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Veterinarians without Borders/ Vétérinaires sans frontières – Canada (VWB/VSF) is a charitable, humanitarian organization whose mission is to work for, and with, those in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us.
VWB/VSF sends many Canadian volunteers overseas to work with partners help create integrated animal health systems. The Canadian volunteers include professors of veterinary medicine, veterinarians, animal nutritionists, rural development specialists, food safety specialists, horticulturalists, community health workers, and gender specialists. While universities, community organizations—even government agricultural extension workers benefit from this initiative, the primary focus is on improving the lives of small-scale livestock producers.
The Volunteers Engaged In Gender Responsive Technical Solutions (VETS) Project will directly improve the economic and social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized people, particularly women and girls, in six countries in Africa and Asia, through support to animal, human and environmental health (One Health) initiatives. The Project will use the skills of Canadian volunteers to support smallholder farmers, primarily women, to reduce poverty by improving family income and nutrition principally through improved production of livestock and crops. By working with local women’s organizations and associations, as well as local partners that work with and support the identified women’s groups, the Project will also help women assume greater leadership and control over their livelihoods. The Project is built around the One Health (OH) concept which recognizes that the health of people, animals and the natural environment are interconnected. It promotes the production of more and better food and increased incomes from livestock, all the while promoting land rehabilitation and conservation for sustainable development. Between 2020 and 2027, Canadian volunteers will work with national volunteers and selected country partners in Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, Laos, Senegal and Vietnam to help create integrated animal health systems that benefit small scale farmers.
The primary purpose of the M&E volunteer position is to support management of process/activity monitoring for all the VETS activities, supporting M&E reporting while ensuring both data and reports are timely, complete and of good quality. It is very critical that process monitoring generates evidence, documented as key findings and recommendations to inform activity implementation improvement as such, it will be critical for the findings and recommendations to be shared widely with key stakeholders and follow up of implementation done. The position will support provision of technical support to our partners, development and updating of M&E tools and guidelines and liaison with the Local Coordinator and Africa Program Officer on activity monitoring processes.
- Update and strengthen the project implementation plans for Meru dairy
- Develop and strengthen monitoring, inspection and evaluation procedures (including the development of MEL tools at the organization and community level).
- Monitor all project activities, expenditures and progress towards achieving the project output
- Suggest project management strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the project by identifying bottlenecks in completing project activities and developing plans to minimize or eliminate such bottlenecks.
- Participate actively in the implementation of MEL processes by providing technical support and checking quality.
- Ongoing training and capacity building support for Meru staff and volunteers.
- Suggest strategies to the Project Management for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the project by identifying bottlenecks in completing project activities and developing plans to minimize or eliminate such bottlenecks
- Participate actively in the implementation of M&E processes by providing technical support and checking quality.
- Capacity building the program partners on monitoring and evaluation through organizing and conducting training on M&E/MIS.
- A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Statistics or Population Studies or Postgraduate training in Monitoring and Evaluation is essential.
- At least 3 years in project monitoring and evaluation especially in use of data to inform decision-making, planning, and performance monitoring.
- Experience in project budget monitoring and M&E frameworks development and implementation.
- Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory survey/research methods and annual work planning.
- Demonstrated work experience in capacity building and mentoring of staff and volunteers in monitoring and evaluation.
- Effective cross-cultural communication skills
- Commitment to the principles of volunteer cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance and environmental sustainability.
- Ability to collect, analyze and produce good quality data and information.
- Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring of staff.
- Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory survey/research methods
- Experience in use of data to inform decision-making, planning, and performance monitoring.
- Effective cross-cultural communication skills
- Commitment to the principles of volunteer cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance, and environmental sustainability.
- Previous international work / volunteer experience in development sector.
How to apply
Please submit via email your resume/CV and a motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline is 29th March 2021
Please note the following:
- The subject line of your email should read “Monitoring and Evaluation Volunteer-Meru.”
- The file name for your resume should read: “(last name)(first name) Resume
- The file name for your cover letter should read: “(last name) (first name) Cover Letter
(Your letter should state why you wish to be considered for the role and how you meet relevant skills)
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants invited to an interview will be contacted.