Monitoring, Evaluation Research and Learning Coordinator

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The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Position Description:The post holder, under the supervision of the MERL lead, will support the implementation of the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and collection and analysis and reporting of program data. S/he will work with the M&E Lead to prepare updated indicator tables for USAID reporting, assist in the development of Scopes of Work for external M&E consultants, support the identification and training of local data collectors, assist in the development of indicators aligned to new work plan activities. He/she will also conduct data quality assessments, site visits, regular data checking and trainings, when needed.   The role requires closely working with consultants and government stakeholders in relation to assessments, monitoring and research. It also requires working collaboratively with the WWA MERL lead. S/He will be expected to maintain regular communication with sub-partners and involvement in regional project review meetings. S/He will participate in regular catch up meetings and briefings with the home national office (USNO) M&E team in addition to the regular meetings and calls with WWA team at Hawassa and M&E at PIE CO. The post holder will propose and implement learning approaches for research and M&E findings for the timely adjustment of project activities and to inform future program development. Under the direction of the MERL lead, s/he will quickly and accurately respond to funder data requests.  Most importantly, s/he will ensure Plan’s Child Protection Policy and Guidelines and Research Standards are adhered to during project implementation.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge


Bachelor’s degree with five years of M&E experience, or Master’s degree in MERL related fields with two years of M&E experience.

Significant experience monitoring and evaluating USAID funded projects

Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing comprehensive M&E systems.

Demonstrated ability in management, analysis, and processing of data to inform project planning and M&E

Knowledge of USAID ADS 203 guidelines on Performance Monitoring and Evaluation a plus but not required.

Proven ability to prepare clear, concise reports with attention to detail

Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook and Database development and management.

Fluency in English (both spoken and written)

Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, coordination, organization and documentation skills

Flexible, cross – culturally aware and adaptable to change


Strong conceptual and analytical skills

Ability to deliver to tight deadlines

Knowledge of USAID ADS 203 guidelines on Performance Monitoring and Evaluation a plus but not required

Experience using quantitative and/or qualitative software

Experience using data visualization software such as Tableau and ability to create and use dashboards.

Knowledge about gender and development, and experience and proficiency in monitoring and evaluating programs that mainstream gender

Physical Environment

The job holder is required to work in Hawassa town and the surrounding communities. Might spend times in rural communities for project monitoring and community consultations.

Level of contact with children

Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children

Location: Hawassa

Type of Role: M&E Coordinator 

Reports to: M&E Lead

Grade: C2

Closing Date: September 2, 2021

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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