Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
|Term Duration:||3 years |
|Recruitment Type:||International Recruitment|
|Location:||Washington, DC,United States|
|Closing Date:||10/6/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC|
Are you a very passionate advocate for education? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children? The Global Partnership for Education Secretariat (GPE) would like to hear from you.
Who We Are
GPE is a shared commitment to end the worlds learning crisis. It is the only global partnership and fund dedicated entirely to helping children in lower-income countries get a quality education, so they can unlock their potential and contribute to building a better world.We bring together governments, teachers, civil society, donors, United Nations agencies, development banks, businesses and private foundations to transform education systems so that
every girl and boy can have hope, opportunity and agency.
What We Do
GPE helps low- and lower-middle-income countries to build stronger education systems so that all children can get the education they need to thrive. We currently support nearly 90 countries wherethe needs are greatest and focus on reaching the children who are the most vulnerable, including girls, children with disabilities and those affected by extreme poverty or conflict.Our unique approach works. Since 2002, 160 million more children in GPE partner countries have set foot in classrooms for the first time, more than half of them girls. GPE is also the largest provider of education grants in the global COVID-19 response, providing partner countries with vital resources to ensure that learning can safely continue.
How We Work
Now, GPE is working to help governments transform their education systems to get the most vulnerable children in school, improve teaching and learning, and build equitable, inclusive and resilient education systems fit for the 21st century. Between 2020-2025, GPE will support transformative change in up to 90 countries and territories, which are home to 1 billion children.Transforming education is about creating lasting changes and achieving impact at scale. GPE sets out to deliver this transformative change by convening partners, mobilizing funds and catalyzing reforms to help partner countries accelerate access, learning outcomes and gender equality.
Raise Your Hand
In July 2021, the Global Education Summit put GPE firmly on the path to be fully funded by 2025, by raising a record US $4 billion from donors for GPEs Raise Your Hand campaign. At the Summit, Heads of State and Government from partner countries made historic commitments to education financing and GPE also mobilized an unprecedented number of pledges from businesses, private foundations and development banks.A fully funded GPE would support transformed education systems in up to 90 countries and territories, enable up to 175 million children to learn and help get 88 million more girls and boys in school by 2025. In the longer term, this investment could add $164 billion to economies in GPE partner countries, lift 18 million people out of poverty, and protect 2 million girls from early marriage.
Governance And Organizational Arrangements
The GPE Board of Directors includes ministerial-level board members and alternates representing 20 constituencies that reflect the Partnerships breadth. The Board Chair is HE President Jakaya Kikwete and the Board Vice Chair is Dr Susan Liautaud. The Board of Directors, with its three standing committees, provides policy and strategic oversight and approves or delegates funding decisions.The GPE Secretariat, with 160 employees and hosted by the World Bank, is responsible for translating the policies and strategies set by the Board into practical support for partner countries, coordinating with diverse stakeholders and galvanizing global support for SDG4. The Secretariats headquarters are in the World Banks offices in Washington, D.C. and the European office is in Paris with a satellite office in Brussels.
ABOUT THE TEAM
GPE has committed to becoming an evidence-based learning partnership as part of its 2021-2025 strategy. To support this effort, GPE has developed a monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) framework, that outlines how data and evidence will be generated and used across the partnership through both efforts at the country level and a specific Secretariat five-year work plan on: a results framework; a monitoring and data system; an annual results report; a portfolio of reviews and evaluations; a program of knowledge management and learning; and the management of a strategic partnership that provides advisory and capacity development support to countries for evaluations. For details, see: https://www.globalpartnership.org/content/gpe-2025-monitoring-evaluation-and-learning-framework-december-2020. Also see the evaluation policy: GPE evaluation policy. May 2021 | Documents | Global Partnership for Education.Results and Performance (R&P) team within the GPE Secretariat leads on the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) framework of GPE and helps the partnership learn from evidence generated through MEL. R&P is directly responsible for the following work program:
Produce annual results reports, reviews, and analyses of GPE data.
Generate results framework country-level data, including profiles which are published on the external website.
Develop guidelines and templates for grant and compact monitoring and results reporting.
Manage a portfolio of corporate evaluations.
Stimulate learning from the monitoring and evaluation evidence generated at global and country levels, among the Partnership and within the Secretariat.
Manage strategic relationships with technical partners related to data and evidence
ABOUT THE JOB
This job will be based in either the Washington, D.C. or the Paris office.
A key pillar of GPEs 2025 strategy is its Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning program. This program focuses on strategic monitoring, evaluation and learning for accountability, transparency, and aggregating results at the partnership level. An important aspect of this strategy also pertains to rapid and agile learning from lessons of implementation and ongoing monitoring to inform how we work and support strategic decisions through GPEs governing bodies, including the Board and its Committees.
A professional with strong technical expertise is required to define and support several components of the MEL workprogram, including designing data systems and systematizing data on GPE processes and grants, analyzing data (GPE and external education data), leading sections of the GPE annual results report, developing additional analytic reports, based on GPE data, actively participating in knowledge dissemination and learning from evidence within the Secretariat and the Partnership, and contributing to GPEs evaluation portfolio.
The position is staffed in the Results and Performance (R&P) team and reports to the R&P manager.
Duties And Accountabilities
The job comprises the major streams of work outlined below, with varying degrees of responsibility working with other members of the team. The incumbent will be expected to work flexibly across the streams of work, depending on the teams work program for the year.
Designing data systems and systematizing GPE grant performance data. This work will involve ensuring that performance and monitoring data related to GPE grants are collected, coded, and stored, and analyzed systematically. The work entails collaborating with GPE data providers, including GPEs Grant Operations, Country, and IT teams.
