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ChildFund: MERL Manager

Posted on 13 September 2022

What we are looking for

Do you get excited about achieving goals? Are you full of ideas and love the thought of testing it out and learning from it?  Are you a team player who wants to work in a place that is purposeful and meaningful? Does making a positive difference to some of the world’s most at-risk children and young people motivate you?  Are you driven by curiosity, passion and continuous improvement?

If you are answering yes to any of the questions above and you want to work in a place which gives you the chance to lead, experiment and make a difference to society then we’re on the same page!

About us

ChildFund New Zealand is part of the global ChildFund Alliance which has been focussing on Children and young people for 80 years. During this time, we have helped tens of thousands of the most vulnerable children and young people around the globe. We are actively pushing boundaries and challenging ways to fund and achieve impact.

The role

The MERL Manager reports directly to ChildFund New Zealand’s Director of Programmes and will be responsible for helping improve outcomes for children through informed data-driven decision-making. In this role you will develop and provide access to information, guidelines and resources that enable organisational learning, and for programmes to be effectively designed, implemented, monitored, evaluated, and reported on to various audiences. Achieving this involves putting in place systems, processes and tools that facilitate efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability in ChildFund New Zealand’s programme work. 

Key areas of responsibility

  • Be responsible for leadership of ChildFund New Zealand’s MERL agenda. This includes supporting the creation and implementation of a single ChildFund New Zealand’s MERL data collection platform/framework, developing and testing MERL tools, institutionalising the tools as well as managing development of appropriate software solutions.
  • Identify key indicators to measure and reporting timelines, including cross cutting issues of child protection, gender, disability, and environment.
  • Assist in the coordination of data collection efforts in country.
  • Develop and deliver standard and custom data and narrative grant proposals and reports.
  • Lead in the dissemination of findings for shared learning, and continuous improvement of the Programmes team and the whole organisation.
  • Provide technical advice to the Programmes team and local partners throughout the project cycle, especially project evaluations and program reviews.
  • Support ChildFund New Zealand’s strategic ambitions by measuring the impact of our work in our Dedicated Programme Areas.
  • Support the development of evidence-based research for advocacy and campaigning purposes.

To succeed you will need

  • Bachelor’s degree in Data Analysis, Statistics, Business Analytics, or another discipline with relevant coursework, or must possess the equivalent relevant work experience to ChildFund New Zealand’s core business; Master’s degree preferred.
  • A critical understanding of and deep commitment to social justice and human rights issues, especially facing children and youth. 
  • Evaluation skills, analytical skills (interpret outputs) and reporting skills (interactive data reports).
  • Minimum 5 years work experience in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in using quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques, designing of research studies, and tools development.
  • Understanding of MFAT MERL standards.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and experience in coordinating and producing high quality reports.
  • Experience working with a wide range of stakeholders and effectively coordinating between them.

In return we provide

  • Opportunities to learn and grow
  • Have meaningful and measurable impact
  • Downtown modern workspace
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Fun, open and supportive team environment

We have a new vision with an active and engaged Board.  If you would like to be part of a significant journey, then we want to hear from you.  Please click on the “apply for this job” button and upload your CV and Cover letter.   Cover letters can be addressed to Maria Trogolo and should tell us why you are interested in this role and the special qualities you would bring. Full and Part time applicants considered. Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 30 September 2022.