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Monitoring & Evaluation and Communications Specialist
Job SummaryRTI is currently accepting applications for a combined Monitoring & Evaluation and Communications Specialist.
The Monitoring & Evaluation and Communications Specialist is for an anticipated USAID-funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions project that will focus on ten countries in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) region. These countries include: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago. This position (combining both M&E and communications functions) will be based in one of the following countries: Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, or Trinidad and Tobago. We highly encourage nationals of these countries to apply.
The project will be four years in duration and is expected to commence in October 2017. Travel throughout the region is estimated to be approximately 25%. This position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
The Monitoring and Evaluation and Communications Specialist will be an integral member of a very small team. The selected candidate will have a dual role; she/he will collect and analyze data in order to better understand the project’s impact on boosting the institutional capacity of NGOs throughout the region and they will communicate impact by writing stories and updates using social media and the project’s online site. Analysis of the project’s impact will also be used to inform changes in the project’s approach. S/he will work closely with other project staff that will be supporting NGOs in the region in order to track results, understand the quality of our work, and advise on adaptations that may be needed.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Establish a baseline of NGO capacity across the region, in tandem with the team;
- Track progress of NGO grantees in meeting project milestones;
- Track and analyze nuanced changes in organizational culture, behaviors, and practices;
- Maintain an online database that illustrates NGO progress against qualitative and quantitative indicators;
- Lead in developing the project’s monitoring and evaluation and learning plan and ensure adherence to it throughout the project;
- Verify and analyze data in order to help the project team to assess performance and articulate lessons learned so that the project can adapt approaches and maximize outcomes and impact;
- Communicate the project’s success in a relatable and interesting ways, telling a human story about improved NGO resilience, connectivity, and sustainability as a result of project activities;
- Provide news releases to radio, television, and electronic media, raising awareness about project activities with a variety of key stakeholders using an aggressive outreach campaign;
- Organize periodic meetings with staff and partner NGOs (grantees) to exchange experiences and understand their successes;
- Ensure USAID and project branding guidelines are adhered to;
- Develop communication tools (newsletters, pamphlets, project briefs) in order to increase the visibility of the project;
- Contribute to the development and preparation of annual work plans, annual and quarterly reports, and other reports required by USAID;
- Perform other tasks as assigned by the Supervisor.
Required Skills and Qualifications
The successful applicant will be a highly motivated, proactive person that has exceptional verbal and written communication skills. She/he will also be able to multi-task and work under tight deadlines. She/he will also have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work well in a diverse team across multiple countries. The candidate will also have a strong ability to analyze data and communicate progress in a compelling way. She/he will disseminate this information in order to engage new partners and help NGOs that the project is working with to understand their results.
Required skills also include:
- A Bachelors’ degree with at least three years of experience (preferably in the field of communications or monitoring and evaluation).
- Successful experience in collecting, verifying, and analysing qualitative and quantitative data in a clear format that will help to guide decision-making.
- Experience in utilizing databases and maintaining data.
- Successful experience in analyzing and communicating data to inform internal as well as external stakeholders about the impact of the project activities;
- Experience in creating newsletters and, ideally, in working with the media.
- Exceptional writing and verbal communication skills.
- Knowledge of the NGO and civil society sector in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.
- Candidates with experience in working on USAID-funded projects and that are familiar with USAID branding and marking requirements and/or monitoring and evaluation are highly desired.
Qualified candidates are invited to apply for this position and submit their CV and cover letter to RTI at www.rti.org. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.