Training, Evaluation and Learning Officer

Organization Name: Spark MicroGrants
Location: Musanze, Rwanda

Role Overview

The Training, Evaluation and Learning Officer will work with the whole Spark MicroGrants Rwanda team to monitor and evaluate the quality of Spark’s program of training community based facilitators. The Officer’s work will involve using rigorous data collection methods, including qualitative and quantitative approaches to answer key learning questions that will improve Spark’s program and scalability with a focus on how Spark targets rural family nutrition, food security, and livelihoods across three districts in Rwanda.

Based in Musanze, the Training, Evaluation and Learning Officer will help drive evidence-based decision-making within the Spark Rwanda team using the results of strategic learning projects. In this regard, the Officer will design discussions to gather learning recommendations from the team, local government and communities; assist with learning plan design; support learning plan execution; conduct data analysis, and produce reports for a range of stakeholders. The Officer must be detail oriented and possess the ability to plan and manage implementation of data collection projects. Spark is scaling rapidly and the Training, Evaluation and Learning Officer will be in a unique position to advise on scale strategy to improve Spark’s impact and reach within Rwanda.

Eligible Citizenship: Rwanda
Role Code: R10-Nat
Role Function: Data Analysis / Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation / Quality Improvement, Teaching / Training / Curriculum Development
Issue Area: Agriculture, Economic Development, Food Security / Nutrition

About

Since 2010, Spark has worked in Rwanda to lead excluded communities through a village strengthening process that combines facilitation, capacity building, and a village grant to increase cohesion and civic engagement. Spark enables community members - women and men, young and old - to collectively define their goals for the future and to make progress on those goals through community driven initiatives, allowing citizens to determine their own positive future. Spark partners with villages that have been identified by our district partners as scoring poorly on social protection indicators, including having high proportions of households in an economic risk category 1 and 2, low levels of health insurance payment, and high levels of malnutrition or food insecurity.

Through facilitated weekly meetings, Spark provides capacity building including financial literacy, project management, and budgeting. Within six months, villages develop a project plan aligned with their priority areas and Spark provides a seed grant of $8,000 to launch the community’s social impact project and an additional two and half years of support. The Spark approach has been designed to ensure that communities are well-equipped to independently work towards their goals after they graduate from the Spark process. 

In many of Spark’s village partners, the primary concern is often related to food security and reducing malnutrition; around half of Spark village partners choose agriculture or animal rearing projects to address these challenges. All village partners use their increased incomes to purchase livestock or land for kitchen gardens. Using their communal savings, many villages meet and decide to pay for the Mutuelle de Santé (health insurance) of community members who cannot afford to pay for themselves.

 

Responsibilities

  • Monitor and evaluate Spark training quality
  • Facilitate learning projects to strengthen the Spark training curriculum
  • Coordinate efforts to pilot and test new approaches, and support the systematic integration of new learning into Spark’s work
  • Ensure that government priority areas are captured in monitoring and evaluation activities, with a focus on issues pertaining to nutrition, food security, health insurance uptake, and livelihoods
  • Report on trends in training quality and best practices
  • Build the capacity of local staff members in data analysis and report writing

Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
 
  • Bachelor’s degree*
    • Preferred: Bachelor's or master's degree in a social sciences or public health discipline
  • Strong skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis*
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Office, especially Excel*
  • Experience using statistical software for analysis (e.g. R, Stata, SPSS)*
  • Familiarity with mobile data collection tools (e.g. Open Data Kit)*
  • Monitoring and evaluation experience in an educational or training setting 
  • Strong communication skills, including verbal, written, and facilitation
  • Working proficiency in French 
  • Experience with SQL
  • Interest and prior experience in community driven development
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision (as direct line manager will be in a different country)
  • Strong attention to detail

 

Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics

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