Save the Children is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Advisor for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded RISE II Health Services Delivery Activity program in the Centre-Nord region of Burkino Faso and the Maradi and Zinder regions of Niger. This transformational program focuses on achieving improved health, family planning and nutrition outcomes for women of reproductive age and children under five years old. Monitoring, evaluation and learning is a critical component of the project and will contribute vital information on development results, strategies and approaches to enhance individual, household, community, and institutional resilience in a dynamic environment. This position will be based in either Ougadougou, Burkino Faso or Niamey, Niger with frequent travel between countries (up to 50%).
The MEL Advisor develops, implements, and continuously improves Monitoring and Evaluation systems for all project activities. S/he incorporates best practices to ensure information collected is accurate, timely and disseminated appropriately in high quality reports. The MEL Advisor will use these findings to improve the program and achieve the objectives. She/he will also be actively involved in promoting learning through documentation of lessons learned and developing approaches for community analysis and using data for making decision.
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
- Provide leadership, training and mentoring to develop M&E Plans, M&E tools, survey design, methodology, and data analysis to assess program impact.
- Develop system for capturing and documenting data and relevant information on project activities, beneficiaries, outputs, outcomes, and impact. The system should use USAID’s Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) principles to integrate real time monitoring and learning back into the project strategy and program implementation and ensure knowledge sharing with the broader RISE community.
- Design methodology and coordinate research activities for project operations and assessments.
- Develop a preliminary learning agenda that identifies a limited number of questions related to the activity theory of change.
- Effectively rollout M&E collection and reporting systems to all staff and partners through training, site visits, manuals, and other technical support as needed.
- Capture appropriate cost and financial information to track money indicators, including benchmarking information to analyze program effectiveness and cost effective inputs.
- Ensure programming alignment to targets and indicators contained in project proposal, and use the information from the M&E systems and tools to improve the program effectiveness.
- Support all project reviews and evaluation activities, including coordinating mid-term and final evaluations, and supporting donor and external reviews.
- Provide on-going support to maintain M&E systems; identify skill gaps and build capacity among project team.
- Prepare high quality, accurate and timely reports for Save the Children, project partners and donors as required.
- Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Mathematics or related field is required;
- Advanced training in quantitative methodologies, including database management; experience in qualitative research techniques a plus;
- Minimum five years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation related to health delivery systems.
- Strong analytical skills and an understanding of monitoring, evaluation and assessment tools to promote evidence-based learning;
- Familiarity with USAID’s Collaboration, Learning & Adapting principles (ADS 220.127.116.11).
- Ability to analyze complex data and summarize it for a range of audiences.
- Ability to gain support from staff across teams and to build the capacity of others.
- Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively and innovate and to set priorities, manageable work plans and evaluate progress.
- Ability to travel up to 50%.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French.
- Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of Burkino Faso and Niger is preferred.
Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
About the Organization
Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.
Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. As a humanitarian agency, Save the Children is obliged to create and maintain an environment that aims to prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of children and promote the implementation of its child safeguarding policy. All representatives of Save the Children – employees, volunteers, interns, consultants, Board members and others who work with children on Save the Children’s behalf – are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.
Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.