of working in a developing country with associated knowledge of rural community development issues
  • Project management experience including the ability to deliver a range of different and competing tasks and activities
  • People management experience including excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to use these to encourage and influence colleagues, beneficiaries and partners
  • Resource Management experience including excellent working knowledge of finances
  • Current IT skills and knowledge including use of Microsoft Office suite or similar (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Evidence of self-sufficiency, self-management and resilience in a challenging and unpredictable environment
  • Fluency in written and spoken Chichewa/English
  • Current clean driving licence and experience of driving manual and automatic vehicles

How to apply:

Applications MUST be made online only using the following:

CV in English, no longer than 2 sides of A4 and in font no smaller than size 11, and:

  • An accompanying covering letter, which gives details of your evidence of the essential criteria. This letter should contain headings relevant to each indicator, followed by a summary of your evidence in NO MORE THAN 100 WORDS FOR EACH INDICATOR. It must also include details of your current or most recent remuneration package (you will not be eligible for interview without this) and the contact details for 2 referees indicating when these referees can be contacted.

CVs and accompanying letters should be sent to hr@landirani.org by 6pm on Friday 25th October 2019. Applications that are late and/or do not comply with the application guidance and which do not meet the essential criteria will not be considered. Interviews are scheduled to take place in Lilongwe during the week commencing Monday 11th November (precise dates to be provided to successful applicants).

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