Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) is a member of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), a UK based international relief and development charity, which aims to alleviate the suffering of the world’s poorest people.


Position Identification
Position Title: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer
Organisation: Islamic Relief South Africa ‘IRSA’
Location: Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban- South Africa
Contract: One year fixed term
Reports to: Learning, Development and Safeguarding Coordinator


Main duties and responsibilities:
The M&E Officer will support the Learning, Development and Safeguarding Coordinator in all data collection, analysis, and learning activities to help ensure accountability and efficiency from start to finish for all programs and projects, both new and established throughout. S/he will be responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation, research, and learning framework of the Project. He/she will develop a systematic monitoring framework to improve the qualitative and quantitative evidence gathered by the Project. He/she will also provide technical assistance to the implementing agencies, particularly in relation to monitoring, reporting and governance issues.


Key Accountabilities:

A. Setting up the system

– Assist in the revision of the project log frame matrix, particularly in the areas of performance indicators and their measurement.
– Assist in the development and/or finalization of the project Work Plan and keep it updated in accordance with project activities and timeframes as relevant.
– Develop the overall framework, for project M&E, for example mid-term project review, impact assessment, final evaluation, develop project Performance Monitoring Plan with relevant data collection systems.
– Review the quality of existing data in the project subject areas, the methods of collecting it, and the degree to which it will provide good baseline statistics for impact evaluation.
– Develop baseline data for each project component and for all project indicators.

B. Implementation of M&E and coordination
– Collect data on a regular basis to measure achievement against the performance indicators.
– Check data quality with partners.
– Maintain and administer the M&E database; analyse and aggregate findings.
– Support project progress reporting, project mid-term review and final evaluation.
– Identify lessons learned and develop case studies to capture qualitative outputs of the project.
– Provide advice to the supervisor on improving project performance using M&E findings.


C. Communication
– Produce reports on M&E findings and prepare presentations based on M&E data as required.
– Provide the Project Manager with management information she/he may require.
– Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Head of Programmes and the Learning, Development and Safeguarding Coordinator.


Educational Qualification
– A Degree or post graduate degree in Development Studies or other relevant disciplines.
– Proven knowledge and experience in Monitoring and Evaluation methods and Monitoring and Evaluation data and information management is required. (such as a certificate indicating specific training on Monitoring and Evaluation).
– Possess at least some basic knowledge and experience in research methodology.
– Knowledge of project cycle management, administration and evaluation concepts and procedures. Skills & Knowledge Required


– Minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in an M&E position responsible for implementing M&E activities of international development projects.
– Experience in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages.
– Experience in designing and managing beneficiary monitoring and database systems.
– Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance
monitoring plans.
– Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies.
– Experience in planning and managing surveys.
– Experience in developing and refining data collection tools.
– Experience with data quality assessments and oversight.
– Experience in managing and providing training to partners and target beneficiaries.
– Ability to facilitate and serve as project liaison for externally-managed evaluations. Competencies:
– Good knowledge of programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation techniques and practices.
– Familiarity with impact assessment an advantage.
– Good knowledge and experience regarding gender mainstreaming.
– Good moderation, facilitation and training skills.
– Demonstrated ability to liaise and negotiate with government and social partners.
– Ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses required for the formulation, administration and evaluation of projects.
– Excellent analytical skills.
– Ability to work in a team and good interpersonal skills.
– Good computer applications skills.
– Good organizational skills.


Key Islamic Relief Qualities Required
– It is essential that the post holder shows a good understanding and sympathy with Islamic values and principles as well as commitment to IR’s vision and mission as per below:
Excellence (Ihsan): Our actions in tackling poverty are marked by excellence in our operations and conduct which are deserving of the people we serve.
Sincerity (Ikhlas): In responding to poverty and suffering our efforts are driven by sincerity to God and the need to fulfil our obligations to humanity
Social Justice (Adl): Our work is founded on enabling people and institutions to fulfil the rights of the poor and vulnerable. We work to empower the dispossessed towards realising their God-given human potential and developing their capabilities and resources.
Compassion (Rahma): We believe the protection and well-being of every life is of paramount importance and we shall join with other humanitarian actors to act as one in responding to suffering brought on by disasters, poverty and injustice.
Custodianship (Amana): We uphold our duty of custodianship over the earth, its resources and the trust people place in us as humanitarian and development practitioners to be transparent and accountable.


Closing date: C.O.B. Thursday, 22nd September 2022

Please forward a copy of the completed application form, which is available on our website at, a 1 page motivational letter and your CV along with a certified copy of your ID document to before  the 22nd September 2022.

Dearest applicant, kindly consider the following:
If any of the requested documents are not included in your submission, your application will deemed incomplete and will therefore not be considered.
We are unfortunately unable to acknowledge receipt of all applications. Should you not receive communication from us 30th September 2022, then kindly consider your application unsuccessful. Over and above operational requirements, Islamic Relief South Africa gives due consideration to
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