Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 10 March 2020
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Job Description

Proposal Summary:

Venture37 seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager for an anticipated USAID Private Sector Development Activity in Sri Lanka. The activity will diversify Sri Lanka’s private sector and increase revenues, especially in target sectors including tourism. This will be done by 1) increasing small and medium sized enterprise competitiveness and 2) improving women’s labor force participation.

Position Summary:

The MEL Manager will develop and implement a monitoring, evaluation and learning system for the project. Specifically, the MEL Manager will create quantitative and qualitative data collection tools and processes documented in a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan, train staff and partners in MEL system implementation, coordinate all data collection efforts, ensure data quality, process and analyze the data for donor reporting, adaptive management, and learning purposes, and provide oversight support to external evaluators. The MEL Manager will also lead significant learning and outreach activities, such as planning collaboration and learning events, developing outreach materials, and ensuring program adaptation based on findings. This individual reports to the Chief of Party with technical support from the headquarters Global MEL staff. The position will be based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of the MEL system and update as necessary throughout the life of the project;
  • Implement appropriate mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and tracking of program activities and results;
  • Train all project staff and key partners in their role in project monitoring and evaluation;
  • Manage a tablet-based data collection platform, including training staff and ensuring timely data entry and cleaning;
  • Select and manage appropriate consultants for evaluations and research, as required, including developing scopes of work, reviewing survey design, conducting quality control of the work, and reviewing final reports;
  • Regularly review data collection processes, including regular field visits and data quality assessments, and adjust processes as needed;
  • Organize regular collaboration, learning and adaptation events both internally and externally;
  • Provide regular updates on project progress against key metrics to the Chief of Party for inclusion in donor reports, work planning and learning events; and
  • Demonstrate the highest degree of integrity throughout all activities, and raise any concerns with implementation quality immediately with the Chief of Party.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in economics, statistics, or related field.
  • A minimum of five years of experience designing and implementing MEL systems for USAID Private Sector Development - funded development projects.
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and evaluation skills.
  • Computer literacy and competency in use of Microsoft Office software.
  • Proficiency in statistical software (e.g. Stata, SPSS).
  • Experience with electronic data capture and analysis platforms.
  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical and innovative problem-solving ability.
  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor tasks.
  • Ability to independently and proactively work as a team member with minimum day-to-day oversight.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in economics, statistics or other relevant area.
  • Experience with electronic data capture and analysis platforms.
  • Experience utilizing data for creative communications.
  • Experience with private sector development and market systems projects.
  • Experience implementing USAID-funded projects.

The position described above is contingent upon activity award.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.

Land O’Lakes never requests money or payment from candidates for any position type. Please report any such requests to Land O’Lakes at

About the Organization

Land O'Lakes Venture37 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit helping communities around the world build economies by strengthening agriculture from farm-to-fork, helping businesses grow, and linking farmers to markets. Since our start in 1981, we have been leveraging nearly 100 years of expertise in dairy, animal nutrition, crop inputs and agricultural insights from our close affiliate, Land O’Lakes, Inc., a farmer-owned agribusiness committed to fulfilling its purpose of feeding human progress.

Our team is made up of nearly 350 employees who are committed to market-led approaches, and passionate about collaborating locally to create lasting inclusive economic growth. By unlocking the potential of agriculture for the last 36 years, the lives of more than 3 million people have been transformed through nearly 300 programs in more than 80 countries.

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