REF Recruiting a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in Romania

  1. Established in 2009, the Roma Education Fund Romania is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to reduce the education gap between Roma and non-Roma and act as a catalyst for equal access to quality education for all Roma children.

    Background

    The Roma Education Fund (REF) has been awarded a grant to implement the early childhood education and care project „Ready Set Go! – Increasing early childhood development outcomes for Roma children” (the Project) under the RO25 Poverty Alleviation Programme funded by Norway Grants.

    The Project seeks

    • to scale-up access to quality early childhood education an care (ECEC) services for disadvantaged Roma children,
    • to influence the improvement of the policy framework through dissemination activities with the ultimate goal to improve early childhood development outcomes of Roma children aged 0-6 years,
    • to enhance the community cohesion and integration in the targeted localities, and
    • to provide capacity building for involved Roma NGOs.

    The primary target group of the Project is approximately 1,400 disadvantaged Roma and non-Roma children aged 0-6 and their parents in minimum of 14 or more project locations in six  counties: Mures; Bihor; Salaj; Dambovita; Calarasi; Ialomita in Romania. It is envisaged that at least 560 Roma children will be enrolled in preschool education as a result of the additional kindergarten places created at the beginning of the project. The number of children who will directly benefit from Project interventions overall is estimated to reach approximately 840.

    The Project will be managed and implemented by REF, and supported with technical assistance by the Word Bank. The local implementation activities of the Project will be led by local Roma NGOs – Ruhama Foundation, Divers Association, CEDO, and the Association Justice and Brotherhood in close cooperation with local stakeholders, the representatives of the municipalities and the county school inspectorates.

    Job Description: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

    The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will have the overall responsibility for ensuring the effective mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and measuring the impact of the Project.

    The specific duties of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer are:

    • preparing the Project’s M&E framework, in line with the Project Results Framework; fine-tuning data collection instruments to be used as part of the baseline and endline household surveys and the ongoing Project monitoring activities;
    • ensuring that the Project operates effectively and efficiently, and provides the data and reports that REF needs to fulfill the originally set goals and objectives;
    • providing continuous support for the local implementing partners in applying M&E tools;
    • leading the planning and development of the Project database which will be part of the online platform (the M&E management and information system) serving overall Project purposes;
    • ensuring that procedures and tools for internal monitoring and data collection are available for the RSG local implementing partners;
    • monitoring the Project implementation in response to the project results, outputs and outcome indicators;
    • identifying potential implementation bottleneck, creating an early warning systems in order avoid later problems;
    • cooperating with the World Bank team providing technical advice and monitoring and evaluation support;
    • organizing and participating in regular monitoring visits to Project sites jointly with the World Bank’s M&E team;
    • organizing meetings with project management staff on facilitating a common understanding on the M&E package;
    • organizing meetings and field visits to project locations for quality assurance, eg. supervising enumerators as they are implementing the assessment tools.

    In addition, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will contribute to the success of REF’s overall project portfolio, for example by participating in project monitoring visits in Romania or in other countries, and ensuring that the lessons of experience in the Project are shared with all REF staff and other interested counterparts. The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will report to the Project Manager and work in cooperation with the WB M&E team.

    Period of employment: May 2015 – April 2017, full-time

    Minimum requirements:

    • Minimum five years experience in project implementation, including monitoring and evaluation of project activities
    • University degree in human sciences or related fields
    • Good communication  skills
    • Computer literacy (experience in the use of Windows, MS Office, etc.)
    • Fluency in written and spoken English and Romanian
    • Be available to travel

    We offer:

    • A chance to make a real difference and grow as part of a multicultural and international team.
    • A professional working environment, where you will work with a leading group of experts dedicated to implement interventions in order to close the gap between Roma and non-Roma in educational outcomes.
    • A competitive salary and benefits package.

    Additional information

    Please send a letter of interest and your professional CV in Romanian and in English with at least two references by Thursday, May 14, 2015 to:

    Further clarifications regarding the above described position can be obtained from:

    –    Marian Daragiu Project Manager at +40.722.673.794

    –    Daniel Bredet Project Assistant at +40.740.847.456
    Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview, which will take place in Bucharest between May 18-20.
    REF Romania is an employer that provides equal opportunities where ethnicity, gender, racial, sexual orientation, disability or any other similar criterion will not be a cause of exclusion of any candidate.