Plan International Nutrition Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Coordinator Job Vacancy


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization (non-profit) that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion, and discrimination. And its girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience, and knowledge. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


Plan International has been operating in Rwanda since 2007. And over the past ten years, we have had an extensive portfolio that covers a variety of interventions (Right to protection, Right to Youth Economic Security, Right to access quality and inclusive education and Right to Early Childhood Care and Development) in both development and humanitarian contexts. We are actively present in 3 districts of Gatsibo, Nyaruguru and Bugesera and six refugee camps. In all our interventions, we pursue our deep-seated change to achieve our ambition, which is “Together, we take action so that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive. We are a strong global civil society actor that resonates with all those who want to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. We are also scaling up our reach to more parts of the country given the growing partnerships and grants portfolio.

Re-advertisement: Nutrition Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Coordinator
Purpose:
Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze is a 5-year, $32.6 million activity that aims to sustainably increase farmers’ incomes, improve nutritional status of women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate. The Activity is being implemented in the following ten districts of Rwanda: Gatsibo, Kayonza, Bugesera, Ngoma (Eastern Province); Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero Nyamasheke, Karongi (Western Province); and Nyamagabe (Southern Province).  Led by CNFA, the consortium is comprised of a diverse range of international and Rwandan partners including Plan International, Souktel, Rwanda Development Organization (RDO) and the Imbaraga Farmers’ Union. 

Plan International is responsible for leading Component 3 to improve nutrition outcomes of agriculture interventions. The nutrition activities and interventions under Component 3 are intended to increase the nutritional status of 200,000 households in the target districts, working through existing care groups, Community Health Workers and the Twigire Muhinzi Farmer Promotors, to reach the target households with improved messaging about nutrition, including nutrition-sensitive agriculture and the importance of dietary diversity particularly for women and children 6-23 months. The expected results in 5 years are: i) at least 40% increase in number of women (aged 15-49) and children under 2 consuming targeted nutrient-rich crops or products, ii) a least 40% increase in number of children 6-23 months receiving a minimum acceptable diet (MAD) and at least 40% increase in women’s dietary diversity score: mean number of food groups consumed.

Based in Kigali, the Nutrition M&E Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Nutrition Specialist and with guidance from the Plan International USA Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning team to develop the tools to track the nutrition behavior changes at the community level and ensure efficient and effective implementation of the M&E component of the direct nutrition interventions.   

Dimensions of Role:
  • Develop the tools to track the nutrition behavior changes at the community level.
  • Ensure efficient and effective implementation of the M&E component of the direct nutrition interventions.
  • Support the development and implementation of nutrition-related reporting systems.
  • Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team to track nutrition activities and impact.

Location:
  • Based in Kigali with travels to sites

Key End Results and typical Responsibilities
“What” is done and “why”, but not “actions” or “how”; include indicators for success
  • Coordinate with the M&E team in developing, updating and implementing nutrition-related components of the annual M&E work plans.
  • Assist Component 3 in developing nutrition-related data collection tools, and training staff and partners in their use.
  • Assist Component 3 team and M&E team in monitoring progress towards nutrition-related project targets and outputs on a monthly basis.
  • Conduct data quality audits in field sites for quality assurance purposes.
  • Participate in evaluations to measure project results and document lessons learned.
  • Support Component 3 team and partners to understand M&E requirements and procedures including indicators, definitions and targets.
  • Support Component 3 team to collect success stories and conduct learning events.

Dealing with Problems:
Application of knowledge required for the role, complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them.
  • Ability to resolve a wide range of challenges related to monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programing.
  • Provide leadership and guidance on how to monitor and evaluate nutrition programs.

Communications and Working Relationships:
Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact
  • Senior Nutrition Specialist, Hinga Weze –High level
  • Hinga Weze Monitoring and Evaluation staff –High level
  • SBCC Specialist, Hinga Weze –Medium level
  • Senior Gender Advisor, Hinga Weze—Medium level
  • Gender and Nutrition Officers, Hinga Weze – Low level
  • District Outreach Officers, Hinga Weze – Low level
  • District Managers, Hinga Weze – Low level

Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives
Knowledge
  • Bachelor’s degree considered with an extensive background in nutrition.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in Monitoring and Evaluation in a complex and changing environment.
  • At least 3 years relevant experience in nutrition-related M&E.
  • Knowledge of best practices in the field of monitoring and evaluation interventions related to nutrition and food security.
  • Strong understanding of nutrition indicators such as minimum acceptable diet, and women’s dietary diversity.
  • Understanding of USAID food security and nutrition interventions; Feed the Future experience preferred.
  • Effective team player, able to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Fluent in English and Kinyarwanda; French language skills a plus.

Skills
  • Experience in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation activities for food security and nutrition programming.
  • Experience developing and utilizing data collection tools for nutrition indicators such as minimum acceptable diet, and women’s dietary diversity.
  • Demonstrable analytical skills and experiences to identify and evaluate best practices and state-of-the-art approaches.
  • Experience conducting research and assessments related to nutrition programming is preferred.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.

Behaviors
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment, report writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work as an effective team member in a complex and fast paced environment.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Flexible, creative and problem solving oriented.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively on Nutrition issues.
  • Confident in taking initiative and exploring new opportunities.

Physical Environment and Demands:
Maybe “typical office environment”; note if heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc.
  • Typical office environment but with at least 40% time in the field including community visits. This position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda at the Hinga Weze project office. The position will require frequent field visits to the target districts in Eastern, Western, and Southern Provinces. 

Level of contact with children
  • High level: Frequent interaction with children.

Behaviors (Plan International’s Values in Practice) 
We are open and accountable
  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organization for all children, girls & young people.

We strive for lasting impact
  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximize long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together
  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering
  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities. Engages and works well.

Level of Contact with Children:
  • Low contactLow interaction with children.

Please send your updated CV, one-page cover letter and 3 names of referees one them must be your supervisor in English to Plan.Applications@plan-international.org the closing date for applications is September 24, 2018.

Please note: plan international will consult beyond your listed referees for the sake of the safety of children

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