Job summary:

Under the coordination of the Chief of Party, the Monitoring Evaluation Accountability Learning Manager (PM) will be responsible for managing the SERA activities of the country program (CP) for the international McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition (MGD / FFE) program. , design and implement the SERA project to advance the activities of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) serving the poor and vulnerable. His SERA management skills and knowledge will ensure that the country program delivers high quality programming and continuously works to improve the impact of its programming.

Job Responsibilities:

The Manager (PM) Monitoring Evaluation Accountability Learning of the MGD/FFE project will be specifically responsible for:

  • Manage and implement all SERA activities throughout the MGD21-Keun Faaba project life cycle – design reviews, start-up, implementation and closure – to ensure effective and efficient implementation in accordance with the principles and quality standards of the CRS program and to the sera policies, procedures and practices, to the sera requirements of funders, and to industry best practices. Ensure project team and partner staff use appropriate SERA systems and tools.
  • Provide leadership to project-based SERA staff on all matters relating to SERA, including but not limited to supporting the development of systems, capabilities and culture of data use and critical thinking for decision making.
  • Ensure on-site capacity building of field staff and partners, including but not limited to SERA staff, including formal and on-the-job training of staff and co-facilitation of SERA training events .
  • Effectively manage and supervise staff. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically adapt individual development plans, contribute to the project staff recruitment process and complement performance management of direct reports.
  • Design and execute the MGD21-Keun Faaba project learning plan studies, and in close collaboration with the regional “Food For Education (FFE)” learning plan and efforts.
  • Promote learning with project staff and partner teams. Analyze and evaluate project performance data in accordance with SERA policy and industry best practices, including the use of differential and inferential statistics (quantitative data) and content and trend analysis (qualitative data) . Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to address barriers to implementation, encouraging reflection on key issues, assumptions and themes to identify and address learning gaps. Promote the application of learning to improve program quality and strengthen the agency’s influence with external stakeholders.
  • Support all revisions of project level theories of change, results frameworks, Proframes and SERA stories, including updates to key indicators of change and appropriate methods for collection and reporting. use of data.
  • Lead the development and deployment of project-level SERA systems, including performance monitoring plans or performance indicator baselines, performance indicator tracking tables, data collection tools, feedback mechanisms , complaints and responses and detailed implementation plans tailored to the scope and context of the MGD21-Keun Faaba project.
  • Coordinate the implementation of monitoring and accountability activities and processes (including ICT4SERA) in accordance with the detailed implementation plan and SERA system of the MGD21-Keun Faaba project. Ensure the quality of monitoring data through annual data quality assessments. Support actively seeking and responding to feedback from all members of targeted communities and other stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the evaluation events of the MGD21-Keun Faaba project (Baseline study, Mid-term evaluation, Final evaluation, etc.) by developing terms of reference that include a balance between qualitative and quantitative methods and the level of rigor necessary technique. Ensure the quality of evaluation data through good data management. As needed, support the identification, recruitment and management of external assessors to ensure high quality assessment and learning.
  • Ensure that learning properly supports MGD21-Keun Faaba project activities throughout the project cycle. Ensure accountability by coordinating project evaluation activities and ensuring the quality of evaluation data through good data management in accordance with the SERA policy. Proactively identify issues, reporting them to inform adjustments to implementation plans and schedules.
  • Help identify, evaluate and strengthen relevant SERA partnerships in the MGD21-Keun Faaba project by appropriately applying partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
  • Coordinate the identification of SERA-related staff capacities and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and capacity building and interventions necessary to support the implementation of quality projects. Optimize partner participation and capacity development in the implementation of SERA systems.
  • Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to the SERA needs of the project. Through planning and supervision, ensure efficient use of project resources for SERA.
  • Assist in the preparation of trend analysis reports and disseminate results. Review project documentation to ensure the project file is complete with all required SERA documentation and is filed in accordance with agency and funder requirements.

Training, experience and abilities required

Education and experience

  • Having a Master’s degree (BAC+5) in International Development, International Relations, Statistics, Demography or in the field WILL be mandatory. Additional experience may replace part of the studies.
  • Minimum of 02 years of relevant field experience in coordinating SERA activities of light to moderately complex projects required, preferably with an international NGO.
  • Have a good understanding of donor expectations and trends for SERA, particularly those of the USDA
  • Have experience and skills in networking and relationships with donors, peer organizations and faith-based and civil society partners.
  • Have a good understanding of partnership principles.
  • Have experience using MS Windows and MS Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), statistical analysis software, electronic data collection and database management applications as well as data platforms. electronic data visualization and reporting [good knowledge of CommCare and Power Bi would be an asset].
  • Have a good knowledge of research techniques, statistical analysis methods and tools

SERA Skills (for CRS SERA program staff)

Each staff member in this role is expected to have strong knowledge and abilities and be able to apply the following skills with little or no guidance, across the full range of typical situations, while requiring guidance to manage situations new or more complex:

  • WILL be in design
  • Analysis and critical thinking
  • Management in SERA

Personal skills

  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with the ability to exercise good judgment
  • Strong relationship management skills. Ability to build relationships with people at all levels, internally and externally. Strategic in the way he approaches each relationship.
  • Team management skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions and results focused.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to write reports

Foreign language required/desired

  • Have a good command of French and English (the ability to write in English is mandatory).

Necessary travel

  • The Manager (PM) Monitoring Evaluation Accountability Learning of the MGD21-Keun Faaba project is required to spend at least 50% of their time on field visits.

Main working relationships:

Supervision: SERA manager, ICT4D manager

Internal: The Chief of Party MGD21, the DCOP-MGD21, the Technical Managers of the MGD21 Project Components, the SERA Country Program Coordinator, the Director of Programs of CRS Benin, the Director of Operations of CRS Benin, the SERA Regional Technical Advisor .

External: Project implementation partners: AIR, Caritas Benin, DEDRAS and State Services (DDEMP, CRP), external consultants, donors as well as the rest of the school feeding community.

Agency-wide skills (for all CRS employees):

They are rooted in the mission, values ​​and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill their responsibilities and achieve desired results.

  • Trusted relationships
  • Professional growth
  • Partnership
  • Accountability

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, work, duties and responsibilities associated with the job position.

How to apply

All qualified people, men and women of Beninese nationality, including people with disabilities are strongly invited to submit their application.


Anyone interested in this notice is asked to send an online application following the link:

  • Position of Monitoring Evaluation Accountability Learning Manager (PM SERA) MGD/FFE Project – Parakou (m/f):

❖ Complete the form by attaching the cover letter addressed to the Resident Representative of CRS BENIN containing the following statement: “By applying for this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and actively prevents harassment, abuse, exploitation and trafficking of human beings. Additionally, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a thorough background check and my personal references/will be used to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding matters. » and a CV bearing the names and addresses (especially electronic) of 3 reference people; no later than June 28, 2024 at 2 p.m. For any information, contact us by B[email protected]
NB :

  • Only signed applications will be considered
  • Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted
  • CRS gives itself the right not to follow through with this recruitment process

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CRS is an equal opportunity employer.