Results and Measurement Advisor

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 6 September 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 27 June 2018

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 with Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department Overview
Pact exists to help create a world where people can exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Powered by Pact team contributes to this by:
  • Leading on data analytics and promoting learning from Pact’s results
  • Ensuring quality programming through technical support and monitoring
Contributing to innovative program design, monitoring and evaluation

Position Purpose
The R&M Advisor provides monitoring, evaluation, research and learning support to Pact countries worldwide. S/he contributes to new business development, assists with program start-up, and leads on quality assessment monitoring, research, and evaluation design. The R&M Advisor coordinates closely with Pact’s technical teams to supports improved quality for Pact programs and using data to tell the story of our impact.

Key Responsibilities

Results and Measurement Institutional Support (50%)
  • Manage Results and Management Team core processes, including: Lead Pact’s Global Indicators process - target setting, data collection and cleaning, and report preparation and dissemination
  • Lead Pact’s Results and Measurement Quality Standards process—data collection, analysis, visualization and use.
  • Support the implementation of a centralized database to manage, analyze and report on Pact’s overall results and effectiveness
  • Contribute to Pact’s Transformation and data analytics as a core institutional proficiency
  • Participate in academic and professional conferences to publicize Pact’s MERL tools and results
  • Create or update core R&M documents (evaluation policy, quality standards, capacity statement, core modules), and contribute to MERL discussions and sharing via the R&M Community of Practice
  • Participate in working group to create design methodology for the organization
Ensuring quality programming through technical MERL support (25%)
  • Provide start-up support to new projects, specifically to support the development of M&E plans, hiring of staff, and preparations for baseline assessments.
  • Provide in-country training and mentoring support to Pact offices on their M&E plans, outcome measures, data management strategy, data quality audits, and use of data for decision making.
  • Assist country offices in the design of evaluations including developing terms of reference, designing tools, providing sampling guidance, data analysis guidance, and assistance on how to manage and prepare for evaluations, and review of reports.
  • Conduct technical training in measurement to improve the capacity of MERL staff at the country office level to design, analyze, aggregate and use data for decision-making.

Contributing to innovative monitoring, evaluation, research and learning design (25%)
  • Provide technical support on proposals into the design of logical frameworks, theories of change, measurement and metrics, and draft MEL plans
Basic Requirements
  • Master’s Degree in social sciences, public health, international development, or related field
  • At least four years of experience working with international development programs and MERL systems, with one to two years in a low-resource setting
  • Strong working knowledge of MERL principles, including qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, tracking outcome indicators, and design of program evaluations using mixed methods
  • Experience using Excel for data entry, management, cleaning, data manipulation, and analysis
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and leading teams to produce deliverables on time
  • Ability to work independently and to perform and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with Pact staff, donor organizations, and peer organizations
  • Experience doing M&E for USAID, DFID, and other bilateral donors and/or foundations
  • Ability to travel up to 25% annually
Preferred Qualifications
  • Research and evaluation experience in integrated international development
  • Experience in a variety of technical development sectors, with an emphasis on livelihoods and economic development programming
  • Strong facilitation, teaching and coaching skills related to MERL
  • Fluency in French or other relevant languages
  • Experience with quantitative (SPSS, STATA) and qualitative analysis software, GIS systems, and/or data visualization software (NVivo, ArcGIS, Power BI, Tableau, etc.)
  • Familiarity with cloud-based data management systems
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.

About the Organization

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.

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