We help to strengthen resilience of vulnerable people exposed to hazards and crisis situations and we respond to disasters and conflicts to save lives and alleviate suffering. In the Netherlands with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally through technical assistance, supplies and money. Together we act before, during and after disasters to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people.
We do this without regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. Our seven principles guide our humanitarian work: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The International Assistance department is responsible for all Netherlands Red Cross international support for victims of disasters and conflicts and for vulnerable people exposed to hazards.
The International Assistance division has opened a temporary vacancy (9 months) for a:
Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Advisor
The Hague, 32 – 40 hours p/w.
Purpose of the position
The key purpose of this position is to ensure adequate capacity to provide a clear direction to and application of sound Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (PMEAL) within the International Assistance division of the Netherlands Red Cross. As a PMEAL advisor you will guide, advise and assist programme managers, project managers and Red Cross Red Crescent partner’s staff in designing and implementing project and programmes plus you build PMEAL capacity in the countries of operation. The PMEAL team is at any time composed of approximately four colleagues and is coordinated by one of the PMEAL advisors. The PMEAL team reports to the unit lead of the Strategy Diplomacy and Evidence (SDE) Unit.
The SDE Unit works closely together with all other units within the International Assistance division, being Disaster Response Unit, Partnership Unit, Programme Development & Management Unit, Water Advice & Innovation Unit, Data Unit and Financial Sustainability Unit, as well as with other divisions within the Netherlands Red Cross such as Fundraising and Communications. The PMEAL advisor can provide support to all these units.
- Planning: with programme managers and project managers, develop and maintain planning approaches. With partners, facilitate the development of Theory of Changes and logical frameworks within the countries of implementation. Ensure that M&E of projects and programmes is well integrated in the design of the programme and assist partners in reporting. Advise on PMEAL costs in programme and project budgets.
- Monitoring: support project managers in designing indicator frameworks and monitoring & evaluation plans, including alignment of key (cross-cutting) issues such as sustainability, gender and youth. Develop reporting tools based on the capacity of implementing partners, internal information needs and donor requirements. Support and conduct baseline studies, midterm revies and endline studies.
- Reporting: review, align and promote PMEAL approaches and guidelines for the International Assistance department. Advise and support project and programme managers as well as advisors in reporting to donors.
- Evaluations: Work together with knowledge institutes on impact assessments and develop terms of references for external evaluators/consultants. Conduct internal evaluations and organize learning sessions.
- Community Engagement and Accountability: CEA is a RCRC approach that recognizes all community members as equal partners. Ensure that within NLRC’s programming we are accountable to the people we serve and offer relevant community driven support. Advice on letting the work be guided by the needs, priorities and preferences of communities. Special emphasis is placed on solid feedback mechanisms.
- Capacity development: Frequent travel to partner countries to support Red Cross/Red Crescent partners in PMEAL activities, for instance by providing training in the Theory of Change methodology, and (participative) qualitative and quantitative data collection tools for baselines, midterm reviews and evaluations.
- Facilitate Learning: Support participative learning processes within projects and programmes. Consolidate learning and assist colleagues in building a track record data base.
- Networking: Participate and represent the Netherlands Red Cross in relevant working groups and fora, e.g. Red Cross/Red Crescent PMER group.
- Organisational Development: based on the new strategy for the Netherlands Red Cross – International Department we have started organisational improvement trajectories to improve our own PMEAL, amongst others in the field of needs assessments, community engagement and accountability, organisational learning, using evidence from our projects and programmes for our humanitarian diplomacy and coordination on research.
- Team: Potentially coordinate the work of the IA PMEAL advisors and serve as primary PMEAL contact point for others within the NLRC (the current PMEAL coordinator is expected to go on maternity leave between mid December ’22 – May 23, exact dates still to be determined). Assist the unit lead with organizational tasks and contribute to department level PMEAL related work. Stimulate the development of PMEAL guidance and team strategy.
- A Master’s degree in Behavioural Sciences, Development Economics, International Relations, Anthropology or other related or relevant academic field.
Skills and experience
- At least 5 years’ professional experience in an organization that works internationally
- Previous experience in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is an asset, if not then at least working in partnership with local organisations for the implementation of programmes and projects
- Relevant experience with and/or in the sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and/ or Asian context
- Demonstrable knowledge of planning, monitoring & evaluation approaches and their application in a humanitarian / development context, including LFA, Theory of Change, Results-Based Management
- Experience in working with community engagement approaches
- Basic knowledge of one or more humanitarian/development themes is an asset: community resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation, Response Preparedness, Forecast Based Financing, Humanitarian Innovation, Data Preparedness, Health, Water Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion, Migration, Cash
- Thorough knowledge of empirical research methods both qualitative as well as quantitative. Experience with case studies, impact assessments, contribution analysis and process tracking are an asset.
- Experience in data processing and analysis (including data-visualization) and using PME information for reporting to different types of donors
- Experience in organisational development on PMEAL
- Excellent command of the English language
- Working level knowledge of French and Dutch is a very strong asset
Note that a work and residence permit for the Netherlands is required.
The Netherlands Red Cross embraces diversity and therefore talented minority candidates that have a work and residence permit for the Netherlands are encouraged to apply.
- Ability to contribute and facilitate training and knowledge/skills transfer
- Critical thinker, naturally analyses and forms opinions, good written & verbal communication skills and inter-personal skills
- Ability to develop clear goals, and to relate with stakeholders, plus organisational sensitivity and intercultural (communication) skills
- An appointment of 32-40 hours for initially 9 months, based on the availability of funding and good performance the appointment could be extended (the funding of this position is project based).
Ideally we would like someone to start mid-end September, meaning the position would be until mid June.
- A flexible and human centred working environment in an international environment.
- Well balanced employment conditions with space for initiative and personal development.
Remuneration: the salary scale level is set at 11 as mentioned in the CAO, depending on experience (€ 3.407,27 – € 4.481,78 per month on the basis of full time employment)
Our office is in the Hague, walking distance from the Laan van NOI station. Based on our re-work concept you work partly from home and partly from the office. We regularly meet colleagues on the workfloor but also online via Teams to discuss cross functional issues and to stay connected to each other.
Please send your and cover letter CV in English with reference to Shelly Jonker before 29 August 2022 through the ‘Solliciteren’ button on this page.
We will be looking at applications on a rolling basis, so we see suitable profiles applying, you might also be contacted earlier for an interview. Please note that an assessment might be part of the selection process. First round of interviews will be latest in the week of 5 September 2022 .
We are looking for someone that ideally can start as soon as possible, but latest in October.
For more information about the position contact Lotte Heuberger, LHeuberger@redcross.nl.
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