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Monitoring & Evaluation, Database Specialist at Education Development Center (EDC)

EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.

EDC is committed to education that builds knowledge and skill, makes possible a deeper understanding of the world, and engages learners as active, problem-solving participants. While the issues we address are diverse, all that we do is united by our conviction that learning is the liberating force in human development.

EDC currently employs 1,200 staff in the United States and around the world, including teachers, health and social science professionals, mathematicians, professional development experts, scientists, researchers, and management and technology specialists.Job Description

Under the supervision of the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, the M&E Database Specialist is responsible for streamlining data collection and management systems. He/She will build capacity and help develop a culture of data use for decision making and adaptive management.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

Collaborate Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to design, manage, and strengthen the Monitoring, Evaluation, Assessment, and Research (MEAR) database and data management systems;
Supervise data collection processes and overall data management activities, including encoding, storing, and transferring data as well as processing;
Analyze data and information collected at the country level;
Produce analytical performance-based Dashboard reports, infographics, and visual materials.
Conduct capacity building and training on the use of data collection tools and procedures for the Initiative Staff and State partners;
Identify and assess gaps in data and information relevant to program implementation and contribute to the preparation of the capacity development plan to address such needs;
Coordinate processing activity-level monitoring, including ensuring that data is complete, accurate, and consistent with reports;
Implement quality control management policies and processes for checking all incoming and outgoing details of data;
Conduct data quality checks and internal assessments;
Develop/update training materials in key aspects of databases, monitoring, and verification tools, protocols and processes as needed;
Monitor compliance with the data collection protocols for each M&E tool;
Contribute towards the improvement of the existing data collection protocols;
Produce data quality reports and assist with other reports as needed for the project;
Regularly back up data collected using approved protocols for data storage;
Creates and enforces project-wide data processing protocols, including manuals and reference guides, for proper use of the project database and related functions.
Creating a comprehensive data collection plan, including generation of forms, collection procedures, collection schedule, and rapid appraisal of data (timely data monitoring).
Routinely analyzing implementation data and proposing performance targets to project leadership as per USAID indicator to ensure progress.
Assist in the conducting of Early Grade Reading Assessments as needed
Prepare the Project Performance Data table and project activity tracker for quarterly reports, as required, for submission to Senior M&E Specialist.

QUALIFICATIONS – This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to effectively work independently as well as in groups; strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Specific requirements:

Candidates for this position must have at least 3 years of experience developing and maintaining complex databases, preferably with USAID-funded education projects.
The candidate must have a minimum of Bachelor’s degree preferably in computer science, information systems/technology, or other related fields.
Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the following computer languages and systems.
Excel – ability to use advanced formulas, functions, and calculations to analyze data. Create and update the database through connected worksheets.
Structured Query Language (SQL) – Understands T-SQL to build complex queries and sub-queries as well as how to filter, group, join, and sort the results. Uses SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) and other query tools to connect, query, and manage databases.
SQL Databases - Can create relational database structures, tables, fields and properties, primary and foreign keys, and indexes. Creates complex SQL queries, Store Procedures, and Functions. Preferable experience in Microsoft SQL Server databases.
Power BI – Ability to create basic Power BI dashboards and data visualizations connecting to external data sources like Excel to analyze data.
Experience with technologies typically used in the ICT4D and data management space including CommCare, SurveyToGo, Kobo Toolbox, etc.;
In addition, candidates should have experience with databases for monitoring program implementation and in data collection, processing, and analysis systems.
Candidates must demonstrate the ability to balance work within a team environment while working with minimal supervision; strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; good technical writing skills.
Candidates must be willing to travel to Bauchi, Sokoto, and other States as required by the Organisation.

An ideal candidate will have:

Experience in data collection, processing, and analysis
Statistical analysis skills
Ability to analyze and provide written synopses
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to handle multiple priorities
Prior experience with USAID-funded projects preferred

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