Job Overview:

New Incentives implements the All Babies program, which incentivizes caregivers of infants to complete a series of routine, potentially life-saving childhood immunizations by providing them with a small cash transfer after each vaccine is administered. We currently operate in North West Nigeria, where childhood immunization rates are low. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) found strong evidence that the program significantly increases vaccination rates.

We are seeking growth-oriented individuals who can lead our monitoring and evaluation function through our next phase of growth. Currently, our organization is looking to improve its high-quality monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as we recently finished an RCT and want to develop strong ongoing impact monitoring. Our M&E goals include reviewing program monitoring data and its sources to make recommendations, making evidence-based program design decisions, sharing research results and engaging with audiences about the impact of these results while effectively addressing any potential concerns, strengthening our M&E-related stakeholder relationships and setting our M&E agenda.

Role:

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager will report to the Chief Operating Officer, while working with managers and team members within the organization, as well as both internal and external stakeholders. Internally, the M&E Manager will work with New Incentives managers to achieve objectives such as improving our monitoring metrics, conducting coverage surveys, evaluating new program opportunities, and improving the quality and value of data that is collected by New Incentives. Engagement with external stakeholders will include stakeholders within the research sphere (academic and governmental), potential NGO partners for collaboration in research objectives, and occasionally representing New Incentives at fundraising and/or stakeholder events. There will be significant opportunity to grow within our organization as New Incentives continues to expand.

Responsibilities:

Monitoring of ongoing impact

  • Collaborating with research partners to ensure development of ongoing impact monitoring.
  • Review related data and results to identify gaps in data collection and influence program priorities.
  • Expand and oversee New Incentives’ monitoring strategies in other areas that influence program impact.

Monitoring of program data

  • Maintain and improve monitoring and evaluation framework through monitoring of internal data to highlight areas requiring strengthening and/or recommendations.
  • Review sources of internal data (e.g. forms filled out by our Field Operations team), establish and execute internal data verification procedures, run quality checks, develop data verification training, streamline survey questions, and identify opportunities to improve ongoing surveys to achieve streamlined program operations.
  • Analyze infant enrollments in the program (i.e. expected vs actual enrollments, catch-up, out-of-catchment) and assess this against LGA-level population estimates.

Supporting and contributing to data-driven decision-making

  • Improve New Incentives’ ability to make well-informed, data-driven decisions about program direction and expansion.
  • Identify ways to leverage the program delivery platform to increase impact and cost-effectiveness over time.

Communication, research dissemination, and strengthening partnerships

  • Stay up-to-date on academic literature, theory, and practices related to conditional cash transfers in Nigeria and globally.
  • Communicate effectively, using clear and credible information, with external audiences about the prevalence and impact of conditional cash transfer programs.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with policy-making bodies, government stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, and research institutions to increase program support in Nigeria and globally.

This role can be based anywhere, with an expectation of spending significant time (approximately 20-30% of the year) in Nigeria once travel is permissible. Travel in Nigeria will primarily be to the North West states of Zamfara, Katsina, and Jigawa as well as to the capital, Abuja. We have a Security Unit that actively provides security guidance. We expect the role to be approximately 60% monitoring and evaluation functions, 30% engaging with stakeholders in and outside Nigeria, and 10% representing New incentives in critical meetings, conferences, and events.

Qualifications:

New Incentives is looking to fill this role with someone who has both the ability to lead our monitoring and evaluation function and communicate this ongoing strategy effectively to build partnerships; enabling the organization and others to leverage rigorous evidence, collect and analyze monitoring data, and drive cost-effect impact at scale.

  • Education: You hold at least a Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, international development, economics, or another related field, and a demonstrated interest in running and communicating data and research results.
  • Experience: You have four or more years of relevant and substantial work experience, including at least two years of experience working in a low- or middle-income country and at least 2 years experience doing field research, monitoring program implementation, and building partnerships. Experience working directly with government(s) in low- and middle-income countries in some capacity and experience on-the-ground are a plus.
  • Mindset: You have a data-driven mindset and are an analytic operator. You can work at the 30,000 ft level and quickly jump to insights from the columns and rows containing granular data. You have the ability to be thorough in reviewing data and data sources while being critical in flagging risks, inefficiencies, challenges, and ensuring the implementation of proposed solutions.
  • Management: You can deliver output with limited supervision. You are adept at identifying and weighing trade-offs relating to time, funding, and other scarce resources. You can efficiently and effectively review data, and be able to juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Communication: You are detail-oriented and have advanced writing skills. You understand how to communicate policy lessons from technical academic research in ways that policymakers and practitioners understand. At the same time, you also know how to train field officers with no experience in research to conduct surveys. You are precise, clear, and when needed, persuasive.
  • Technical Skills: You are comfortable working with or learning computer applications, including Google Suite, Google Data Studio, and Stata (or similar tool for occasionally running statistical analysis).
  • Travel: Ability and willingness to travel 20-30% of the time once vaccinated such that it’s safe to travel. Support and reimbursement for applying for visas to travel will be provided for all required travel, along with insurance for the travel.

What you can expect from this role:

  • An opportunity to work with an innovative team that was recently recognized as one of the most cost-effective charities in the world.
  • A job that will directly lead to many lives saved.
  • A challenging role where your abilities will lead to material change.
  • Working under the direct supervision of the Chief Operating Officer.
  • An opportunity to work with a highly accountable and passionate team.
  • A healthy work-life balance.
  • The flexibility of working remotely for part of the year.
  • A position with significant growth opportunities.

We invite applicants who are highly motivated, smart, and have demonstrated a good fit with the organization's principles of accountability, diligence, communication, planning, and managing time well. In this role, you will receive significant responsibility and will be responsible for delivering consistently. This role is only for those who are able to meet the challenges of a quickly growing organization running a pioneering conditional cash transfer program with unique execution. If you succeed in this role, there will be significant opportunities to grow.

All submissions should be through breezy.hr by filling out this Google Form questionnaire on or before 11.59 pm of 30th May 2021. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis and are encouraged to not wait until the deadline as decisions for this position could be taken sooner.