Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research (MERL) Intern

Terms of Reference

Position Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research (MERL) Intern
Location: Hanoi
Period of Assignment: October 2020 to March 2021
Reporting To: Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research Manager
Background: With more than 30 years of experience, Cowater International is Canada’s global leader in management consulting services specializing in international development. We have managed the implementation of over 800 projects in more than 80 countries around the globe for clients such as DFID, DFAT Australia, the World Bank and Global Affairs Canada. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, economic and environmental impacts. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2017 and 2018.

Cowater is recruiting a Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research (MERL) Intern to support Aus4Equality/Gender Responsive Equitable Agriculture and Tourism (GREAT) Program in Vietnam. The Program seeks to promote women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in the ethnically diverse north-west region of Vietnam. The primary beneficiaries are women living in the provinces of Son La and Lao Cai with a focus on economic inclusion for of women from ethnic minority communities. The objectives of the Aus4Equality|GREAT Program are:

  • Objective 1 – Empowering local women: Women living in local communities have increased capacity, space and choices to beneficially engage with agriculture and tourism businesses.

  • Objective 2 – Inclusive businesses partnerships: Selected private sector actors within the agriculture and tourism sectors innovate to profitably and sustainably trade with more women entrepreneurs and operate in gender sensitive ways.

  • Objective 3 – Improving sector governance and policy: Government agencies reinforce policies, and enact plans, regulations and services that enable more inclusive socio-economic development.

Key approaches applied by the program include: Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE), Market Systems Development (MSD), Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, Adaptive Management, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), and Innovation. Approximately 50 partners, including businesses, government agencies and NGOs, implement activities and deliver results, to strengthen markets for ethnic minority communities, particularly women, in two provinces in the northern mountainous region of Vietnam.

Statement of Duty:

The MERL Intern will work under the supervision of the MERL Manager. The MERL Intern will contribute along with the MERL team to effectively implement the MERL Framework. This includes assisting MERL activities to generate evidence used for reporting. communication and knowledge dissemination and supporting quality check of relevant MERL products, conducting data cleaning, data analysis and data quality assessments.

Specific Duties: Upon guidance of the MERL Manager (or MERL team member upon MERL Manager’s coordination), to provide assistance to MERL Manager and MERL team members in the following activities:

GREAT level activities:

  • Quality assurance of relevant MERL related products

  • Preparation of necessary data

  • Training for partners on M&E and MIS as necessary

  • MIS development and operations

  • Project level baseline, midline, endline assessments

  • Implementation of the knowledge management plan

  • Organise learning activities such as the Reflect and Refocus workshops and other learning activities

  • Preparation and organization of Joint Monitoring Missions

  • Collect necessary local data as required

  • Data entry, cleaning and analysis

  • Filing and documenting

Partner level activities

  • Export and prepare necessary data from MIS

  • Supportive supervision trips to partners

  • Synthesise partnerworkplans to generate GREAT level targets

  • Collaborate with technical team and OPS team to update partners’ workplans and encode updated workplans into MIS

  • Support partners to prepare quarterly reports and assess quarterly report ensuring good quality of quarterly reports; and synthesise information from quarterly reports

  • Carry out data quality assessment and measurements for data quality assurance

  • Collect necessary local data as required

Required Qualifications: The MERL Intern will have the following skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Have experiences in M&E or research; data collection, entry, cleaning and analysis
  • Bachelor/tertiary qualification in a relevant area such as evaluation, economics, statistics, research, development studies, or any other relevant social science;
  • Knowledge of research methodologies;
  • Sufficient experience and skills in data collection, analysis, and management;
  • Have a good level of critical thinking;

  • Willing to work in a high pace and highly adaptive environment;

  • Dedicate, deligent, and passionate to work, contribute, learn and grow

  • Fluency in Vietnamese, and sufficient working knowledge of English (preferrable).

Interested candidates are invited to send application to

Please indicate the Job title in the subject line.

Application should include:

  • A cover letter including a response to each of the selection criteria
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact of 03 referees

Deadline of submission: 5pm Friday 2nd October 2020

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Women, and people of minority groups, are encouraged to apply.

Candidates have to confirm having received the recruitment information through the recruiting channel NGO Recruitment in the application letter for this position

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