Plan Internation seeks a MERL Officer– Manicaland Program Area

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) Officer– Manicaland Program Area

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Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) Officer– Manicaland Program Area

  • Post Date:May 13, 2021
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  • Career Level Officer
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 3-5 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Location: Mutare, Zimbabwe

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood and we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity.

We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge. In Zimbabwe, we have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 31 years.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) Officer– Manicaland Program Area

Reports to the Sexual Reproductive Health Rights MERL Specialist with a direct working relationship with the Project Manager , Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research & Learning Manager and Program Area Manager and provides support on MERL activities in line with the MERL policy and standards for Plan International Zimbabwe.


  • Assist development and regular updates of the SRHR-SGBV Project M&E frameworks for projects in line with MERL standards.
  • Support effective utilisation of M & E Management Information Systems (PRIMASYS) and the global PMERL System for data collection, storage, analysis, reporting, data aggregation at different levels including use of data for reflective learning & feedback for the SRHR-SGBV Project.
  • Plan and facilitate data quality assurance, including frequent data auditing and data spot checks for the SRHR-SGBV project.
  • Support the development of the SRHR-SGBV project M & E tools and promote their effective application in tracking project progress.
  • Support the development and implementation of feedback and accountability mechanisms the project.
  • Facilitate data collection, verification, compilation, analysis and interpretation of the project data for decision-making.
  • Project data entry into the project database for easy access and utilization by project staff.

Evaluation and Research

  • Assist in the planning, design and coordination of the project base, mid and endline surveys, including reviewing consultant Terms of Reference, supporting quality implementation of the sampling methodology and data collection.
  • Review the SRHR-SGBV project evaluation and research reports and give recommendations for improvement.
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of the SRHR-SGBV project evaluation/research findings to donors, partners, key stakeholders and communities and their utilization in learning activities.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Facilitate the generation, storage and utilization of project information among project staff and key stakeholders.
  • Support generation and complication of the SRHR-SGBV project reports in line with donor guidelines.
  • Support documentation of the SRHR-SGBV project program and influencing work through various channels to demonstrate program effectiveness.
  • Support building for and partners on basic MERL in line with donor requirements and Plan` s MERL approach.
  • Manage SAP to ensure consistency and integrity of the SRHR-SGBV project data for reporting and decision making.

Participate in Plan’s MERL networks to enhance Plan’s Program Performance

  • Participate in MERL networks in order to facilitate learning and sharing of experiences.
  • Identify and establish relevant networks and platforms for Monitoring, Evaluation and Research initiatives related to the project.

Child Protection & gender equality mainstreaming

Promotes and abides by Plan policies and procedures including but not limited to: Gender equality mainstreaming, Safeguarding 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
  • Programmatic results frameworks and the distinctions between results at different levels (impact, outcome, output) and different dimensions of change in development and humanitarian settings.
  • M&E trends and successful practices in the sector
  • Feedback and complaint mechanisms and methodologies
  • M&E of social norms and influencing
  • Appropriate statistical analysis methodologies and systems
  • 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
  • Adapt and tailor M&E methodologies, processes and tools to different target groups and contexts


  • Understand and consistently apply ethical MERL 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

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements are required to submit their curriculum vitae & cover letter outlining their suitability for the position. Plan International takes very seriously the responsibility and duty to ensure that we and anyone who represents us does not in any way harm or place at risk children and young people. In this regard, reference & background checks will be performed including clearances on child related offences in conformity with Plan’s Safeguarding Policy.

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity.

This position is open to Zimbabwean nationals
Type of role: Fixed Term Contract
Closing Date: 21 May 2021

Female candidates are encouraged to apply