Plan International Job Vacancy: Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor - Toronto, Canada

Job Title
Monitoring and evaluation advisor

Full-time, Permanent

Program Effectiveness Unit, International Programs

Reports to
Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor

Compensation band

Overall responsibility
Reporting to the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor’s focus is to strengthen Plan Canada and partners in monitoring systems, program learning feedback mechanisms, and program evaluations in assigned project portfolio.

The Advisor will work closely and cross-functionally with technical experts and program managers based in Canada and abroad, and with monitoring and evaluation staff in Plan Country Offices. The Advisor will require solid technical proficiency, engaging facilitation skills, and the ability to work congenially within a highly cross-functional and large team.

The Advisor will support the implementation of a wide variety of Plan Canada projects with the objective of improving program effectiveness and ensuring donor compliance.

The Advisor is a mid-career professional ( 5+ years of experience) who is looking to advance their career in monitoring and evaluation in a global not-for-profit organization. Proficiency in English is required; French is an asset.

Specific responsibilities
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with approximately 20% of time travelling to different Plan Country Offices.

Program start-up:
  • Contribute to the development and design of logical measurement frameworks, monitoring systems and evaluation strategies in project start-ups, including participatory monitoring and feedback mechanisms
  • Strong facilitation skills to guide groups of 20+ in determining data sourcing, collection, and reporting protocols, procedures, and mechanisms in program countries
  • In collaboration with program managers and technical advisors, ensure monitoring and evaluation components are well integrated into start-up workshops and implementation plans of new projects
Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:
  • Support the Senior Advisor in the design and implementation of robust monitoring systems and procedures as well as evaluation strategies for assigned projects in portfolio
  • Review program reports and provide M&E related recommendations to program departments to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation components of the project in portfolio
  • Coordinate with and provide recommendations to M&E staff in Plan Country Offices on monitoring systems incl. data collection tools, data compilation, representation, analysis and reporting
  • Support the maintenance of quality monitoring systems in Plan Canada to enable reporting to donors and other stakeholders
  • In collaboration with program managers, technical experts and external consultants when needed, compile raw data, choose data representations and document lessons learned and best practices from programming, including learning dissemination plans
  • Manage consultants remotely in the design and implementation of evaluation surveys, verifying methodology incl. sampling methods, analysis frameworks, and ensuring quality check mechanisms along with reviewing data collection tools for specific projects
  • Support the integration of lessons learned from project evaluations and reviews to further improve the implementation of projects
  • Strengthen and support both internal and external evaluation processes for Plan Canada supported projects
Capacity building and training:
  • Contribute to increasing the technical capacity of Plan Canada staff and Country Offices in the area of monitoring, evaluation and learning, including integration of gender and child rights elements
  • Support Plan Canada staff and Country Offices in the use of data collection methods for qualitative, quantitative and participatory research
  • Represent Plan Canada within relevant Learning networks related to the field of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
People Leadership and Managerial:
The Advisor position is not expected to have a people leadership role, but rather be an individual contributor as part of a wider team with specific accountabilities within a team. Where the advisor does have managerial responsibilities with temporary, contract, interns, volunteer or permanent staff, they will be responsible for the recruitment, hiring, setting performance expectations, and managing performance, promotion, demotion and discipline up to and including termination in line with organizational policies and adherence to legislative requirements including ESA and Human Rights Code.

Skills, experience, qualifications
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in planning, research, monitoring and evaluation of social development programs and projects, preferably in an international development context
  • Strong computer skills using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Power Point) as well as relevant statistical software (SPSS or similar)
  • Working knowledge in French is strongly preferred
  • Proven track record and expertise in results based management approach, including outcome monitoring strategies
  • Demonstrated capacity in data collection, compilation, representation, and analysis skills for both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Proven track record and expertise in developing and implementing monitoring systems in international development contexts in education, health, and livelihoods projects
  • Good understanding of establishing monitoring systems, participatory rural appraisal methods, and sector-specific evaluation methods in international development
  • A working knowledge of institutional donor requirements and RBM approaches of a variety of donors (Canada, EU, UN, etc.)
  • Experience in capacity building, training development and facilitation in areas of monitoring and evaluation
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis, quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. Knowledge of statistical software is preferred
  • Master’s degree in statistics, sociology, anthropology, economics, or development research related field or equivalent work experience in monitoring and evaluation is strongly preferred
  • Willingness to work in a dynamic team setting and in cross-cultural contexts
  • Ability to manage a variety of tasks simultaneously
  • Strong understanding of gender and child rights issues
  • Ability to review, synthesize information and produce quality reports
  • Should be eligible to work in Canada and have a valid passport
  • A strong work ethic coupled with tact and diplomacy
  • Personal values consistent with those of Plan International’s corporate values
About Plan International Canada
Imagine working for a leading international non-governmental organization (NGO) that’s dedicated to creating a better world. That’s Plan International, a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries.

Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan International has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty.

Plan International Canada is part of a global network of offices in over 70 countries. Our busy Toronto and Ottawa-based offices undertake fundraising, donor engagement and public outreach, as well as overseeing a wide variety of field programs led by our International Program Department, which includes experts in health, education, water and sanitation, economic security, gender equity, child protection and participation, and humanitarian assistance.

We at Plan International Canada are a dedicated, passionate and diverse team of over 200 employees who are committed to making a difference in the lives of children.

How to apply:
To apply for this role please forward your CV and covering letter, outlining your skills, experience and salary expectations to by June 15, 2016. Please reference Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor in the subject line.

Plan International Canada sincerely thanks all applicants for their expressed interest in this opportunity; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

Consistent with our Child Protection Policy the successful candidate must receive clearance by a police background check, including the vulnerable sector screen.

Plan International Canada is an inclusive workplace, and is committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity.

Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.