Charita Česká republika
Evaluation and Knowledge Officer
The Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation Department of Caritas Czech Republic is recruiting a new colleague to join its Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability of Learning Unit as its new
Evaluation and Knowledge Officer
Working in countries such as Zambia, Iraq, Syria, Georgia, Mongolia, Moldova or Cambodia, we cooperate with Czech development institutions, UN agencies and different EU programmes. In recent years, CCR´s Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation Department has expanded constantly its operations, reaching now even more of the communities that are most in need within these countries: improving their life prospects through economic empowerment, increasing their resilience through adaptation to climate change and, sometimes, providing for the most basic material needs during humanitarian crisis, like the one posed by COVID-19 or in conflict and post-conflict settings.
But growing as an organization means also managing a bigger responsibility towards our final beneficiaries and the environment, ensuring the quality of the aid we deliver, transparency and the protection of the most vulnerable in the communities we serve. Additionally, steady growth brings new challenges in the internal management of the organization, especially in the area of control of processes, in project monitoring, and in the measurement of social impact, while ensuring quality at all times.
For that reason, CCR has recently created a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning unit (or MEAL Unit) that tackles these challenges through improved data management and process simplification, in order to help our operations teams to achieve more with the always scarce resources that are available. In a change that mirrors what the rest of the world is experiencing, addressing this issues implies creating a roadmap for digital transformation that bring together processes, people and technology: from collection, transformation and analysis of the data received directly from the field to the automation of tasks and the rationalization of processes.
The MEAL unit is recruiting a new member that will have a significant involvement in this transformation process.
What profile do we expect from the ideal candidate?
- An academic background related to development and humanitarian aid (economics, social or political sciences, development studies, international relations, etc.);
- Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written);
- A practical approach to organizational matters (setting up smooth processes and workflows);
- Analytical/critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
- A technical background is not required, but openness to learn new tools and a positive approach to humanitarian data and new technologies (ICTs) is necessary;
- Good knowledge of MS Excel (medium level: pivot tables, VLOOKUP function, text processing) or readiness to learn it;
- Long term commitment to stay in the position;
- Although previous experience is an advantage, newly graduated, proactive, communicative candidates are encouraged to apply.
- Previous experience of working in development and/or humanitarian settings;
- Any previous knowledge of digital data collection tools (Kobo Toolbox or similar) and business intelligence tools (PowerBI, Tableau or similar);
Proposal writing and project design:
- Standardization of processes for project design: implementation at field level of the section "Project design" of the M+E manual, both at financial and narrative level (in coordination with the Financial Manager for financial matters)
- Join the Proposal Writing Working Group
- Support the MEAL Unit in the development of monitoring tools for CCR projects.
- Leading efforts in the creation of digital humanitarian data collection products.
- Ex-ante, internal evaluations of present projects (a selection of them, considering them by size/importance of the project and the mission).
- Ex-post, internal evaluations of past projects (a selection of them, considering them by size/importance of the project and the mission).
Formal follow-up of Mission´s functioning:
- Supporting internal reporting and monitoring functions of CCR programmes through the creation, implementation and follow-up of digital tools with that purpose.
- Monitoring the implementation of Mission Operation Framework (with CCR branches).
- Monitoring the implementation of partnership agreements with exclusive partners (PD in Moldova, Light House in Kosovo and the like).
- Implementation of the Quality Standards Plan in coordination with the Monitoring and Accountability Officer.
- Promoting organizational learning, in collaboration with operation teams, through:
o the organization of Lessons Learnt workshops,
o the creation and maintenance of a digital repository of Lessons Learnt reports, and
o keeping track of projects content through the regular updates of Country Executive Summaries
- Organization of trainings and capacity-building activities within the department.
- Monitoring the functioning of the department databases (Table of Projects, CCR Profile, List of Employees, List of Contracts, List of Partners, and others) and ensuring its maintenance.
- Creation of new Knowledge Management tools.
- Contributing to the department´s digital transformation process in order to increase organizational data ingestion, automation of processes through the use of the data collected and leveraging such data to improve data-driven decision making.
- Creating, in coordination with operations teams, instructional guidelines about specific tasks and processes within the Department
- Coordinating the creation of organizational memory (both on past and current activities).
- Provide guidance to interns and volunteers in knowledge management-related tasks within the MEAL unit.
- When needed, supporting the Monitoring and Accountability Officer in organizational assessments and policy reviews requested by donors and partners, or within the framework of other benchmarking initiatives.
- When appointed by the MEAL Unit Manager, participates in Internal Audit processes.
What we offer
- Joining an innovative team within a stable non-profit organization with a serious approach
- Work in a safe environment
- A pleasant and friendly team
- No prescribed dress code (we want you to feel comfortable)
- 5 weeks holiday
- 2 days sick days per year
- 2 days home office per month
- Flexible working hours (depends on agreement)
- Meal vouchers worth CZK 100 / day
- Discounted price for Multisport card
- Mobile phone, laptop
- Educational courses / training (we want to support you in personal and professional development)
- Joint corporate events
How to apply:
Qualified candidates may send their applications to the following e-mail address email@example.com.
The application must include a brief motivation letter, not longer than 1 page, and a maximum 2-page CV or resume. Please type “Evaluation and Knowledge Officer" in the Subject. The deadline for submission is January 12th, 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The applications are reviewed on a continual basis and a suitable candidate may be hired before the deadline.