Thursday, May 27, 2010

Education Development Center (EDC), Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Deadline June 09, 2010.

Education Development Center Inc. (EDC), a US-based, non-profit education research and development organization, is implementing the USAID Prepara Ami ba Servisu (PAS) program in Timor Leste. This program provides young, minimally-educated rural men and women with a workforce preparation program that combines off-the-job instruction with on-the-job training.

We are currently seeking a dynamic and qualified person for the position of Monitoring and Evaluation Officer.  This position will be reporting to the Communications, Performance and Research (CPR) Manager and will be based at EDC Office in Dili but will have extensive travel to PAS learning center locations currently in Manufahi, Oecusse, Lautem, Covalima, Aileu, Ainaro and Manatuto.   
Position description:
Forming the core of the CPR Section, the M&E officer will be responsible for ensuring the collection, compilation and analysis of a variety of quantitative and qualitative data to: 1) meet program evaluation, reporting and documentation requirements; 2) support evidence-based programming and decision-making; and 3) build institutional knowledge of best practices in youth programming and workforce development.  This includes assisting the CPR manager with the assessment and creation of integrated systems for monitoring & evaluation, program analysis and research.

Drawing upon an understanding of regional program activities and planning, the M&E officer will translate familiarity with PAS programming logic into the proper measurement, recording and analysis of objective performance results to meet reporting requirements and ensure the achievement of program objectives.  This includes: a) collecting data from sub-grant partners regarding performance of PAS youth (result 1) for use in quarterly reports to USAID, PAS fact sheets and newsletters, case studies and other documents; and b) tracking the progress of sub-grant partners in their ability to provide strong monitoring & evaluation data (result 2), with the provision of further training in M&E to partners, as needed.

Based on careful analysis of program data, the M&E officer will support the CPR manager to make recommendations to Program Staff and the CoP concerning program design and capacity-building for local partners.  To that end, the M&E officer will draw upon a detailed knowledge of performance results to help provide the evidence and analytic tools necessary for the Senior Management Team to make informed, strategic decisions about program implementation and progress.

The M&E officer will also assist the CPR manager with design and data collection for research on Phase III outcomes, including training sub-grantee partners to perform follow-up evaluation of PAS program graduates, conducting interviews with graduates and assistance with designing case studies of successfully sustainable livelihood choices. 

Qualifications requirement:
A precise thinker, with superior attention to detail and organizational skills, and a proven capacity to think analytically about program results and needs. 

Ability and willingness to communicate M&E requirements to local partners and provide the necessary training to ensure proper documentation and analysis to meet reporting goals.

Strong communication, interpersonal and listening skills with an ability to promote and foster fluid information-sharing and integration of activities across functional units. Willingness to independently seek out new information sources and channels.
Strong writing skills in English, with ability to accurately compile data and analyze program results.  Capacity to work under pressure and deliver high-quality results while meeting reporting deadlines.

Period: 15 June 2010 – 20 September 2010 (with possibility of extension)

For this position candidate must be Timorese citizens.  All applications are due by June 9, 2010 and should be sent to