Oxfam Canada
39 McArthrur Dr.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1L 8L7
Email: employment@oxfam.ca
Internal/External Posting Notice
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY DEADLINE: July 3, 2009

Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist
Department: International Programs
Status: 3-month contract (Unionized)
Location: Ottawa, ON
Immediate Supervisor: Director, International Programs
Salary Group: Band 3, $57,249.51 to $74,337.93
Please submit applications to employment@oxfam.ca quoting competition number MELS0609 in the subject line.

Oxfam Canada is an international development agency committed to building lasting solutions to global poverty and injustice by advocating for fundamental social change. We work in relationships of solidarity and partnership to eradicate poverty and injustice, with a focus on women’s rights and gender equality. Oxfam Canada’s annual operating budget is approximately $15 million, sourced from a combination of individual donors and institutional funders including CIDA. In Canada and around the world, Oxfam Canada plans and delivers its programs in concert with the global network of Oxfam International.

Oxfam Canada is currently launching a new gender equality and women’s rights program, Engendering Change, 2009-2014 (hereafter, EC II). In the global South, the program methodology focuses upon capacity-building of partner organizations; in Canada, Oxfam’s methodology focuses upon mobilizing Canadians to deepen their understanding of and engagement in global citizenship.

Oxfam Canada is currently seeking to fill a 3-month (60 day) assignment for a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist to provide leadership to the development of an M&E system for the EC II program. The position will be Ottawa-based, with some flexibility negotiable over full-time versus part-time employment.

SCOPE OF POSITION:
The MEL Specialist will work directly on laying the foundation of the EC II program’s monitoring, evaluation and learning systems, as well as knowledge management (KS) systems), and will contribute to the organization’s overall thinking on MELKS.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: (This is not an exhaustive list of duties to be performed) Working under the supervision of the Director of International Programs, the MEL Specialist will ensure the following deliverables:
Finalized set of SMART indicators for the ECII program baseline, allowing Oxfam Canada to demonstrate the effect of capacity building on partners’ organizational capacity and on programmatic performance;
Finalized design of the monitoring process that will ensure the regular collection and assessment of the above indicators over time, a process which will take into account regional operational contexts;
Building on work already underway, a streamlined proposal for complementary methods, including evaluations, to further assist Oxfam Canada to demonstrate the effect of capacity building and the impact of its partners’ programs;
A communications/knowledge sharing (KS) strategy to ensure closure and then optimal use (documentation, dissemination; internal and external) of the learning from the program’s previous phase

In addition, the MEL Specialist will contribute to the development of the ECII learning strategy and plan, monitor relevant MELKS initiatives elsewhere (within Oxfam International and elsewhere), and contribute to the organization’s strategic thinking on MELKS.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE & COMPETENCIES:
University degree in the social sciences required with graduate and/or post-graduate training in quantitative and qualitative methods. Masters-level degree an asset;
Strong analytical understanding and demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation, and in learning and knowledge sharing around program impact, effectiveness and results, particularly of gender programming.
Strong analytical understanding and demonstrated experience/knowledge in women’s rights and gender equality programming.
A minimum of eight years work experience with an international development NGO or a Canadian social development organization; overseas development experience considered a definite asset;
Demonstrated knowledge and significant experience in the documentation and dissemination of evaluation results, program learning and accountability reports;
Experience in designing and organizing learning events, with a focus on gender programming;
Demonstrated commitment to global justice, social change and gender equality;
Excellent written and spoken skills in English required. Language skills in French and Spanish a definite asset.
Proven capacity to work in a self-directed manner as well as demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively with other staff and with a variety of counterparts, funders and partners.

This position offers a comprehensive Benefits package.

We thank all those who apply, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Oxfam Canada practices employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

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