Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager

  • Posted on 6 July 2020

Job Description

The MEL Manager will lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive monitoring, evaluation and learning system for a five-year USAID-funded rule of law program in Kazakhstan; assess program impacts and successes of activities and performance at all levels. They will conduct impact assessments, baseline studies, surveys and needs assessments to identify necessary changes and future program opportunities. The anticipated start date of the position will be on or around October 1.

Primary Responsibilities:

· Review and monitor program theory of change and logical/results frameworks used to ensure that identified outcomes and outputs as well as strategies for the program remain relevant;

· Manage data collection, analysis and reporting on performance indicators by program team members and program counterparts;

· Develop written and visual representations of program outputs, outcomes, and impacts for external audiences;

· Develop the program’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Plan, setting out specific quantifiable performance indicators and targets for overall activities, and establishing monitoring systems to measure program progress;

· Lead a Learning plan that draws on Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) practices and informs program activities

· Analyze, collate and consolidate outcome and outputs assessments into quarterly and annual technical reports and workplans, and provide recommendations for revised approaches where necessary;

· Design, develop, and lead monitoring and evaluation trainings for staff;

Required Skills & Qualifications:

· At least 5-7 years of experience designing, managing and implementing results-based M&E activities;

· Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, economics, international development, evaluation research, statistics, or a related field;

· Experience with strategic planning, and/or performance management, including experience implementing international development programs in rule of law, good governance,

· Experience analyzing quantitative and qualitative data;

· Experience with both a complexity aware approach and CLA practices as outlined by USAID

· Knowledge of reporting procedures, best practices, guidelines and tools for monitoring and evaluation, especially impact evaluation at an international development organization;

· Knowledge of USG and/or other donor contracts, cooperative agreements, and grant regulations;

· Proven ability to deliver a quality written product and visual presentations; experience and competency with data analysis and producing quality descriptive data visualizations;

· Fluent in English and Russian; Kazakh is a plus

About the Organization

The Rule of Law Initiative is a public service project of the American Bar Association dedicated to promoting legal reform efforts in over 40 countries around the world. The Rule of Law Initiative believes that rule of law promotion is the most effective long-term antidote to the most pressing problems facing the world community today, including poverty, economic stagnation, and crippling levels of corruption. The Rule of Law Initiative concentrates its technical legal assistance efforts in the following substantive areas: 1) Anti-corruption & public integrity; 2) Criminal law & combating trafficking in persons; 3) Gender issues; 4) Human rights & conflict mitigation; 5) Judicial reform; 6) Legal education reform; and 7) Legal profession reform. The Rule of Law Initiative enlists talented individuals who possess the skills and commitment necessary to effectively promote the rule of law in our host countries. We regularly seek experienced attorneys, judges, and law professors interested in lending their expertise to our programs for both long- and short-term pro bono assignments overseas. For more information please visit our website at

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