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Deadline of this Job: 06 September 2022
The position
This new position will lead the organization’s data and information management activities across program and operational areas. The Data Manager will be responsible for providing timely, relevant analysis of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) data to assess the performance of both technical and social water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs. Operationally, the Data Manager will also support efforts to improve the performance of information management across finance, project management, and logistics - they will provide day-to-day leadership for change initiatives and technical support to staff. The Data Manager likewise will be expected to guide the organization’s information management and ICT strategy in close collaboration with the senior management team. This role is a great opportunity for a tech-savvy analytics professional interested in applying their skills for social good and playing an essential role in driving an organization’s analytics strategy.
The position reports to the Program Director with a dotted line to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for operational issues. This role collaborates significantly with the M&E Officer, the lead for planning and implementing monitoring and evaluation surveys. The role will also coordinate with the Program Managers and COO to assess performance in their functional areas.

Major responsibilities
• Ensure the collection, storage, and dissemination of accurate and reliable data. Contribute to planning, design, and implementation of information management and gathering processes across the organization.
• Analyze and interpret water, sanitation & health (WASH) data to generate regular internal and external updates on findings, opportunities for improvement, and general trends.
• Build analytical dashboards and business intelligence products, making available TWT's data, impact, and expertise to donors, government, and other stakeholders.
• Coordinate data collection as per program manager, stakeholder, and donor needs; help internal practitioners to understand and communicate outcomes, challenges, and insights.
• Oversee appropriate usage of key information management systems (mWater, Asana, Google Drive).
• Manage online database of current and historical projects, project locations, and related monitoring and evaluation data.
• Provide support to TWT capacity-building initiatives on the deployment, use, operation, and maintenance of databases and data collection systems for program staff, government collaborators, and others.
• Act as a subject-matter expert for any topics relating to the ethics of data gathering, use, protection, and dissemination; support the development of necessary tools and documents
• Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications and characteristics
• Authorization to work in Uganda. Ugandan Country National (or a refugee with work authorization and living in Uganda) strongly preferred.
• 2+ years experience in IT or business analytics; experience with nonprofits
• Excellent overall understanding of information technology (architectures, cloud solutions, data management, processing technologies, BI systems) and business analytics (dashboarding, data manipulation, qualitative and quantitative analysis)
• Ability and experience using and managing Relational Database Management Systems. Fluency in SQL. Experience with NoSQL methods is a plus
• Strong knowledge of geospatial analysis and GIS Systems (e.g., Esri ArcGIS, QGIS)
• Experience in quantitative data cleaning and analysis
• Experience with python or R preferred or other statistical programming language (e.g., Stata)
• Comfortable with frequent travel to Masindi, Kiryandongo and other rural locations (25%)
• Knowledge of Mobile Data Collection tools (mWater, ODK, KOBO) preferred.
• Speaks one or more of the following languages: Swahili, Runyoro, Luo, Iteso, Lugbara, Lugisu

Deadline of this Job: 04 September 2022
Knowledge, Skills & Competences
• Excellent organizational and analytical skills and ability to work well under pressure
• Strong organizational and administrative competence
• Highly motivated to work in a multicultural and inter-disciplinary team
• Highly motivated to work with tight timelines, self-motivated and ability to work independently
• Willingness to travel to project sites across the country
• Excellent formulation, writing, communication, presentation and facilitation skills, both orally and written English.
• Computer literacy with excellent knowledge of MS Office (especially Word, PowerPoint) as well as online meeting and conference tools.

Key Responsibilities

The M&E Specialist will be in charge of:
• Coordinating the accurate and timely Monitoring and Evaluation of EnDev Uganda activities
• Supervising and supporting verification of results as well as baselines and other M&E related studies that are required for documentation, planning and implementation of the project
• Carrying out collection, aggregation and analysis of project data on renewable energy users as well as partners including private companies
• Support to the Programme Knowledge Management & M&E Specialists for joint monitoring and reporting
• Support to the Project Manager in M&E related tasks
• Coordination with the progammes HQ M&E specialists
The &E Specialist performs the following tasks:
Specific Tasks
• Develop guidelines on targeted verification of EnDev partner project reporting including sales of solar & cooking energy products and services
• Support in the preparation of relevant procurement documents for specific activities in line with GIZ Procurement Guidelines
• Support in guiding consultants on verification tasks including phone and field surveys
• Guide Heads of Components on technical questions relating to verification, coordinate with them on scheduling of verifications and training of project staff on the process.
Monitoring & Evaluation
• Develop monitoring & evaluation plans for co-funded activities in line with respective project documents
• Support the project teams with the development of M&E sections for new proposals and concepts to be implemented
• Coordinate the yearly monitoring process at country level in line with the guidance from the EnDev HQ M&E team including aggregation and entry of project data including the use of Excel and other respective data management tools
• Coordinate portfolio review M&E tasks in line with guidance from the EnDev Uganda Project Manager, EnDev HQ and requirements from the technical teams.
• Support consultants conducting project evaluations on project activities
• Prepare monitoring results for presentations and communication/visibility products including targeted data visualization
Data analysis
• Conduct analysis of historic project and sector data to provide key insights into expected future developments and potential risks/challenges to inform project planning and implementation
• Support the Cluster Knowledge Management, Monitoring and Communication Specialists as well as the political partner (Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development) on joint documents highlighting the EnDev Uganda results as part of the Cluster
• Provide support to project staff as well as project partners to make better use of existing data points and simple data analysis tools
Other Duties/Additional Tasks
• Support the documentation of lessons learned and other knowledge products
• Support joint team meetings, planning processes where needed
• Conduct onboarding sessions on M&E for new EnDev Uganda staff
• Represent the interest of the GIZ-assisted measure and always act on its behalf
• Performs other duties and tasks at the request of management.

• Master’s degree in statistics, project planning and management, monitoring and evaluation, social sciences, energy or related field
Details of experience
• At least 3 years of professional experience in monitoring, evaluation, or data analysis
• Demonstrated experience with the development of M&E plans incl. targets as well as the collection and processing of M&E evidence for reporting
• Experience with renewable energy including solar or cooking energy is an advantage.
• Practical experience in the development and implementation of surveys for data collection as well as the analysis of data
• Strong experience with Excel including data analysis through Pivot tables as well as optional experience with other data analysis tools

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