The MERL Director provides strategic guidance, vision, and management for successful monitoring, evaluation and learning of the program. This individual also supervises MERL staff and ensures the strategic and functional integration of all MERL activities as well as active collaboration with sub-awardees and USAID. The MERL Director oversees all MEL activities, provides technical direction and support, ensures the accurate and compelling reporting of results for program activities, and ensures the program aligns with Pact’s quality standards for MERL in close coordination with Pact’s US-based Results and Measurement (R&M) Team.
The specific duties to be carried out by the successful candidate are listed below:
- Lead the design and implementation of the project’s MERL system in collaboration with Pact’s R&M Team to develop key performance indicators, targets, tools, and appropriate MERL responsibilities across the project.
- Design and manage baseline assessments and support the implementation of research studies with Pact’s R&M Team.
- Coordinate any external evaluation processes, including drafting evaluation ToR and selection of firm, in alignment with award.
- Develop and disseminate relevant M&E tools, formats and lead the provision of M&E specific technical training
- Oversee data collection, collation, storage, analysis, and reporting, ensuring that data is of high quality and audit worthy
- Train, supervise, and mentor a team of M&E staff and oversee consortium partners’ compliance with MEL system.
- Ensure appropriate training and supportive supervision of all partners in monitoring and evaluation procedures, data collection tools, and data management practices in alignment with the MELP
- Work closely with partners to establish their internal MERL systems, M&E plans, and data quality management
- Strengthen staff and partners’ capacity in qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation techniques through comprehensive staff training, mentoring, and/or coaching.
- Conduct and manage Routine Data Quality Assessments (RDQA); ensuring implementation of corrective actions to improve data quality and accountability of staff and partners
- Oversee the development and maintenance of a comprehensive project database and ensure accurate and timely storage of electronic files.
- Responsible for calculation and reporting of Pact’s Global Indicators through imPact, Pact’s instance of DHIS2, and calculation and reporting of project data into imPact
- Responsible for the data analysis, writing, and review of the results and learning sections of program reports in collaboration with program staff, before submission to donor and ensure consortium partners’ compliance with internal data quality requirements and timely submissions for reporting.
- Commitment to applied learning and adaptation based on data: Lead the program team on routine reviews and interpretation of data for learning and adaptation; package and disseminate timely findings in a meaningful way, and make suggestions for adaption, using USAID collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) approaches, tools and strategies.
- Create a learning agenda and implement a system designed to identify lessons learned and disseminate timely information
- Produce learning products and thought leadership pieces relevant to the project intervention; present in local conferences or on webinars regarding project’s MERL successes
- Liaise with USAID MERL staff and with counterparts at international, government, non-government agencies involved in related activities and collaborate in promoting high quality results and complementary efforts.