Research/M&E Director – Jordan Enterprise Support Activity

  • Posted on 19 March 2019
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Closing on 18 April 2019

Job Description

FHI 360 is currently recruiting for the position of Research and Monitoring and Evaluation (Research/M&E) Director for an anticipated USAID/Jordan Enterprise Support Activity (JESA). The purpose of JESA is to support private sector-led economic growth for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through fostering an enabling environment, strengthening value chains, supporting access to finance and increasing firm productivity.

Job Summary:

The Research/M&E Director is responsible for overseeing all project research and M&E activities, including design and implementation in close collaboration with other project teams. The Research/M&E Director will work collaboratively with other team members to build understanding of tools, and ensure data is correctly collected, analyzed, disseminated, and used by relevant stakeholders. S/he is responsible for the design of surveys and analytical products, as well as for analyzing data against key indicators, including identifying key project learnings and informing necessary adaptations to achieve project goals and preparing all reports required by USAID and for project internal purposes. S/he is responsible for developing tools and building the capacity of subawardees and other project beneficiaries who will utilize data and report to the project for M&E purposes. The Research/M&E Director will also lead the project’s Knowledge Management functions. S/he will be a senior member of the project management team and be responsible, along with the Chief of Party, for overall technical quality of the project. The Research/M&E Director will supervise the M&E team.

The position will be resident-based in Amman, Jordan. Employment is contingent upon successful award of the JESA project to FHI 360, as well as USAID approval of the finalist.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead, manage, and coordinate implementation of M&E systems and reporting requirements for the project, including progress against key indicators from the project AMEP
  • Design, develop, and oversee implementation of M&E tools and systems to collect, analyse, and aggregate data that measure project impact and results against key AMEP indicators
  • Lead data collection design, analysis, and use of data to promote evidence-based programming, provide timely feedback in relation to project targets, work plan activities and objectives, and address gaps in programming
  • Develop high quality quantitative and qualitative methods and participatory methodologies to monitor program quality for performance and results
  • Maintain understanding of overall M&E function and monitor the work in data analysis from other tools
  • Revise, redesign, and monitor effectiveness of Data Collection tools, including spreadsheet templates as well as reporting frameworks in the project’s Knowledge Management System (KMS)
  • Develop protocols on Data Collection and work with M&E team to train staff and ensure accurate understanding of how to use Data Collection tools and assign and monitor responsibility for data collection and data entry
  • Coordinate with all project teams, including technical and grants staff, to ensure sufficient understanding of Data Collection requirements, and ensure data is collected in a timely manner to meet USAID reporting deadlines
  • Analyze data collected through spreadsheet and KMS tools, prepare and ensure accuracy of all USAID reporting requirements
  • Communicate with relevant USAID and other donor projects on M&E actions and training activities, and support integration of the project’s M&E with the Mission’s DevResults system
  • Contribute to training materials and conduct workshops for subawardees on their M&E requirements against primary project indicators, and develop templates and reporting schedules/protocols for grantees
  • Support subawardees, where applicable, in developing M&E data collection and analysis plans required both for project reporting purposes and measuring overall effectiveness of activities supported by the project
  • Design and maintain project KMS, including developing reporting functions that align to project indicators, and developing Data Collection Protocols for staff
  • Monitor KMS data entry and analysis to ensure KMS is meeting project needs
  • Work with senior management and M&E team to revise and adapt programming based on survey findings, analysis of progress against key indicators, and other feedback mechanisms


  • Bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent (Master’s degree preferred) in social science, international development, or a related field
  • Must have at least five years of experience in managing data intensive programs and designing M&E activities for donor-funded programs, including hands-on practical experience setting up and managing M&E systems
  • Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Demonstrated familiarity with and understanding of development and monitoring of both output and outcome indicators
  • Strong diagnostic, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills
  • Computer proficiency in word processing, databases, spreadsheets
  • Must be a strong self-starter
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills; demonstrates initiative and good judgment

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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About the Organization

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

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