Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Director, Myanmar

  • Mid-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 9 June 2020
  • Yangon, Myanmar
  • Closing on 13 August 2020
  • Current

Job Description

Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Director, Myanmar

ACDI/VOCA is seeking a CLA Director for the USAID Agriculture and Food Systems Development Activity (AFDA) in Myanmar. AFDA facilitates the transformation of agriculture and food systems by increasing productivity, inclusiveness, and competitiveness of the agricultural market system in the zone of influence (ZOI) such as Kachin State, Shan State, Mandalay Region, Sagaing Region and Magway Region.

The CLA Director will centralize many of the critical project support components that, collectively, influence CLA within a project, and better enable sustainable and effective project outcomes; this includes oversight of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning unit. The CLA Director will facilitate cross-component learning and collaboration, overseeing the project functions of communications, training, and behavior change, and leveraging these various functions to advance CLA efforts throughout the technical implementation teams. They will work closely with the M&E Manager to ensure performance data is relevant and useful and is analyzed regularly to enable reflection, adaptation, and continuous improvement. They will develop adaptive management processes and tools that facilitate purposeful experimentation and pivots in strategy and tactics based on planned experiments. Additionally, the CLA Director will lead training on CLA for staff and partners and continually adapt and improve the project’s CLA Plan.


  • Oversees and leads the M&E unit in providing a centralized point for analysis, strategic planning, and support to improve technical implementation, effective use of resources, and sustainability.
  • Develops and manage the CLA plan including the learning agenda through a participatory process with project staff, partners, and donor stakeholders, with iterative reviews
  • Works closely with the M&E staff, ensuring quality control by providing input into the development of the PMP, data collection methodologies, and oversight of the implementation of data quality-check mechanisms including internal audits
  • Leverages a mix of informational sources and research methods – project M&E data, observations from staff and partners, primary and secondary market research - to (i) analyze project progress towards goals and learning objectives, (ii) communicate those findings externally (e.g. to donor, external partners) and internally (e.g. to project staff), and (iii) apply that learning into improved work planning and project activities.
  • Leads knowledge sharing initiatives, ensuring learning is shared with relevant stakeholders to further activity goals- through learning events, mixed media, and other innovative methods.
  • Documents programmatic best practices, lessons learned, and tools developed through the development of iterative learning reports.
  • Supports cross-company learning initiatives (exposure visits, training activities, etc.) that would benefit firms and stakeholders with similar interests and needs.
  • Works directly with the Leader and Associate Awards COPs, DCOPs, technical project component leads to plan, design, and or/manage specific CLA strategies and activities, such as supporting incorporation of technical, contextual and experiential learning into technical strategies, interventions, and processes. Assist in developing, capturing, sharing, and testing methods, models, and tools to advance these objectives.
  • Spearheads the co-creation of M&E agreements with activity grantees-ensuring private-sector partners articulate and understand relevant goals, milestones, indicators, tools and processes needed to provide the activity with high-quality M&E data
  • Support the project’s analyze, pilot, adapt, and design facilitation approach that encourages purposeful experimentation and pivots in strategy and tactics based on planned research activities/surveys.
  • Continually develops and reviews impact causal models/results chains to demonstrate how interventions will contribute to sustainable poverty reduction in targeted districts.
  • Participates in regular senior management planning meetings and provide analytical feedback and support to inform technical decisions by senior management and the technical component leads.
  • Prepares materials and facilitates training on M&E concepts, skills, and tools.
  • Provides technical assistance to ACDI/VOCA staff members and partner organization staff in the utilization and management of monitoring and assessment tools.


  • Master’s degree in adult education, statistics, international relations or other relevant field required
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in M&E, organizational learning and/or strategic learning, and knowledge management in an international development context.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Familiarity with the concept of adaptive management/CLA and demonstrated experience using a mix of informational sources and research methods to analyze project progress, communicate findings to a range of external and internal stakeholders, and apply learning to work planning.
  • Experience with M&E systems dealing with private-sector partners and/or market systems
  • Understanding of research design and statistics.
  • Experience providing leadership, supervising staff, managing multiple complex project components, and convening people across technical teams to build consensus and achieve an outcome.
  • Superior, demonstrated writing, reporting, and oral presentation skills (ability to provide an original writing sample required).
  • Regional experience in Asia preferred.
  • Travel 40% of the time
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written required, fluency in Burmese preferred.

Please apply online at or email your CV to No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.

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