Empowering communities and helping vulnerable children
Zambian Nationals Only; based in Zambia
The Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Inc. (WEI/Bantwana) seeks qualified applicants for various positions for a one-year donor-funded project to improve the retention, support, and follow-up of vulnerable girls in secondary schools in Zambia.
The Keeping Girls in School program is part of a larger effort by the Government of the Republic of Zambia and its Ministry of General Education (MOGE) to address inequities in educational attainment related to poverty and gender. Under the Girls Education and Women Empowerment (GEWEL) Project, launched in 2015, the KGS component aims to address high rates of secondary school drop-out among adolescent girls. Initially set up to cover school fees for extremely poor girls in Grades 8-12 (ages 14-18) from 27 impoverished districts, the program has expanded its approach beyond financial assistance with the understanding that vulnerable girls need a broader set of supports to stay in school.
Collaborating closely with the MOGE, WEI/Bantwana has developed a comprehensive Case Management Framework to help identify at-risk girls and provide the necessary support (economic, social, psycho-social, and other) to retain them in the education system. During the 2021 school year, the MOGE and WEI/Bantwana plan to pilot the KGS-Case Management Framework in three project districts, engaging multiple stakeholders and building capacity to eventually implement the project at scale.
For over 60 years, World Education, Inc. has catalyzed social change and improved lives through community development and capacity building initiatives around the world. World Education’s Bantwana Initiative is a leader in fostering high quality, comprehensive service delivery for vulnerable communities. And our Bantwana Zimbabwe office has been implementing programs in-country and throughout Southern Africa for more than 12 years. Visit our websites to learn more about our work and programs at www.bantwana.org and www.worlded.org.
This position will implement the Monitoring and Evaluation functions of the Keeping Girls in School Case Management Pilot and spearhead data management processes (collation, consolidation, and analysis for decision making). This includes supporting establishment and maintenance of routine monitoring systems at project and school level, collating and analyzing data, presenting findings to program management, and building the M&E competencies of local government and school staff. As part of the three-person core team, the M&E Coordinator will also support district/national level sessions to track project milestones and troubleshoot issues.
Help develop and implement an M&E Framework for the KGS-CMS pilot, including detailed project monitoring plans that incorporate the following:
i) An indicator matrix
ii) Mapping M&E roles and responsibilities of project and support staff
iii) Ethical and safe practices for collection and storage of data,
iv) Periodic data quality audits
v) Efficient storing, protecting, and sharing or project data and documents
vi) An end-of-project learning review
Train and build capacity of MOGE district and school-level staff in the following areas:
- Data collection methods, management, analysis, and action techniques
- Monitoring activities and data collection tools and methods to ensure adequacy and appropriateness.
- Internal communication and feedback systems so that M&E informs program planning and implementation in a timely manner
Onsite data monitoring and compilation, including:
- Conducting site/field visits in the 3 pilot districts to monitor and provide guidance and quality feedback on project progress in line with indicators
- Compiling routine data across sites and for cross-cutting strategic objectives
- Support the consolidation of district and national level project reports
- Assist in conducting regular analysis and action planning meetings to:
- Compare data against project milestones, targets, and quality expectations across project sites
- Identify issues requiring further attention
- Define actions needed and assign responsibility and deadlines
- Present information to support decision making
Assist in conducting and documenting periodic project learning reviews, and sharing lessons learned and best practices, incorporating these into refinement and scale -up of the KGS-CMS.
Qualifications, Experience, and Key Competencies Required
- First degree required. Masters a plus.
- Minimum of 3 years of substantial monitoring and evaluation experience
- Experience in the education and/or social services sectors
- Proficiency in utilization of relevant software applications
- Excellent communication, conceptual and presentation skills.
- Knowledge and experience of various international and other donor programs and practices desirable
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