Director of MERL

Apply by 22 June 2018
Posted on 23 May 2018

Job Description

Location: Manila, Filipinas

Duration: 5 Years

Donor: USAID- Project: Improved Health for Underserved Filipinos.

Positon: MERL Director

RTI is accepting applications for the position of Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) for an upcoming USAID-funded project in the Philippines: Improved Health for Underserved Filipinos.

Working with a collaborative team of international and local partners, the Director of MERL will play a key role in monitoring and evaluating innovative approaches, leading as-needed operations research, and providing technical MERLA leadership to project staff and -as needed- external partners.

S/he will take the lead in developing and refining the project Theory of Change, Results Framework, MERLA plan, Learning Agenda and indicators to capture performance results, and in strengthening the evidence-based implementation. This position will be full time and based in Manila, Philippines.


- Lead the MERL components of the program

- Design and -as needed-continuously refine the project Theory of Change

- Develop the project Results Framework and monitoring, evaluation, and reporting systems that include appropriate indicators, baseline data, and targets

- Lead project evaluation as well as rapid evaluation of innovative activities and technologies

- Design needs-based operations research studies and protocols to generate evidence for which innovations work and which do not work, and why. Ensure methodological rigor of research undertaken

- Design and implement the project Learning Agenda

- Take the lead in putting together learning platforms and networks (internally within the project and externally with multiple stakeholders) for quick uptake of learning for programmatic adaptation - Oversee the development and submission of timely, accurate, and complete reporting requirements and deliverables

- Supervise MERL team consisting of M&E and operations research specialists, data analysts and ICT specialists


  • Master’s Degree in public health, education, social science, research methods or another relevant field is required.
  • Min 12 years of progressively responsible experience in MERL for public health/international development projects in Asia. Experience in the Philippines strongly preferred
  • Expertise in qualitative and quantitative analysis and research methods, with at least six years demonstrated experience in designing, monitoring, and evaluating projects.
  • Documented hands-on practical experience setting up and managing MERL systems for health projects in developing countries, including data quality assurance
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
  • Full professional proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Effective oral and written communication skills required. Proven ability to produce professional quality English-language documents such as MEL reports, progress reports, case studies, and research protocols
  • Strong skills using MS Excel Word, PowerPoint and Access required, and familiarity with at least one data analysis software program (SAS, STATA, SPSS, ATLAS.ti, etc.), data system or platform (such as DHIS2) and experience training others in its use is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical and management expertise and experience, and strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country government personnel, stakeholders, NGO partners, and international donor agencies
  • Previous experience working with USAID or US Government contracts

Other considerations:

You are a person who loves data and technology, and cares about high standards and the results. You are methodic and flexible. You look always to rapidly improve programs and data systems through creative and innovative approaches. Because we work as a team, you work well with others and are particularly excited about synthesizing and sharing learning and ensuring that learning leads to programmatic and policy adaptations through the creation of rapid feedback loops. You are known for your leadership and communications skills. You care about your job and mostly about the end result that your work and contribution can bring to the project.


About the Organization

RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis.

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