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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director Timor-Leste Agriculture Value Chains
Winrock International
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POSITION TITLE:  Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director 

 POSITION LOCATION:  Dili, Timor-Leste  

 

POSITION SUMMARY:  

 

Winrock International works with people around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment. Winrock is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director for an anticipated donor project to accelerate resilient, agriculture-led economic growth and increase food security in Timor-Leste. The project will use a market systems approach to promote access to and adoption of improved inputs, market information, extension and advisory services, market access, and post-harvest services. The project will use innovative partnerships to incentivize private sector investment in modernizing Timor-Leste’s agriculture sector while increasing production capacity and market access and building resilience for smallholder farmers. The position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding. 

 

Essential Responsibilities:  

  • Provide technical leadership to the project team to ensure USAID MEL requirements are met on timely basis and guide data collection, management, analysis and visualization, and reporting progress towards indicator targets and results – based on both quantitative and qualitative inputs.  
  • Lead Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA) approaches throughout implementation;  
  • Lead knowledge management and sharing activities within project, with USAID, other implementing partners, and  local government agencies;  
  • Facilitate a collaborative effort across technical teams to develop a learning agenda, document evidence and learning from project activities, and inform sequencing, layering and integration with complementary donor programs;  
  • Collaborate with complementary donor programs to document learning and impact from coordinated activity implementation; 
  • Build the technical capacity of MEL and technical staff, partners and key stakeholders to ensure compliance and high-quality reporting 
  • Design and develop the monitoring, evaluating, learning, and research plan for the project, including selecting and defining indicators, setting targets for all indicators, planning data collection methods, tools, and reporting formats; and lead MEL plan revisions as needed.   
  • Lead process of data verification and review of data source documentation;  
  • Develop and put in place efficient and accurate data collection and analysis system and procedures that include efficient processes for collecting and analyzing data and ensuring data quality; and conduct internal DQAs  
  • Co-facilitate quarterly Pause and Reflect sessions to capture learning, introduce improvements, and achieve meaningful results;  
  • Oversee internal research and evaluation efforts of the project, from the design stage to sharing findings as well as preparing for external evaluations;  
  • Work with local partners to ensure application of high-quality MEL activities and data collection and provide ongoing supervision and technical assistance to partners, as needed;  
  • Participate in Winrock International’s community of practicefor MEL 
  • Work closely with the field team and project staff to ensure annual workplans are aligned with the MEL plan to meet annual and life-of-project targets;
  • Collaborate with communications team to visualize and disseminate important findings.   
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Qualifications: 

Education: 

Advanced degree in social sciences, such as statistics, public health, public policy, economics or a related field, and/or specialized training/certification in monitoring & evaluation 

 

Work Experience: 

  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience managing and implementing complex MEL systems for international development projects, preferably with USG funded projects;   
  • Experience managing large MEL databases and conducting timely data analysis and developing reports. SQL database experience preferred;   
  • Experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis;   
  • Experience designing, testing and managing surveys required;   
  • Experience with capacity building in MEL required;   
  • Experience with mobile data collection strongly preferred;  
  • Proven record of designing and implementing data collection tools including surveys;   
  • Experience in similar positions focused on agriculture, household resilience, and/or nutrition,  strongly preferred 
  • Experience in Timor-Leste required. 

 

Skills: 

  • Familiarity with USG donor MEL requirements;   
  • Strong training design, training delivery, and facilitation skills;  
  • Strong research or survey design experience;  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skill in English and Portuguese;   
  • Familiarity using technology for data collection, management and analysis  
  • Proficiency in word processing, database management, statistical analysis, survey, and presentation software (Microsoft Office Suite).   
  • Excellent organizational and team management skills  
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