Blumont is a nonprofit humanitarian relief and development organization with nearly 20 years of experience in 40 countries. We were founded as IRD (International Relief & Development) in 1998 and implement both humanitarian and development programs in relief, stabilization, and resilience worldwide. We have a diverse client base comprised of over 30 partner organizations including: USAID, UNHCR, DFID, World Bank, UNDP, US DOS, USDA and the World Health Organization. Using advanced technology, tools and information resources, we implement highly effective programs in some of the most difficult environments in the world. Our mission is to deliver innovative, evidence based, locally driven solutions that advance the aspirations of people, communities and donor partners worldwide.
Syria Essential Services II is a $75m USAID funded stabilization program implementing in Northeast Syria. It provides Essential Services, Governance, Capacity Development and Livelihoods by providing grants, training and technical assistance to in-country governance structures, the private sector and civil society. Blumont is seeking a US citizen or Third Country National to serve as Director of Research, Analysis, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (RAMEL) on SES II.
Reporting directly to the Chief of Party, the Director of RAMEL manages the RAMEL component of SES II, comprising a team of staff in Amman and Syria. The Director is responsible for:
- Verification of grant milestones. The Director will supervise the system by which staff in Amman and in Syria ensure that the work done by grantees matches milestones specified in grant agreements. This work is done in close coordination with technical teams and the grants team.
- SES II performance monitoring and reporting. The Director will manage and ensure the quality of the entire system by which SES II and the donor monitor program performance. This includes activities such as:
- Monitoring performance indicators according to their PIRS statements, setting targets, and updating the Performance Management Plan
- Conducting data quality assurance for program data
- Producing quarterly summaries of performance against SES II’s logic models for reporting
- Performance forecasting based on work plans developed by senior management and technical teams
- Maintaining program systems and databases to collect, store, and manage all program data essential for reporting
- SES II activity assessment products and deliverables. The RAMEL Director will oversee production of high quality assessment products including ‘Before and After’ Reports, Community Services Assessment, Success Stories, Annual Assessments, and various spatial maps as agreed with the donor.
- Community engagement and community assessment processes. The RAMEL unit conducts community assessments and other participatory exercises to capture community baselines, service delivery levels and community needs. The Director will ensure that this work is done on time and to high quality.
- Research management. SES II conducts quarterly studies and ad hoc studies on various research topics within its scope of work. The Director is responsible for managing internal and external research and ensuring all work is done on time and to high quality.
- Work planning. The RAMEL unit coordinates the process of Quarterly Work Planning by all technical teams and ensures overall quality. The Director leads the process under the supervision of the Chief of Party, working closely with all technical teams.
- Periodic reporting. The RAMEL Director is responsible for ensuring delivery of Weekly reports, Quarterly Performance Reports and other reports as required by the SES II contract or agreed with the client.
- Team management. The RAMEL Director is responsible for managing the RAMEL team in Amman and in Syria. With the support of HR, the Director is responsible for ensuring that the team is fully staffed and for ensuring staff performance.
- Other duties, as required by the Chief of Party.
The successful candidate should have:
- A minimum of eight (8) years of work experience in research, analysis, Monitoring & Evaluation and related fields, including demonstrated experience in a managerial role
- Strong country experience in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; experience of conflict-affected countries is particularly valuable; experience of Syria is preferred.
- Track record of working on Monitoring & Evaluation for USAID-funded programs.
- Demonstrated experience of managing research programs and projects in the MENA region.
Additional experience -
The successful candidate should have a demonstrated experience of designing and/or managing M&E in at least one of the following sectors
- Governance and capacity development programming
- Livelihoods, economic growth and economic recovery
- Stabilization, peace-building or early recovery
Key competencies -
- Ability to manage and motivate a diverse, multi-cultural team
- Ability to adapt to a fluid, politically complex and insecure environment
- Masters’ degree in a relevant topic, e.g. Public Administration, Public Policy, International Development, International Relations, Conflict Studies, Security and Development, etc.
Note: Only qualified applicants will be contacted.
About the Organization
Blumont builds on 20 years of proven experience as International Relief & Development (IRD) to forge an enhanced development capability that provides clients with value for their money and delivers results on time, on scope and on budget. We have a diverse client base comprised of over 30 partner and donor organizations including: USAID, UNHCR, DFID, the World Bank, UNDP, US DOS, USDA, and the World Health Organization. Using advanced technology, tools and information resources, we implement highly effective programs in some of the most difficult environments in the world. We deliver innovative, evidence based, locally driven solutions that advance the aspirations of people, communities and donor partners worldwide. Our mission is to collaborate, innovate, and transform.