Program Manager-Monitoring & Evaluation

Bangalore

Experience : 8 to 10 years
Starting date : Immediately
Travel : 10 days in a month
Process : Applications will be processed on a rolling basis

About SELCO Foundation:

SELCO Foundation is an open source, not for profit organization that engages in field-based R&D and ecosystem building for deployment of clean energy solutions that alleviate poverty in tribal, rural and urban poor areas. The organization works in collaboration with practitioners in the social sector, energy entrepreneurs, NGOs from various developmental sectors and educational institutions to link the benefits of sustainable energy to poverty eradication. It works across verticals such as energy access, health, water purification, livelihoods, education with practitioners in the social sector, energy entrepreneurs and partners from various developmental sectors. Being an open source field based R&D lab, SELCO Foundation aims to serve as a knowledge hub in the energy access and social impact ecosystem space.

Job Description:

This position would require the candidate to have strong analytical thinking and interpersonal communication skills. The candidate should have experience in working with implementation based developmental organization/s, and proven experience in designing robust Monitoring and Evaluation systems, MIS platforms and set up processes which build capacity in implementation teams for data collection, and quality of solution delivery and benchmarking for the organization and sector as a whole. (S)He is expected to be entrepreneurial, and adapt to varying situations and organizational requirements. In this role, the candidate would play a key role in ensuring that the values, philosophy and key approaches of the organization are demonstrated in a consistent manner across the work portfolio.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the on-going development of an M&E system and tools to enable all program teams to be able to collect, aggregate and support analysis of data seamlessly, in order to meet all relevant reporting requirements and to facilitate and inform program management and strategy
  • Develop and implement a robust monitoring and evaluation system that will ensure tracking of project/ programme results at different levels (outputs, outcomes and impact)
  • Develop the M&E Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Incorporate programmatic / operational team feedback to ensure the continuous improvement of data management systems
  • In liaison with Team leads and Program Managers, review M&E plans for various projects and other monitoring, evaluation, research and learning tools for consistency with the organization’s M&E needs
  • Lead the efforts in the development of survey protocols for baseline, midterm and end-line surveys, research and evaluations of projects
  • Provide alert to the respective programme managers, team leads and procurement officers on corrective actions required to avoid delays in implementation, including flagging operational issues and risks requiring timely actions
  • Identify and support documentation of best practices and lessons learned and share with program managers and relevant stakeholders to maximize impact of the projects; foster a productive relationship and lesson-learned sharing culture among different teams
  • Prepare M&E reports according to project demands and assist program managers and team leads in analysing of the data to communicate key learnings and plan on next steps with implemented projects
  • Lead on design and implementation of qualitative and quantitative data collection such as needs assessments, evaluation surveys using recognised methods of data collection. Liaise with consultants for new survey methodologies if not experienced. Work with staff to develop and standardize survey tools and other data collection forms for monitoring programmes.
  • Coordinate the review all survey reports prepared to ensure quality and accurate reporting
  • Collate/ prepare regional reports related to internal reporting such as the quarterly and annual reports
  • Conduct regular team meetings for the vertical, as well as program specific meetings to update all members on best practices and continuing expectations and vision

Qualities

  • Organises and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources and multiple reporting relationships
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders at multiple levels
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently
  • Be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of end user and partner service and response
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast paced Environment
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral): Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners and stakeholders

Education and Experience Requirements

  • At least 8 years experience in the development sector, with a focus on monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience working with implementation based organizations
  • Familiarity with research methodologies, tools and analysis for qualitative and quantitative studies
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and/performance monitoring plans
  • Proficiency in Excel and STATA, R or other statistical analysis software will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge or GIS will be an added advantage
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Fluency in oral and written English. Proficiency in other languages such as Hindi, Kannada, Odiya, Assamese, Manipuri will be an added advantage
  • Willingness to participate in field activities/surveys and travel to remote areas within the region

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