Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 January 2019
  • Central Asia
  • Closing on 15 February 2019
  • Proposal

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Pact is recruiting a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director for an upcoming USAID-funded Regional Civil Society Project in Central Asia. The project will aim to strengthen civil society organizations across Central Asia, with a focus on Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, to better represent the interests of citizens and act both as an effective partner and, when necessary, hold the government accountable for being responsive to citizens’ needs and interests. Additional activities may include regional networking with Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan. The MEL Director is responsible providing overall leadership and oversight for project MEL. S/he will manage the project’s Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, develop relevant MEL tools, and provide technical training and guidance to the project team and partners on relevant MEL tools and processes. S/he will lead the monitoring of data collection, collation, storage, analysis, and reporting ensuring that data is audit worthy and incorporated into program reports for submission to USAID. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and execution of the final project Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.
  • Lead the development of relevant MEL tools and platforms, and provide MEL specific technical training, mentoring, and coaching to the project team and partners.
  • Develop strong MEL data collection and analysis systems to ensure that program interventions are effective.
  • Lead and maintain a knowledge management system for the project, across all project components and partners.
  • Contribute to program reports for submission to USAID.
  • Support program staff and senior management to use data to make informed and timely decisions related to program implementation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s in a relevant field, such as statistics.
  • At least 5 years of experience managing data-intensive programs in designing, monitoring, evaluation, and learning methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and train others in MEL methodologies.
  • Significant experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods, including tracking outcome indicators.
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing, interpreting, and reporting on MEL results so that lessons can be learned and incorporated into programming
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee multiple complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Fluency in English and Russian.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working on other US Government-funded projects.
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Prior experience working on programs in civil society strengthening or good governance.



Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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