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Outcome Monitoring Specialist, Education Pathways to Peace

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) is a $90 million Government of Australia investment to improve the delivery and quality of education in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao. The nine-year program (six years with possible three-year extension) seeks to address the challenges associated with ensuring effective implementation and sustainability in a conflict-affected area.

Pathways intends to contribute to peace-building by addressing inequity and disparity in participation and performance in basic education. This will be accomplished through facilitating and strengthening effective engagement and collaboration processes and the institutional systems of key stakeholders to support the delivery of quality basic education. The Program will focus on supporting improvements in the participation and performance of learners at the early grade levels (Kindergarten to Grade 3), in teacher education and development, and in the development of context-appropriate curriculum.

Responsibilities

Purpose of the Position: The Outcome and Monitoring Specialist will support and deliver activities targeted towards enhancing the quality of education data in the ARMM, developing and implementing best practice and strengthening organisational capacity of DepEd-ARMM and other key stakeholders in the areas of monitoring and evaluation and data management.
 
Duties: Under direction of the Deputy Team Leader and the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEAL) Adviser, the Outcome and Monitoring Specialist will:
  • Contribute to the development of the Pathways M&E framework;
  • Assist the MEAL adviser in the review of the Theory of Change and program logic, indicators, and feasible measures for inclusion in the M&E framework;
  • In collaboration with DFAT, the DepEd-ARMM, the BDA and the Strategic Management Team (SMT), develop an Internal Outcome MEAL System to measure progress towards attainment of the intermediate and end-of-program outcomes as well as the effectiveness and efficiency of the strategies and processes in contributing to that progress;
  • Ensure that the information derived from the internal MEAL system will inform, on a regular basis, DFAT, the Pathways contractor, the DepEd-ARMM, BDA and key stakeholders the extent to which outcomes are being achieved and the degree to which program activities and strategies are contributing to the attainment of outcomes;
  • Ensure that outcome measurement and reporting will:coincide with the preparation of six-monthly progress reports; be coordinated with the performance assessment by the SMT; and be discussed at the PSC meetings;
  • Analyse the results of assessments, which will inform strategic program interventions;
  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative research to measure outcomes including capacities of DepEd-ARMM, as well as to support policies and advocacies at the regional, division, and school levels; and
  • Monitor progress of activities and processes for the formal evaluation of activities to assess the potential for scale-up and sustainability;
  • In collaboration with each of the TWGs in DepEd ARMM, contribute to the development and implementation of processes to monitor progress of activities and develop and implement evaluations to assess the potential for scale-up and sustainability;
  • In collaboration with DepEd and other counterparts, help oversee the collection and management of data for M&E purposes; ensure the quality, timeliness and integrity of the data; undertake appropriate analyses; interpret findings and prepare a range of reports for specific purposes;
  • Contribute in nurturing a results-based mindset in DepEd-ARMM and other organizations in the education sector in ARMM;
  • Provide inputs to and support to Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Adviser for the design and implementation of an internal Quality Assurance system to ensure the quality of technical work undertaken;
  • Assist in providing significant findings to the Strategic Monitoring Team;
  • Provide technical support for the monitoring and evaluation of activities being implemented under the Responsive Innovation Fund;
  • Collaborate with the Communications Manager in the design and implementation of learning events and the dissemination of findings and achievements of the program;
  • Contribute to quarterly and annual progress reports;
  • In collaboration with the Data Management team, maintain and update a database of all Pathways and DepEd-ARMM information and data sets; and
  • Other duties as may reasonably be required by the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Adviser and Team Leader.

Requirements

Qualifications and Experience
 
The Outcome and Monitoring Specialist will have the following qualifications and experience:
 
  • Degree in a relevant discipline, including study in policy/planning or research and data;
  • Minimum of 5 years? experience working in relevant aspects of organisational and capacity development, policy and planning and use of data in decision-making;
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  • Familiarity with the DFAT M&E requirements desirable;
  • Strong analytical, qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in evaluation design, management, interpretation and reporting;
  • Strong, proven writing and reporting skills including expertise in the presentation and interpretation of data to guide improvement;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with counterparts to achieve outstanding results;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, liaison and interpersonal skills;
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken); and
  • In-depth understanding of the education sector in the Philippines is desirable.