November 7, 2022 Liana Khanaghyan

Results, Data & Impact Manager

Vacancy

Company

Palladium

Location

Utrecht, Netherlands

Fulltime/Parttime

80%-100%

Employment Type

Contract

Closing Date

25 November 2022

Contact

Emily Waters

Project Overview and Role:

The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) is a 6-year, €114 million programme funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that aims to generate decent work opportunities for 200,000 youth, half of whom are young women. By supporting youth employment initiatives in the Middle East, North Africa, the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, our projects will enable young people to access new or better employment. To achieve this aim, CFYE will provide funding and technical assistance for upward of 120 initiatives in 12 focus countries, selected through a series of competitive challenge calls.

Private sector, civil society and knowledge institutions submit proposals geared to scalable solutions for creating more and better jobs and income generating opportunities for youth. Solutions will in particular focus on an integrated approach that addresses the shortcomings on the demand side (jobs) and supply side (skills) and bridging the mismatch between these two in the labour market.

Job Overview:

The Results, Data and Impact Manager will lead a small team of 5-7 Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Associates, Data Associates and consultants, to carry out (and adapt, as needed) the programme MEL and Data Analytics Strategies. The RDI Manager holds overall responsibility for monitoring programme results, and ensuring effective use of the CFYE management information system (MIS) in capturing and analysing information/data for both programme management and learning.

In this role, you will work closely with the CFYE Deputy Team Leader and collaborate with the wider CFYE Team and sub-teams[1], including Fund Management Team, Technical Assistance, Strategy and Impact Team, Finance and Operations Team, Country teams, Communication and Marketing Team, as well as other technical consultants.

Responsibilities and Duties:

a) MEL and Data Analytics Strategy and System Management:

– Review and update the CFYE MEL Strategy, including the Theory of Change and Results Framework, among other components, at regular intervals (biannually or annually) throughout the programme, to ensure it reflects programme strategy changes and learning, and remains fit-for-purpose.
– Oversee implementation of the MEL Strategy by the central MEL team and country teams, ensuring quality and consistency in application of key processes and tools across countries and challenge calls:
i) Development of CFYE-aligned Results Chains and Results Frameworks at project level.
ii) Results reporting (on outputs and outcomes) by Implementing Partners.
iii) Data quality assurance processes (MEL system assessments, review and validation of IP results data, spot checks and outcome verification).
– Oversee implementation of the CFYE’s Data Analytics Strategy, and review and update the approach as needed.
– Work with the Fund Management; TA, Strategy and Impact, and MEL teams to ensure that CFYE data collection tools effectively capture the required information/data, in line with the overall MEL and Data Analytics strategies.
– Coordinate with the wider CFYE team to ensure the Salesforce-based Management Information System (MIS) remains fit-for-purpose. This entails understanding emerging project/country requirements and working with workstream leads and members of the data team to translate these into application features, automated processes, dashboard elements or improved team interactions.
– Maintain updated training materials and guidance documents related to the MEL system and the MIS.
– Ensure CFYE team members (Country Leads, MEL Advisors, Fund Management Team, etc.) are adequately trained on relevant aspects of the MEL Strategy, tools and processes, and in use of the MIS, as required by their roles.

b) Monitoring and Reporting:

– Ensure that data required for monitoring against CFYE’s Results Framework is routinely collected, reviewed, aggregated/analysed and reported by responsible team members including:
i) Data on the selection process
ii) Project-level results
iii) Data on financial support and TA provided to Implementing Partners
iv) Data from IP surveys
– Support the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader to prepare deliverables (updates, reports, technical presentations, etc.) for the program donor, including leading/coordinating the team in drafting the Annual Report.
– Ensure results against Key Performance Indicators are reported as required (quarterly or annually) in IATI.

c) Evaluation:

– Serve as the primary link between the CFYE and the external evaluation partner, ensuring effective communication and coordination between the teams, and engaging the wider CFYE team as needed in key activities, including in review of deliverables.

d) Learning and Dissemination:

– Coordinate closely with the Technical Assistance, Strategy and Impact Team to maintain and update the Fund’s Learning Agenda, ensuring alignment with the Fund TOC, and that information captured through the programme MEL system (including at project level) systematically feeds into learning.
– Work with the Technical Assistance, Strategy and Impact Team to plan internal Quarterly Learning Sessions (Strategic Reviews) including conducting analysis, capturing insights, and defining and writing up resulting adaptations.
– Identify and draw lessons and patterns emerging from IPs across different projects and countries.
– Commission and coordinate additional research into specific topics relevant to the CFYE Learning Agenda, e.g. on defining decent work and job quality, measuring impact of jobs for youth.
– Lead the wider team in analysing portfolio data to draw key insights, emerging trends, and lessons and communicate these in a clear and relevant way internally and externally.
– Co-create and publish clear and compelling knowledge products (including blogs, case studies, articles, presentations) for internal and external dissemination (in close collaboration with the Communications & Marketing team and Technical Assistance, Strategy and Impact Team).

Reporting:

The role will directly report to the CFYE Deputy Team Leader.

Minimum Requirements:

 Masters degree in Business, Public Policy, Public Health, International Development, Data Informatics, or equivalent.
– Substantial experience in with monitoring/results measurement for donor funded, international development programmes (including developing theories of change, logical frameworks, results frameworks, and conducting data analytics).
– Experience monitoring the social impact of business, measuring youth employment outcomes, and with results-based-payment approaches preferred but not required.
– Available for at least 32 hours per week.
– EU citizen or eligible to work in the Netherlands.

Core Competencies:

– Ability to manage adaptively through proactive identification of programmatic needs and identifying and enacting practical solutions to address them.
– Strong command of Monitoring and Evaluation / Impact Measurement and Management methods; experience applying the DCED Standard preferred.
– Experience managing a Management Information System and conducting data analytics in Salesforce, Amp Impact, Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, or other.
– Experience working on a diffuse, multicultural team, preferably in a developing country or similar environment.
– High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
– Excellent management skills (planning, problem-solving, decision-making, etc.)
– A positive, flexible attitude to work, including the ability to multi-task.
– Strong writing and verbal communication skills (in English).
– Fluency in English required; French or Arabic-speaking preferred.

How To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are kindly invited to submit a cover letter and resume (both in English) no later than 25 November 2022. In your cover letter please reflect on your motivation for wanting to work on the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment. Please be aware that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to close this recruitment process before the confirmed closing date.  Should you wish to apply you are kindly advised to submit your application as soon as possible.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates are scheduled to take place (online) in the week commencing November 28th. An assessment may be part of the application process. Initial employment will be for a period of one year, with the possibility to extend. Remuneration will be based on background and experience.

All staff are required to adhere to the Palladium Code of Conduct. Recruitment is subject to successful completion of all applicable background checks, including references and criminal records checks.

Deadline: 25 November 2022.

About Palladium

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value.

We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits. For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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