Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Indigenous Peoples and Afro-Colombian Activity

  • Posted on 15 March 2021

Job Description

Position Summary
PADF seeks a Colombia-based Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) for an anticipated U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program, Indigenous Peoples and Afro-Colombian (IPAC) Activity.

The $50 million, 5-year program is anticipated to contribute to target populations’ “self-determined development by strengthening organizations’ capacity, increasing communities’ access to socio-economic opportunities and participation in peace implementation, and increasing society’s respect for ethnic heritage and cultural diversity.”

The MEL Director will be a public face of PADF, operational affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS), and lead the implementation of MEL activities, knowledge management (KM), and collaboration, learning, adaptation practices (CLA). Fluency in written and spoken Spanish required. Position is contingent on funding.


· Supervise MEL, KM, and CLA integration across the program, leading development of the MEL plan and relevant capacities across of a team of experts, advisors, partners, and staff

· Design, develop and deploy tools, protocols and procedures for data collection and performance monitoring, as well as baseline, midline, and endline surveys, as needed

· Develop systems to establish, document, and monitor benchmarks, performance goals and indicators across program activities

· Support grantees in designing program log frames, indicators, and data collection methods, monitoring field-level grantee activities and training grantees in monitoring and evaluation (M&E)

· Coordinate MEL activities according to the approved plan and in consultation with USAID and key stakeholders, including data quality assessments and mid-term and final evaluations

· Oversee an iterative cycle of CLA practices, including multiple feedback loops, modules, pause and reflect sessions, and collaborative learning

· Lead high-quality report preparation, capturing results of key activities and indicators to ensure that information is complete and verified for timely submission to the donor


· Eight (8) years of experience in the implementation of MEL systems for programs financed by the United States Government

· Four (4) years of experience in the development or implementation of MEL plans, preferably with consideration for CLA practices

· Experience developing and managing MEL plans and data collection systems from program startup to closeout

· Experience managing performance indicator tracking tables, writing reports, and documenting lessons learned

· Experience deploying MEL tools and providing training and technical assistance to program staff and local organizations

· Skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, experience with data analysis program, such as SPSS or SAS, preferred

· Experience integrating cross-cutting considerations, such as gender and marginalized groups, into MEL systems preferred

· Fluency in spoken and written Spanish, English proficiency preferred

· Degree in a relevant field, higher-level preferred

More About PADF

PADF is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962.

PADF’s core values. “H-E-A-R-T” = Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork.

PADF is strong because we are diverse. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. PADF does not discriminate based on ability, age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or criminal record. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of cultures, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, and perspectives on the world.

PADF is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Organization

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) believes in creating a hemisphere of opportunity, for all. We work across Latin America and the Caribbean to make our region stronger—more healthy, peaceful, just, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable for current and future generations. For nearly 60 years, we have served the most vulnerable communities, investing resources throughout the hemisphere. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region.

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