Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant

Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada

WHERE: Lilongwe, Malawi (travel to rural areas required)

WHEN: March-May, 2019

DURATION: 3 months (possibility of extension)

REPORTING TO: M and E Officer, CDF Malawi

BACKGROUND

The INVEST Co-op program seeks to improve the economic well being of 50,000 small producers in Malawi. Through an integrated co-operative approach, the program will benefit producers by increasing production and productivity, increasing access to markets, and increasing access to financial services. The program will also focus on building the capacity of local co-operatives, and working with governments to create an enabling environment for co-operatives to do business.

The INVEST Co-op -Malawi project focuses on one dietary staple, maize and three nutrient rich crops, soya beans, groundnuts, beans. The project intends to work directly with 51,620 farmers including 25,000 women and 25,000 men. This project is unique in that it will directly work with 1,620 youth to encourage a culture of savings through school youth savings clubs. About our Partners The implementing partners for this project is MUSCCO and CDF.

COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION OF CANADA

The Cooperative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) is a not-for-profit co-operative, which establishes and strengthens co-operatives, credit unions and community-based organizations to reduce poverty build sustainable livelihoods and improve civil society in less developed countries. CDF proudly delivers programs for other organizations, which help poor communities fight poverty and create more secure lives through community-owned co-ops. For more information on CDF, please visit the website at: https://cdfcanada.coop/

MUSCCO is the apex organization for Savings and Credit Co-operatives in Malawi. MUSCCO provides training, liquidity management, representative and advocacy services to its member organizations to improved financial, management and governance capacity. MUSCCOs aim is to improve financial access to the underserved communities of Malawi. The Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and Cooperative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) fund the program.

ABOUT THE ASSIGNMENT

The MEA will work in collaboration with the M&E Coordinator and assist in the development of tools, the gathering of data, the interpretation of data, recommendations for project adjustments, and preparation of semi-annual and annual reports. The MEA will be based in the CDF office in Lilongwe, Malawi and will be required to travel to remote communities. This is a 3-month position based in Lilongwe, Malawi.

OBJECTIVE

To support the Monitoring and Evaluations Officer and Project Managers in the development and implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation strategy and associated tools.

ACTIVITIES AND DELIVERABLES

• Assist the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with the implementation of the Project Monitoring and Evaluation strategy;
• Assist in the development, as needed, of M&E tracking tools for M&E related activities;
• Review systems and standards for regular assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of the project against its objectives and expected outputs; and
• Supports the project managers, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and field staff in the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, as well as with reporting on findings from monitoring activities.

QUALIFICATIONS

The successful applicant must possess the following skills, experiences and personal characteristics:

• Degree or equivalent experience in International Development and/or Social Science (focus on Monitoring and Evaluation an asset)
• Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation issues
• Experience using digital data collection e.g ODK , KoboCollect
• Experience in implementing household surveys
• Strong analytical skills for quantitative and qualitative data
• One-three years experience
• Experience with participatory approaches and methodologies an asset
• Experience facilitating group learning/training sessions or focus groups
• Understanding of co-operatives or member-based business enterprises
• Must be able to handle difficult situations with patience, tact and professionalism
• Willingness to travel to rural areas
• Flexible.

Interested candidates should submit a CV, covering letter, names and contact information for 3 references and salary expectations to be addressed to:

The Country Manager, CDF, P. O. Box 651, LILONGWE.

Applications should be sent electronically to: innocent.muhereza1cdf@gmail.com and mercy.mkhumba@gmail.com with the name of the position in the subject line.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday, 19th March, 2019 at 4:00 pm. All candidates are thanked for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.