Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager – SPC Management, Delhi (21 Jul 2021)

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About the Recruitment Partner- SPC SPC Management (SPC) is an ISO 9001:2015 certified independent, specialized consulting company registered under Companies Act 1956. SPC has established itself as a professional management support organization for Indian Development sector for last 17 years. SPC is range of service offering includes Large Recruitment services, Outsourcing Services in HR, Finance, and Logistic Management. SPC is also a specialized firm for Recruitment and General Management consulting for different organizations. SPC has been providing technical assistance in HR and Financial Management to programmes supported by UN Organizations, PSU, Autonomous and Government Institutions, Corporate and International organizations in different states of India. Position Name: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager Organization: US Based International NGO Location: New Delhi TERM: 4-year project-based position (concluding in June 2025), with the possibility for extension subject to funding and project extensions About the Organization: SPC has been retained by a significant international environmental Not-For-Profit (NFP) organisation to help implement some of its programs in India with specialized technical and professional workforce support. The NFP is focused on eight initiatives that are advancing environmental solutions for some of India’s most pressing challenges. Currently the NFP’s programs cover six states of India, working with more than 15 partner organizations. Both the program and budget are growing at a rapid rate. The NFP aims to demonstrate results and achieve early “win-wins” that promote equitable economic development while conserving natural resources for people and nature. It aims to meet increasing demand for energy resources, water supply and food production with low environmental impact, and in a mind-set where nature is seen as a critical input to these key human needs. This is achieved by engaging governments, the private sector and civil society to ensure that conservation is a critical outcome in economic development. Position Purpose: The MEL Manager will be responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) program for project. This person will lead the design of the project’s MEL framework, manage and maintain a project monitoring database, provide support to Conservancy staff and partners on monitoring data collection, manage contractors engaged for conducting MEL activities, produce periodic monitoring reports, and foster learning to inform strategy reviews, work planning and adaptive management of the project. The MEL Manager will also support periodic project evaluations. The position will be based in New Delhi, India. The MEL Manager will report to the Project Director. This is roughly a 4-year project-based position (concluding in June 2025) with the possibility for extension subject to funding and project extensions. About Project: NFP has been successful in securing a significant grant from an international foundation for the Promoting Regenerative and No-burn Agriculture Project in northwest India. The expected outcomes for the successful delivery of the project over four years are as follows: • At least 6 million tonnes of CO2e emissions mitigated through the elimination of burning on 1 million hectares of cropland (half the area currently burned). • At least 250,000 farmers adopt zero-burn cropping systems. • 500 billion litres of water saved from enhanced soil health and better agronomic practices. • A pilot financial instrument that incentivizes farmers to adopt no-burn practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Project will build on existing organisation projects designed to eliminate the practice of crop residue burning in the states of Punjab and Haryana. These states are among the most productive rice and wheat growing areas in South Asia. The traditional practice for farmers in this region is to burn rice crop residue before preparing fields for wheat planting. However, seasonal burning and ploughing emit carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide while creating nearly half of Delhi’s air pollution on some days. The practice contributes to the climate crisis, endangers human health, and reduces soil fertility and hydrology. Currently 2 million hectares are burned annually in northwest India. Project will work with farmers, machinery service providers and other stakeholders to scale the adoption of proven no-burn, low-till in-situ residue management solutions like the Happy Seeder to achieve the abovementioned outcomes. Essential Functions The MEL Manager leads the monitoring efforts for the project. The position develops Project’s MEL framework, organizes and supervises the data collection of project indicators, where required inputs data into the monitoring database, analyses monitoring data, finds explanations for variations in data, produces quarterly monitoring reports, documents lessons learned and success stories, draws out strategy and work plan-level implications, and reports back to the project leadership. The MEL Manager also manages contractors engaged in Project’s MEL activities and helps organize and supports data collection for project evaluations. Responsibilities & Scope: • Design and develop, through consultation, a research, M&E and learning strategy for project. • Develop and manage monitoring work plans and the monitoring budget. • Define indicators, dashboards, tools and templates required for collection and strategic use of information to inform decision-making and evaluate results. • Ensure that all data collection is high quality, develop and apply standards to maintain overall technical quality, and maintain M&E databases, including input of data, where required, and analysing monitoring data. • Ensure integrity of both data collection and data management relating to project progress reporting. • Supervise M&E partners and contractors. • Provides training on field data collection to Project staff. • Collaborate with geospatial science colleagues to integrate spatial technology for MEL; drive development of local-to-global GIS and other enterprise-scale spatial and relational databases. • Track project outputs on a quarterly basis, provides summary reports on progress towards targets, and updates progress in the organization’s central progress tracking system called the Hub. • Document success stories and lessons learned, and share these with the project team, donors and partners. • Inform strategy reviews, work planning and adaptive management of the project at critical intervals; provide recommendations for changes that should be made to project activities based on evidence collected. • Support third-party project evaluations. • Act as a technical liaison for Project MEL program within and outside of the organization. • Under limited supervision, acts independently, resolves complex issues within the program area and acts as a resource to others. • Any other task assigned by the Project Director. • May be required to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances when safe to do so. • May require frequent travel domestically. Minimum Qualifications: • Master’s degree in a quantitative field (economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, biostatistics, applied sociology, anthropology, or other relevant subject) with significant training in quantitative methods. • Five years of work experience in international development, preferably with an international NGO, with progressively increasing responsibility in the field of monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning, and at least two years of experience as a supervisor. • Supervisor skills, including the ability to motivate, lead, set objectives and manage the performance of others. • Demonstrated experience and expertise in designing and operationalizing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan and operationalizing routine monitoring system designed to track both output and outcome indicators from project design to implementation. • Experienced in data collection & developing data quality assurance strategies, data management and data visualization, including proficiency in database development/management through SPSS, Stata, EPI-Info, Access, Excel. and skills in analysing, interpreting and communicating information to various stakeholders. • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills in English & Hindi. • Experience with integrating adaptive learning processes and strategic recommendations into MEL frameworks. • Experience writing project progress report. • Experience working with current trends and practices in agriculture, preferably in India. • Experience managing Contractors. Desired Skills/Qualifications: • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. • Experience developing a web-based monitoring system. • Proficiency in synthesizing complex data from multiple sources into a coherent and accurate summary. • Knowledge of current trends and practices in project monitoring. • Experience collaborating with other parties to obtain data. • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility and ability to work well in a multi-cultural team and to work closely, understand and support local partners. • Working knowledge of GIS and remote sensing preferable. • Experience working in Punjab preferable. • Conservation and/or regenerative agriculture experience preferable. • Working knowledge of Punjabi preferable. • Detail-oriented and excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely and quality manner. How to Apply: Please submit your resume along with a mandatory Suitability Note of 1-1.5 pages on how your related qualifications and experience match with the advertised position. Please apply online with the following link.: (In case the link doesn’t open, please copy and paste the link in your web browser) Last Date of Application: 21th July 2021. NOTE: Resume and Suitability Note are mandatory. Non receipt of either of the two will lead to non-consideration of your application.

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