As part of VPRU’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team, the MEL Specialist will support monitoring, evaluation and learning activities across IRC’s global violence prevention and response (VPR) programming. the MEL Specialist will be a key focal point for implementing unit-wide measurement systems, such as annual statistics processes, core indicators and tools to standardize VPR measurement, etc., and ensure that IRC’s global measurement strategy and learning from VPR are integrated and report to each other. As appropriate, the specialist will also support MEL activities for more targeted VPRU-led technical innovations and interventions.
As part of this role, the MEL Specialist will collaborate closely with the VPRU MEL Team, VPR Country and Project Teams, and colleagues in the IRC Measurement Unit to promote consistency and quality in the management and the use of data for VPRU programming, as well as supporting a culture of learning. within VPRU. This may include the development of new tools and guidance; train or work with colleagues and partners to strengthen basic MEL skills; supporting the alignment of key VPR indicators and learning frameworks; develop or update MEL systems; support data collection, analysis, and interpretation to inform program improvements; o supporting VPRU-led projects to design and implement MEL activities.
1. Support VPRU MEL approaches and capacity in the context of the broader IRC measurement strategy (in collaboration with Data Equity and Learning Advisor):
- Work closely with the IRC Measurement Unit and the VPRU to Lead development and deployment of standardized data collection tools and systems for specific IPV interventions (“data toolkits”)
- Lead the VPRU Annual Statistics processcoordinating data collection, analysis and interpretation processes between country teams, VPRU colleagues and the IRC Measurement Unit
- Ensuring Core Indicators and IRC Learning Frameworks for VPR are clear, refined and standardized
- Build capacity and provide technical support VPRU technical experts and country program staff to improve the quality of VPR data and practices and create a culture of learning
- Develop, adapt and share new tools and technical resources. to strengthen MEL systems (and refine them using country program, VPRU and customer feedback)
- Guarantee VPR experience and upgrades inform IRC measurement strategies and goals
2. Provide personalized MEL support to projects and interventions led by VPRU:
- To collaborate closely with VPRU Technical Innovations (TI) specialists and project teams to design and implement MEL activities for specific ongoing interventionsincluding by designing data management tools and processes, data collection, analysis, interpretation and validation, and reporting
- Share learning through IT projects and country teams for adaptations, improvements and accountability
- Provide MEL-specific design and technical expertise for business development
- Experience in managing and implementing MEL activities in humanitarian or development contexts.
- Experience with using MEL activities to inform program quality improvements
- Experience facilitating MEL training or technical assistance, particularly in diverse or cross-cultural settings with a variety of skill levels
- Experience developing MEL tools, guidance, and resources to support program teams
- Experience or exposure to one or more of the VPRU technical sectors (or a related field) is preferred: GBV or Women’s Empowerment, Child Protection, and Rule of Law Protection
Demonstrated skills and competencies:
- Strong understanding of basic MEL practices and principles
- Ability to lead and support project or program teams through a variety of monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.
- Familiarity with the design of MEL plans and activities, theories of change and logical frameworks
- Familiarity with digital or mobile data collection and analysis systems.
- Excellent quantitative (and ideally qualitative) data analysis skills, particularly in Excel
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including proven success in working and learning in cross-cultural contexts.
- Highly organized and motivated, able to work well independently and as part of a team.
- Accessible and flexible work style that generates trust in the team. Easily able to collaborate and facilitate discussion among a wide range of team members.
Education: Bachelor’s degree required; specific MEL training a plus
Language skills: English proficiency is required. Skills in French, Arabic or Spanish are highly preferred
Preferred Experience and Skills:
- Experience working with or directly supporting country programs in humanitarian contexts
- Experience with participatory design, data interpretation, and other usage-focused learning skills
- Values the ability to continuously learn and improve as a team, and is committed to working towards more collaborative, inclusive and equitable approaches to learning.
- Strong problem solving and prioritization skills, and handles change in a proactive and positive manner.
- Standard office work environment
- Occasional international travel required (up to 25%)
- This role requires working remotely on a full or part-time basis (i.e. telecommuting). Applicants must have a home or alternate work space from which they can effectively complete their work during regularly scheduled work hours. Part-time remote employees may be required to share workspace.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards of Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Equality, Service and Responsibility. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Protecting Beneficiaries from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Against Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Against Retaliation.
IRC and IRC employees doivent adherer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (professional driving rules). Ce sont l’Intégrité, Egalite, le Service, et la Responsabilité. In accordance with certain values, IRC operates and respects the policies on the protection of beneficiaries against exploitation and abuse, the protection of children, the harcèlement on labor lieux, financial integrity, and reprisals.
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