Position Title:Data Quality Assistant
Position Type:Regular Employment -PART Time
Department:Middle East Children's Institute (MECI) Program
Mercy Corps (MC) is a non-profit, non-aligned, secular non-governmental (NGO) humanitarian relief and development organization, registered in the United States and Scotland with offices in more than 40 countries around the world, including the West Bank and Gaza, where the organization has been active in implementing relief and development programs for nearly a decade. Mercy Corps ‘West Bank and Gaza’ has staff based in East Jerusalem and Gaza City offices that implement programs throughout the Palestinian territories.
Mercy Corps (MC) in cooperation with MECI are implementing a Comprehensive After-School Program in four Palestinian Schools. It’s currently operating in the villages of Bani Zaid, at the Beni Zaid Primary Girls’ School, Primary Boys’ School, Qasim Al-Rimawi Upper Girls School, and the Bashir al Barguthy Upper Boys School. Its aim is to improve the overall well-being of Palestinian children (i.e. their psychosocial state and academic performance) affected by the ongoing violence and instability in the occupied Palestinian territory as well as providing employment to villagers who are involved in supplying services to the students. The program has been in operation since February 2007, with Mercy Corps as a partner since February 2009.
The main aim of this program is to utilize an innovative three-pillared approach, which is comprised of children’s education, women’s empowerment and economic development in order to transform the communities in which it operates in the occupied Palestinian territory. Not only does this comprehensive initiative for elementary school children address children’s health issues through a nourishing food program, but it also builds skills through academic tutoring and provides psychosocial support through art therapy (which includes music, fine arts, drama, and athletics). In the two Upper Schools, the program provides academics support, life skills, and extra-curricular activities through a series of clubs. In addition to this, local women are being recruited and employed through a partnership with the local Deir Ghassaneh Women’s Association, therefore stimulating the distressed local economy. The purchase of materials for school snacks from local farmers and suppliers offers further support to the local economy.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:-
The Data Quality Assistant is responsible to assist in the implementation and continuing improvement of monitoring and evaluation plans and systems for the Comprehensive After School Program as well as ensuring that the program maintains an effective mechanism for monitoring activities based on Mercy Corps M&E Guidelines and Data Quality Assurance Protocol. The Data Quality Assistant will assist in conducting program monitoring visits, facilitating the collection and analysis of relevant data in order to measure program progress and impact, and help provide information to the program for decision-making.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:-
Elicit system requirements/user stories using different means such as interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, use cases, scenarios, business analysis, task and workflow analysis;
Continuously monitor and verify the quality of data collection in the field, the flow of data from field throughout the program team. Help the program to compile the data using the standard beneficiary template. Take responsibilities for accuracy of the figures reported about beneficiaries’ numbers and indicators progress.
Assist in ensuring that data collection, entry and analysis is as per Mercy Corps M&E guidelines.
On regular basis, assist the MEL Sr. Officer to collect the PMP indicators data and ensure accuracy of the collected data.
Ensure that concerned program staff provide sufficient and accurate supporting documentation for the reported beneficiaries figures and progress on indicators.
As per agreed plan, conduct field visits, joint visit, spot visits and random checks for the implemented activities/programs to ensure the quality and progress of the implementation as per the agreed plans.
Share the observations of the monitoring activities with the program management team, ensure following up on the actions resulted and ensure its successful completion.
Assist to ensure that programs baseline and end line surveys, pre & post tests as planned in the PMP are implemented timely and according to the MEL protocol. Supervise/Lead the field implementation of data collection in coordination with program staff.
Update electronic and hard copy filing system of all of the raw data sources e.g. student attendance, training participants, questionnaires, copy of field registers etc in coordination with other program staff. Ensure proper documentation of these sources as an evidence of the data entered into databases.
Assist MEL Sr. Officer and Program staff in the analysis of survey data and prepare reports.
Regularly report any key issues of monitoring and evaluation to the Program Manager.
Commit to and support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to beneficiaries and adhering to the code of ethics and policies of Mercy Corps and the norms in the local society.
Perform work beyond normal office hours when necessary. Compensatory time-off is to be agreed in advance with the Supervisor/HR.
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
Perform any other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: N/A
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Development and Programs Manager
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: MEL Team, Program Staff, Students, Counselors
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
University degree or working towards a degree in business administration, project management, statistics, math or any related field.
High proficiency in using MS Office, especially Excel, database management and statistics packages: SPSS or other statistical package.
Experience in surveys data collection, entry and analysis.
Knowledge and experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection methods.
Experience in managing data, compiling data, data entry, data treatment, etc.
Excellent reporting skills.
Excellent writing skills in English and Arabic.
Travel movement ability within the West Bank
Excellent communication and coordination skills, with strong personality
Excellent planning and administration skills.
Initiative, self-reliant and cooperative.
Excellent time and organizational management skills.
Excellent ability to work under pressure and carry out multiple tasks.
Qualified persons with disability are highly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a one page cover letter and their CV by e-mail to
no later than Saturday, 11 November 2016
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Please indicate in the email subject; Data Quality Assistant.
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