MONITORING AND EVALUATION LEARNING (MEL) DIRECTOR, Madagascar

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Antananarivo, Madagascar
Apply by 24 May 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 25 April 2018

Job Description

Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director

Department: Program Quality RANO WASH

Reports To: Head of Programming

Country/Location: Antananarivo / Madagascar

RANO WASH Background:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS), in partnership with CARE, WaterAid and local partners Bushproof and Sandandrano, are in consortium for the program “Rural Access to New Opportunities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene” (RANO WASH). Through RANO WASH, we aim to increase equitable and sustainable access to WASH services to maximize the impact on health and nutrition of target communities and preserve the environment in 250 rural communities in six regions of Madagascar.

Our project has three strategic objectives:
(1) strengthen governance and WASH systems and WASH management capacity;
(2) increase quality of WASH products and services; and
(3) increase the demand for WASH behaviors and services.

Job Summary:
This position will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing monitoring, evaluation and operations research activities in collaboration with the RANO WASH coordination unit and project stakeholders.

You will manage and provide technical oversight of the development and implementation of RANO WASH Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, ensuring effective systems and processes are in place that support high-quality programming advancing Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. Your management skills and knowledge will ensure that RANO WASH delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of RANO WASH programming.

You will oversee, manage MEL implementation and ensure quality management practices of MEL activities with leading the development of appropriate ICT4D tools to improve beneficiaries’ accountability and project monitoring and evaluation system.

When required, consultants will be engaged to ensure independent verification of project data, and project impacts. Monitoring and evaluation data will be shared with government partners, both in the field and at the central level.

Education and Experience
1 Master’s Degree in International Development, International Public Health, Monitoring and Evaluation or related field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
2 Minimum of five years of experience and directly relevant professional experience; including a management role in at least one baseline and final evaluation event; use of ICT4D for MEL preferred and sectorial experience in WASH are preferred.
3 Experience in managing moderately complex projects preferably with an international NGO.
4 Relevant experience in project grants management, including project design, preferably for grants funded by USAID.

* Thorough familiarity with principles and current approaches to MEL using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
* Demonstrated MEL field experience; skilled in collecting, manipulating, synthesizing and analyzing data.
* Understanding of donor expectations, especially USAID and trends for MEL.

1 Experience engaging with partner organizations
2 MEAL skills and experience required.
3 Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
4 Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems, PowerPoint, SPSS, Access or statistical software package
5 Experience with management information systems.
6 Willingness and ability to travel approximately 40% of time

Required/Desired Foreign Language
* Fluency in English and French; Native English strongly preferred

Travel Required (40%)

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

* Trusting Relationships
* Professional Growth
* Partnership
* Accountability

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

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