Director of Insights & Analysis

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 October 2019

Job Description

GKI is seeking an experienced Director of Insights & Analysis to lead, develop, and manage a diverse Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) portfolio of work focused on systems change strategies across the development sectors and programs.

This position will cultivate a talented and high functioning research and analysis team, provide subject matter expertise to a portfolio of funded projects, and grow GKI’s work and presence in high-quality and innovative Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) services and products. The Director will be responsible for delivering and supervising technical work, lead on new business strategy and execution, and efficient management of the portfolio. This role will require development of relationships with internal and external subject matter experts, funders, clients and partner teams, and network of organizational consultants

It’s an exciting opportunity to join the Senior Leadership Team at GKI to shape the organization’s Insights & Analysis practice, portfolio and market presence, working in collaboration with others across GKI’s service lines.

Key responsibilities include:

Insights & Analysis Practice

  • Provide consultative analysis, evaluation expertise, and operational and technical support for diverse clients (including federal, foundations, global NGOs, local partners and universities).
  • Direct programs and projects MERL related to collaborative innovation, adaptive management and systems change practice, including developing theories of change for project design, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, systems analysis such as causal loop mapping and social network analysis, outcome harvesting, most significant change, sense-maker, human-centered, ethnographic research, futures foresight and/or adaptive monitoring techniques such as developmental evaluations.
  • Lead and support the design and execution of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research studies and evaluations, to better understand systems transformation and development impact.
  • Design, lead, and evaluate efforts to collect, compile, validate, interpret, and analyze data and trends using new innovative practices and approaches for addressing research and learning questions.
  • Manage structured interview protocols, content, and stakeholder engagement in interviews, focus groups and the facilitation of participatory research processes.
  • Oversee methodological rigor and quality of research and evaluation services/products.
  • Develop and/or review tailored reports, presentations, briefs, infographics, and other materials synthesizing evidence or summarizing methodologies, analyses, findings, and recommendations.
  • Design and deliver capacity and training programming for clients, local partners and practitioners in innovative, systems-driven MERL

Management & Mentorship

  • Lead and supervise a talented team in the development, implementation and completion of client facing and internal facing projects.
  • Manage contracts/grants and work closely with clients and key stakeholders to ensure that all requirements (deliverables and timelines) and client expectations are met using the highest standards of quality and collegiality.
  • Motivate, manage and mentor junior, mid-level, and senior staff, consultants and partners, to collectively achieve project goals
  • Develop and manage budgets to achieve project goals within available financial resources.
  • Foster professional growth and development among junior and mid-level staff.
  • Collaborate with other GKI service line teams and provide guidance pertaining to MERL practice as necessary for organizational growth.

Strategic Organizational Growth & Leadership

  • Participate in and contribute to internal discussions concerning program strategy, business development, and future MERL opportunities..
  • Develop opportunities for funding research priorities by meeting and developing relationships with outside agencies, funders, and partners in alignment with organizational growth strategy.
  • Independently plan and direct the development of contract proposals with significant technical complexity, potential development impact, contract value, or strategic importance, by communicating effectively with key GKI leadership and external stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Stay abreast of new developments and techniques in the field of MERL.
  • Enhance GKI’s reputation for innovative programs, quality systemic and adaptive research and evaluation through thought leadership activities, social media, writing and public speaking engagements with potential funders and key stakeholders.
  • Present research and impact findings to clients and at professional conferences


Applicants should be able to demonstrate how they meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 10 years of demonstrated experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) and developing MERL systems for large-scale development projects,
  • Experience directing innovative approaches to MERL to suit complex, systems change efforts,
  • Experiences with qualitative and quantitative analysis and research methods, including formative and impact and performance evaluations for projects in the developing world.
  • Proven experience in business development (e.g., demonstrated success in developing client relationships, writing proposals, and winning projects with federal agencies, commercial clients, private sector, and/or foundations)
  • Experience with estimating project and proposal costs and managing project budgets.
  • Proven experience recruiting, onboarding and directing staff, consultants and sub-partners
  • Demonstrated success in facilitating and advising clients with MERL to inform programmatic design and adaptations, course corrections, communication and advocacy.
  • Experience in facilitating participatory research, decision making and learning is highly desirable.
  • Experience in training and capacity building with staff, local partners and client staff is highly desirable.
  • Experience in proposal development and project management with federal government, USAID and/or other development contracts and grants is highly desirable.
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter to with the subject line “Director of Insights & Analysis”. Due to the high volume of applications we receive only shortlisted contacts will be contacted.

About the Organization

Are you ready to join a team committed to addressing some of the world’s most pressing development challenges? Are you eager to lead innovation and emergent practice in the social impact sector? Are you a self-starter that enjoys design, facilitation, experimentation, and learning? Do you believe in collaboration and lead with a high degree of optimism, humility and service-orientation? If yes, you will be a good fit for our team at the Global Knowledge Initiative.

Our mission at GKI is to empower people to lead transformational change within themselves, their organizations and collectively together, the systems around them to create the future we want to live. Named “one of the world’s top 100 social innovators for the next century” by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Global Knowledge Initiative is a purpose-driven organization that specializes in systems change through the development of leadership, facilitation of collaborative design, delivery of insights, analysis and advice, and the mobilization of collective action networks.

We work to solve complex challenges at the forefront of the global development conversation, with diverse clients in government, philanthropy, civil society, academia and industry. GKI’s current portfolio includes a diverse range of initiatives focused on food systems, health systems, political and economic systems and environmental systems at the global and local level.

What we Offer

Because of the nature of our work, GKI offers a dynamic workplace where no two projects, and no two days are the same. New hires will have the opportunity to contribute to organizational development across a diverse set of clients and projects and develop skills at the frontier of the global development sector. GKI believes in fostering a mission-driven, empowerment-based, collaborative team culture which supports professional growth, mutual-accountability and learning. GKI offers a competitive salary, paid leave, and health benefits.

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