Data Officer

Mott MacDonald

Job Description:

Overall objective: to provide quality, timely, accurate data and insights about NNP to programme, client and government stakeholders to report on achievements, improve delivery and build the evidence base.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Develop data collection tools for routine monitoring of programme activities
  • Manage and oversee routine field data collection, including following up where there are gaps
  • Consolidate weekly and monthly progress updates about field data collection (including level of completeness, quality checking and substance of findings)
  • Support field staff and system actors to effectively collect, analyse and use data on an ongoing basis.
  • Clean, analyse and quality assure all programme data and ensure data is prepared in the required formats for internal and external reporting, presentations and dashboards;
  • Develop instruments and efficient systems for collecting feedback from participants on the quality of activities, including workshops;
  • Support the preparation of training for the collection of data
  • Lead training for project staff to collect and analyse data, including education system-based staff to lead the monitoring activities;
  • Support the operations team in collecting and analysing materials distribution and school enrolment data when required.
  • Support colleagues in the preparation and delivery of programme activities, including workshops and training when required.
  • Support in preparing workplans and budgets for MEL-related activities
  • Support external evaluation processes
  • Attend relevant meetings with the NNP project team
  • Contribute to the project’s quarterly and annual reports as required

Note: This job description reflects the current requirements of the post.  As the programme is implemented, responsibilities may change. The job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post holder and line manager.

Candidate Specification:

Required qualifications and experience

  • Degree or equivalent in Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics or similar;
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, including carrying out or supporting field data collection, preferably with programmes in education or similar sector;
  • Using digital tools for collecting data from the field;
  • Overseeing and managing field data collection
  • Collecting and analysing both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Supporting quarterly and annual reporting to client against key performance indicators/results framework/logframe
  • Working with officials in government roles

The candidate will also need:

  • Close attention to detail and an ability to work efficiently under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Good communication and presentation skills in English and Chichewa;
  • Strong relationship building skills to problem-solve and oversee data collection efforts of project staff and system actors
  • Interest in learning and developing new skills in the area of data collection and programme monitoring and evaluation.
  • Good record keeping
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills.


The National Numeracy Programme in Malawi (NNP) aims to improve student learning outcomes in mathematics so that girls and boys have a solid foundation in basic skills to success in the rest of their schooling and fulfil their potential. The programme provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Education to revise the mathematics curriculum for lower primary (standard 1-4), develop corresponding teaching and learning materials, design teacher training strategies (including school-based support structures), rigorously pilot the new materials and training strategies, document impact, refine the materials and training strategies, and then oversee a national scale-up.  The programme is currently being implemented in 1100 schools across the country and will be scaled up to all the public primary schools in the 24/25 academic year.

The programme is led by the Ministry of Education with technical assistance from Cambridge Education, a member of the Mott MacDonald Group.

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