Jobs, Contracts, Collaborations

Monitoring And Evaluation Advisor - Volunteer in Malawi

Cuso International
Contact e-mail: 
Lilongwe, Malawi
Posting date: 
July 16, 2018
October 10, 2018


Start Date Sep - Nov 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 10 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale:
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.

The Volunteer’s Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a Monitoring & Evaluation professional to contribute to a regional nutrition project led by CARE Canada. The Southern Africa Nutrition Initiative (SANI) will improve the nutrition of women of reproductive age and reduce stunting of growth for children under five years old in Mozambique, Zambia, and Malawi. The M&E Advisor will contribute to the implementation of the SANI project in Malawi.
More specifically, one of the key components of the programme will be to document and share best practices and learning, in order to build on the pool of information available for practitioners in nutrition at a national wide level.
As Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, you will bring a technical expertise in data collection and analysis methods, ideally in an international context and have a familiarity with nutrition and/or public health. You should be comfortable working in a cross-cultural environment that will require rural travel.
As you will be supporting the implementation of the SANI project in Malawi, the project objectives replace what would traditionally be the partnership objectives within this placement description.
SANI is a $24.6 million CAD project to address undernutrition in women of reproductive age (15-49) and children under 5 in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. SANI is a partnership between CARE, Cuso International, the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), McGill University, and the Governments of implementing countries. The project is funded by the Government of Canada, CARE, and the Canadian public.
The ultimate outcome of the SANI project is to contribute to the reduction of maternal and child mortality in the targeted regions. The intermediate outcomes are:

  • Improved nutrition practices and services of women of reproductive age and children under 5 in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. For example, counselling skills and women‐centered services at the health facility will be included as part of the training of health workers and included as measures of quality of services during supportive supervision.
  • Improved maternal, infant and young child nutrition and gender sensitive practices for women of reproductive age and children under 5 in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. For example, women will be trained in water systems maintenance/repair, as public speakers, and in key financial and decision-making roles.
  • Strengthened governance and accountability of gender‐equitable nutrition policies and programs for women of reproductive age and children under 5 in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. For example, capacity building of Nutrition Coordinating Committees will take place at provincial, district and ward levels to address and integrate gender into all aspects of national nutrition programming.

As a volunteer, you will:
- Map, review and monitor food and nutrition security priorities, policies and objectives
- Review the National Nutrition Policy and Strategic Plan and assess their implications on the SANI project
- Coordinate the development of a nutrition research agenda and oversee its implementation
- Provide nutrition policy direction and guidance to key stakeholders
- Identify issues of nutrition at national and district levels, as well as best practices from SANI
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-University Degree in Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Social Sciences, or in a related field
Essential Professional Background:
-At least two years of experience monitoring and evaluation experience
-Experience in research
-Capacity for critical analysis
-Experience in workshop delivery
-Familiarity with principles and current approaches to monitoring and evaluation of development programs using both quantitative and qualitative methods
-Strong communication skills

About Our Partner

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.
CARE works with the poorest communities in 95 countries to:

  • Improve basic health and education
  • Enhance rural livelihoods and food security
  • Increase access to clean water and sanitation
  • Expand economic opportunity
  • Help vulnerable people adapt to climate change
  • Provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies

CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.

Terms and Conditions

Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
Support Package
- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months