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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager
Lebanon Economic Reform and Infrastructure Investment (LERII) Programme – Technical Assistance Facility (TAF)
(Note – over the lifetime of the programme, the below job description may be changed by mutual consent to reflect changing programme needs and priorities)
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Objective of the Programme
Lebanon Economic Reform and Infrastructure Investment (LERII) Programme is a 4-year FCDO-funded programme that will support the Lebanese Government in implementing economic reforms related to electricity, roads, water, waste management, PPPs, PFM, investment climate and macro-fiscal reforms. The overall outcome of the programme is to increase likelihood that the Lebanese government:
- Implements key economic reforms;
- Reaches agreement on the construction of key donor-financed infrastructure;
- And that such projects are successfully built and operated.
To achieve these objectives two type of delivery vehicles will be used:
- Support preparation and investment in large infrastructure projects through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Delivery of this component will be linked to progress on economic reforms.
- Technical assistance (TA) delivered through a flexible and adaptive facility managed by DAI to support Lebanese government ministries and agencies who are involved in direct planning and delivery of infrastructure and economic reforms.
Scope of Work
The post holder will be responsible for the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) of the programme, including developing and implementing a robust and adaptive logframe, tools, systems and workplans that are flexible, responsive, innovative and adaptive to change. This will include setting up the relevant systems and processes and developing relevant MEL tools, including, but not limited to the result frameworks, indicators, monitoring and reporting tools. S/he will also gather data, provide regular reporting on the programme’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and impact (e.g. monthly, quarterly annually), and capture and disseminate learning internally and externally.
The MEL Manager will work closely with the Team Leader and the Senior Reform Manager to articulate clear impact and attribution - identifying the anticipated outcomes and allowing for regular review of whether intervention activities are having their intended results - and capture and share lessons learnt. S/he will also ensure that the voices and opinions of the client (i.e. FCDO), government counterparts, private sector, partners and other stakeholders in Lebanon, guide and shape the way the LERII-TAF programme adapts and is delivered.
Monitoring and Evaluation Framework Development and Oversight:
- Develop, implement and maintain the programme’s robust results management and monitoring framework, with sound and flexible methodologies, systems, indicators, tools, ensuring the client and DAI’s standards and expectations are fully met.
- Monitor and report against programme results framework, including tracking results against output and outcome indicators and value for money (VfM).
- Be responsible for periodic project activity reviews and update the theory of change (ToC) and log frame (including projections), ensuring coherence with LERII-TAF’s intervention logic and M&E approach.
- Ensure baseline data collection is conducted at the required points, data is collected regularly against indicators and capture not only the effectiveness of the programme activities but also system-wide changes occurring across all reform interventions.
- Ensure all MEL systems, indicators and tools allow for continuous improvement over the life of the contract, are gender sensitive, and allow for gender disaggregated data.
- Work with the team to develop a wide range of surveys and tools.
- Lead on the preparation and review of MEL workplans, and annual, midterm and end-of-programme reviews.
- Be responsible for preparing and maintaining annual review recommendations tracker.
- Conduct regular monitoring visits and meet with partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries and ensure their feedback is adequately captured, addressed, analysed and used by the programme team, including:
- Periodic interviews (quarterly and at the end of the assignment) to capture key information not recorded in formal reports:
- Annual assessment of a sample including feedback from beneficiaries to validate information received
- After action reviews of research projects
- If required, provide MEL training to partners and other key stakeholders, so there is a shared understanding of the programme’s logframe, system and tools.
- Based on the ongoing programme monitoring, share insights and trends with Senior Management and PEA Advisor and make recommendations for programme improvements and adaptations, and document and incorporate lessons learned.
- Maintain LERI-TAF Power BI dashboard and ensure its use throughout implementation.
Team Management and Reporting:
- Produce and/or contribute to programme documents (e.g. assessments, surveys), workplans, payment milestones/KPIs and other reports as necessary.
- Be in charge of coordination and collation of inputs for the quarterly and annual reports.
- Present and facilitate monitoring reporting at the SMT meetings, helping the SMT to use data to make good programme decisions.
- Ensure that the team are using the data management information system appropriately.
- With inputs from the PEA Adviser and Technical Team, collate risks and opportunities on projects and keep LERII-TAF Programme Risk register up to date.
- Accountable for acting as a focal point and a source of expertise for monitoring, evaluation and learning across the Programme.
- Build capacity among team to ensure capacity to deliver the M&E framework for the programme.
- Responsible for providing constant monitoring, reporting and learning, ensuring adaptation, innovation and risk management, and leveraging evidence and lessons learnt so to allow for effective adaptive programme management.
- Leveraging lessons learnt to generate client communication pieces, create success stories, case studies, newsletters, infographics, presentations and other high-quality results-based documentation.
- Lead on the development, implementation and monitoring of the programme’s communications strategy to effectively communicate programme activities, results, progress and achievements.
- Coordinate with a local graphic design company in producing progamme’s external communication and knowledge management products.
- Promote an evaluation culture, focused on standards, quality assurance/control and capacity development in the LERII programme.
- A minimum of 7 years’ experience designing and implementing robust and adaptive MEL systems, mythologies, tools, strategies and workplans for multi-component technical assistance programmes, reporting on programme progress, impact and learning
- A degree in Economics, Political or Social Sciences, Public Administration, Sociology, Research Methods or other relevant discipline
- Extensive experience of qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods and tools, particularly for complex governance programmes
- In depth experience with bilateral donor programmes, long term experience with FCDO preferred.
- Previous experience of using data and evidence for adaptive management and learning purposes
- Strong analytical skills and the ability to manage, process and work with large amounts of data
- Excellent ability to write comprehensive and well-articulated client facing narrative reports and compelling learning products for an external audience
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to relate to and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders
- Very good presentation and facilitation skills, including previous experience in MEL participatory training and capacity building staff, implementing partners and other key stakeholders
- High level of computer literacy, and experience with one or more types of data analysis and management software (e.g., Stata, SPSS, PBI) is strongly preferred
- Good understanding of Lebanon’s political economy and governance
- Ability to work under pressure and deliver under tight deadlines on a continual basis
- Accuracy, attention to detail, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a fast-moving high- performing team
- Fluency in English (written and spoken)
Supervision: The MEL Manager will report to the Team Leader
Main office location: Beirut, Lebanon
Level of effort: Full time