Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) Officer
|Location||Washington DC, Washington DC|
|Date Posted||May 11, 2012|
|Category||Advocacy & Partnership|
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide technical support to the opportunity development team in the design of programs including drafting logical frameworks, articulating theories of change and representing how the program will attain and measure its achievements.
• Provide technical support to the opportunity development team in the design of M&E plans for proposals that use quality indicators and set ambitious but realistic targets.
• Provide start-up support to new projects, specifically to support the development of a PMP/ M&E plan within the first 60 days of a program.
• Provide in-country training and mentoring support to offices to review their overall M&E plans, their outcome measures, their data management strategy, data quality audits and how they are using their data for decision making.
• Provide technical assistance to country offices in the design of evaluations including developing terms of reference, designing tools, providing sampling guidance, data analysis guidance, assistance on how to manage and prepare for evaluations.
• Problem solve with country offices how to overcome measurement and reporting challenges to ensure quality outputs.
• Manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and foresee problems and complications and take action to resolve and mitigate them before they occur.
• Write complex documents such as M&E frameworks, literature reviews and evaluations in a timely manner with a high degree of quality.
• Track health/governance/NRM program progress against targets (for key donor indicators) on a quarterly basis synthesize data, and communicate to the PA team.
• Support the PA team to develop data/evidence packages for specific programs, countries, regions, and/or technical area for use in communication materials
• Support the PA team to conduct costing analyses of health/governance/NRM programs, specific interventions, costs per beneficiary, etc.
• Assist Pact to roll out the use of innovative technologies such as GIS, mobile phones for data collection and techniques for visualizing data to improve monitoring and evaluation practice throughout the organization.
• Advise on the development of centralized databases to warehouse key data for donors and for the organization to measure its overall effectiveness.
• 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.
• Form strategic relationships with individuals and agencies within the field of strategic information and understand the current trends in the field.
• Travel up to 25% to support country programs and overall measurement tasks directly.
• Minimum of a Master’s Degree in a related field
• At least 4 years of experience managing data intensive programs and designing M&E systems.
• Experience with qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods, including tracking outcome indicators and conducting program evaluations utilizing mixed methods.
• Proficiency in SPSS, Excel, Word, and other MS Office software required.
• 1-2 years of development experience in an overseas setting, preferably sub-Saharan Africa
• Fluency in English and proficiency in at least one other language
• Experience with evaluation using quasi experimental design desired.
• Experience with governance, livelihoods or capacity development measurement strongly desired.
• Proficiency with CRM or GIS systems or NVivo qualitative data analysis desired.
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