FHI 360 is seeking an experienced Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director, based in Niger or Burkina Faso to lead and manage the MEL component for the anticipated USAID funded Sahel Collaboration and Communication (SCC) program . The purpose of the SCC program is to promote collaboration, learning and adapting (CLA) for collective impact among USAID, implementing partners for RISE II, SDP, and Bridge activities in the Sahel partner communities, select national government institutions, and research institutions; and to build local capacity for learning and adaptation. This position is contingent upon contract award. The expected period of performance is an estimated 5 years (duration of the program). Local nationals strongly encouraged to apply.
The MEL Director will play a lead role in the design and implementation of a comprehensive MEL plan with appropriate indicators, implementing systems to safeguard the collection and management of program data, and recommending changes to annual work plans or data collection techniques as needed. S/he will also train staff and partners and liaise with USAID on MEL reporting requirements, project learning strategies and protocols for modifying the MEL plan. S/he will work closely with local partners to coordinate local data collection in the field and contribute to the development of monthly and quarterly performance reports.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage and coordinate implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning and research intervention for the project.
- Work closely with the Knowledge Management Director
- Prepares reports and papers summarizing results.
- Supervise and provide guidance to relevant project staff.
- Lead development of quality assurance systems for the project to ensure data quality.
- Ensure appropriate data collection tools and systems are in place and are being used correctly by staff and partners to collect required and accurate data for performance, monitoring, evaluation and learning.
- Oversee and guide development of the project’s management information system and database.
- Prepare and review program performance monitoring plan (PMP) as required by the funder.
- · Operationalize the PMP, including data collection and verification and prepare project performance and data reports as required.
- Identify MEL technical assistance (TA) needs of partners, facilities and/or government counterparts and provide/organize TA through training, mentorship, and/or on-site supervision.
- Participate in program monitoring visits/forums with other project staff as necessary.
- Ensure all relevant project staffs are aware of and adhere to funder and government monitoring, evaluation and learning, and reporting guidelines and requirements.
- Assist in coordinating with stakeholders (national, international and donor) in various phases of the project (from MEL system development to reporting and dissemination) to ensure that the project fulfills its MEL requirements. This includes working with other entities involved in information systems to ensure the quality of data.
- Continuously review and analyze collected data and advise program management on needed program revisions.
- Primarily responsible for reporting on project outputs and for ensuring quality of interventions at all levels.
- Contribute to progress reports for the funder and other program deliverables as required.
- Advise and promote best practices in data management and M&E among project staff and partners.
- Serve as key contact person to liaise with the FHI HQ Strategic Information division.
- Provide timely information/data about products, consumer behavior, targets and promotional campaign.
- Write study designs for all surveys conducted by or for FHI 360.
- Advise Staff on field work planning and questionnaire designing for quantitative and qualitative work.
- Develop and review questionnaires required for data collection.
- Participate in workshops/meeting and present research findings conducted.
- Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Master’s degree in social science, statistics, evaluation science or other related field. A minimum of 5-8 years of relevant professional experience managing monitoring, evaluation, and learning for complex development activities.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with communities, civil society, local government representatives and other stakeholders.
- Demonstrated expertise in the design and implementation of rigorous quantitative and qualitative research studies, rapid appraisals, etc., and methods for data analysis.
- Experience in knowledge management and dissemination of research findings.
- Proficiency in SPSS, Excel, Word and other MS Office software.
- Excellent report writing, analytical and communication skills, including oral presentation skills.
- Knowledge of MEL issues and indicator development for system strengthening/capacity building.
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate monitoring, evaluation and learning processes across multiple technical offices, local stakeholders and geographic regions.
- Experience with complex monitoring and evaluation procedures as well as with complexity-aware monitoring and evaluation models is desired.
- Ideally, the candidate will also have worked on USAID or other donor programs and be familiar with USAID’s approach to monitoring, evaluation and learning.
- Proficiency in GIS preferred
- Good understanding of adaptive management principles and understanding of Collaborative, Learning and Adapting (CLA) approaches are highly desirable.
- Required to have strong oral and written communication and presentation skills in French.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
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