Chemonics seeks a monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) specialist for the anticipated USAID-funded Malawi Education activity. The $75 million activity will build upon USAID’s current investments in Malawi’s National Reading Program to achieve marked improvements in student performance in reading. The MERL specialist will be based in Malawi. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.
- Provide technical leadership and oversight of MERL activities to ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency
- Ensure that MERL activities are in line with the USAID Evaluation Policy, and that periodic reports (oral and written) are provided to the chief of party for submission to USAID
- Support the field team in refining the project’s results framework, identifying indicators, and participating in work planning sessions
- Lead development of the project’s MERL plan
- Collaborate with Chemonics home office technical staff and partners to design research activities relevant to early-grade reading. Establish and manage a monitoring and evaluation system to track progress towards meeting program/contract deliverables, results, indicators, and targets in accordance with the client’s strategic objectives
- Ensure that the methodologies used to measure the programs deliverables, results, and impact on improved learning outcomes, gender, disability-inclusive, and other measures in approved M&E plan, are being consistently and systematically tracked and reported in accordance with USAID data reporting requirements
- Collaborates with supervisees to oversee data collection and target setting, the data quality assurance process, and the set up and maintenance of the ChemResults system
- Provide as-requested MEL data to the client in a timely manner
- Support project communications staff to disseminate lessons learned and best practices to internal and external stakeholders, as appropriate
- Communicate evaluation results in a timely manner with key stakeholders, team leads, and managers to ensure ongoing CLA
- Master’s degree with minimum of 5 years of experience or a bachelor’s degree with minimum of 8 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation for donor-funded projects
- Demonstrated knowledge of USAID reporting and data quality requirements or experience working with another donor in an M&E capacity
- Demonstrated knowledge of necessary computer, database, and analytical skills, particularly in issues related to monitoring and evaluation
- Must be familiar with USAID Education Strategy Technical Notes regarding monitoring and evaluation of activities
- Experience tracking equity in learning outcomes among boys, girls, and children with special needs preferred
- Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
- Written and spoken proficiency in English
Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and “Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Specialist” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 15, 2021. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.
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