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KEY INFORMATION
Job Title:Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adaptation (MERLA)
Sector:Monitoring & Evaluation. Social Inclusion, Gender Equality, WEE
Position Type:Full time
Duration/Level of Effort:Long-term
Position Location:Jakarta, Indonesia

SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT

INKLUSI, The Australia-Indonesia Partnership Towards an Inclusive Society, is a 5-year investment (2020-25) that will contribute to the broader development goal of No one is left behind – more marginalised people participate in and benefit from Indonesia’s socio-cultural economic, and political development.

INKLUSI continues Australia’s support to Indonesia’s prosperity, building on advancements in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment, social inclusion, and civil society strengthening. This includes experience and lessons working in community-driven development, civil society programs, women’s empowerment, and inclusive development programs – most recently through MAMPU and Peduli. It also builds on decades of work by Indonesian CSOs and social movements, including the women’s movement to advance GEDSI.

INKLUSI seeks to achieve two End-of-Program Outcomes:

  1. Partner CSOs empower marginalised people in the areas of access to services and protection from violence, inclusive citizenship and participation, and economic recovery and livelihoods
  2. Partner CSOs, Government of Indonesia and other stakeholders collaborate to influence systemic changes in Government of Indonesia policy process, CSO enabling environment, and social norms and public discourse.

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION

The Head of Monitoring Evaluation Research Learning and Adaptation (MERLA) position will be responsible for leading the Program’s monitoring, evaluation, research, learning and adaptation functions. This includes supporting the implementation and updating of the MEL plan as needed, overseeing the program’s learning agenda, working as a member of the Senior Management Team to support adaptive management and build staff and partner capacity in MERL and adaptive management. The role also entails being supported by the Program’s Associate, Clear Horizon, who will report to the Team Leader, but provide strategic support and work closely with the Head of MERLA.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Principle Responsibilities

The Head of MERLA will manage the MERLA team and report to the INKLUSI Team Leader. The Head of MERLA duties are outlined below.

Lead Implementation of INKLUSI’s Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Plan

  • Support partners to collect and report monitoring and evaluation data to meet the partnership needs.
  • Support staff to monitor and triangulate partners’ work and collect data on activities which are directly implemented by INKLUSI secretariat.
  • Working closely with MEL Associate, Clear Horizon to ensure MEL implementation aligns to the MEL Plan and overall objectives of the Program.
  • Conduct and/or commission evaluative or research studies.
  • Ensure M&E and data collection processes accord with ethical standards.
  • Support the development of MEL modules in INKLUSI’s MIS to enable storage, analysis and presentation of MEL data.
  • Conduct and support staff to conduct six-monthly collation and analysis of data to inform reflection, learning and reporting.
  • Lead and coordinate the development of six-monthly progress reports to DFAT and annual DFAT PAF reporting.
  • Lead and coordinate inputs to Bappenas and GOI reporting including the BST and PHLN.
  • Update INKLUSI’s MEL system, including further developing and refining tools, as needed to ensure the continued relevance of the system to meet program needs. This may include testing and updating INKLUSI’s program logic, if needed.
  • Support Mitra INKLUSI to update their MEL Plans and program logics as needed to ensure continued relevance to their project needs.
  • Monitor risks associated with MERLA and feedback into the risk management for INKLUSI.

Lead Implementation of INKLUSI’s Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Plan

  • Support partners to collect and report monitoring and evaluation data to meet the partnership needs.
  • Support staff to monitor and triangulate partners’ work and collect data on activities which are directly implemented by INKLUSI secretariat.
  • Working closely with MEL Associate, Clear Horizon to ensure MEL implementation aligns to the MEL Plan and overall objectives of the Program.
  • Conduct and/or commission evaluative or research studies.
  • Ensure M&E and data collection processes accord with ethical standards.
  • Support the development of MEL modules in INKLUSI’s MIS to enable storage, analysis and presentation of MEL data.
  • Conduct and support staff to conduct six-monthly collation and analysis of data to inform reflection, learning and reporting.
  • Lead and coordinate the development of six-monthly progress reports to DFAT and annual DFAT PAF reporting.
  • Lead and coordinate inputs to Bappenas and GOI reporting including the BST and PHLN.
  • Update INKLUSI’s MEL system, including further developing and refining tools, as needed to ensure the continued relevance of the system to meet program needs. This may include testing and updating INKLUSI’s program logic, if needed.
  • Support Mitra INKLUSI to update their MEL Plans and program logics as needed to ensure continued relevance to their project needs.
  • Monitor risks associated with MERLA and feedback into the risk management for INKLUSI.

