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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor

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Cuso International
Brief Description


This Volunteer Placement is Located in: Iringa, Tanzania

Start Date: July 2024

Placement Length: 6 months with the possibility of extension

Language Requirements: English Level 5-Fluent

Eligibility: Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor carries a critical role in ensuring the effective implementation of our programs. Collaborating closely with key stakeholders, you will spearhead the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems, tools, and frameworks to gauge program outcomes and impact. Your responsibility extends to orchestrating program learning initiatives, guaranteeing continual program enhancement, and fostering knowledge dissemination within the organization and among external partners. Furthermore, you will offer technical guidance and capacity building to local partners, amplifying their monitoring and evaluation capabilities.

This position is tailored for individuals dedicated to international development, and possessing a robust background in monitoring, evaluation, and learning. The ideal candidate will exhibit exceptional analytical proficiency, meticulous attention to detail, and the adeptness to convey intricate concepts to a diverse spectrum of stakeholders. Self-motivation, adaptability, and the ability to operate autonomously and collaboratively within a global team are essential attributes for success in this role.


As a volunteer, you will:

  • Develop comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plans in collaboration with fellow staff members, outlining the creation and enhancement of thorough M&E strategies.
  • Generate data collection tools and establish a Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) database
  • Regularly assess data collection procedures, conduct evaluations on data quality, and make necessary adjustments.
  • Deliver capacity-building sessions to enhance Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) skills among SIDO & BSBI personnel.
  • Conduct routine field visits to provide support and ensure proper monitoring of beneficiaries supported by SIDO.
  • Collaborate with government stakeholders and local partners, fostering their capacities to conduct effective monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Prepare timely and top-notch Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) reports for SIDO Iringa and BSBI. This includes documenting achievements, aggregating indicators through data analysis, summarizing qualitative findings, and more.


Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Development, statistics, public policy, demographics, or a related field is required, with a focus on monitoring and evaluation.


Essential Background:

  • Minimum of 4 years of experience working in an M&E role
  • 2 – 3 years of experience in project management with exceptional verbal and written communication abilities
  • Experience in implementing women and youth empowerment initiatives
  • Proficient in facilitation, training, and delivering workshops
  • Skilled in using MS Office and delivering successful project management outcomes


What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!


About Us, the Project and the Partner

Cuso International

Cuso International is an international cooperation and development organization that works to create economic and social opportunities for marginalized groups. Together with our partners, we are focused on efforts to advance gender equality and social inclusion, improve economic resilience, and deliver progress on climate action. We believe that by sharing skills, we can build better futures. Founded in 1961, Cuso International works in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada.

We seek individuals who share our values and are committed to supporting marginalized groups, including those from the LGBTQIA+ communities.

Project - Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE)

Cuso International will deliver the Sharing Canadian Expertise for Inclusive Development and Gender Equality (SHARE) project, with a contribution from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over seven years (2020-2027). SHARE aims to improve the economic and/or social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, in developing countries, to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing the engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project will aim to increase the performance of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality, in support of the action areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Partner - Small Industries Development Organization

SIDO was founded in October 1973 as a government-owned organization under the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Marketing. It aimed to foster the growth of the small industry sector in Tanzania. SIDO's responsibilities included policy formulation, direct assistance to industries, and establishment of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Notable initiatives included the establishment of Industrial Estates, Technology Development Centers, and direct marketing efforts.


Terms and Conditions

Cuso International's terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle similar to local living standards. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (eg. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


Support Package

  • Modest monthly living allowance
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Medical Health Insurance (including the cost of required vaccinations and antimalarial medication)
  • Round-trip airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Pre-placement training, In-Country Orientation (ICO) and Reintegration Debriefing
  • Support while in placement through Cuso International's Country Program Office (CPO) and local partners throughout your placement
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) while in placement and upon return
  • Support to meet your fundraising goals
  • Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months


Selection Requirements

Please note that if you are shortlisted for the placement, you will be required to:

  • Confirm Passport or Permanent Resident details for travel purposes 
  • Provide 2 Professional References and 1 Personal Reference
  • Complete a language assessment during the preliminary telephone interview in the language required for your placement
  • Obtain a satisfactory Police Check
  • Complete a medical exam and be medically cleared before your departure
  • Due to the COVID-19 situation, be double vaccinated following the World Health Organization-approved vaccines.



We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.


Pre-placement Training and Briefing - Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID)

We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. You will have a Volunteering Mobilization Advisor (VMA) to support you through the process and will participate in pre-placement training as part of your preparation. You will also have access to self-directed briefing documents, online training, and external resources through the volunteer portal. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement and culture, help you identify and plan your learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.


Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Cuso International works with poor, vulnerable and marginalized people, mainly women and girls, to eradicate poverty and inequality. We understand the need to uphold and enforce the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.

At Cuso International, we believe that all people, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex, age, record of offences, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity or disability have the right to live lives free of harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.

Cuso International considers all forms of harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse to be incompatible with fundamental belief in the human dignity of all people, international and national agreements and standards, and its core values. Cuso International volunteers must agree to uphold the Child Protection, Prevention of Workplace Violence, Prevention of Workplace Harassment and Discrimination, and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policies and Code of Conduct.


Residency and Citizenship

During the application and pre-placement phases, most Cuso International applicants are based in Canada, although we also receive applications from outside Canada. Regardless of your location, it's crucial for us to maintain easy and prompt communication with you between your application and start dates. We may request your passport, need to know your current residence, and be informed of any travel plans.

Leaving your country of residence can impact your citizenship status. If you're leaving your residence for a placement, it is your responsibility to research the implications with local immigration authorities. By applying, you accept full responsibility for any consequences regarding citizenship, residency, or immigration status. Canadian Permanent Residents should make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling to avoid any risks to their residency status.