National Project M&E Officer

International Labour Organisation

Transport & Logistics

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Job Type

Full-time

Closing date:

25 February 2022

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About

International Labour Organisation

Vacancy no.: ABUJA/DC/GS/2022/07

Publication date: 11 February 2022

Application deadline (midnight local time): 25 February 2022

Job ID: 7683

Department: RO-Africa

Organization Unit: CO-Abuja

Location: Freetown

Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration:

Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date.

The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates

*The recruitment process for National Officer positions is subject to specific local recruitment and eligibility criteria.

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*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade.

Introduction

Opportunity Salone is a project implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) that aims to support Sierra Leone in its quest to develop a vibrant and resilient economy delivering Decent Work opportunities to Sierra Leoneans. The project is fully aligned with the government's vision for national development as expressed in the Medium-Term National Development Plan 2019-23 (MTNDP). It emphasises human capital development, in particular investment in capacity building, and establishment of a diversified, competitive economy with well-developed infrastructure.

Opportunity Salone is financed by the European Union as part of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). The project aims to contribute to large scale job creation and job quality improvements for women, youth and persons with disabilities mainly in rural areas in Sierra Leone through inclusive value chain development focused on SMEs and cooperatives, and feeder road maintenance to improve access to markets. Opportunity Salone adopts a market systems development approach . The project will be implemented in 4 districts (Port Loko, Bombali, Bo and Kenema), over a 48 month period (Oct. 2021 - Oct. 2025) with a budget of 8 million Euros and have three interrelated outcomes:

  • Enhanced, conflict-sensitive, agricultural value chain and entrepreneurship development for SMEs, youth, women and persons with disabilities
  • Improved feeder road maintenance contributing to resolve infrastructure bottlenecks to immediate job creation
  • Improved business environment for entrepreneurship development and feeder road maintenance

The project will ensure complementarity between both key work areas: (i) value chain development with a focus on women, youth and people with disabilities and (ii) feeder road rehabilitation. Impact will be achieved by using a market systems development (MSD) approach in the value chain work and by working in close collaboration with private and public partners, including the Sierra Leone Chamber of Agribusiness Development (SleCAD), Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA), the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (SMEDA) and the National Youth Commission (NAYCOM), as well as value chain actors, and local organisations and cooperatives in line with the District Council's Agriculture Development Plans. Outcome 3, which focuses on the policy and regulatory environment, will reinforce the sustainability of results achieved in Outcomes 1 and 2 through the establishment of a more conducive environment for business development and road maintenance and by facilitating business formalization processes.

To implement a Theory of change-based Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy (CMES) (M&E that integrates the ), in the project document this is referred to as Monitoring and Results Measurement (MRM) - is an important component of the project. An M&E Officer will be responsible to conduct, with the project staff and partners involvement data collection, processing and analysis for learning and communication , improving project management and reporting, generating evidence of project results. The M&E strategy will cover the three complementary outcomes. Furthermore, the M&E strategy will consider the project's target group focus and, as such, wherever appropriate, collect and make use of sex and age-disaggregated data, while also to the extent possible paying attention to disability inclusion in project intervention areas.

II. Reporting line:

Under the overall responsibility of the Director of the ILO Abuja Office director, the National Project M&E Officer will report to and work under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of the project.

Requirements

About the Role

Description of Duties

In collaboration with project staff and with the support of ILO Technical Specialists, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will develop and operationalize an age, sex and disability-disaggregated "Comprehensive M&E Strategy (CMES) that is appropriate to the scale and nature of the project, making sure that it is fully understood and "owned" by project staff and partners throughout. The MRM system will be used to both "prove" results (i.e. collect defensible data which can attribute progress on logframe targets to project actions) and to "improve" implementation (i.e. collect data to provide quick feedback on the effectiveness of interventions and inform adjustments to these interventions).

Specific duties include:

1. Support project technical staff to articulate the theory of change of the project and gender-sensitive results chain for each intervention and interaction with factors out of the project control to map out the intended causal pathway from project activities to project impact.

2. Train ILO specialists and partners on how to implement the CMES for the two main project components (gender-sensitive value chain and entrepreneurship development; feeder road maintenance).

3. Coordinate and support collection of a baseline (in the first year of the project) on key data relative to the logframe, which is sex and age disaggregated, and which to the extent possible also provides information on disability inclusion in project intervention areas.

4. Design and establish a CMES, with an under an Excel-based database to cover all project outcomes and outputs. The CMES will include detailed M&E plans (including intervention guides for each project intervention, specifying indicators, measurement method, timeframe, measurement responsibilities, etc.).

5. Support the project staff and partners with data collection to be conducted by themselves. The data will measure progress against agreed deliverables to inform potential adjustments to project interventions, using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, as specified in M&E plans.

6. Support the project staff and partners in the use and full integration of the CMES in the project's management and the team's learning, notably by organising and supporting periodic internal reviews.

7. Contribute to training on M&E of the project team and, to the extent required, of stakeholders and project partners; and develop the necessary, develop an operational manual to facilitate project staff use of the CMES.

8. Document lessons learnt, good practices and success stories for dissemination.

9. Organise and develop content for knowledge management and knowledge sharing events in the form of workshops, webinars, or seminars to share results of the programme and knowledge gained covering areas such as entrepreneurship, women economic inclusion, youth employment, value chain development and feeder road maintenance.

10. Perform other duties as requested by the CTA.

Required qualifications

Education

First level University degree in socio-economic quantitative and qualitative research, business, economics, statistics, or relevant technical field.

Experience

  • Three years of relevant professional experience in design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems/strategies for development programmes Experience with sex-disaggregated M&E systems and gender-sensitive research is highly desirable.
  • Experience in MRM/M&E in private sector development programmes and with the DCED standard would be an advantage.
  • Experience in MRM/M&E in market systems development projects would be an advantage.

Languages

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  • Excellent knowledge of English. Good knowledge of the local language(s) (i.e. Krio, Themne, Mende) spoken in the project districts is highly desirable.

Competencies

  • Strong socio-economic and gender-sensitive research and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of design and delivery of robust, relevant and timely monitoring and results measurement of development interventions using qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Knowledge and experience in using MRM/M&E to report on progress against agreed project deliverables as well as in using it as a tool for learning and adaptive project management
  • Knowledge and experience in generating data on specific target groups such as women, youth and persons with disabilities
  • Ability to support the development of MRM manuals and training materials and conduct training on MRM/M&E, ideally based on the DCED results measurement standard and ILO guidance on the topic.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and good interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills (Excel required).
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.

"Assessed candidates who will be considered as appointable but not selected for this position can also be offered to be assigned on another temporary position at the same or at a lower grade provided that said candidates possesses the minimum qualifications for this position".

Recruitment process

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