Monitoring and Evalution Specialist Millennium Challenge Account-Indonesia II

  • Date Posted: 2023-10-31 12:23
  • Expired

Job Description

**Monitoring and Evalution Specialist

Millennium Challenge Account-Indonesia II **

Introduction and Background

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a U.S. government corporation established in 2004. Its mission is to provide assistance that will support sustainable and inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction in carefully selected developing countries that demonstrate a commitment to just and democratic governance, economic freedom, and investments in their citizenry.

In December 2018, MCC’s Board of Directors selected Indonesia as eligible to develop a second compact. The selection reflected the strong partnership MCC and Indonesia built during the first compact. Following signature of the Indonesia Infrastructure and Finance Compact on April 13, 2023, the entity charged with implementing the compact activities, Millennium Challenge Account-Indonesia II (MCA), is currently in the pre-implementation preparation stage, prior to “Entry-Into-Force” (EIF) of the compact agreement at which time the five-year implementation period begins.

The Indonesia Infrastructure and Finance Compact consists of three projects:

The Advancing Transport and Logistics Accessibility (ATLAS) Project will work with five provincial governments – South Sumatra, North Sulawesi, Riau, Riau Islands and Bali – to improve infrastructure planning and preparation at the sub-national level, where transport and logistics are more constrained. The resulting projects will improve access to employment opportunities for Indonesians and the accessibility of transport services for women and disabled passengers.

The Access to Finance for Women-owned/Micro-, Small and Medium Enterprises Project aims to increase formal lending services to MSMEs, especially those owned by women. The project will also provide business training, including digital and financial literacy trainings, and technical assistance to improve credit worthiness and investment readiness.

The Financial Markets Development (FMD) Project will provide technical assistance and blended finance grants to increase the participation of private sector or commercially oriented finance in infrastructure investments. This will help the government of Indonesia to form new partnerships and unlock existing money to fund lower-risk, high-quality infrastructure projects

Detailed information about the MCC Indonesia Compact program is available on the [] (refer to Annex I: Program Description of the Compact).

Position Background and Objective

The Specialist, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), assists the MCA-II M&E Unit in the full range of activities and evolving circumstances in support of the Compact projects and objectives, under the supervision of the M&E Lead. The M&E Specialist is responsible for the daily execution, monitoring, and supervision of M&E activities, the collection and consolidation of monitoring, performance, and economic data, ensuring consistency with established work plans and implementation guidelines by the program team and by implementing partners. The M&E Specialist will work closely with the MCA-II M&E Lead, MCA-II Manager and MCC counterparts to continually enhance the performance of the monitoring and evaluation system

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Assist the M&E Lead in managing monitoring and evaluation tasks, including MCA-II M&E Plan development, periodic revisions to M&E Plan, and evaluation support in accordance with MCC policies and guidelines and in coordination with MCC and relevant stakeholders

  • Ensure that each activity’s monitoring arrangements comply with the Compact agreement and, in particular, the provisions of the Compact are fully observed in the design of Program M&E;

  • Provide inputs to develop the MCA-II M&E Plan, including modifications and updating as improved information becomes available (updating indicators, baselines, and targets upon the receipt of new or higher quality data).

  • Facilitate the monitoring of the Compact components through site visits, discussions, review of project reports, review of secondary data, preparing regular reports, and investigating data quality.

  • Facilitate discussions on the project logic and the indicators to track results, including planning for regular opportunities to identify lessons learned and implications for the Program’s next steps;

  • Initiate and engage in any variety of meetings to integrate activities, communicate issues, obtain approvals, resolve problems and maintain specified level of knowledge pertaining to new developments, requirements, and policies.

  • Maintain documentation and databases related to M&E statistics and project results to support improvement of projects and of the overall M&E framework.

  • Gather economic statistics to feed into the analysis that are crucial to the design and implementation of projects;

  • Monitor the adherence of the project team and implementing partners to M&E plans and schedules across different project stages, to ensure efficient implementation of M&E plans;

  • Consolidate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) metrics and documentation on project performance against milestones from program team and implementing partners, to support the evaluation of project design, implementation, and impact.

  • Support a preliminary analysis of M&E data to identify inconsistencies/outliers and verify information to ensure accuracy of information fed into the project evaluation and reporting process;

  • Assist with review and management of submissions of quarterly Indicator Tracking Tables (ITTs), including conducting quality control for completeness and accuracy, managing changes to historical data, updating ITTs as necessary based on revisions to M&E plans, working with other departments and stakeholders to address any corrections or updates, and tracking timeliness of quarterly submissions.

  • Prepare new quarterly Indicator Tracking Table (ITT) templates, which includes a detailed review and quality audit of all historical data.

