Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Data Assistant (Mzuzu) – USDA/Malawi Market Transitions to Enable New Growth Opportunities (MTENGO)

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    3 weeks ago
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    Audit and Oversight, Educations, Evaluation, Research and data science
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The Market Transitions to Enable New Growth Opportunities (MTENGO) project is a five year, USDA-funded project implemented by Winrock International in the Northern and Central regions of Malawi. MTENGO uses a farmer-first approach grounded in market incentives to increase resource-efficient, reliable production from Malawian agriculture in the face of climate unpredictability. MTENGO’s approach will enable farmers to: Diversify and achieve stable returns from their farming portfolio through climate smart farming by responding to market demands with diversified production; Increase access to water for productive purposes through improved water management practices; Make ecosystem services work for farmers by improving farmer access to, and collective management of, water, soil, and forest products; and Increase access to markets and finance so farmers can make climate smart investments. The MEL Data Assistant will support implementation of the MEL Strategy, focusing on development and implementation of intervention-specific-monitoring framework in line with the USDA Food for Progress results measurement and reporting requirements. He/she will collaborate with the District Coordinators and the MEL Director in measuring and aggregating intervention level results for program-wide reporting. ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for the day-to-day MEL activities, ensuring that project requirements are met on timely basis, guide data collection, data management, and display of the results. Ensure proper documentation of all forms and files and maintain the filing system of district hardcopies as per MEL requirements. Ensure field data, records, and register documents are collected and entered in a timely manner. This will involve reminding/follow up with the field staff, reviewing data, making corrections, and making sure data entry is also carried out where necessary and ensure they are complete and accurate. Work with spreadsheets/database software and check any inconsistencies with project data (duplicate, missing or incorrect information) and check hardcopies for errors (e.g. missing forms, incomplete information etc.). Communicates MEL issues, challenges and questions to MEL Director and help to identify solutions. Provide training to staff on data collection and manage MIS data entry. Review data for errors and enter data into MIS, run queries and generate reports from the MIS. Collect feedback on platform usability from field staff entering data. Receive data entry forms from District Field Officers and partners and follow-up/communicate with field team on any data irregularities and inaccuracies. Assist in designing, compiling, and disseminating routine monthly, quarterly, and annual data reports and other ad hoc reports. Assist in data analysis, reporting and dissemination and provide feedback to modify the MEL System. Work closely with the project staff to conduct regular and timely field visits to verify data quality and track data used in analyzing performance and documenting results. Identify and document potential case study topics and lessons learned. Use GPS to collect coordinates in the field when required. Support in logistic activities when required. Other MEL related work assigned by the MEL team. QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND: Education: Bachelor’s Degree IT, Computer Science, Economics, Statistics, Social Sciences, or in a related field. Experience: At least two years project monitoring, evaluation, and learning experience. Experience with USDA or USG MEL systems and requirements preferred. Must work well in a team and have strong communication skills. Experience working in agriculture or agriculture development preferred. Experience in using GIS in MEL. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required. Excellent knowledge of spreadsheets and database software (Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, or another similar program). About Winrock International Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. Winrock recruits, employs, trains, promotes and compensates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law. At Winrock we have a clear mission: Empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources through unwavering dedication to accountability, equity, innovation, integrity and transformation. Winrock knows that its success comes from the hard work and steadfast dedication of its diverse workforce. Winrock remains committed to maintaining diversity, inclusion and equity across the entire organization. Learn more about our projects: