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MenEngage Africa (MEA) M&E Coordinator

About Sonke

With a full-time staff of 100 people working from offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Agincourt, Sonke works globally, and especially across Africa, to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to take action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. In this way the organisation contributes to the development of societies in which men, women, youth and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies (see www. This position will support Sonke’s regional work through the International Programmes and Networks (IPN) and M&E Units.

The IPN unit manages some of Sonke’s regional work and coordinates the MenEngage Africa Regional network. This position will be responsible for insuring both M&E is effectively implemented within the region and all MenEngage Africa partners are supported with the skills and tools they need to monitor, evaluate and report their work efficiently.

About MenEngage Africa

MenEngage Africa, which is part of the global MenEngage network, is an alliance of like-minded civil society organisations and UN agencies that work to engage men and boys to achieve gender equality; prevent HIV; promote human rights; and reduce violence at all levels across the continent. It was formed in 2006, and is comprised of a regional network, and related structures, as well as country networks in Africa. At all levels, the network aims to undertake joint programming, research, and policy advocacy activities. Members include a range of partner organisations, including those working on gender-based violence (GBV), sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, women’s rights, human rights of LGBT individuals, youth and child rights and abuse, masculinities, HIV, fatherhood, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), maternal health, and refugees and migrants. MenEngage Africa country networks strive to have strong working relations with local and national government, UN country offices, and the women’s and youth movement (who generally form part of the network). As part of Sonke’s coordinating role within MenEngage Africa, Sonke convenes the regional steering committee and is also responsible for mobilising resources and ensuring that the network remains active and relevant to emerging issues in the region. The network currently has 17 country networks with 10 of them implementing fully funded projects on engaging men and boys

Key duties and responsibilities

  1. Monitoring and Evaluation
  2. Data capturing and Reporting
  3. Training and Capacity Development
  4. Strategic Networking

1. Monitoring & Evaluation activities

In providing support to new and existing regional projects related to MenEngage in the IPN unit, the incumbent will:

  • Coordinate the data collection of quarterly and annual reports from sub –grantees;
  • Be responsible for data analysis, reporting and data dissemination to various stakeholders;
  • Assist with data management processes and management of M&E system.
  • Contribute to the development of the M&E standard operation procedures
  • Review and recommend further improvement of logical/M&E frameworks including the theory of change;
  • Assist with the development of output and outcome indicators;
  • Assist with the development of results based management frameworks;
  • Annual review of M-theory of change
  • Monitor and evaluate overall progress on achievement of results;
  • Monitor the sustainability of the projects’ results;
  • Provide feedback to project managers on project strategies and activities;
  • Suggest strategies to the project management for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of projects by identifying bottlenecks in completing project activities and developing plans to minimize or eliminate such bottlenecks;
  • Report monthly, quarterly, bi-annually and annually, progress on all project activities to the Research and M&E Manager;
  • Conduct organisational capacity assessment for MEA partner organizations;
  • Provide inputs, information and statistics for quarterly, annual and other reports to unit management;
  • Participate in annual project reviews and planning workshops and assist the Project Manager in preparing relevant reports;
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of the effects and impact of projects;
  • Assist project personnel with M&E tools and support them with sub-grantees; and
  • Perform other duties that may be required;

Measurable outputs and performance indicators

  • Preparation of monthly reports;
  • Assist project coordinators in preparing other relevant reports;
  • Organize and conduct training on M&Efor project and MEA partners;
  • Assist project coordinators in the preparation of reports on the findings and lessons learned from project innovations;
  • Assist project managers in preparing monthly and quarterly reports on project progress based on
  • M&E reports on project activities;
  • Prepare Issues Log and Risk Log for all projects; and
  • Prepare and maintain data base for purposes of learning and knowledge management.

2. Training and Capacity Development

In this function, the M&E Coordinator will focus on skills building both within Sonke and across the MenEngage Network. Several different tasks and constituencies are of potential interest. As appropriate and agreed to by IPN and M&E unit, the incumbent will:

  • Develop tools and resources in research and M&E for use by Sonke and MenEngage programmes staff;
  • Be part of the regional Technical Support Team based in the IPN unit and responsible for MenEngage Africa; and
  • Conduct regular Organisational capacity assessments, Technical Assessment and manage close out function among MenEngage partners including those implementing MEA funded projects.

3. Strategic networking

  • Attend key research meetings and international conferences to represent Sonke’s regional research portfolio and MEA network, and
  • Identify and collaborate with strategic partners and institutions in research and evaluation.

Qualifications and Experience:


University Degree preferably or advanced diploma in Management Information Systems (MIS), Research, M&E or related field.

Experience Required

  • At least 5 years of experience in the design and implementation of M&E in development projects implemented by international NGOs/UN bodies/ Government;
  • Experience working in collaborative and team research projects on gender, violence, and HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa, preferably including work with men and boys;
  • Experience in training and facilitating learning in M&E with diverse communities in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis and production of reports;
  • Proven ICT skills, especially in the use of various MIS software using database software;
  • Expertise in analyzing data using statistical software; and
  • Strong training & facilitation skills.

Skills Required

  • Ability to develop M&E frameworks for new funding proposals;
  • Ability to present research findings in formats relevant to communities and partners;
  • Exceptional public speaking and formal presentation skills;
  • Strong problem solving skills;
  • In-depth knowledge on M&E, gender and development issues;
  • Excellent knowledge of monitoring and the application of methodology; Good understanding of
  • capacity assessment methodologies and excellent ability to identify significant capacity building opportunities;
  • Self-Management and the ability to focus on results for the team
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view; and
  • Has excellent communication skills (written and oral); Sensitive and responsive to all partners;
  • is respectful and helpful with donors and project staff.


  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of Sonke and MenEngage
  • Demonstrates integrity by Sonke’s values and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Organises and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources and multiple reporting relationships;
  • Plans, coordinates and organises workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines;
  • Establishes, builds and maintains effective working relationships with staff and partners to facilitate the provision of support; and
  • Knowledge Management and Learning.



Johannesburg or Cape Town


Negotiable dependent on experience & qualifications

Closing Date

23 March 2015