National Meal Officer – Zimbabwe
Cesvi is a non-governmental, international humanitarian organization which is working in more than 20 countries throughout the world. Cesvi is dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of poverty in the world’s poorest countries through the mobilization and active participation of the recipients of aid. Cesvi has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1998 in three key areas: Environment and agriculture, Health and the Social sector. Cesvi’s activities in the agriculture sectors revolve mainly around support to rural communities to transform traditional practices shifting from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture. Cesvi has gained a strong experience in the Southern part of Zimbabwe (firstly in Beitbridge district then exporting the same approach to Mwenezi) in upgrading the existing irrigation infrastructure and linking the rejuvenated productive asset to more vital commercial production.
In partnership with SAT (Sustainable Agriculture Technologies) and 4 private sector operators, the current project, funded by the European Union, aims at promoting exports of oranges and paprika and exploring the potential of saffron through the promotion of good agriculture practices, the strengthening of business supporting organizations and the upgrade of local expertise.
The project aims at the achievement of the following results:
- Reinforcing production and export performance for targeted SME value chains
- Improving service delivery for targeted Business Support Organizations
The collaboration will start as soon as possible (tentatively 1st of March 2020).
The main duty station will be Harare, with regular travel to the 4 project’s districts.
The position is open to Zimbabwean nationals ONLY and/or candidates that possess the legal permission to regularly work in Zimbabwe.
Cesvi is seeking to recruit a full-time Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer to continue to develop and/or strengthen systems, practices and tools that contribute to sound project result-oriented management and the fulfilment of accountability standards.
S/he supports programme staff, as well as advises the development and implementation of new and on-going programmes and projects from a MEAL perspective.
S/he will ensure that the project is gender responsive and integrates gender in all action areas.
Main tasks and responsibilities:
The MEAL officer will be responsible for:
- ensuring effective implementation of monitoring and evaluation system for conduction of project activities at assigned region/ area
- ensuring that the stipulated requirements in data collection, management, and display of the results are met on timely basis;
- guaranteeing the quality and relevance of internal monitoring and evaluation activities, recommendations and analysis produced;
- ensuring sound complaints and feedback mechanisms is in place and properly functioning;
- Support Project Managers in preparation of donor reporting by providing information coming from monitoring findings and data collected from field staff in a timely manner
- Develops and implements project’s MEAL framework and tools (comprehensive log frame related M&E plan and indicator tracking table, data collection tools, information flow, and internal reporting formats) in accordance with specific donor requirements
- Provides technical guidance to projects teams including partners in planning and implementation of baseline/midline/endline and other data requirements to support programme analysis, the development and use of monitoring tools and instruments (e.g., objective/target setting, monitoring formats, etc.), as well reporting of programme progress;
- Synthesizes and analyses M&E quantitative and qualitative data received on a regular basis and establish a data collection system flow and recording (databases)
- performs regular field visits, conducting data verification, quality assessments and reporting the findings
- Provides a technical support to all projects on questions linked to M&E and cross-cutting issues (i.e. definition of indicators)
- Leads the development of a responsive, functional and appropriate feedback and complaints mechanism mainstreaming feedback/complaints management into regular monitoring;
- Lead in the collection of positive impact stories and photos from projects and prepare them to be used for shared learning;
- Support the internal project evaluations (including designing the evaluation, developing and testing the data collection tools, taking part in data collection and analysis, drafting the evaluation report, etc.
- Support information-sharing and compilation of lessons learned between programmes and with the Head Office on programming issues.
- Directly implemented monitoring and evaluation activities;
- Development, adaptation and streamline of project management processes and tools. ;
- Project’s staff skill development trainings
- Technical advising.
This will also include providing support to updating the project design and the logical framework in line with the project MEAL plan
- Degree in Development Studies, Agriculture, Information systems, Economics, Statistics or related field
- Post Graduate qualification in related field will be an added advantage
- At least five years’ experience in implementing projects (preferably including in the field) and in designing and implementing Monitoring, Evaluation Accountability and Learning systems, including at the organisational level, and using the Results-Based Management (RBM) approach, Logical Framework Approach (LFA) or equivalent;
- Excellent command of English;
- Demonstrated analytical and report-writing ability;
- Ability to translate narratives into matrices;
- Good capacities in data visualization
- Good communication skills;
- Ability to work in a team;
- Ability to work fast under pressure;
- Ability and willingness to travel;
- Computer literate (Microsoft Office including Excel); and
- Previous experience in designing and utilising data collection tools (e.g. ODK, KoBo).
- Prior experience in the target districts (Beitbridge, Bulilima, Makoni and Mwenezi)
- Experience with online systems capable of tracking export market
- Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of Cesvi in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
- Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
- Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.
- Accountability: Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions, promotes the Cesvi vision and mission.
The MEAL Officer will work on a 12 months contract with an initial 3-month probation period.
Interested, suitably qualified and experienced persons should submit their applications with CV (maximum 4 pages), inclusive of at least 3 contactable references, and motivation letter (maximum 1 page) as a single PDF file by the 9th of February 2020 via Cesvi website at the link:
The selection process consists of interviews, written test and references check.
Cesvi has a zero tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a child or a vulnerable adult by any of our staff, representatives or partners.
Cesvi commitment to being a safe organization begins with the staff recruitment process which includes meticulous checks, such as criminal records check or check disclosure of previous convictions, to ensure children and vulnerable people are safeguarded and abuse is prevented. Safeguarding checks are part of the selection process performance. Short listed candidates will be requested to submit police clearance certificate.
Please note: due to the high number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback if unsuccessful at applicant stage. Only short-listed candidates will be updated on the status of their application.