TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT:
Volunteer Cooperant (VC/OS)
Unaccompanied assignment - This assignment does not include support for accompanying partners or dependants
Farmers Union of Malawi
MALAWI , Lilongwe
EXPECTED DEPARTURE DATE:
Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.
Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).
Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.
For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit: Uniterra.ca.
The Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) is an umbrella organisation of farmers and farmer groups established in 2003 to ensure farmers' participation in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, strategies and programs aimed at improving their livelihoods. FUM supports farmers by influencing the policy and regulatory environment for market-led growth and increased farmer incomes, providing capacity building opportunities, facilitating women's empowerment, and implementing climate change mitigation programs. To learn more visit www.farmersunion.mw/
The Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor will support the Uniterra End of Program capacity assessments and program evaluations to evaluate the impacts of the Uniterra program on local partners and overall partnership achievements.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- In collaboration with the Uniterra Sector Specialist:
- Administer the capacity assessment tool (CAT) to local partners and provide set of recommendations on partner context, current organizational capacity and future needs, ensure that data is communicated to M&E team in Ottawa;
- Co-design, support, and/or facilitate a series of participatory workshops with Uniterra partners to collectively guide organizational capacity development plans;
- Support data analysis on organizational capacity assessments and co-facilitate workshops for subsequent action planning based on identified needs;
- Support data collection activities as needed.
- Capacity Building:
- Work with the the Uniterra Country Coordinator to develop operationally viable performance indicators, in order to support Uniterra partner organizations;
- Build local capacity into performance measurement and results reporting.
- Knowledge Development and Sharing:
- Participate in online exchanges with capacity assessment advisors, Uniterra team and partners in other countries and regions to share tools and best practices;
- Ensure the participation of women and youth, as well as their representation, in all activities and all program benefits;
- Consolidate the results, document best practices and participate in the implementation of exit strategies; and
- Write reports required by the Uniterra program.
- Degree and/or training in monitoring and evaluation, international program management, or a related discipline
- Demonstrated experience in performance assessment, monitoring and evaluation or organizational development
- Formal M&E training and quantitative and qualitative research skills are a strong asset
- Experience in group-based facilitation and learning
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively in cross-cultural environments
- Demonstrated coaching or mentorship skills, including tact and professionalism
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to new situations
- Written and oral fluency in English
VOLUNTEER BENEFITS AND SUPPORT:
- Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
- Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
- In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
- Language training in-country where required.
- Return flights, visas and work permits.
- Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
- Health insurance.
- Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
- Accommodation while overseas.
- Vacation leave entitlement.
- Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
- An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!
- Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
- Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
- With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.
- You must ensure that you have a SYGESCA session open and that your profile contains a curriculum vitae before applying for the position.