Creative seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer for an upcoming USAID-funded grants project in Sudan. The MEL Officer oversees all aspects of MEL efforts for the program and manages a team of MEL-focused staff members. In support of activity implementation, action-based research, and program learning, the MEL Officer will oversee the incorporation of MEL throughout the Activity Cycle, manage program-level evaluation, and refine the program’s approach to MEL and/or MEL systems as appropriate in consultation with the senior management team.
The MEL Officer is responsible for:
- Managing and overseeing overall monitoring, evaluation, and learning for the program;
- Leading and managing program-level evaluation of higher-level outcomes and theories of change;
- Supervising other MEL staff;
- Initiating and overseeing research and data collection, including by external M&E and learning resources;
- Contributing to and supporting processes for incorporating learning into the program’s strategic design;
- Supporting and advising colleagues on activity-level monitoring and evaluation efforts, ensuring quality and consistency across offices;
- Helping identify, analyze, and synthesize lessons learned from program implementation and facilitate the incorporation of those lessons into the activity development cycle;
- Contributing to the design, implementation and ongoing revision of a MEL system that adheres to USAID guidance and meets the needs of the program for learning, analysis, and reporting;
- Offering technical assistance in the development, selection, and application of MEL processes and tools;
- Overseeing and advising colleagues on information management processes by reviewing data collection efforts, overall data reliability, consistency, and quality;
- Providing input and advice on procurement of external MEL services if needed;
- Training other staff, and local partners where required, on key MEL concepts, tools, and processes; and
- Undertaking, as security conditions allow, periodic visits to project locations to collect data and/or oversee data collection efforts.
- A minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience with a bachelor’s degree or seven (7) years of relevant work experience without a degree. Relevant experience includes experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning; social science research; political analysis; or a related field;
- Demonstrated experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
- Strong analytical skills and writing abilities;
- Experience working in a diverse and fast-paced environment;
- Experience working with donor-funded projects;
- Supervisory experience; and
- Fluency in written and oral Arabic and proficiency in written and oral English.
Highly Desired Qualifications:
The following are highly desired but not required:
- Demonstrated experience with interviews, surveys and focus groups;
- University degree in a relevant field;
- Experience working in Sudan;
- Proficiency with software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and/or Access; familiarity with statistical software; and
- Proficiency in local Sudanese languages.
Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
Position contingent upon donor funding.
This is an unaccompanied post.
About the Organization
Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.