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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director

FHI 360

FHI 360

Accra, Ghana
Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2023

FHI 360 is a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach. Our professional staff includes experts in civil society, peacebuilding, health, nutrition, education, economic development, environment, and research. FHI 360 operates from 60 offices with 4,500 staff in the U.S. and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enable us to have a lasting impact on the individuals, communities and countries we serve–improving lives for millions.

FHI 360 is currently recruiting for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director for an anticipated five-year USAID project, Strengthening Regional Peace and Stability Program in West Africa, with a budget of between $25-$49 million. The anticipated goal of this program is to strengthen national and regional peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, and countering violent extremism capacities in key countries in West Africa.

Job Summary:

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director (MEL Director) will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of a comprehensive monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan for the project. S/he will work closely with the project team to implement systems to safeguard the collection and management of data and will ensure that project learning is shared with project staff and partners and is used to inform needed changes to program activities. The MEL Director will also play a key role in reviewing, selecting, and designing final research grant activities. S/he will also be responsible for providing technical oversight and monitoring to some of these research grant activities. The MEL Director will be located in Accra, Ghana with regular, frequent project-funded travel to the project’s focus countries, which could include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, and/or Togo. This position will report to the Chief of Party.

Essential Job Functions: Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees MEL activities in close collaboration with the Chief of Party and participates as a member of the Senior Management Team.

  • Develops and directly contributes to the development and implementation of the MEL plan, tools and systems and oversees the implementation and integration of a Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) approach to collect, interpret, and apply data and project learning that demonstrates impact and project accountability and progress, and informs adaptation of project activities;

  • Develops and supports the design and implementation of high-quality quantitative and qualitative surveys and participatory methodologies to monitor program quality for performance and results;

  • Promotes dissemination and use of lessons learned by the project team and partners;

  • Provides training to staff and primary stakeholders on the MEL plan and tools, including those located in focus countries;

  • Conducts data collection and verification and contributes to project performance and data reports as required;

  • Ensures all relevant project staff are aware of and adhere to funder and government monitoring, evaluation and reporting guidelines and requirements.

  • Ensures data collection tools and systems are being used correctly by staff and partners to collect required and accurate data for performance, monitoring and evaluation; coordinate with the home office to conduct internal data quality assessments and to address any issues identified.

  • Identifies MEL technical assistance (TA) needs of partners, facilities and/or government counterparts and provide/organize TA through training, mentorship, and/or on-site supervision.

  • Supervises a data analyst and coordinates with country-based staff on data collection and MEL activities to be conducted in focus countries;

  • Contributes, as requested, to the design and oversight of project-funded research activities;

  • Oversees capacity development activities on MEL topics, including the development of relevant workshop materials, development of MEL guides and direct technical support to grantees on MEL.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field.

  • Twelve (12) or more years of relevant experience including experience managing and/or effectively implementing research, monitoring, evaluation, and/or learning activities for development activities, especially in the democracy, governance, peacebuilding, social science research, and/or other relevant sectors.

  • Experience designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research and survey methodologies.

  • Experience developing monitoring and evaluation systems and data collection tools.

  • Informed of current program developments in democracy and governance and/or peacebuilding and conflict mitigation programming.

  • Ideally, the candidate will also have worked on USAID or other donor programs and be familiar with USAID’s approach to ME&L and CLA.

  • Fluency in English (required) and French professional proficiency (preferred).

Local candidates are encouraged to apply.

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.

Availability of position is contingent upon award to FHI 360. Selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.

This job posting 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.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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