  • Provide inputs for data collection for M&E, including design of surveys, and ensure that contracts and implementing agreements take M&E data needs into consideration.

  • Provide research, analysis and presentation support for short-notice results reporting/information requests and ad-hoc reports for Management and external sources

  • Develop other related materials such as fact sheets and other public communication tools for use on the M&E website or for other external reporting purposes.

  • Assist with contracting of a third party to perform periodic data quality assessments to ensure the highest possible quality in reported data and to understand where there are unavoidable weaknesses in the data quality;

  • Support the design and implementation of the evaluation component of the Indonesia M&E Plan to promote accountability and learning, including:

  • Engage MCC, MCA-II consultants, and stakeholders to implement any planned independent evaluations, and provide inputs to develop additional studies and evaluations.

  • Provide inputs to identify the needs and draw up the scopes of work for surveys or studies required for evaluating project effects and impacts. Provide assistance to guide and supervise consultants or organizations that are contracted to implement these surveys or studies. Manage contracts, as needed.

  • Facilitate trainings and guidance for project team and implementing partners on the use of MCA M&E tools and formats, to strengthen the quality of M&E outputs;

  • Inform and participate in external supervision and evaluation missions – of funding and other agencies – by screening and analyzing monitoring reports as well as by furnishing direct personal knowledge of the field situation

  • Analyze the economic incentives built into each project’s design, advise the team members of unintended consequences, providing guidance on economic impact of program decisions, and make suggestions to more cost effectively achieve the projects’ goals;

  • Respond to MCC requests for information on data sources, data measurement methods, frequency of data collection, and disaggregation. Monitor and update all M&E budgets (estimated contract values, cash disbursements, and timelines) work plans, and Contracts.

The candidate will be expected to undertake additional duties as reasonably directed by the M&E Lead , MCA-II Economist, and/or the MCA-II Director of Administration and Finance

Key Qualifications (Education, Experience, Technical Competencies)

Pass/Fail Qualifications

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience

  • University Degree (Bachelor’s or higher)

Required Qualifications

  • University Degree (Bachelor’s or higher) in economics, statistics, program management, public administration, social sciences, business administration, or a related subject

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience with at least three (3) years in managing quantitative and qualitative analysis of programs and a minimum of two (2) years of experience in monitoring & evaluation;

  • Demonstrated experience designing and implementing monitoring systems and program evaluations;

  • Experience conducting qualitative data collection (ex: key informant interviews, focus groups); conducting quantitative data collection (ex: household surveys, business surveys); and extracting and assessing the quality of secondary/administrative data.

  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and demonstrated experience in one or more of the following statistical analysis software and databases, such as R, STATA, SPSS, SAS, CSPRO, or Access.

  • Strong and demonstrable skills in technical aspects of procuring services (market research, drafting of terms of reference, cost estimation for services required), and contract management;

  • Strong analytical, report writing, and oral communication skills. 

  • Excellent organizational skills related to data and document management. 

  • Fluency in Indonesian and excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience designing and implementing monitoring systems, including collecting, analyzing, and reporting performance data. 

  • Demonstrated experience designing and implementing program evaluations; including rigorous, quantitative data collection involving household or business surveys preferred. 

  • Experience working with infrastructure projects, infrastructure investments, or micro-, small and medium enterprise (MSMEs) is preferred.

  • Workable understanding of Management Information Systems (MIS) and applications in projects international development

  • Experience working with national government and international donor organizations preferred. 

  • Oral and written fluency in Indonesian and excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. 

  • Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with the different stakeholders. Occasional international travel may also be required. 

  • Demonstrated ability to gain the support and cooperation of others in a team environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Duration and Performance Location

The Consultant is expected to work for a base period of 12 months in Full-Time. There is potential for follow-on contracts to cover the implementation of the five-year Compact. Any follow-on contracts will be based on satisfactory performance and mutual agreement.

Working Facilities

Office space and a laptop equipped with the necessary software will eventually be provided to the Consultant in Jakarta. However, for an interim period during the project start-up phase, the Consultant will be expected to provide his or her own laptop and all necessary equipment as needed to perform the services, until IT equipment and the office space is procured. This includes but is not limited to a computer/laptop and mobile.

Airfare for domestic travel within Indonesia and lodging outside Jakarta and other cities is provided by MCA-Indonesia II.

Additional Information

This Position Description is subject to revisions/updates as necessary to ensure alignment to the organization’s strategic direction and structure. Revisions to the description are subject to applicable MCA-II Indonesia policies and procedures, and official versions of each Position Description are maintained by MCA-II Indonesia.