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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer (100%), Banjul, The Gambia

DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance is dedicated to improving the security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. DCAF contributes to making peace and development more sustainable by assisting partner states and international actors supporting these states, to improve the governance of their security sector through inclusive and participatory reforms. It creates innovative knowledge products, promotes norms and good practices, provides legal and policy advice and supports capacity building of both state and non-state security sector stakeholders.

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For our field office in Banjul, DCAF’s Sub-Saharan Africa Division is seeking a dynamic, organised and creative individual to be our next 

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer – Locally Recruited (100%)

Location: Banjul, The Gambia
Starting date: 1 October 2021
Duration: 36 Months

DCAF in The Gambia
DCAF has been engaged in supporting the SSR process in The Gambia since 2017. In January 2021, DCAF launched a large-scale programme which aims to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of security institutions, with a particular focus on the Gambian Police Force (GPF). In July 2021, DCAF launched a second programme component aimed at providing complementary support to the reform of the Gambian Immigration Department (GID).

The role
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer is responsible for designing and implementing the M&E activities of both components of the joint GPF-GID programme. The MEL Officer will provide M&E support to DCAF’s Senior Police Adviser and Senior Border Management Adviser, respectively in charge of the day-to-day management and implementation of the GPF programme component and the GID programme component.. The MEL officer will be based in Banjul and 'will be line managed by the Senior Border Management Adviser but under the overall management and direction of the Head of Office/Senior Police Adviser'.

The MEL Officer will be responsible for:
•    Developing and implementing a comprehensive M&E plan for both components of the joint GPF-GID programme, based on outcome and output indicators;
•    Conducting data collection (including through surveys, focus group discussions, etc.) and analysis to monitor outcomes achieved and assess programme implementation progress.
•    Designing various tools for data collection, including pre- and post-course questionnaires;
•    Liaising with and organizing quarterly meetings with national partners to identify needs, opportunities, and challenges, and to seek feedback on progress and achievements to date;
•    Leading a mid-term programme evaluation;
•    Identifying course correction strategies, as needed;
•    Contributing to periodic reports by highlighting M&E findings, impact of the programme, lessons learned, and challenges;
•    Performing other similar tasks, as directed.

Qualifications and requirements 
•    University degree in development studies, economics, statistics, public policy or any other related field;
•    A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects or programmes implemented by government, international organizations or international NGOs; 
•    Experience in developing and implementing M&E systems from project inception to project closeout;
•    Experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection and analysis, and in production of reports;
•    Gambian citizenship or legal authorization to work in The Gambia.
Knowledge and skills
•    Strong knowledge of M&E methodologies, including knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies.
•    Excellent organization skills with strong attention to detail;
•    Excellent communications skills, and a perfect command of written and spoken English;
•    Proficiency in MS Office, in particular MS Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.

We offer
•    A rewarding, dynamic and challenging work experience;
•    The chance to be part of a multicultural team of supportive, hardworking and values-driven people;
•    The chance to contribute to improving security of states and their people within a framework of democratic governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.

If you think you are a good match for DCAF and the position advertised, please send your application to by 18 September 2021 with the subject heading Application MEL
 Officer Gambia, enclosing:
•    A one-page motivational statement in English describing your relevant experience and what you can bring to DCAF;
•    A concise CV (maximum two pages).

DCAF is committed to equality of opportunity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, religion, or ethnicity. 

Individuals who seek to serve with DCAF in any individual capacity will be required, if short-listed, to complete a self-attestation stating that they have not committed or been convicted of any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

Due to a large amount of applications, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.