Equal Access International (EAI) seeks a technically focused Regional Monitoring Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Director to lead design and delivery of monitoring and evaluation inputs of our regional USAID-funded Voices for Peace (V4P) project. This senior position will lead the monitoring, research, and learning agenda for an anticipated 5-year USAID project, Resilience for Peace (R4P), aimed to strengthen Resilience and Learning to Countering Violent Extremism in Cote d’Ivoire Northern Border Areas.
The MERL Director should have at least 5 years of experience designing and overseeing MERL systems for governance, P/CVE, youth development, and resilience programs in West Africa.
M&E CAPACITY BUILDING AND REPORTING:
- Collaborates with program staff to obtain quantitative and qualitative data and also disseminate project impact and best practices within the organization and across the field of development
- Conducts periodic country technical assistance and audit trips to support and oversee the quality of data collection processes and data management systems
- Leads regional M&E trainings with country program and M&E staff/partners to enhance monitoring, learning and information sharing
- Provides technical support to EAI regional and country offices on log frame development, measurement plans, performance monitoring, and outcome harvesting
- Contributes to all reports by using innovative tools (especially social media) to share stories on the impact of the project
- Train and mentor colleagues to ensure they have a full understanding of the monitoring and Evaluation Plan and know how to follow proper M&E policies and procedures
- Guide, supervise, and otherwise ensure the collection, analysis, and use of baseline and other data on an on-going basis to inform programmatic decision making
- Supervise a team of M&E officers
QUALITY MONITORING PROCESS & SYSTEMS:
- Works in collaboration with the project leadership team to customize and implement the global M&E framework within the region, including data collection processes, tools and systems
- Oversees and supports the semi-annual outcomes and impact monitoring process
- Ensures timely and accurate reporting of outputs by coordinating, analyzing, updating and maintaining M&E databases
- Develops and operationalizes outcome harvesting tools, and/or other complexity awareness M&E tools
- Identifies innovations/improvements to enhance effectiveness of EAI’s M&E systems
PROGRAM LEARNING, PLANNING AND DESIGN:
- Oversees the identification and the ongoing review of the key strategic learning questions for Cote d’Ivoire and for the region
- Supports Country M&E Officer in integrating the learning questions into measurement plans
- Develops a regional strategy to ensure that the M&E findings are shared and discussed with other programs, and are informing programming decision-making (e.g. presenting on the key M&E findings at regional forums, facilitating discussions about the implications stemming from these findings, etc.)
- Provides additional technical support as needed throughout the region during project planning, including log frame development and review, identification of indicators and performance targets, and development of project-specific measurement approaches
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Minimum of 5 years of M&E work in designing and leading field-based program/project monitoring, evaluations, and / or research studies
- Experience using social media to highlight project impact
- Experience working with remote field offices and other countries in the region
- Experience in data collection, validation, and analysis
- Experience in conducting training and mentorship of colleagues, preferably related to M&E
- Demonstrated experience in development work preferably focused on violence reduction, violent extremism, conflict mitigation and governance issues
- Written and spoken French and English is required for this position. Strong written English to the level to write reports in English is required for this position
- Supervisory experience is strongly preferred
- Excellent computer skills, especially Excel
- SPSS or other statistical software is preferred
- Strong presentation skills: ability to visualize data in various formats and present to large groups
- Familiarity with complexity-aware M&E tools such as outcome harvesting, systems mapping, and most significant change
- Strong training abilities, including leading participatory design sessions with field staff
- Strong analysis skills for quantitative and qualitative data
- Strong knowledge of program design and implementation, including results-based management, use of log frames and key performance indicators
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with multiple/external stakeholders
- Detail oriented and analytical strong problem-solving skills
- Ability to work independently and make sound judgments to complete tasks
- Ability to work in teams and build capacity of project team and partners in the area of monitoring and evaluation
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- Willingness and ability to travel even at short notice
This position requires up to 50% travel to field offices. Occasional international travel is a possible as well.
EAI offers a competitive salary, benefits and the opportunity to join a growing, innovative international team.
EAI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all employees and applicants seeking employment.
About the Organization
Equal Access International (EAI) is an international not-for-profit organization (501(c)(3)) working in several countries in Africa and Asia. EAI creates customized communications strategies and outreach solutions that address some of the most critical challenges affecting people in the developing world in the areas of peacebuilding and transforming extremism; championing gender equality and women’s empowerment; and governance and civic participation. With funding from bi-laterals, multi-laterals, foundations, corporations and individual donors, EAI has a 17-year track record implementing media and social change projects and currently operates in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the Philippines.