Application Deadline: March 2, 2022
Job Title: MEL Advisor
Reporting to: Project Manager, TAP-EDM
Level of Effort: 30 days from March to May 2022
- Cover letter is mandatory to be considered. Cover letters should detail how you fit the opportunity, your daily fee and current availability.
- TAP-EDM accepts electronic submissions only. Send your cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please include following in the email subject line: [MEL Advisor: Your last name, your first name]
- Only successful candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Committed to inclusion and diversity: Alinea offers merit-based, equal employment opportunities to all candidates. Alinea is committed to the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Due to the nature of our work, all candidates will be subject to due diligence checks and extensive background checks where appropriate.
The Technical Assistance Partnership - Expert Deployment Mechanism (TAP-EDM) Project provides targeted, short-term (up to 12 months) technical assistance to National Government Entities (NGE) from eligible OECD-DAC countries. The Mechanism is expected to deploy over 250 Canadian experts via 120-150 technical assistance initiatives designed to resolve capacity gaps to bring about the desired changes of the recipient NGEs. Fully aligned with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Strategy (FIAP), these initiatives will integrate gender equality, climate action/environmental sustainability, human rights and good governance as key objectives. Canadian experts will come from all walks of life, proudly representing world-class technical human resources but also the diversity and multi-culturalism that is Canada.
TAP-EDM is a four-year C$18,750,000-million-dollar project funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and managed by Alinea International.
Mandate To design and validate the monitoring, evaluation & learning system for TAP-EDM.
The Role Reporting to the Technical Assistance Partnership – Expert Deployment Mechanism (TAP-EDM) Project Manager-2 and working closely with the TAP Project Director and other TAP Project Managers, the TAP Communication’s Manager and other project advisors, Global Affairs Canada representatives and project stakeholders, the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor (MEL) will provide technical support to develop the MEL system in collaboration with MEL software developers (to be hired), project staff, Canadian Experts, and other TA personnel. The intent is to have a rigorous monitoring and evaluation system set up during inception and into the first months of implementation with light maintenance and support thereafter provided to the TAP Team and partners.
Responsibilities of the MEL Advisor include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Review and revise the project risk and mitigation strategies using residual risk methodology – Draft 1st Risk Registry for TAP/GAC and Alinea risk management system;
- Review, revise and validate the Mechanism’s logic model (LM) and refine the initial performance measurement framework (PMF) to ensure alignment with monitoring/evaluation requirements for the design, development, implementation and closing of individual Technical Assistance Initiatives (TAIs);
- Contribute to the baseline data collection and analysis for the project and assist in drafting the baseline report;
- Design a monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy, system and plan for TAP including a data management system, client-facing dashboard, public-facing dashboard (TAI map, for example) and reporting templates that supports analysis/visualization of aggregated/rolled-up results, including inclusiveness, gender equality, environment/climate change stewardship and good governance, policy, and human rights aspects of the TAIs;
- Develop a MEL manual as well as data collection tools and methodologies that support incremental baseline data collection, individual TAI monitoring / evaluation data collection that can be aggregated/disaggregated for reporting. The MEL system and these collection tools should be of the scope/scale that is commensurate with the scope/scale of the TAI work to ensure continued value for money;
- Design a capacity development plan to support data collection and analysis of monitoring data for Project Managers, Cross-Cutting Advisors, Project Coordinator and the Project Director;
- Participate in PIP workshop, review, and validate MEL system with the team; and,
- Develop ToRs for the MEL Advisor function to support post-inception and early implementation phase.
Required Qualifications: The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor must have the following minimum qualifications:
- Graduate degree (i.e. University Master’s degree) in the social/behavioral sciences (economics, social work, statistics, political science, anthropology);
- Demonstrated experience and success designing, developing and implementing MEL systems with 3 years of experience using the entire suite of Results Based Management (RBM) tools used by the Government of Canada; logic models, performance measurement frameworks, risk registers, results registers. Experience working with large datasets. Familiarity with complementary MEL approaches, systems and tools used by the UK Government and other donors is highly desirable;
- 5 years of experience providing professional services in the area of international development, with responsibilities such as: project/program level monitoring, evaluation and learning (preference for those with portfolio MEL experience), training/facilitation, strategy development, tools development for tracking results and documenting progress, and technical reporting writing;
- Extensive knowledge of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and/or application of Gender Based Analysis+ approach employed by the Government of Canada for policy/program development and implementation;
- Experience in training and capacity development on project management, theory of change and monitoring and evaluation theory and practice;
- Level 4 - Advanced Professional Proficiency in English in oral and reading. Advantage given to candidates with level 3 or higher in French, and another language (Spanish, Arabic or other); and,
- Experience reporting to Global Affairs Canada and/or other donors.