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Consultant, MEL Advisor

at Mercy Corps
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted June 12, 2019
Category Monitoring and Evaluation
Job Type FULL_TIME
Currency UGX

Description

Consultant - Short term Technical Assistance – MEL Advisor
Consultancies Kampala, Uganda

Background:
The NU-TEC Financial Services is a DFID funded blended finance facility for agriculture market system in northern Uganda.

To implement the facility, Mercy Corps is partnering with a commercial financial institution to establish a fund for lending to agribusinesses and agriculture projects that would otherwise be considered ‘too high a risk’ for commercial lending. The new portfolio will aim to adopt innovative risk assessment and management strategies that incentivise financial institutions to adopt reduced borrowing requirements and make lending capital available to a wider segment of the market.

Purpose / Project Description:
The programme needs to finalise a results log frame with targets for lending and other development indicators required by DFID. An initial logframe has been prepared, additional discussions with NUTEC learning partner are scheduled for May 2019. During these discussions, the MEL Advisor will represent the programme to finalise a programme logframe. The advisor will work with the Deputy Team Leader to finalise programme targets with DFID.

Based on the agreed logframe, the MEL Advisor will develop a measurement plan including reporting against targets and data collection and analysis to inform programme development.

The fund operates using the partner bank’s standard operating processes and these processes need to be efficiently utilised to track development indicators required by DFID. The MEL Advisor will work with the Equity Bank MIS management team and the NUTEC FS team to set up the tracking system.

Based on the MEL measurement plan the consultant is expected to recommend the scope of work to resource the MEL delivery during project implementation.

Key Responsibilities will include:
Work with the MEL advisors at the learning partner institution to complete the programme logframe and finalise the theory of change
In communication with the DTL and DFID Advisor finalise the programme logframe targets including – loan targets and development targets.
Propose a suitable measurement plan using simple measurement tools and effectively utilising the bank’s internal MIS framework.
Based on the measurement plan provide an indicative SOW to resource the data collection and learning component.
Based on the measurement plan establish the resources required for on-going monitoring and data collection working toward measurement milestones proposed in the plan.

Skills

Understanding of the DCED standards of monitoring and evaluation for market development projects
Demonstrated experience developing theory of change and logframes for DFID projects
Experience working with a fund or blended finance facility a plus
East Africa experience a plus
Excellent verbal and writing skills
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment
High degree of integrity and strong work ethic

Experience Requirements

5 years of experience working in senior monitoring and evaluation capacity for DFID projects

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Mathematics or Economics