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MEL Officer – Grand Bassa

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  • Salary:
  • Job type:
    Full Time
  • Posted:
    5 months ago
  • Category:
    Data Management
  • Deadline:
    November 10, 2023


Position Description
Position Status Full-time, Regular
Salary Level : 5
Current Team Member: None
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future. Mercy Corps has been working in Liberia since 2002.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps and its’ consortium partners are implementing the Incentivize Learning Activity (ILA). This Activity
is a five- year program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The
program aims to address food security needs and incentivize school enrollment and ensure access to
education for vulnerable and underserved school age children. The program will provide school meals,
targeted financial incentives, engage communities and parents and conduct social and behavior change
communication. The program will be implemented by Mercy Corps and its’ consortium partners in Grand
Bassa, Bong, Nimba, Margibi, Montserrado and Lofa counties.
General Position Summary
Mercy Corps is looking for a dynamic Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer to support the
implementation of the Incentivize Learning Activity (ILA). The main purpose of this role is to assist with the
development of strategies and tools for ILA monitoring and evaluation. The post holder will work to facilitate
quality implementation of ILA according to the program’s design using measurable results framework. She/he

will conduct assessments, regularly collect and analyze data, and will assist the MEL Manager with the day-
to-day accountability activities.

Essential Job Responsibilities
• Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints
are welcomed.
• Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute
to countrywide strategy development.

• Provide support in establishing and updating a ILA MEL tracking database.
• Produce M&E tools for data collection. Ensure tools are available for use in the field by staff.
• Train and build relevant staff capacity in the use of tools and M&E basics.
• Supervise and manage monitoring, evaluation, and learning data collection, and data delivery to the
MEL Manager.
• Collect information on progress of each activity of a project being implemented and enter the
information into database platform.
• Assist in analyzing and compiling data to measure the progress and impact of projects’ activities.
• Participate in and coordinate the timely collection and analysis of all program performance data and
success stories.
• Provide day to day verifying of data quality and ensure all data is input into database platform and
analyzed in an integrity manner.
• Develop and maintain a data management system using Excel, Access, or other data management
and analysis software.
• Develop and maintain database backup and filing systems.
• Undertake visits to the field throughout the project, as needed to support data collection or verify data
• Prepare periodic update and presentations on program performance against set indicators.
• Prepare reports of project data, as required for reporting.
• Contribute to the documentation of program events such as meetings, events, and workshops.
• Comply with the requirements of Mercy Corps Protection Policy to ensure maximum protection for
• Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with
Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
• Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as
• Ensure program implementation is on time and target, using effective M&E systems to reach desired
• Perform other tasks as required.
• Support the ILA MEL system by ensuring data is collected and entered at the field level and reporting
against program indicators.

• Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career
• Assist team members with information, tools, and resources to improve performance & reach
• Promote accountability, communicate expectations, and provide constructive feedback informally and
formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.
• Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve
• Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to financial transactions and
• Identify, build, and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees,
donors, local governments, and other stakeholders.
• Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
• Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
• Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
• As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning
organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all
team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as
• Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work,
while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and
evaluation of our field projects.
• Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws,
customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Supervisory Responsibility
MEL Assistants
Reports Directly To: MEL Manager
Works Directly With: Other MEL staff, Lead Mobilizer, Mobilizers, Partner Staff (MEL Manager/Officer
and other relevant staff), Adim/Finance Officer, and Logistics Officer
Knowledge and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent preferably in science/ social science subjects. Preference will be
given to those with master’s degree.
• Minimum of 3-4 years’ experience in MEL related work, preferably with an international organization
preferably with 02 years’ experience in a supervisory role.
• Previous experience with data management including planning, collecting, entering, analyzing, and
storing data.
• Capacity-building experience is an added advantage.
• Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Power Point.
• Strong oral and written English skills.
Success Factors
The MEL Officer should pay attention to details, be able to mobilize community for data collection, multi-task,
set priorities, work with a diverse team, be approachable and supportive, be willing to new and apply new
ideas, and be willing to travel to remote areas.

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