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Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist | Plan International

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The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

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.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice.

Plan International actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives, and children (specific focus on girls and young women) have guided and supported to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. Plan International has been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan International Tanzania has been implementing various development activities since 1991 in Health (Maternal Neonatal Child Health, Sexual Reproductive Health and Nutrition), Education, Water and Sanitation (including Menstrual Hygiene Management), Youth Economic Empowerment, and Child Protection in 16 districts within ten regions across the country – Dar es Salaam, Pwani, Mwanza, Geita, Rukwa, Dodoma, Morogoro, Lindi, Mtwara and Mara. Since 2015, Plan International Tanzania has also been a leading actor in the Burundian refugee response in the Kigoma region of Tanzania, and is the mandated lead agency by UNHCR in Child Protection in Emergency, and in 2019 also appointed as co-chair of Kigoma Emergency-interagency information working group in the three refugee camps.

The position holder for the role of M&E Specialist will provide M&E technical support to all projects (grants and sponsorship funded) and works closely with thematic leads, grants implementers, field officers, and all related M&E staff in the country office and PUs, including the provision of technical support to project staff, and staff of partner organizations in the areas of monitoring and evaluation. This position has no direct reports.

Dimensions of the Role

  • This position has no direct reports
  • This position will work closely with M&E officers and Coordinators
  • The position reports to the Head of MER.

Typical Responsibilities – Key End Results of Position:

Planning and M&E system support:

    • Lead in developing M&E strategies and M&E plans for all programme units (PUs) and thematic sectors in line with CSP indicators and Global Strategy Results;
    • Work with technical leads, PUs and local communities during project designing and planning stages to identify cultural and social norms that perpetuate inequalities between girls and boys, and map interventions of addressing them that will fit to the strategic priorities of the country strategic plan;
    • Develop tools as required for M&E, including coaching and providing capacity building to PUs and other project/ partner staff on importance of production of sex-disaggregated data/ case studies/success stories
    • Ensure Plan’s programs are up to date on indicators, indicator definitions, and data collection tools used across projects so that they are aligned with Plan’s CSP, and government MIS where relevant;
    • Ensure PIT-MER web based system is updated with output data on monthly basis for reviewing Plan’s progress towards CSP III targets;
    • Lead in developing ToRs for internal and external evaluations, including for annual reflection purposes such as Plan’s internal monitoring systems (APPR);
    • Engage in evaluation and review consultancy bids as support to Procurement department and Head of MERL;
    • Participate in processes of recruiting external project evaluators, including development of evaluation term of references, technical review of proposals, and supervision of their work as support to Procurement department and Head of MERL;
    • Lead in the preparation of training packages for enumerators, and coordinate the training
    • Lead roll-out of MERL system and BI Online data being reflected in all monitoring;
    • Lead compilation of annual and quarterly Cooperate reporting, and produce quarterly monitoring reports as generated from PIT global MER web database.

M&E Capacity Building

  • Provide training to PUs in participatory and qualitative design of monitoring and evaluation approaches to inform projects’ routine results, and to indicate how Plan’s programmes contribute in shifting of community values and norms to promote child rights/ gender equality
  • Technical guidance to project Coordinators and CDFs (frontline workers) with development of tools for participatory approaches, including with children.

Reports and Reporting

  • Lead on grants compliance review and ensure timely and high quality narrative reporting to donors (monthly, quarterly, and final) in conjunction with the thematic Sector Heads;

Communications and Working Relationships:


  • This position works closely with Programme staff at PU level, including Programme Coordinators (High)
  • This position works closely with Thematic Sector Heads and all Project Managers/ Directors (high) and any M&E staff within grants.


  • This position works closely with local partner organizations (medium)

Key relationships

  • PU&CO
  • Head of YEE, CP, and Education
  • Functional networks within Plan

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Required experience and Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in International Development or other relevant field preferred.
  • More than 5 years of relevant field based M&E experience, including significant time in monitoring and evaluation for development, research experience is an asset.
  • Minimum of 5 years of providing training, and in a supervisory and/or management role, in monitoring and evaluation to all levels of stakeholders;
  • Experiences in M&E of Education projects, Child protection, projects, and VSLA projects, and youth empowerment Projects.
  • Ability to use cost effective and online applications for mobile data collection and data management
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the supported districts
  • This position requires high computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications, i.e MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Internet and statistical packages such as SPSS, STATA, Epi Info and others related packages.
  • Fluent written and spoken English language skills required.
  • Experience with rights based participatory MER approaches including social audits.



  • In-depth knowledge of the M&E and preferably minimum 5 years of experience in Non-profit making organisation


  • Data Analytical and strategic planning
  • Excellent communication skills appropriate to the audience, particularly English language skills (oral /written)
  • Proficient computer skills and use of data analytical applications
  • Ability to work under multidisciplinary and multicultural environment


  • Hardworking with capacity to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Honest, integrity, open and transparent personality.
  • Team player
  • Working towards achieving a team goal
  • Be able to Respect all groups of people in the community and culturally sensitive
  • Persuasive and able to work with different cultural settings
  • Motivated, energetic and strives to develop and support others
  • Result oriented
  • Working for the best interest of the organisation and children
  • Appreciate of child rights and gender equality


  • Working with the project team and ensure project results are achieved timely without compromising with quality
  • Good command over conflict resolution while maintaining important relationships: Capability to resolve conflicts
  • Plan and schedule own work, interpreting instructions and selecting proper methods/tools for delivery.
  • Operate in a high-pressure deadline-driven environment with professionalism
  • Managing donor grants with strict reporting deadlines

Plan International’s Values in Practice

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

  • 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.

Physical Environment

  • Typical office environment with at least 50% of time travel to programme locations.

Level of contact with children

Low contact:     Very limited contact or interaction with Children during reflection meetings, evaluations, and research

Location: Dar Es Salaam

Reports to: Head of MER

Closing Date: 27th February, 2020

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion