Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is an advocacy and grant making Foundation that forms part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA is based in Dakar, Senegal with country offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry. OSIWA’s work supports the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, and rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. Our primary objective is to make democracy deliver on good governance and economic development and ensure that state resources work for the benefit of the ordinary citizen. The Foundation works in the following thematic programme areas: economic governance and advancement; political governance and democratic consolidation; and equality, justice and human rights. 

In order to improve understanding of the impact of its work whilst also supporting innovation, the application of learning and how to improve effectiveness, OSIWA is looking for an experienced Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Officer.

Role Overview

The Position provides leadership on internal monitoring and evaluation efforts; staff and grantee learning and training initiatives; as well as the integration of the organizational values into the work environment. We are looking for someone who is passionate about governance and human rights programing in West Africa with a passion for innovative learning and continuous improvement. The position reports to the Executive Director and will be based in Dakar, Senegal.

Key Responsibilities

Tracking Impact

  • Develop and apply innovative strategies to assess, document, and report on the effectiveness of OSIWA programs and their outcomes;
  • Support teams to develop, implement, and regularly sharpen their strategic goals and outcomes;
  • Support program teams to design and undertake effective program evaluations and assessments, including portfolio reviews;
  • Develop areas of shared learning within programs and linking this to organizational learning and reflection.

Staff Learning and Training

  • Promote and encourage innovative thinking and knowledge sharing at OSIWA;
  • Facilitate shared learning and engagement between programs, including through designing content and facilitating regular all-staff trainings and reflection retreats;
  • Identify learning opportunities for OSIWA programs;
  • Create learning opportunities to improve and negotiate wider OSF network program collaboration.

Grantee Learning and Training

  • Support program staff to incorporate capacity building and institutional strengthening components into grant making
  • Support program staff to incorporate learning into their grant portfolios and develop initiatives for shared grantee learning

Integrating the Organizational Values

  • Lead innovative initiatives to uphold and integrate the organizational values into the performance of duties

Key Qualifications and Competencies

  • Master’s degree in Social or natural Science with minimum of 6 years post qualification experience;
  • Knowledge and understanding of project monitoring and evaluation;
  • Understanding of current M&E trends and especially M&E systems in development organisations;
  • Experience in field data collection;
  • Good command of Report writing in English;
  • Proven commitment to the protection of human rights in the West Africa region;
  • Knowledge of innovative approaches to assess, document, and report on effectiveness of programs and their outcomes;
  • Ability to rally teams to action their learning and effectively incorporate lessons to strategy;
  • Experience in capacity building and organizational development;
  • Extraordinary initiative, creativity and capacity to think strategically;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse array of people;
  • Team spirit and respectful working and decision-making style;
  • Ability to manage multiple liaisons within OSIWA and the larger Open Society Foundations network in a fast paced environment;
  • Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail;
  • Integrity, diplomatic manner and professional discretion essential;
  • Willingness to travel as needed.

To Apply: send resume (in English), cover letter, detailed CV including 3 references, writing sample, list of publications and salary expectations by cob January 15, 2017 to: [email protected].

No phone calls, please. OSIWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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