Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse, and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact. Mercy Corps is a global team of development and humanitarian professionals working together on the front lines of today’s biggest crises to create a future of possibility, where everyone can prosper. The mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. Mercy Corps works in more than 40 countries around the world, where over 5,400 team members work side by side with people living through poverty, disaster, violent conflict, and the acute impacts of climate change.
In Nepal, Mercy Corps began operations in 2005, and since then has implemented projects in the sectors of agriculture, food security and nutrition, financial services, youth engagement, and disaster risk reduction/ climate change adaptation. To date, this programming has reached over 900,000 people in 23 districts. We work with a range of donors in Nepal and have been a trusted prime partner of choice for FCDO for decades.
About The Programme
The FCDO has launched a call for proposals to select a lead Gender Based Violence Partner to deliver a key component of its Security and Justice Programme (SJP) in Nepal. The overall SJP will support the following outcomes - increased responsiveness of security and justice providers and increased prevention of GBV and wider security and justice problems.
This Scope of Work for the Lead GBV Partner envisages and sets out two phases:A preparatory project to be seed-funded by FCDO through an existing arrangement with UNOPS for up to £75,000 GBP from about 1 September 2023 to 31 March 2024 A multi-year project directly funded by FCDO for up to £8m from 1 April 2024 to 31 December 2027
If selected, the multiyear programme will involve the following elements:To provide expertise and high-quality reporting on progress on the project’s results aligned with the SJPs results framework, disaggregating data based on gender, caste, disability and other relevant parameters and intersectionalities To act as a Fund Manager for downstream partners who have strong local networks and understanding, legitimacy and to ensure value for money To provide Technical Assistance to downstream partners and other key organisations and agency personnel To give support for downstream partners for organisational strengthening and sustainability in terms of core functions such as establishing baselines, financial management, reporting results, managing risks and other aspects of compliance To ensure systematic and continuous coordination and coherence with other components of SJP
General Position Summary
The MEL Manager is a member of a senior programme management team responsible for designing, leading, managing, and implementing SJP’s monitoring, evaluation and learning system, as well as targeted research components and a quality assurance mechanism. The MEL Manager will play a key role in ensuring high quality of programme implementation by providing timely and accurate analyses for adaptive management and data-based decision making. This role will also be responsible for leading the approach and mechanisms to ensure a holistic, meaningful, and localised Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) approach throughout the life cycle of the programme and in close coordination with programme technical leads, partners, stakeholders, and the Government of Nepal. Support to information management, reporting, and technology applications will be key. The MEL Manager will be responsible for coordination and support of any external MET consultants. The MEL Manger is responsible for capacity building and mentoring for programme staff on themes related to monitoring, evaluation, accountability, reporting, and learning. As gender and social inclusion (GESI), governance, safeguarding, and accountability are cross-cutting and core components of all Mercy Corps programmes, the MEL Manager is required to own these components and ensure they are integrated into his/her work area.
PROGRAMME MEL MANAGEMENTDesign a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system in line with FCDO and Mercy Corps requirements. Oversee the implementation of the MEL system, ensure it is up-to-date and respond appropriately to the changing context and programme needs. Plan and lead all MEL activities, including assessments, evaluations, and research initiatives. Develop and regularly update a programme-level MEL Plan. Oversee data collection, validation, and analysis for programme performance indicators; ensure indicator results are regularly updated and reported on the internal Mercy Corps indicator tracking platform (TolaData). In cooperation with relevant technical leads, identify additional programme data needs and develop data collection tools to track contextual, qualitative, and other indicators as needed. Develop and operationalise relevant MEL SOPs and protocols, oversee their roll out and consistent implementation across relevant teams. Develop a detailed data flow process for the programme and ensure all stakeholders understand their roles and responsibilities in the process. Develop standards and quality assurance mechanisms for all data collection and train relevant programme and partner team members to ensure consistent data quality. Oversee design and management of all programme databases and dashboards. Initiate and conduct regular internal data quality assessments. Perform spot checks on the team’s data collected and reports each month. Design and implement internal data quality assurance measures Develop and roll out a systematic monitoring visits plan for programme activities, including relevant tools and reporting mechanisms. Ensure program team members are fully aware of their MEL-related responsibilities and provide regular technical support, including to partner staff. Recruit and manage all subcontractors involved in data collection and evaluation activities, national and / or international. Conduct regular programme data analysis and present it to relevant programme teams, including appropriate visualisations such as PowerBi dashboards and tailored maps. Take on overall responsibility for programme reporting including monthly, quarterly, annual, final, and ad-hoc reports. Conduct regular visits to programme sites to conduct routine monitoring and provide required technical support to programme teams. Ensure all minimum Mercy Corps MEL Policy standards are met throughout the programme.
TEAM MANAGEMENTIdentify and recruit qualified team members to ensure implementation of the programme MEL system. Directly manage MEL staff in day-to-day activities and provide technical oversight and support. Develop the capacity of the team, including partner MEL staff, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development. Ensure all team members have access to information, tools, and resources they need to improve performance and reach objectives. Promote accountability, communicate expectations, and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one-on-one meetings and performance reviews. Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
SECURITYWork closely with the country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that promote the safety and security of all team members. Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
Given the nature of the work, all staff are expected to be flexible and may be asked to carry out duties which are not specifically listed above. The job description may be revised after discussion between the staff member and the organisation.
Expected to supervise several direct reports. The number of direct and indirect reports will be determined at a later stage.
Reports Directly To: SJP Team Lead
Works Directly With: SJP Team Lead, SJP Team Lead/Director, SJP Technical Leads, Mercy Corps Global MEL Team, Director of Programmes, CARM Advisor, Programme Managers, and Finance and Compliance Teams
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our programme participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of our field projects.