The Learning and Monitoring Programme Somalia (LAMPS) is a three-year monitoring, evaluation, learning programme contracted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). LAMPS is a core component of DFID’s Somalia Monitoring Programme II (SMP II). A consortium comprised of Integrity, Altai Consulting, WYG and other partners, delivers LAMPS in each of Somalia’s federal regions from a central delivery hub in Nairobi, Kenya. LAMPS works across DFID’s development portfolio in Somalia, helping ensure greater accountability, better risk management and improved understanding of, and learning insights from, programme performance.
LAMPS has three core services: i) conducting Third-party Monitoring (TPM) of activities funded by DFID, ii) providing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Technical Assistance (TA) to DFID’s Implementing Partners (IPs), and iii) providing credible data for effective decision making and learning across the DFID portfolio in Somalia. Moving into the final year of the programme (Jan-Dec 2019), it will be important to ensure that evidence and learning are widely disseminated and used to improve DFID Somalia programme delivery. The learning workstream will be a priority area for LAMPS over the coming year and will form part of the wider DFID Somalia Evidence and Learning Strategy.
The Deputy Team Leader (DTL) is responsible for leading the delivery of the third-party monitoring verifications, coordinating the integration of third-party monitoring, digital platform and learning inputs in the production of verification summary reports, data analysis dashboards and associated learning products. They will design and administer clear processes for delivering these products, fostering an effective, efficient and collaborative approach across the different functional teams. The DTL will be required to coordinate the activities of LAMPS workstreams – to identify efficiencies and ensure learning is applied across the team.
The DTL will report to the Programme Management Unit and will be actively involved in the implementation of LAMPS strategy as agreed by the LAMPS Governance Board. They are line-managed by the Team Leader. They, in turn, line-manage the TPM Manager and STTA, as required. They will represent LAMPS TPM verification activities at meetings with DFID teams, their implementing partners and key stakeholders
The Deputy Team Leader will be responsible for:
Management of TPM verification Workstream (50%)
- Lead the coordination of inputs from third-party monitoring, digital platform and learning personnel in the production of timely, high quality third-party verification deliverables.
- Implement the sampling strategy and methodology for selection of activities for verification. Oversee the monthly and quarterly selection process of activities to verify ensuring inclusion of nominated activities and geographic representation to be shared with DFID monthly.
- Review and quality assure all TPM verification workstream deliverables; including, but not limited to, verification data and analysis, verification summary reports, Aqoonta/digital platform updates and releases, and related TPM learning reports.
- Provide technical guidance, as needed, to the design, delivery, analysis and reporting of monitoring, capacity building, and learning activities, including leading on programmatic activities as required.
- Develop and improve systems for managing the flow of communications, data, analysis and learning between the different technical areas that contribute to the delivery and coordination of the TPM verification and learning workstreams.
- Identify Short Term Technical Assistance needs for the TPM verification workstream; developing terms of reference, managing their activities and quality assuring their outputs.
- Assist the Programme Management Unit in coordinating inputs from the TPM verification workstream into learning and general programmatic deliverables (annual reports).
Learning of TPM Verification Workstream (20%)
- Contribute to the implementation of the updated LAMPS learning strategy and lead internal and external learning processes, reporting and events for the TPM verification workstream, including facilitating TPM learning events. Guide and support and quality assure and promote TPM learning reports/products.
- Ensure learning from internal processes and external sources are shared, reviewed and actioned by the workstream team; incorporating this learning into specific trainings and embedding changes in workstream processes and practices.
- Ensure TPM learning activities are coordinated and complement the learning activities of Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance and In-field Financial Review workstreams.
Client and Partner Management (20%)
- Represent LAMPS, including deputising for the Team Leader when required, at meetings with DFID and key stakeholders such as government, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and DFID Somalia’s Implementing Partners.
- Provide inputs into LAMPS collective understanding of the DFID-Somalia portfolio and IPs, contributing to the database of contacts, profiles and activities. Lead on discussions with DFID on TPM and nominations for verification's.
- Support the development and implementation of the LAMPS engagement and communication strategy for LAMPS.
- Be an ambassador for LAMPS in the broader DFID and IP community in Kenya and Somalia.
Personnel Management (10%)
- Identify and address capacity development priorities for the TPM verification and learning workstream personnel, raising any additional resourcing requirements with the Programme Management Unit. Review, design and adapt delivery and resourcing plans on a regular basis to optimize workstream activities and performance.
- Provide ongoing professional development mentoring to the LAMPS programme personnel, including enhancing M&E capacity of all personnel, strategies for learning and management.
- Develop and cultivate a ‘one team’ ethos across the workstreams of the LAMPS programme team; fostering a collaborative, constructive team ethos with an emphasis on flexibility, problem solving and effective communication with all parties.
- Participate in regular meetings with the Team Leader and Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance Lead on strategy coordination, integration and cross-pollination of workstream activities and deliverables; managing the operationalisation of this strategy.
The right candidate will have:
- Master’s or bachelor’s degree in international development, social science,development economics, international relations or a related field from an accredited academic institution, master’s degree preferred.
- Minimum of 8 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation of development programming in conflict/insecure zones, preferably in governance, economic development or health. Experience in Somalia preferred.
- Previous experience in the design and delivery of third-party monitoring approaches, as well as demonstrated experience in capacity development/training of field teams.
- Previous experience with remote management of fieldwork teams, mobile data collection, and data analysis. Understanding of ODK and STATA is an advantage.
- Excellent analytical skills with the ability to organize, analyse, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy (required).
- Demonstrated ability to design research methods, and data collection tools, based on in-depth understanding of programmatic and thematic issues.
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet deliverables within a given time-frame. Ability to work with minimal supervision, including prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines.
- Excellent presentation and communication skills.
- Flexibility, self-motivation, and able to manage multiple tasks efficiently.
- Demonstrated experience in dissemination of programmatic results, and facilitation of high-level meetings with a broad range of stakeholders, including donors, government, and implementing partners.
- Must be available for relocation to Kenya (Nairobi), with possibility to travel to Mogadishu, Hargeisa, or Garowe for training purposes.
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