• MERL Manager

    Job Locations US-DC
    Posted Date 1 month ago(8/20/2019 12:17 PM)
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  • PACT Overview

    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.


    Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

    Position Overview

    Pact is recruiting for a MERL Manager for an upcoming global project – Expanding Health Partnerships (EHP) under USAID’s existing New Partners Initiative Global Health Annual Program Statement (NPI GH APS) whose goal is to reach and sustain efforts to address health priorities to prevent child and maternal deaths, control the HIV/AIDS epidemic and combat infectious diseases globally. The project will aim to foster local partnerships to strengthen health services for improved accessibility, affordability, replicability, and/or accountability in support of improved health outcomes.


    The MERL Manager will be responsible for designing and implementing systems to ensure appropriate tracking and assessment of all project activities. S/he will have primary responsibility of reporting on project outputs and outcomes and for ensuring quality of interventions. H/she will responsible for all data submissions in accordance with USAID requirements. S/he will provide technical guidance and support to any consortium members or sub-grantees (as applicable) in establishing and implementing their monitoring and evaluation systems for the project. This position is contingent upon award of funds.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Lead the development and implementation of the project’s Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan, in alignment with the project’s results framework.
    • Develop and lead the roll out project-specific monitoring tools in collaboration with relevant departments.
    • Support partners in developing project results frameworks (input, output, outcome and impact), and develop relevant indicators and targets for result areas.
    • Develop high quality quantitative and qualitative methods and participatory methodologies to monitor program quality for performance and results.
    • Develop data collation and aggregation tools, as well as maintain project databases.
    • In collaboration with the Project Director and Deputy Project Director, lead the implementation of the project’s learning agenda, including the development of learning questions and implementation of evaluations, data analyses, and other activities that are responsive to the learning agenda.
    • Integrate the use of innovative technologies, data platforms, and GIS mapping for data collection, management, and reporting.
    • Review and finalize Monthly, Quarterly and Annual MERL workplans and budgets.
    • Oversee the development of donor reports, ensuring that all donor reporting requirements on program impact are met.
    • Coordinate the design and implementation of baseline, mid-term and end of project evaluations, surveys, special studies, and other components of the project’s MERL system.
    • Liaise with counterparts at international, government, non-government agencies involved in related activities and collaborate in promoting high quality results and complementary efforts.
    • Supervise project M&E staff.
    • As applicable, provide one-on-one technical assistance, mentoring and coaching to support partners in: ensuring realistic targets are set for all required and customized indicators, as well as conducting and facilitating MERL training for partners that include basic MERL, data quality management, basic data analysis, and managing evaluations.

    Basic Requirements

    • A Bachelors’s degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, demography, or related field. Master's preferred
    • At least 9 years of experience in establishing/designing M&E systems and tools and managing data intensive capacity development and global health programs, preferably for USAID-funded programs. (or 7 years and a Master's degree)
    • Experience with qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with USAID reporting and MER indicators.
    • Demonstrated experience in designing and managing operational research and evaluations.
    • Experience in program quality management (both services and data quality) and quality. improvement systems.
    • Demonstrated writing and data presentation skills.
    • Demonstrated skills in project design, implementation, and reporting, preferably for USG funded programs.
    • Fluency in written/spoken English.


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