The MEL Manager is responsible for overall contract management and technical leadership of the ART activity. Reporting to the Chief of Party, the MEL Manager coordinates and provides technical leadership to ensure the provision of demand-driven Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) services to USAID, stakeholders, and implementing organizations. The position requires expertise in monitoring and evaluation, research of humanitarian and foreign assistance programs, stakeholder engagement and capacity building.
Scope of Work
The MEL Manager works closely with the COP to adapt and utilize Pragma’s award-winning Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting methodologies to provide technical leadership and management in the delivery of a suite of profession support services to USAID for: designing and conducting evaluations; monitoring performance of activities; and applying learning and adaptive management; tailoring and implementing interventions to strengthen the MEL capacity of USAID, implementing origination staff, and local stakeholders. Specifically, the MEL Manger:
- Provides technical leadership in the development of support services, including: annual review of Performance Management Plans; adaptation/utilization of Pragma’s MEL Platform for data collection, analyzing and reporting activity level data from implementing organizations.
- Develops and oversees the Third Party Monitory Team and Management System to: gather verifiable primary data on a portfolio of projects; provide independent primary data on the location, progress, outputs, outcomes, quality, timeliness, challenges, and successes of programming; inform timely decision making with rigorous analysis and recommendation that support USAID’s thorough understanding of portfolio performance.
- Leads research and analysis initiatives, including the production of geographic analysis and data visualizations (maps, graphics/interactive media, other geospatial analytic products).
- Leads design and quality control of evaluations, as well as design and implement follow-on interventions responsive to evaluation findings and recommendations.
- Designs and implements capacity building initiatives on a range of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning topics to enhance the ability of USAID staff, Implementing Partners, and local organizations to carry out regular and systematic assessment of progress towards outcomes, inform program decision making, and ensure learning leads to program improvement.
- At least 4-8 years of professional experience in international development, the design, management, and implementation of MEL systems for complex development assistance platforms.
- Demonstrated professional experience supporting/leading the setup and the coordination of M&E activities for large, complex, multi-partner programs.
- Strong analytical skills and experience in program monitoring and evaluation, and in designing and/or conducting research studies using mixed, experimental and/or quasi-experimental methods. Strong skills and familiarity with quantitative and qualitative data analysis software (e.g. SPSS, Stata; NV Ivo, Atlas).
- Excellent technical and writing skills, with proven ability to produce reports, proposals, research protocols, technical briefs, abstracts, articles, and to present findings at national and regional levels and for publications.
- A graduate degree in the field of monitoring and evaluation, management, international development or a related technical field, or sufficient comparable experience designing and implementing large complex M&E initiatives in a multi-cultural environment and providing demand-driven support services to build capacity of clients to analyze challenges and implement practical, results-oriented solutions.
- Proficiency in Arabic preferred.
Interested candidates should send a detailed resume with cover letter to Recruitment@pragmacorp.com. Please include “MEL Manager - ACT” as the subject of the email.
About the Organization
Pragma brings a consummately impressive track record of innovative and flexible project management, effective cost control, documented high levels of key personnel retention, and an unwavering commitment to client responsiveness. We work with clients and partners to rapidly and efficiently mobilize technical and administrative staff to manage short-term and large-scale, complex task orders in conflict, post-conflict, and stable countries/markets. Over 40 years, we have implemented more than 600 donor-funded projects in 75+ countries around the world.
We employ a goal-focused adaptive management approach, based on Pragma’s award-winning management philosophy, which garnered the USAID Learning Lab 2016 CLA Case Competition Prize. Our integrated management system builds managerial/technical capacity and provides state-of-the-art technical and Knowledge Management tools addressing critical relevant humanitarian, economic, financial management policy, and institutional strengthening issues. Our approach empowers clients to make investments in organizations, agencies, and sectors where the prospects for sustaining results are greatest.