Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Project to Reduce Child Labor in Agriculture in Mexico

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist will be responsible for implementing and managing the monitoring and evaluation team and activities, including the coordination of baseline studies and special surveys, delivering a Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (CMEP) for a results-oriented program serving migrant populations to reduce the incidence of child labor and enhance educational and social opportunity in targeted communities in Mexico. The position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
The M&E Specialist will oversee the implementation of the program’s monitoring and evaluation activities and data reporting requirements. S/he will also serve as the liaison and point of contact with all project partners to carry out baseline studies and surveys throughout the life of the project. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Lead a rigorous approach to project monitoring & evaluation for ensuring good performance and achievement of results toward project goals and objectives.
  • Design and implement a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan (CMEP) in coordination with external evaluation contractor and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), including selection and tracking of specific indicators, developing strategies for data collection and regular reporting on approved indicators.
  • Oversee implementation of a household-level baseline survey on child labor (living and working conditions of children in target areas), including review of tools and survey methodology; training of enumerators and review of data quality and analysis.
  • Coordinate with partners to facilitate the design and implementation of a direct beneficiary monitoring system for tracking work status of child beneficiaries and economic status of beneficiary households; produce and submit requisite reports based on database information.
  • Support national government child labor monitoring efforts ensuring monitoring is linked to and builds on any government labor inspection and child labor monitoring already underway.
  • Design data collection instruments, schedules, analysis methods, and applied technologies.
  • Ensure reporting requirements per USDOL obligations under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).
  • Monitor the results of the program’s activities and contribute to periodic evaluations/assessments of specific pilot interventions and scale-up plans; contribute to dissemination of results to internal and external audiences.
  • Contribute to research design and methodology for project-related research (separate from baseline survey).
  • Other duties as assigned.
Bachelors or Master’s degree in statistics, public policy, international development, economics, or related field. Master’s degree or Bachelor plus an advanced certificate in M&E, statistics, or economics preferred.
Required Work Experience:
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience in a senior M&E position responsible for implementing M&E activities of international development projects, preferably in child labor, agriculture and/or education and social programs or a related field;
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, indicator selection, target setting, reporting, and developing M&E and/ performance monitoring plans.
  • Proven success in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages.
  • Experience developing and refining data collection tools.
  • Experience and ability in managing and providing oversight of complex baseline and follow-up project surveys, including writing terms of reference, reviewing and commenting on sampling and technical survey design documents, developing questionnaires, reviewing training manuals and survey field protocols, overseeing training and management of enumerators, providing oversight to survey field work, and providing oversight on data quality checks and preparation of data sets.
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation issues and approaches related to migrant populations.
  • Knowledge of child labor and supply chain issues in Mexico is a distinct asset.
  • Knowledge of USDOL or other U.S. Government reporting requirements would be an asset, including experience designing and implementing CMEPs.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in Spanish required, proficiency in English preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook and PowerPoint as well as other database and statistical applications (SPSS, SAS or STATA).