Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Director – Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity

  • Senior-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 3 March 2020
  • Burkina Faso | Niger
  • Closing on 2 April 2020
  • Proposal

Job Description

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Director – Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity

Longtime partner INGOs Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) have founded Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is seeking candidates for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Director (MEL Director) for the upcoming USAID-funded opportunity, “Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity”. The Bridge Youth Activity will be a five-year cooperative agreement, with a budget between $25-$50 million. The Activity objectives include: 1) equipping youth in Niger and Burkina Faso with market-relevant skills to prepare them for sustainable livelihoods; 2) linking them to jobs, market information networks, and business coaching; 3) empowering them and their cooperatives to access and manage financial resources; and 4) engaging them and their youth groups in order to interact more effectively with local governance and community structures in order to support their own development needs.

The Bridge Youth Activity MEL Director will lead and/or facilitate the design and implementation of all monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities; the establishment of program indicators, baselines, and targets; the design of data gathering methodologies, technologies, and analysis protocols; and the dissemination and reporting out of program progress, results, and impacts.

The MEL Director position will be based in Niamey, Niger or Ouagadougou, Niger. Actual hiring is contingent upon successful agreement award and USAID approval.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the design and implementation of all monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities, including the development of performance monitoring plan and information systems to track delivery against targets, outcomes, and impacts
  • Liaise with project, regional, and HQ technical support staff (gender, youth, resilience, markets, etc.) to ensure MEL and CLA systems capture relevant and appropriately disaggregated data
  • Oversee a team of monitoring, evaluation, and research staff and ensure clear roles, responsibilities, and lines of communication are maintained among team members; support project technical staff in MEL functions
  • Supervise all MEL activities under the project, including reviewing survey instruments, data collection tools, data management, reflection sessions, analysis and interpretation, and preparation of reports
  • Facilitate the development of appropriate project indicators; oversee establishment of baselines; contribute to setting of targets; facilitate development of appropriate measurement methodologies
  • Oversee analysis of collected data for assessment of progress and to identify areas for improvement; conduct routine data quality assurance checks to maintain adequate quality control in all aspects of MEL, from data collection to results reporting
  • Liaise with project leadership (Chief of Party/Technical Director) to ensure decisions about project management are informed by evidence, either from the project or from relevant secondary literature; champion the project’s data to ensure it is fed into decision-making
  • Oversee the dissemination of information on successful and promising approaches, lessons learned, and other program results to a wide range of relevant local, national, and provincial-level stakeholders; deliver presentations at professional meetings and conferences
  • Lead and/or contribute to development of project reporting, including quarterly, biannual, and annual tabular and narrative reports; develop technically sound findings, recommendations, and lessons learned reports and findings
  • Oversee all CLA or research activities; support research staff/consultants to develop research strategies, collect or access relevant data, conduct analysis and sense-making activities, develop reports, and integrate lessons into revised workplans or other appropriate applications
  • Review implementing partner progress reports in collaboration with program managers and provide feedback to partners based on their performance
  • Provide high-level MEL support and build capacity of staff, implementing partners, government counterparts, and other stakeholders in program monitoring and evaluation, data collection and management, and research and learning methods; design and implement mechanisms for continuous learning, collaboration, and adaptation


  • Master’s degree (or international equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics, agronomy, anthropology, demography, sociology, public administration, international relations, or other relevant field; PhD highly desirable
  • Minimum of eight years of experience designing, developing, and implementing monitoring, evaluation, and learning programs and systems for complex donor-funded international development projects in developing countries, especially in francophone West Africa
  • Demonstrated experience and familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, surveys, sampling methods, data gathering and management, qualitative and quantitative data analysis methodologies, and establishment of MEL systems that track performance for key objectives in developing country contexts
  • Demonstrated analytical skills in identifying and evaluating best practices and state-of-the-art MEL approaches
  • Demonstrated experience with mobile data collection software (CommCare, ODK, Kobo, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience collecting and analyzing sex- and age-disaggregated data
  • Ability to build MEL capabilities among team members through training, mentoring, coaching, and advocacy
  • Ability to provide technical MEL leadership by communicating and coordinating effectively with donors, government ministries, project partners, and other stakeholders in a decentralized setting; experience providing field-based technical MEL assistance in low resource settings
  • Experience working with statistical databases (Stata, SAS, SPSS, etc.) and data visualization software (Tableau, Power BI); strong skills using MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; experience with geo-located data a plus (ArcGIS, satellite imagery, etc.)
  • Knowledge of USG system indicators, results, and reporting regulations
  • Experience working in countries experiencing levels of violent extremism
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work effectively as a member of a team; experience in matrixed technical teams preferred
  • Strong organizational, writing, and oral presentation skills for summarizing information, reporting, and presenting on progress, outcomes, and impacts
  • Fluency in French; minimum of advanced working proficiency in English

About the Organization

Corus International heads a family of faith-based organizations committed to ending poverty and building healthy communities in the world’s most challenging places. Longtime partner INGOs, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) founded Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance. We draw on the over 75 years of experience of our non-profit and for-profit subsidiary organizations –LWR, IMA, Charlie Goldsmith Associates (CGA), Ground Up Investing, IMA Innovations, and LWR Farmers Market. Together, we take a systems approach to grow rural economies, eliminate extreme poverty, ensure access to quality healthcare, and respond to urgent humanitarian needs in fragile settings.

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