Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director - STF Nepal Sajhedari

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 22 July 2020
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Job Description

Job Summary

Abt Associates seeks a dynamic MEL Director for the USAID- funded Nepal Sajhedari STF project which aims to support the Government of Nepal in the transition from a unitary state to a federation of provinces, through the following objectives:

  • Objective 1: The GoN creates sound policies and legislation that empower, finance and regulate provincial and municipal governments;
  • Objective 2: Provincial and municipal governments are more responsive, accountable, transparent and effective; and
  • Objective 3: Citizens and civil society organizations in the target municipalities are more involved in local decision-making and oversight.

The position is based in Kathmandu with frequent travel to the provinces. Nepali applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead the design, development, and implementation of the project MEL Plan, indicators, and learning agenda, including developing relevant indicators
  • Manage a rigorous approach to M&E to measure performance toward specific goals and objectives, including quantitative, qualitative, and participatory methodologies
  • Design data collection tools, schedules, analysis methods, and applied learning approaches for stakeholder training
  • Develop mechanisms to establish feedback loops between activity implementation, data collection, and communications and learning
  • Oversee and lead qualitative and quantitative data collection processes and strategies
  • Contribute to quarterly strategy reviews as well as drafting core components of program progress reports to USAID
  • Drive the project’s overall learning agenda to derive lessons learned and best practices from project activities, and contribute to quarterly program evaluations
  • Design and maintain integrity of project’s MEL database
  • Actively coordinate and support technical staff to plan, track, and evaluate project activities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in statistics, social science, development economics or a related field
  • At least eight years of experience in data management and analysis for M&E, learning and adaptive management
  • Skills in qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, data collection and analysis, and establishing MEL systems. Demonstrated ability to lead baseline data collection and analyses
  • Knowledge of and experience with M&E frameworks, and reporting systems
  • Experience with USAID programming highly preferred; experience with governance programs and governance indicators preferred
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and other MS Office software; data analysis software, e.g. SPSS or Stata
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff
  • Verbal and written fluency in the English language along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Nepal experience preferred; Fluency in Nepali preferred

Minimum Qualifications

  • (8+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development.

Specific areas we work in include:

  • Health
  • Education and workforce development
  • Climate change and the environment
  • Food security and agriculture
  • Housing and communities
  • Survey and data collection

Abt is a mission-driven company with a staff of 2,600. Our focus is on using evidence and cutting-edge methods to improve the lives and economic well-being of people worldwide.

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