Data Officer

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning/Data Officer

PEACE III Background: Pact, Mercy Corps and its partners are currently implementing PEACE III, a five-year USAID funded cross-border conflict management program. PEACE III is providing targeted technical and financial support to improve the responsiveness of national and regional actors to prevent and respond to cross border conflict management, and strengthen the capacities of cross border communities to peacefully manage conflict. The program currently works with 21 local CBOs as its local implementing partners in both Karamoja and Somali clusters, as well as with national Conflict Early Warning, Early Response Units (CEWERUs) in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia. Job purpose: The main purpose of this position is to oversee and ensure the collection, collation, cleaning and analysis of over 21 partner MERL data for reporting at Nairobi office level. The successful candidate will be responsible for partners’ data quality management and reporting during the program reporting cycles and within the entire program MERL system. The job holder may also provide field MERL and technical assistance as requested by field teams from time to time in liaison with the Nairobi based MERL Team Lead. The MERL Officer, under the guidance of the MERL Team Lead will work closely with the MERL, communications and program teams to ensure PEACE III indicator data upholds data quality standards – reliability, validity, precision, timeliness and integrity. Other functions for the role include data preparation and entry into program database systems and tracking and ensuring partner activity plans are up to date using the partner tracking tool. This position is based in Nairobi and reports to the MERL Team Leader.

Duties and Responsibilities: Data Management • With support from the MERL Team Lead, ensure partners’ data quality as guided by the USAID data quality assurance standards. • Working with the field MERL Officer and Assistant, provide partners with guidance in the application and use of PEACE III reporting tools to ensure good quality data (quantitative and qualitative) is collected and submitted on time. This will also include reviewing of partner events and incident reports (both email and mobile), as well as quarterly reports. • Update MERL databases; (Trainet, DevResults, IformBuilder) using approved supportive program MERL documentation. • Collect and collate relevant program indicator data for reporting purposes

Promising Career Opportunity

Performance data analysis • Track partner activities and update the tracking tool to reflect progress following discussions with respective partner staff and program teams. • Support MERL and program team to conduct periodic reviews of project work including monitoring and assessing the quality of partner work and Program impact.

MERL Support to partners • Support MERL capacity building initiatives for partners in both clusters. • Support the MERL team to conduct quarterly partner data quality assessments • Ensure standardization of partner MERL tools and methodologies across implementing partners. • Mentor partner staff in M&E and provide timely feedback to partners to ensure good quality partner reports.

Program learning and documentation • Provide clean supporting program data for writing of case studies, success stories, beneficiary profiles and donor reports. • Support documentation of key Pact or Mercy Corps meetings/workshops as required.

Qualifications and experience: • A critical thinker with attention to details mind set, able to streamline large datasets, both quantitative and qualitative from multiple sources ensuring quality in information shared. • A holder of a university degree in Statistics, Economics, Research Methods, International Development, Development Studies or related field from a recognized university. • 4 to 6 years of experience in M&E or Research for social programs or development. • Knowledge and practice in data cycle management and USAID quality assurance standards. • Knowledge and experience on how to synthesize large volumes of quantitative data into simple infographics for donor and external audience consumption. • A good planner with conceptual skills to think and plan for outcomes/impact. • Ability to coordinate M&E related information across multiple partners in five countries. • Knowledge and application of computer and mobile systems or applications for data collection, reporting and storage. • A team player with interest in numerics or large data sets. • Experience in DQA for USAID funded program an added advantage. • Good knowledge and application of data entry, analysis and presentation soft wares e.g. CSPro, SPSS, STATA and advanced Excel.

How to apply: Interested applicants fulfilling the minimum requirements are invited to send their application letter and CV to indicating “MERL/Data Officer” on the subject line. Deadline for applications is July 3rd, 2017.

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