ASEC - African Sisters Education Collaborative
Senior Program Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation (#278)
40 hours per week / 52 weeks per year
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 1 hour meal break
Summary of Duties
ASEC’s mission is to facilitate access to education for women religious in Africa that leads to enhancement and expansion of the education, health, economic, social, environmental, and spiritual services they provide.
The African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) recognizes that women religious in Africa profoundly impact their communities and society. The services they provide are making a significant contribution to the advancement of sustainable human development and to addressing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). To advance these efforts, ASEC provides educational opportunities for women religious in Africa so that they may further develop their talents and potential, build their education credentials, and enhance the leadership and ministerial roles they assume at all levels of society.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Program Manager for Monitoring and Evaluation oversees the evaluation of all ASEC programs and is specifically responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of SLDI, a leadership development program serving women religious in 10 countries in Africa, as well as the organization’s “Service-Learning Program”. Within these two programs, the Senior Program manager plans and designs the evaluation; selects, creates and/or adapts evaluation tools for use in a mixed methods evaluation; collects and manages qualitative and quantitative data, and analyzes and reports on program outcomes for key stakeholders.
Work Experience Requirements
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in program monitoring and evaluation including creating and implementing evaluation plans, collecting and managing data, data analysis, and delivering written and oral evaluation
- Experience with qualitative and quantitative data
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
- Demonstrated interest and/or familiarity in international development.
- Ability to work with limited supervision and make informed decisions
- Ability to think creatively and analytically.
- Strong collaboration skills with the ability to build relationships and integrate different perspectives into the evaluation process.
- Experience working in diverse cultural settings and collaborative work environments.
- Proficiency in SPSS statistical software and the Microsoft Office suite and similar programs.
- Experience with NVivo qualitative coding software preferred.
- Proficiency in using Google drive, docs, calendars, sheets and slides.
- Cross-Cultural competence.
JOB RESPONSIBILITY 1: Monitor & Evaluate Programs - 50% of time
- Lead and collaborate with other ASEC staff and partners in the design and development of data collection, program evaluation tools and adapting and editing as appropriate.
- Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) and Service-Learning Programs.
- Monitor and evaluate the Institutional Capacity Building project, including intense collaboration with ICB implementation partners in the development of evaluation plans.
- Oversee the evaluation of the Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) program and Scholarship program.
- Collaborate with the Executive Director and Board Committees to develop metrics to evaluate the organization’s strategic plan and outcomes in the light of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
- Evaluate the organization’s progress towards meeting its strategic goals, as delineated in ASEC’s strategic plan, through internal evaluation and liaising with external evaluators and in collaboration with the Executive Director.
- Collaborate in the grant-writing process by reviewing and aligning the program objectives to the strategic plan and develop program evaluation plans.
- Facilitate the dissemination of ASEC’s best practices and program models, including presenting at conferences or engaging in publication regarding the outcomes of ASEC programs and the work and lives of women religious in Africa.
- Provide regular updates to the Executive Director of the progress of the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit.
JOB RESPONSIBILITY 2: Data Collection - 35% of time
- Manage and engage in data collection, management and analysis for SLDI and Service Learning and provide oversight of the same activities for the HESA and Scholarship Programs.
- Serve as lead project manager on development, implementation, and use of program evaluation instruments/data collection.
- Assist the Executive Director with systemic program evaluation process improvement strategies to advance day-to-day operations.
- Supervise the development and maintenance of a centralized database to house and manage data from all ASEC programs.
- Engage in any additional data collection and reporting on ASEC programs, as needed.
- Develop additional reports and data sets as needed and contribute to organizational activities, such as activities with ASEC partners, alumnae, other stakeholders, and partner workshops, when relevant.
JOB RESPONSIBILITY 3: Supervision & Reporting - 10% of time
- Develop annual evaluation reports and presentations.
- Supervise the Program Manager Monitoring and Evaluations (Research, HESA and Scholarship), Data Manager and Research and /or Graduate Assistants assigned within the SLDI program evaluation.
- Create formative and summative evaluation reports and presents reports annually to ASEC’s Advisory Board, Board of Directors, and funder(s), including recommendations for program improvement.
Other Responsibilities as assigned: 5% of time
Problem Solving / Freedom to Act
Work performed under light supervision with only occasional general supervisory review; employee plays a fairly large role in setting objectives and organizing work.
Work consists of somewhat difficult tasks with several choices as to what operations and processes will be followed. Requires the use of moderate judgement in applying policies and adapting standards to fit facts and conditions. At times work does also consist of difficult and complex tasks and requires the interpretation of technical expertise.
Human Relations Skills
Very important human relations skills needed. This role will have contacts that are mostly with upper-level professional/managerial staff and others outside of their immediate area. Collaborates with other Program Managers and shares information with other staff. Discussions will consist mostly about very sensitive and/or confidential work issues or somewhat complex projects. Work must be performed with the ethical handling of data and following all appropriate research protocols. Must be able to establish and maintain relationships with peers and other outside of the organization. Must be able to organize, analyze and communicate data to stakeholders in a clear an effective matter. This role supervises one full time staff member and interacts with all levels of staff within the organization and outside of the organization.
Provides input in budget development. Minimal financial accountability as this position does not approve expenditures or monitor budget. Submits accountability reports for travel expenditures and purchase requisitions for necessary materials/resources.
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