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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director - USAID/Burma All Youth Learning (AYL) Activity

FHI 360

FHI 360

Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director – USAID/Burma All Youth Learning (AYL) Activity

FHI 360 is a global development organization, with a rigorous, evidence-based approach to human development. Our team of professionals includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research. FHI 360 operates from over 60 offices with more than 4000 employees in the United States and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at all levels and our multi-disciplinary approach allows us to have a lasting impact on the people, communities and countries we serve by improving the lives of millions. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director for an upcoming USAID-funded opportunity in Burma entitled All Youth Learning (AYL). Given the current political situation in Burma, the position’s location will be determined and assigned based on security. Potential locations may include Burma, or Thailand. This position is contingent upon successful award and final USAID approval of the candidate.

Project Description:

The anticipated USAID/Burma All Youth Learning (AYL) Activity is a 5-year activity that will seek to expand educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth (10-29 years old) to receive quality foundational and livelihoods-oriented education and training, with a particular focus on Burma’s out-of-school and conflict-affected youth, and to provide other necessary and relevant wrap-around support. The project will strengthen the capacity of education and training institutions and organizations to provide relevant, marketable skills training and consider the enabling environment for youth employability and work to forge linkages with businesses, industry, and local employers in areas where youth reside to ensure that training and skills development are relevant and respond to actual employer needs. AYL will also strengthen the enabling environment for youth to use educational assets
and build leadership skills. The project will support non-state education systems and providers in their work to offer education to disadvantaged youth and aim to strengthen their capacity to educate youth as well. Ensuring equity and diversity of beneficiaries and devising strategies to reach the most disadvantaged and marginalized will be top activity priorities.

Position Description:

The MEL Director is responsible for establishing and managing the project’s overall M&E system, tracking all progress made towards meeting program/contract results, indicators, and targets, including impacts on access to AYL learning programs, completion of learning programs, gender disparity, and disability-inclusive measures, ensuring that they are being consistently and systematically tracked and reported. They collaborate with and oversees sub-awardees to provide feedback on data collection and indicators; analyzes data reported from sub-awardees; and supports training of M&E personnel in quality assurance methods. They collaborate with the program team to design operations research to support learning, evaluation, and planning, and oversees the implementation, analysis, dissemination, and use of research products. They share MEL data and improvement plans and collaborates with staff and stakeholders on strategies for program improvements for greater program effects.

Job Summary/Responsibilities:

  • Design and oversee the monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities of the project.
  • Lead the design, development, planning, and implementation of the MEL plan and project evaluation activities, including the development and dissemination of tools, materials, reports, papers, and intervention-linked research.
  • Develop strategies and tools for the design and implementation of monitoring of specific technical components.
  • Work closely with the technical team leads to co-design monitoring tools, select indicators, and determine field monitoring responsibilities.
  • Ensure tool compatibility and coordination within the M&E framework, and consistency with national and donor requirements.
  • Provide technical assistance and develop and set up of systems for the timely collection, management, analysis, and reporting of valid and reliable data that meet donor reporting requirements.
  • Focus on strengthening the M&E system, building capacity of partners and staff, and improving alignment and support to host-country M&E systems.
  • Support the project’s Collaborating, Learning, Adapting (CLA) framework.
  • Undertake periodic reviews of program and/or country M&E systems and participate in planning M&E system strengthening actions.
  • Provide guidance on information systems for quality assurance, as well as best practices documentation and reporting.
  • Oversee the publication and dissemination of information on successful and promising approaches, lessons learned, and other program results to ministry counterparts, donors, program partners, and other key stakeholders.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in evaluation, demography, social science, economics, or other relevant discipline.
  • At least ten years of experience related to monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on education or social-sector programs required; experience in post-primary education and/or livelihood-oriented education research or assessment preferred.
  • Experience in design and implementation of M&E systems for USG-funded projects.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills and ability to articulate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated expertise in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and analytical methods.
  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with program staff and partners.
  • Proficiency with relevant software (Stata, SAS, SPSS, Epi Info, Atlas).
  • Proven supervisory experience.
  • Experience in the education sector in Burma or the region strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required.

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.

We offer competitive compensation and a package of exceptional benefits. Please visit the FHI 360 Career Center at for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an employer with equal opportunity and affirmative action. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in policies, programs, or activities.

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.

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