The USAID Community Strengthening Project (CSP) designs and implements interventions to assist communities in areas affected by or prone to conflict to improve access to essential services, recover from conflict, improve their resilience to future shocks, and empower them to more fully participate in Myanmar’s democratic transition and national reconciliation processes. CSP works toward this through four interrelated objectives:
- Improve understanding of conflict dynamics, early recovery strategies, and approaches to working in communities affected by conflict;
- Strengthen community participation and local ownership in the provision of essential services, community development initiatives, and peace and reconciliation efforts;
- Reduce community vulnerabilities, enhance resilience to protracted crises and future shocks, support early recovery, and promote durable solutions for communities affected by conflict and displacement;
- Enhance trust and reconciliation between communities and between communities and local governance actors.
The MEL Manager is responsible for managing performance, evaluation and learning throughout the activity, to include:
- Manage a Research Analyst, Data Collection Specialist and M&E Officer, while providing technical assistance and training to field-based M&E staff.
- Develop and update the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Plan to measure activity results and outcomes in aggregate for similar interventions or approaches.
- Support the design and delivery of CSP research products including monthly contextual reports, in-depth analytical reports, and ad-hoc reports, by working with the Research into Action into Understanding (RAU) Director to strengthen methodologies, oversee research and data collection from a variety of sources, support research partners as appropriate, and quality assure information.
- Aggregate and categorize activity-level lessons learned on a quarterly basis for presentation to USAID and programming teams during portfolio review meetings.
- Establish feedback mechanisms, including the piloting of ICT solutions such as VoIP-based, remote surveys to gather feedback from stakeholders in difficult-to-access locations.
- Conducting and producing periodic intermediate-outcome evaluations, approximately bi-annually, according to USAID and SMT priorities.
- Supporting capacity building of CSP grantees to strengthen their internal MEL frameworks and harmonize metrics across the portfolio.
- Developing a range of outreach products for USAID, including monthly success stories and other products as may be required.
- Occasional travel within Myanmar, particularly to field offices.
- Other duties as assigned by the RAU Director or Chief of Party that are consistent with the overall focus of the position.
- A./B.S. in a relevant field such as international relations, political science, business, data science, journalism, public administration, law, or peace/conflict studies.
- At least five years of relevant, senior-level work experience, which may be short-term or long- term in nature, managing and/or supervising monitoring and evaluation systems and processes for donor-funded programs.
- Proven analytical skills and demonstrated familiarity with a range of monitoring and evaluation tools and learning approaches, with demonstrated understanding of complexity-aware monitoring approaches preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to design and manage monitoring and evaluation systems in dynamic operating environments.
- Fluency in written and oral English required
Base of Operations
This position will report to the RAU Director
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