ABA-ROLI-Director of Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 March 2020

Job Description

Set up and manage a comprehensive monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) system, aimed at improving the evidence-based program design, strengthening decision-making during program implementation, and enhancing the ability to incorporate learning in programs and across division efforts. Foster an organizational culture for learning, evidence-based programming, and adaptive management. Supervise and manage the MEL team to design and implement MEL activities and provide strategic direction for the same. Ensure that lessons learned are documented and factored into program design, and programmatic learning is integrated in program implementation to continuously improve the quality of interventions and outcomes.


Provide leadership and direction in the development and implementation of a MEL framework.
Including plans, processes, and tools that strengthen the evidence base of strategic interventions and build a continuous learning framework.

Oversee global and sectoral targets and indicators ensuring performance is measurable and measured, and programs learn from outcomes and impacts.

Develop and/or strengthen systems and standards of excellence in monitoring and evaluation data collection and data management across programs

Work collaboratively with stakeholders and regional program teams in setting monitoring, evaluation, and learning standards, systems and tools that are pertinent to their regions and applicable to the specific sector or country within which they focus their efforts.

Develop plans, organize and lead teams, oversee studies and evaluations that help identify specific thematic priorities and theories of change, in areas relevant to programs.

Engage with partners, donors, research institutions and other networks for knowledge sharing and joint efforts for MEL.

Performs other related duties as required.

Required Qualifications:

Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent degree from a non-U.S. country; or a Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school or the equivalent law degree from a non-U.S. country
Minimum of 10 years of experience in implementing monitoring, evaluation, and learning that is geared towards learning, with demonstrated success in managing or overseeing multiple program M&E initiatives
Experience designing and implementing M&E in programs at the field level and at program oversight level with demonstrated success working with program teams in M&E efforts
Minimum of 5 years of experience in managing a team of experts or staff, either for evaluations/assessments or program implementation efforts
Proficiency in at least one statistical software (e.g. SAS, SPSS, or Stata, R) and/or qualitative analysis software (e.g.,Dedoose, RQDA, or NVivo)

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated success in networking with research or academic institutions
Demonstrated success in organizing or hosting global conferences on development issues and themes
Proven track record of successful working relationships with US Government
Previous experience in designing, monitoring and evaluating rule of law programs
The ideal candidate will combine strong management skills and rigorous quantitative/qualitative expertise with an ability to summarize complex data and tell a story
Highly developed English-language writing and presentation skills; strong scientific and technical writing skills
Previous work experience overseas, and proficiency in one or more foreign languages

About the Organization

The Rule of Law Initiative is a public service project of the American Bar Association dedicated to promoting legal reform efforts in over 40 countries around the world. The Rule of Law Initiative believes that rule of law promotion is the most effective long-term antidote to the most pressing problems facing the world community today, including poverty, economic stagnation, and crippling levels of corruption. The Rule of Law Initiative concentrates its technical legal assistance efforts in the following substantive areas: 1) Anti-corruption & public integrity; 2) Criminal law & combating trafficking in persons; 3) Gender issues; 4) Human rights & conflict mitigation; 5) Judicial reform; 6) Legal education reform; and 7) Legal profession reform. The Rule of Law Initiative enlists talented individuals who possess the skills and commitment necessary to effectively promote the rule of law in our host countries. We regularly seek experienced attorneys, judges, and law professors interested in lending their expertise to our programs for both long- and short-term pro bono assignments overseas. For more information please visit our website at www.abarol.org.

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