MEARL Lead - Education Pathways to Peace (Pathways), Cotabato
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. Pathways intends to contribute to peace-building by addressing inequity and disparity in participation and performance in 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.
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Research and Learning (MEARL) Lead will be responsible for the implementation of the MEARL Framework to ensure the realisation of the Pathways End-of-Program-Outcomes (EOPOs). The MEARL Lead will work with the Pathways team to create opportunities fpr knowledge sharing and will also oversee the programme's research programme. The MEARL lead will manage the MEARL team, including three direct reports of a Learning and Development Manager, an M&E Manager and Research Manager.
This role is classified as Level 3, Discipline Group B3 under the DFAT Aid Advisor Remuneration Framework (ARF). Both national and international applciants are encouraged to apply. Ideally the successful candidate will be based in Cotabato city but consideration will be given to candidates who wish to be based in Manila, providing they agree to work mainly out of Cotabato with frequent travel in the ARMM region.
- Further developing the Pathways Theory of Change (TOC) and Results and Performance Assessment Framework;
- Consulting with DepEd and the Consortium partners on the timing of student assessments and teacher competence assessments to be included in the MEARL Framework;
- Coordinating the implementation of baseline and other studies through TWGs, Consortium partners or other Specialists;
- Developing MEARL guidelines, tools and templates;
- Designing M&E methods, tools, templates and reporting guidelines for program;
- Reviewing effectiveness of M&E tools and training materials;
- Liaising with other organisations, DepEd and BDA to obtain access to research, assessments and data to align research plans with those of other organisations operating in the ARMM/Bangsamoro peace-building and elementary education space;
- Developing processes by which to assess the potential for replication, scale-up and sustainability or program activities;
- Ensuring that processes and data collection methods are adequate 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;
- Contributing to the development of qualitative and quantitative research to monitor and evaluate outcomes to nform strategic program interventions;
- Overseeing the collection and management of data for M&E purposes;
- Ensuring that outcome measurement and reporting is timed in coordination with all key project meetings and reviews;
- Contributing to a results-based mindset in ARMM education institutions;
- Advising on the design and implementation of an internal Quality Assurance system;
- Providing support to the Strategic Monitoring Team and collaborate in the communication and application of findings and suggestions for program adjustment;
- Providing technical support for 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 communication of achievements.
- Degree in a relevant discipline, including study in policy/planning or research and data;
- Significant prior experience working in relevant aspects of organisational and capacity development, policy and planning and use of data in decision-making;
- 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;
- Experience of overseeing research programmes
- 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 Philippines is desirable;
- Willingness to live in Cotabato, alternatively willingness to be based in Manila while working predominantly in Cotabato. Frequent travel within the ARMM region will be required.