Lead implementation of INKLUSI’s research agenda

  • Support development of a learning agenda for INKLUSI which identifies the key strategic questions which the partnership would like to learn about during the life of the Program.
  • Oversee MEL and research work to ensure these contribute to this learning agenda.
  • Support the Program leadership and team to use findings from this learning agenda to inform Program adaptation.

Support adaptive management

  • Design and facilitate six-monthly reflection and learning workshops with partners and the INKLUSI team.
  • Work with INKLUSI leadership to develop approaches and mechanisms to strengthen the adaptive management culture of the INKLUSI team to better ensure learning translates into adaptation for program improvement.
  • Play a key role in developing the process for INKLUSI’s annual workplan development, working closely with the other management team members to ensure adaptations identified as needed during reflection sessions are taken up in the workplan. Review the draft annual workplan to ensure consistency with learning from the reflection sessions.
  • Contribute to thinking on INKLUSI’s strategic direction, including drawing in learning from across the program.
  • Support partners to practice adaptive management through facilitating reflection and learning workshops and supporting partners to identify expected progress for the coming year based on this learning.
  • Support the aggregation of partners’ progress at a whole-of-INKLUSI level, in order to communicate what progress will be made each year and as the basis for tracking this progress.

Build Program staff and partner capacity to support monitoring, evaluation, learning and adaptation

  • Build staff understanding of INKLUSI’s program logic and MEL system and build staff capacity to support its effective implementation. This will be done through a combination of targeted training, as well as on-the-job mentoring.
  • Build staff understanding and capacity to practice adaptive management.
  • Build all partners understanding of INKLUSI’s program logic and MEL system and how to use key MEL tools to support its effective implementation. Support Mitra INKLUSI to practice adaptive management through facilitating reflection sessions with partners.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • A post-graduate degree (Masters) in the following or related fields: social science, international development, monitoring and evaluation, statistics, etc
  • At least seven (7) years of experience in designing, managing and implementing MERLA activities with preference given to Gender equality, disability and social inclusion including using GEDSI sensitive indicators and measures
  • Excellent communication in English language both written and oral
  • Five (5) years of supervisory experience
  • Relevant technical skills in analysing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data, and packaging the findings
  • Extensive experience in developing progress reports including knowledge of reporting procedures and requirements of DFAT-Australia, including best practices, guidelines and tools for MERLA
  • Ability to work well on a team of varying backgrounds and cultures
  • Fluency in Bahasa Indonesian (preferred)
  • Knowledge of various methodologies and approaches (most significant change, RBM, etc.,)

APPLICATION PROCESS

Candidates are encouraged to apply by Friday 2 December 2022/as soon as possible.

For your application to be considered, please upload your documents as followed: Candidate Last Name, First Name, date, Title of the Position.

Cowater International is an equal opportunity employer, basing employment on merit and qualifications as they relate to professional experience and position expectations. Cowater does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, disability, age, or any other basis protected by law.

We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.

ABOUT US

With more than 35 years’ experience, Cowater International is a global leader in management consulting services specializing in international development and has managed the implementation of over 800 projects in more than 80 countries around the globe. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, financial and environmental impacts. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our yearly award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies since 2017. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Cowater International also has corporate offices in Montreal, Quebec; London, United Kingdom; Nairobi, Kenya; and Brussels, Belgium, in addition to project offices in a wide variety of other locations across Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.

We thank you for your interest in building a better tomorrow with Cowater International.

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