Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Job at Cuso International

Cuso International is currently implementing a five year project titled, Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development Project (YouLead)
funded by Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign
Affairs, Trade and Development that will support the creation of
youth-led enterprises and employment for young women and men in the
natural resource sector in Cross River State, Nigeria.Cuso International
and implementing partners will develop a youth-driven approach to
support sustainable economic activities in key sectors (forestry,
agriculture, aquaculture and eco-tourism) identified by the CRS
government and other key stakeholders. The project will also strengthen
capacity of government at State and LGA levels, youth serving civil
society organizations, training organizations, and financial
institutions to develop and implement a gender-responsive NRM ‘green
jobs/green economy’ policy framework as the basis of increasing
employment, self-employment and secured livelihoods for young women and
men in the natural resource sectors.

Reporting to the MEAL Manager, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
ensures that the project continues to monitor, evaluate and report on
strategic outcomes based on reliable evidence and engages stakeholders
in learning for planning project course corrections and communicating

JOB TITLE:  Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Reports to: MEAL Manager
Contract type: Fix term 2 year contract with possible extension
Language requirements: English
For Nigerian Nationals ONLY

Accounting for Project Outcomes
• Implement the performance monitoring plan with all relevant staff, volunteers and partners
• In conjunction with the MEAL Manager and the M&E consultant
collaborate with project staff and partners to develop evaluation
plans/frameworks, data collection protocols, tools and systems
• Ensure that the MEAL system fully reflects and incorporates Cuso
International’s gender equality commitments as outlined in the Gender
Equality Policy, Strategy and Approach
• Support the regular production and updating of key lessons learned from the project
• Assist the MEAL Manager in ensuring the implementation of all
aspects of the YouLead MEAL system in close collaboration with the Cuso
International MEAL Team
• Work with the project staff to improve YouLead accountability to our local beneficiaries and other stakeholders
• Support baseline survey, internal mid-year and annual reviews and external program evaluations
• Support monthly reporting on activities by project component
managers, to ensure effective monitoring and documentation of project
progress as per Annual Work Plans and the project Performance
Measurement Framework (PMF).
• Support internal mid-year and annual reporting requirements, and the needs of external program evaluations.
• Support monitoring and evaluation capacity building initiatives of the project with project partners and stakeholders.
• Support periodic reflection and analysis of lessons learned by
project component managers and their teams, internally and through
focus-group discussions in collaboration with partners and other
• Carry out other duties as required by the YouLead Project Team Leader, from time to time.

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Development knowledge

  • Significant practical, analytical and theoretical knowledge and
    experience of international development work in Nigeria including:
  • a strong awareness of gender and equity issues and knowledge of
    issues affecting young women and men (key target groups for YouLead) in
    the context of GESI [Gender Equality and Social Inclusion]
  • an appreciation of the contribution that the private sector and business development approaches can bring to development
  • proven ongoing commitment to staying abreast of current development thinking

    Technical knowledge and experience in monitoring and evaluation

  • Significant proven experience with:
  • logical framework approach to defining project outcomes and indicators
  • gender sensitive data collection & analysis
  • gender equality objectives in partner’s capacity building plans
  • Familiarity with and a supportive attitude towards processes of
    strengthening local organizations and building local capacities for
  • Demonstrated experience in measuring and tracking vulnerable groups in programs and projects
  • Good understanding of what determines vulnerability in humanitarian and development context
  • Experience disaggregating information and data by sex, age,
    social-economic status, marital status, disability, people living is
  • methods for monitoring and evaluation (including quantitative, qualitative and participatory)
  • planning and implementation of M&E systems
  • capacity building in M&E development and implementation
  • facilitating learning-orientated focus group discussions with multiple stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience with integrating and measuring gender equality results including:
  • gender disaggregated and gender sensitive baselines, indicators and targets

Communication, representation and networking

  • Excellent communication skills – the ability to articulate
    project views efficiently and positively in various formats, including
    speech, panel, debate and group discussion
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate good practices and learning
    in working with both young women and men that contributes to breaking
    down negative gender and generational stereotypes
  • Ability to present and represent Cuso International to a variety
    of audiences including government, private sector, donors and civil
  • Strong networking skills and the ability to build relationships, alliances and networks in a fast paced work environment.

    Team work

  • Proven ability to work effectively in a number of teams, in a
    multi-cultural context and where teams may be geographically dispersed


  • Proven ability to be self-serving in IT (Email, Advanced Excel
    and Powerpoint) and willingness to develop IT skills in Cuso
    International’s corporate monitoring and evaluation system
  • Considerable experience in data entry and data management.
  • Proven knowledge of statistical

    Personal skills

  • Pro-active approach to work planning
  • Considerable problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Flexibility and willingness to do any and all tasks needed to meet project goals and timelines
  • Good time management in relation to priorities


  • A University degree in statistics, social science, development studies or a related discipline
  • Minimum 3 years development experience, with at least 2 years
    working in monitoring and evaluation of funded projects and programs;
    preferably in the area of natural resources management and/or market
    systems/enterprise development
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and present results of
    development outcomes using narrative and quantitative reporting
  • Knowledge of capacity building approaches applied to monitoring and evaluation for government and community-based organizations
  • Proven ability to network and collaborate with government and community-level stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to train and build capacity of others;
  • Strong planning, organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent analytical, presentation, and reporting skills
  • Excellent database, data management and data analysis skills,
    with experience using at least 2 software applications such as Microsoft
    Excel, Access, SPSS, STATA.
  • Demonstrated skills in quantitative data management and analysis,
    preferably in relation to monitoring and evaluation of project results
    against indicators.
  • Proven technical skills in monitoring and evaluation, including
    experience with multi-sectorial and multi-donor funded programs and
    experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and
  • Proven abilities in developing monitoring plans, data collection,
    information management, use of databases, and analysis and performance
  • Proven expertise in the management and analysis of data for basic statistics and graphic presentations using Excel.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for facilitation of focus group discussions
    and participatory analysis involving community-level stakeholders and
    vulnerable populations.

How to Apply:

Your application must be forwarded to,
with the competition number: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer 2016-2
clearly marked as the subject number. Applications must be received by
Friday, August 5th, 2016 11:59 pm Eastern Time. No late applications
will be considered. CV must not be more than 4 pages in length maximum
and covering letter must be 1 page long maximum.
•To be considered, your
résumé and cover letter should demonstrate that all of the essential
qualifications are met.
Applications that do not meet the above
requirements will not be considered.
**Women are encouraged to apply

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