MERL Coordinator – Unicef

  • Permanent
  • Zimbabwe



  •  Develop and ensure regular updates of the Social and Behavior Change Project M&E frameworks for projects in line with MERL standards.
  •  Lead the development of the Social and Behavior Change Project M & E tools and promote their effective application in tracking project progress.
  •  Lead project data collection, analysis, storage and reporting on indicator tracking in line with Donor requirements.
  •  Coordinate the development and implementation of feedback and accountability mechanisms of the Project.
  •  Ensure effective utilisation of Project Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (PMERL) system for data collection, storage, analysis, reporting, data aggregation at different levels including use of data for reflective learning and feedback for the project.
  •  Plan and coordinate data quality assurance, including frequent data auditing and data spot checks for the Social and Behavior Change Project
  •  Plan and coordinate data quality assurance, including frequent data auditing and data spot checks for the Project.
  •  Establish the use of participatory, gender-sensitive and inclusive MERL approaches and methodologies with adults and children to deepen stakeholder engagement.


Evaluation and Research

  •  Support planning, design and coordination of project baseline and endline including supporting quality implementation of the sampling methodology and data collection.
  •  Review Social and Behavior Change Project evaluation and research reports and give recommendations regarding approval to program management.
  •  Coordinate a pretest of the Interpersonal Communication Toolkit for pregnant/lactating adolescent mothers in targeted communities including liaison with the consultant
  •  Ensure the development and dissemination of Social and Behavior Change Project evaluation/research findings to donors, partners, key stakeholders, communities, and their utilization in learning activities.
  •  Assist in providing input and quality control for evaluation and research data collection tools as well as quantitative and qualitative data analysis.


Child Protection & gender equality mainstreaming

  •  Promotes and abides by Plan policies and procedures including but not limited to: Gender equality mainstreaming, Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy; Code of Conduct and the related mandatory reporting responsibilities


  •  Participatory, gender-sensitive and inclusive MERL approaches and methodologies with adults and children
  •  Data management, quality control and validation processes and requirements
  •  M&E trends and successful practices in the sector
  •  Feedback and complaint mechanisms and methodologies
  •  M&E of social norms and influencing
  •  M&E in emergencies and fragile contexts
  •  Methodologies for research into social norms and perceptions as well as legislative and policy environment
  •  A degree in Development Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics and Operations Research, Strategic Planning or related studies.
  •  A post graduate degree in research and or monitoring and evaluation will be an added advantage.

3- 5 years relevant working experience.


  •  Manage quantitative and qualitative data collection
  •  Adapt MERL approaches and methodologies to local context
  •  Use relevant digital data collection tools
  •  Work with/manage MERL consultants and data collectors
  •  Apply recognised standards of data quality assurance
  •  Use and manage information in Plan’s information and data systems
  •  Analyse, synthesise and draw out conclusions and learning from M&E data and processes
  •  Support, coach and train staff for improved MERL and respond to MERL queries
  •  Develop and implement M&E frameworks at strategic (country strategy) and operational (projects) levels
  •  Adapt and tailor M&E methodologies, processes and tools to different target groups and contexts


  •  Understand and consistently apply ethical MER practices
  •  Engage and influence staff and management to implement strong MERL practices
  •  Promote and encourage discussion and learning on gender and inclusion in M&E
  •  Promote and support alignment between projects, country and global M&E results frameworks
  •  Promotes innovation and learning on program quality.


We are open and accountable

  •  Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  •  Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  •  Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  •  Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  •  Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people.

We strive for lasting impact

  •  Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  •  Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  •  Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  •  Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  •  Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  •  Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  •  Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  •  Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  •  We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.
  •  We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our program and our workplace.
  •  We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and develop agency to change their own lives.

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