Analyzing grant and other education data. This stream of work will involve analyzing data (from GPE grants and other education sources) for the results report, ad hoc requests by donors and other stakeholders, and other analytic reports. The analysis will focus on understanding the performance of GPEs grant portfolio, driven by questions related to strategic management and operational learning, and to support GPE regular use of monitoring data. The analysis will also feed into the evaluation portfolio to ensure coherence and realism in evaluation findings and recommendations. In addition, the work encompasses writing sections/chapters of the annual Results Report and preparing its dissemination and designing learning workshops.
Contributions to the evaluation portfolio. The stream of work will require engaging on the evaluation portfolio with the evaluation manager, including leading specific evaluations as well as supporting inputs to, management of, and reviews of the other ongoing evaluations, and supporting learning from evaluation evidence.
Contributing to the MEL strategic capability. This work will enable countries to strengthen their MEL systems with respect to Compacts, a major aspect of GPEs operating model. The work will require working with the R&P lead on this work, contributing to its refinement and potentially managing one or more of the countries participating in the program.
All four streams of work will require close coordination and collaboration with members of the Results and Performance team as well as the Grant Operations and Country and Education Policy Secretariat teams. This includes, for example, conducting knowledge dissemination and learning workshops on data collection, analysis and reporting, including but not limited to the grant coding system, monitoring platforms, and analytic reports; follow up on grant data collection; and design of learning programs for the benefit of operational teams.
The position demands flexibility and a solid understanding of monitoring and evaluation in the context of development and partnership programs.
Masters degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate should demonstrate solid hands-on experience and a strong understanding of how to ensure the practical implications of research, data, and evidence.
5 years of substantive experience monitoring, evaluation and related learning in development programs. Experience in managing consultants. Experience in the education sector required, experience with GPE at the country level a plus.
Proficiency in English, both written and verbal, is required for this role. French is desirable but not required.
Skills and Competencies
Essential to this role is the ability to work collaboratively across teams with excellent teamwork, listening skills, confidence, and soft power to foster productive dynamics. Another critical component will be to enhance practical and timely provision and uptake of the data, in order to live the concept of learn and adapt. These approaches will collectively deepen a culture of evidence-based decisions across the partnership. The position requires the following specific skills and competencies.
Understanding and operationalizing data and monitoring systems and their foundational purposes for management and learning. Demonstrating independence and a focus on quality, while working constructively to engage colleagues in data-informed conversations that support the organizations mission and objectives. Understanding of data and evaluations and their uses for learning and strategic change, and their role in organizational functioning and development effectiveness
Understanding of IT infrastructure required for user interface and analysis of key data, as well as the specifics of grant monitoring structures, processes, and needs in development programs. Understanding of coding systems related to education and cross-cutting themes such as climate change and gender.
Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills deployed for responding to relevant research questions and practical applications. These skills applied to monitoring, using the monitoring data for agile management and learning. Experience in developing coding, monitoring, and data IT platforms, and using these for analysis, communication, and learning. Knowledge about and familiarity with statistical packages.
Experience in evaluation work and working collaboratively with colleagues to facilitate the uptake of monitoring and evaluation evidence for strategy and program adaptation.
A track record of carrying out rapid, real-time analytical work to facilitate short-cycle learning. Demonstrated ability to identify and synthesize actionable evidence for strategy and operational adaptations.
Experience in working with stakeholders in facilitating learning from evidence.Experience managing consultants
Communication & Interpersonal Skills - Has experience & success working in multicultural environments. Is confident and speaks constructively to engage colleagues in data-informed conversations that support the organizations mission. Speaks and writes clearly and effectively, adapting language, tone, style, and message to diverse, multicultural audiences, internally and externally. Is skilled at communicating technical information in succinct and digestible ways. Listens engages in two-way conversations. Maintains productive working relationships with colleagues and holds team members responsible for doing the same. Asks questions for clarification and responds to others appropriately. Learns from others ideas and expertise.
Collaboration & Teamwork - Views the whole of the Secretariat as greater than sum of the parts and works collaboratively with colleagues with shared goals and fostering a productive group dynamics and mindset. Acts as a teammate; steps in to support teammates and colleagues across teams as needed, regardless of organizational boundaries. Recognizes, values, and reinforces the role of each team in delivering on GPEs mission. Approaches challenges and obstacles as shared challenges to be overcome and leads groups to this outcome. Fosters productive group dynamics and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when decisions do not reflect own position.
Adaptability - Models flexibility - responds to changing circumstances by innovating and altering behavior to better fit different situations. Learns new skills, performs work in different ways and coaches team members to do the same. Exerts a calming influence on colleagues and staff in stressful situations. Professionally deals with personal discomfort in a changing work environment and helps others do so.
Accountability & Results Focus - Engages in productive consultation without losing sight of responsibility for own, and team, decisions, deliverables, and deadlines. Does not let the pursuit of perfection prevent forward progress, in self or on teams. Seeks clarity from colleagues or leadership team when needed; Helps junior staff get needed clarity to move work forward; works within and across teams to remove obstacles and resolve issues. Takes ownership of own mistakes, failures, or oversights, and seeks to correct them; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team mistakes. Manages differences of opinion to productive resolution so as not to impede progress. Ensures group efforts produce clear actions and decisions and tasks conclude.
Planning & Organizing - Works well independently and in teams. Develops clear goals aligned to agreed strategies and direction. Plans and prioritizes work effectively, for self and assigned teams Works under pressure and against tight timelines, and still delivers high-quality work. Manages own and team time efficiently, and delegates appropriately. Foresees risks and identifies mitigation strategies and contingencies.
Diversity and Inclusion- Fosters equity and inclusion in teams, and encourages and supports diverse voices, relationships, networks, and collaborations. Contributes to building an environment of psychological safety, respectful behaviors, and trust to promote a healthy organizational culture.
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