Deputy Chief Of Party: Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Apply by 27 June 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 28 May 2018

Job Description

Position Title: Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Dept./Location: EARO/Tanzania

Reports To: Chief of Party


Position Summary

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Tanzania is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (MEL) for the anticipated USAID-funded Multi-sector Nutrition Activity in Tanzania. The project aims to strengthen the delivery of integrated community-based nutrition services and social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) in Tanzania and to build the capacity of the government and communities to sustain these activities.

The DCOP/MEL will be the lead on MEL and will have knowledge and experience in performance and impact evaluation designs, methodologies and practical applications, including baseline data collection methodologies. The DCOP/MEL will design, coordinate and monitor operational research activities and other data based analysis to facilitate evidence based improvements in project performance and expand understanding and lessons learned. S/he will support and direct the team in assisting LGAs in strengthening nutrition data collection systems, analyses, and utilization of results for informing action. S/he will guide reporting processes amongst technical staff and consolidate program reports, promote learning and knowledge sharing of best practices and lessons learnt. The DCOP/MEL will work in close partnership with CRS project staff, partner organizations and government for all MEL activities, strengthening capacity where needed.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the project’s overall MEL efforts, including the design and oversight of a strong MEL plan and Performance Management Plan (PMP).
  • Design a system to measure the project outputs, outcomes and impact to facilitate a better understanding of which approaches are working, under which conditions and which activities need to be redefined or strengthened under each result;
  • Identify and train CRS and partner staff on appropriate nutrition, agriculture, and other relevant indicators in line with USAID, international, and national MEL standards.
  • Integrate data analysis, reflection and interpretation in ongoing project activities
  • Develop and refine quantitative and qualitative data collection instruments and maintain project information database.
  • Conduct routine data quality assurance process to maintain adequate quality control in all aspects of MEL from data collection to results’ reporting.
  • Conduct supportive supervision visits to observe, monitor and provide guidance and quality feedback on the use of data and indicators; and
  • Support and direct project team in assisting LGAs in strengthening nutrition data collection systems, analyses, and utilization of results for informing action; advise on implementation of accountability mechanisms.
  • Ensure on-time, accurate, and quality reporting in close collaboration with project staff.
  • Lead the documentation and reporting of assessments, lessons learned and best practices for dissemination to relevant stakeholders.
  • Participate in relevant MEL technical working groups and coordinating bodies; work with relevant ministries and LGAs on project-linked MEL, as appropriate.
  • Ensure compliance with donor and agency MEL requirements


  • Master’s degree required, PhD preferred, in monitoring and evaluation, informatics, demographics, or related discipline.
  • At least seven years’ experience in successfully developing and implementing MEL systems. Tanzania and/or East Africa experience preferred; USAID experience preferred.
  • Strong quantitative or mixed-method and analytical skills and ability to articulate technical information clearly and effectively to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Significant experience in providing field-based technical assistance about MEL and operations research in low resource countries.
  • Demonstrated experience in setting up and managing MEL systems (including databases) that track performance as per the objectives of the project.
  • Analysis and data management skills as well as demonstrated analytical skills and experience in identifying and evaluating best practices and state-of-the-art approaches.
  • Experience developing and delivering high-quality, on-time donor reports in accordance with cooperative agreement regulations.
  • Experience working with statistical databases (Stata, SAS, etc.) preferred, as well as strong skills in Excel, Word, Access and Power Point.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a team.
  • Willing and able to travel 30% of time
  • Qualified Tanzanian candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Agency‐wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position. This position is contingent on the success of a project proposal and the availability of donor funding and approval.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.