1.2 Role of the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator in emergency team

Many team members will have responsibility for monitoring and evaluation activities in an emergency response, in particular project managers and field officers who collect data on response activities. It is important that a member of the emergency team is designated overall responsibility for coordinating monitoring and evaluation activities. This is usually the head of the CO’s monitoring and evaluation unit if one exists, and it is critical that they are closely involved with the emergency response team from the very outset of the response. Where this capacity does not exist, it is important that the CO appoint or recruit a Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator for the emergency response operation as quickly as possible.

The key responsibilities of the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator in relation to the emergency response programme are to:

  • help establish appropriate indicators at the outset of the emergency response (drawing on benchmarks, Sphere and other available tools)
  • establish and coordinate monitoring systems including data collection, analysis and review
  • Work closely with the CO Information Manager to prepare specific data collection methods and tools
  • coordinate monitoring activities and inputs required of other team members
  • Anticipate, plan and support reporting requirements
  • ensure information gathered through monitoring activities is shared quickly and in an appropriate format with senior managers so that any problems arising can be addressed
  • organise evaluation activities in line with CARE’s learning policy (refer to Annex 9.1 Policy on Learning for
  • Humanitarian Action).

Monitoring and evaluation advisors are available through RED roster for deployment to emergencies to assist with setting up and training in monitoring and evaluation systems in emergencies.

Annex 9.2        Job Description for Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator