Monitoring, Evaluation and Leaning (MEL) Officer, SOS at SOS Children’s Villages Uganda

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

SOS Children’s Villages Uganda is a child-focused, social development, non-governmental organisation with a strong reputation for fulfilling children’s right to quality care and protection, education and health. Since the beginning of its work in 1991, SOS Uganda has reached over 60,000 children, youth and adults directly and indirectly to become empowered and self-reliant and contribute significantly to their families and communities.

Mental Health Uganda (MHU) is an indigenous, non-governmental, membership-based disabled people’s organisation; an organisation of people with a lived experience of mental health problems.
MHU was established in 1997 and formally registered as a national NGO in 2001. MHU is based in all regions of the country and works for equal access to services and opportunities for people with mental health issues. MHU is the biggest organisation of people living with mental illness in Africa with over 25,000 members.



The 2 partners will implement a 3-year project from January 2023, primarily targeting young people between the ages of 13 to 19 in 10 selected secondary schools (5 from Gulu district and 5 from Wakiso district). The project seeks to: normalize mental health problems and reduce stigma and discrimination; facilitate access to psychosocial support in the targeted schools; and contribute to improved policy and legal framework in favour of young people experiencing mental health problems in Uganda.

Youth active participation and empowerment is a key proponent of the project, ensuring that youth lead the development and implementation of project activities. For the delivery of this project, SOS and MHU are recruiting suitably qualified and competent Ugandans to fill the following positions:

Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Leaning (MEL) Officer, SOS
Reporting to: Project Coordinator, SOS
Responsible for: No direct responsibility for oversees quality of inputs from the field teams
Work station: Entebbe

Contract type: Full Time, Two – Year Term (with a possibility for a 1 – year extension)
Working hours: 8:00am- 5:00pm (Monday – Friday)
Salary: Commensurate with experience, knowledge and skills
Start date: January 2023

Job Purpose
The MEL Officer will play a key role in providing support for monitoring, evaluation and learning of the project. S/he will be responsible for overall strengthening of the MEL function, MEL capacity building, ensuring quality assurance, documentation, and learning needs for improvement of the project and will come up with findings based on real data to show the performance of the project. Support to the teams; timely planning and reporting; and liaising with counterparts from other SOS projects,
partners, and other NGOs in similar fields.

Main duties and responsibilities of the role

A. Routine results based monitoring
 Develop the overall project MEL framework
 Develop project performance metrics
 Periodic reviews of monitoring tools
 Coordination of MEL activities and visits

B. Project database management
 Update the program database (PDB2) and other relevant systems.
 Data analysis and dissemination
 Conducting regular data quality audits
 Periodic data collection and analysis in accordance with the monitoring plan.
 First level user support in regard to the Project database

C. Capacity building
 Capacity building of staff on results-based management, the associated tools and MEL in general
 Capacity building through training, feedback, coaching, and mentoring of staff in data collection and analysis
 Provide technical support to staff to interpret the collected data and make informed decisions for improvements.

D. Documentation and reporting
 Compile periodic reports(Monthly/Quarterly) with inputs from project team
 Assist partners/KIPs to set up reporting systems that meet the internal M&E requirements
 Prepare briefs, presentations, success stories, and working papers as requested

E. Project reviews and evaluations
 Tracking progress of YMH project reviews
 Participate in baseline and end line survey.

Person specifications
A minimum of university degree in statistics, economics, social sciences, development studies, or any other related field. A postgraduate diploma/certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation is an added advantage. At least 3 years of experience in the design and implementation of M&E/MIS in development projects implemented by a reputable organization.

Essential criteria
 In-depth knowledge on MEL and development issues
 Proven ICT skills, especially MS Excel, MS word and MS PowerPoint
 Expertise in analyzing data using statistical software, especially SPSS and STATA.
 Good analytical skills in data processing, analysis and interpretation
 Strong training & facilitation skills
 Ability to work independently and show professional judgment in carrying out tasks
 Ability to function as a productive member of a result-oriented team

Desirable criteria
 Direct or indirect experience of mental health problems and openness to people with mental health issues
 Experience of working with youth-led projects or youth-engaging projects
 Experience of communicating project results
 Attention to detail.

Application process
Interested individuals should send a motivation letter and CV as one PDF document/file (of maximum 8 pages for the Project Coordinator and 6 pages for all other positions), not later than 4:00pm on Friday 18th November 2022 via email to and copy to – subject line is the job title e.g. “Project Coordinator”. Do not send academic documents – heavy files containing academic documents or submitted as images, or any other that do not adhere to these instructions and or late applications, will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The motivation letter must also include the details of 2 suitable referees who can comment on the candidate’s ability. Women and Persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply, including those with a lived experience of mental health problems.

1. The commencement of these positions is subject to the availability of funding.
2. SOS and MHU promote zero tolerance for discrimination/harassment based on gender, religious beliefs etc. All staff and volunteers shall adhere to strict guidelines in order to facilitate “silent” inclusion. Staff and volunteers also adhere to safeguarding provisions – a set of procedures and practices designed to ensure that no harm comes to project beneficiaries as a result of contact with MHU’s programs, operations or individuals.