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Monitoring & Evaluation Manager


Employer: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: I.T. & Communication Technology, Legal & Human Rights, Management, Operations & Risk Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 15 May, 2019.
Applications close: 28 May, 2019.

  • Reports to: General Manager
  • Hours: 22.8 hours per week (0.6 EFT), 12 month contract (parental leave replacement)
  • Classification: Level 6 under the SCHCADS Award
  • Location: Based at 214-218 Nicholson St, Footscray 

Organisational Context

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is the largest aid, employment, health and advocacy organisation for people seeking asylum in Australia. The ASRC provides a range of direct services as well as participating in law reform, campaigning and lobbying. 

ASRC Monitoring and Evaluation Team

ASRC introduced the Monitoring & Evaluation Manager role in October 2016. This was the first dedicated, ongoing M&E role at ASRC and reflected the organisation’s growth from a small grassroots organisation into a large, complex NGO working with a diverse member community. 

In addition to the M&E Manager, the M&E team now includes an M&E Coordinator and a project coordinator for the Lived Experience Evaluators Project (LEEP), which employs four interns. By supporting program staff to conduct regular monitoring, periodic evaluation and regular review and reflection, the M&E team aims to: 

  • Facilitate continuous improvement of our programs and services
  • Measure and assess our impact
  • Increase accountability to our stakeholders (donors, supporters, members and partners)

The M&E team also delivers the innovative LEEP pilot, which provides paid internships for people seeking asylum who want to re-establish professional careers in Australia. LEEP interns receive training in evaluation principles and methods, then put their knowledge into practice by evaluating ASRC programs. The pilot will finish at the end of August 2019, after which the M&E Manager will work with key stakeholders to explore opportunities for scaling.

Specific Duties

The Monitoring and Evaluation Manager will be responsible for undertaking the following duties:

  1. Supervise M&E Coordinator and LEEP Coordinator
  2. Support designated programs to deliver on their M&E plans, including providing technical advice and guidance to key program staff and refining or redeveloping key M&E documents as required
  3. Deliver periodic review and reflection workshops with designated programs
  4. Oversee delivery of the LEEP pilot, including supporting interns to finalise and report on their practical projects, facilitating external placements for interns, conducting an end-of-pilot evaluation as per the LEEP M&E plan, and exploring opportunities to scale the LEEP up
  5. Deliver special projects where time and resources permit, including facilitating an internal community of practice and developing ethical guidelines for research and evaluation at the ASRC

General Responsibilities

The Monitoring & Evaluation Manager will also participate in organisational forums and processes including:

  • Attending regular interprogram meetings
  • Providing regular updates to the leadership team and general staff on M&E activities and progress

Selection Criteria

Essential:

  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications in monitoring and evaluation, social sciences or a relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in leading the implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems at the organisational level, or across multiple diverse programs
  • Demonstrated experience in building M&E capacity within organisations and teams
  • High level program management skills, including program planning and financial management
  • Demonstrated experience in managing effective teams
  • Excellent stakeholder and relationship management skills

Desirable:

  • Experience using the People Centred approach to program logic (developed by Clear Horizon)
  • Experience commissioning evaluations and managing consultants
  • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including strong cross-cultural communication skills

Monitoring and Evaluation Team

The Monitoring and Evaluation Manager leads a small team of staff to build capacity and embed M&E systems across the ASRC. In this challenging and rewarding role you will support the ASRC’s important work with people seeking asylum while making full use of your skills and knowledge as an M&E specialist.

By supporting program staff to conduct monitoring, evaluation and regular review and reflection, the ASRC’s Monitoring and Evaluation Team aims to:

  • Facilitate continuous improvement of our programs and services
  • Measure and assess our impact
  • Increase accountability to our stakeholders (donors, supporters, members and partners) 

The M&E team also delivers the innovative LEEP pilot, which provides paid internships for people seeking asylum who want to re-establish professional careers in Australia. LEEP interns receive training in evaluation principles and methods, then put their knowledge into practice by evaluating ASRC programs. The pilot will finish at the end of August 2019, after which the M&E Manager will work with key stakeholders to explore opportunities for scaling. 

Conditions of Employment

Terms and conditions of employment will be based on the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 or its successor agreements.

All offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check and provision of a valid Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

How to apply for this job

Before applying, please ensure that you have the correct visa to work in Australia. To do this you can visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website - www.border.gov.au. ASRC reserves the right to conduct a visa status check prior to making an offer of employment. 

All applications must address the Key Selection Criteria; include a CV and three professional referees. Only applications addressing the key selection criteria will be considered. 

Please apply via the ASRC website: www.asrc.org.au/about-us/people-at-asrc/careers.

Applications close Wednesday 28th May 2019.

People from Asylum Seeker, Refugee and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. 

Supporting materials  M&E Manager (Parental leave).pdf