Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator – Yola, Adamawa, Nigeria


Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator – NigeriaAdamawa, Nigeria

Position Summary

Search for Common Ground (Search) seeks a professional, motivated, and creative Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator who will support the DMEL Manager in working with the Institutional Learning Team and carry out all the strategic and functional responsibilities of design, monitoring, evaluation and learning for Adamawa Projects.  

S/he will work under the direct supervision of the DMEL Manager and in close coordination with the Regional Head of Office, Project team leads, State Coordinators, the Conflict Analyst, all project Conflict Analysts, and the Media Communications team. The position will be based in Adamawa and will frequently travel to the field in Search’s current and emerging regions.  

About The Project

Search with support from the EU is starting a 18 months project titled “Contributing to the mitigation of conflict over natural resources between farmer and herder communities in Adamawa state, Nigeria (COMITAS)”. The project pursues four specific objectives: First, it will aim to strengthen traditional conflict resolution in the targeted locations in Adamawa state to support conflict prevention and mitigation efforts. Secondly, this project will aim to improve trust in authorities’ commitment to providing security and adequate resource management to help prevent communities to turn towards violence. The third specific objective of the project is to address the root causes of conflict between farmer and herder communities over natural resources and lastly, the fourth specific objective of this project is to improve intra and inter communal perceptions. The project will be implemented in Demsa, Girei, Numan, Lamurde, and Song local government areas in Adamawa State, Yola in Adamawa State. This project” will work to contribute to the mitigation of conflict over natural resources.


Search and her partners will work with authorities first at the lowest level (local administration, authorities, the judiciary) and other higher levels (State, Federal) where necessary. This approach, as developed has successfully applied, in USAID-funded “Building Bridges Between Herders and Farmers in Plateau, Nasarawa, and Kaduna States” program in the Middle Belt, consists of conflict prevention, dispute resolution, and sustainability beginning from the local level and conflict-affected people themselves. 
The project will support community-based Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) to identify risks and partner with civil society, security or government actions to institutionalize strategies and approaches that will build community capacity and skills for sustainable peace.  Additionally, the project seeks to ensure conflicts identified through the EWER feed into multi-stakeholder forums for dispute resolution and higher-level policy change and create open and neutral spaces for farmer and pastoralist community members and leaders to identify collective solutions.

  • Support quality, conflict sensitive, innovative and effective DM&E process
  • Provide ongoing technical support in proposal development including budgeting and log frame development, monitoring, reflective practice, evaluation and learning;
  • Implement Search M&E standards around project planning meetings, evaluations, conflict assessments and scans, data collection tools, monitoring missions and other research
  • Establish appropriate data collection methodologies and strategies to monitor, evaluate and reflect on our work in peacebuilding
  • Enable program teams to utilize evaluation findings and communicate results effectively;
  • Lead on Search partners’ capacity assessments and strengthen DMEL capacities of Search program staff and partners;
  • Support recruitment and management of external consultants, and data collection teams
  • Conduct internal evaluations, leading on planning and implementation of all listenership surveys, based on Search Evaluation Guidelines and Policies;
  • Support Conflict Analysts plan and conduct conflict scans, based on Search Evaluation Guidelines and Policies;
  • Contribute to developing organization-wide DMEL tools, systems, and processes, leading on data management processes and ensuring data quality assurance
  • Work with the Media and Communications team, support content gathering and development of newsletters, learning booklets, and other communications products
  • Facilitate cross-organizational learning, which includes providing information, guidelines, lessons learned, and user-friendly learning tools on DM&EL on the Institutional Learning Team Intranet website and Global Management System (GMS)

Educational Background

  • University degree is required; University degree in international development, social science, economics, or related field is desired.
  • Additional education in conflict management, media for peacebuilding, communication for social change would be a strong asset;

Required Experience

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in field monitoring, evaluation design, empirical and statistical analysis, management information systems and/or information management design is required.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts will be an added advantage
  • Experience living and working in unstable environments; experience roaming from one project states to another is considered an advantage
  • Experience working in one or more of the following sectors: Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding, Resilience, Protection, Governance and Livelihood
  • Experience with M&E requirements of different donors i.e. GERMAN, USAID, DFID, FRENCH, UNDP, UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF
  • Experience using qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis tools
  • Expertise in data visualization and facilitating data uptake and use
  • Expertise producing policy briefs and periodic conflict analysis on thematic peace, conflict and security issues in Nigeria.
  • Experience working on conflict early warning systems;
  • A demonstrated experience working on different conflict systems in Nigeria.

Other Relevant Requirements

  • Good knowledge of the local languages will be an asset.
  •  Written and spoken fluency in English is required.
  •  Fluency in one or more of the local state languages in the North Eastern part of Nigeria is required.
  • Excellent coordination, communication and networking skills;
  • Strong report writing, fundraising and proposal writing skills; Willingness to regularly travel on short notice around the country 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong leadership skills – ability to motivate and manage a diverse team in a complex environment.
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication and working skills, enjoys a multicultural work environment;
  • Ability to work under stringent deadlines with acute attention to detail.
  • Self‐starter with the ability to manage time effectively.
  • Good working knowledge of IT tools (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office and Excel).

To apply:
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal.
A) Current resumeB) Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
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