CARE seeks a Director Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) for the anticipated USAID-funded community-focused Integrated Nutrition Activity in Nepal. The purpose of this project is to improve the nutrition and health standards of women and children by focusing on better maternal, newborn, and child health services through strengthening policies and programs that improve the health and nutritional status of women and children.
The Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) will oversee all monitoring, evaluation, learning, and program quality improvement activities/components of the program consortium led by CARE. The incumbent will lead the design and implementation of the project MERL framework, systems, research activities, and processes in line with CARE’s system and USAID requirements and support to generate learnings and impact evidence. S/he will lead the development of the project MERL plan which includes appropriate gender-sensitive indicators, its definition, baseline data, results, and a milestone to monitor and evaluate performance, produce timely, accurate, and complete reporting and support the collaboration, learning, and adapting in the project, and ensure its timely implementation with effective deliverables. S/he will manage and mentor the project MERL team, research/survey partners and guide MERL and program team in the related process, and support in their capacity building.
This position is pending donor approval and funding.
- Provide technical leadership and oversight for developing M&E systems, tools, and procedures, and avail and promote the use of information to guide performance management through well analyzed, rapid, and timely feedback.
- Lead the design and implementation of the program MERL framework and information system to track delivery against outputs, outcomes, and impacts.
- Ensure the alignment of MERL activities with program goals and contribute to the development of annual work plans to identify project targets and ensure the inclusion of M&E activities.
- Provide technical oversight to project to undertake periodic monitoring and evaluations such as baselines, mid-term reviews, and end-line evaluations along with operational research and other research in coordination with MoHP.
- Provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to management for strategic planning and decisions for enhanced project performance.
- Develop and implement tools for data collection, processing, and analysis in line with CARE and USAID requirement, and lead the analysis of data for assessing progress and areas of improvement and generating learning.
- Ensure regular and quality data collection, analysis, and interpretation along with the DQA process.
- Contribute to the development of the project’s strategic plan, annual work plans, and country plans and ensure that project documents and reports incorporate the latest technical approaches and interventions
- Develop and implement systems for detecting, communicating, and sharing evidence about the impacts and outcomes of the project, and promote knowledge-generating and sharing learning platforms.
- Establish and maintain procedures and mechanisms for identifying best practices, generate learning and evidence of impacts; and ensure these are consistently applied across the organization and also at partners’ level.
- Sharing of MERL data, information, and evidence with Government counterparts, civil society organizations, media, and academic institutions to promote learning and support advocacy efforts.
- Ensure timely and accurate submission of project activities to the donor, including progress against targets set in the award agreement and annual work plan, quarterly, and annual reports.
- Collaborate with the Deputy Chief of Party and other senior members to compile and submit reports to the donor.
- Guide and supervise MERL team, and ensure MERL and program team, and partner staffs have the required capacities, skills, knowledge, and understanding of M&E system and procedures.
- Serve as program focal point with the External Impact Evaluation team.
- Master’s Degree or Equivalent in a relevant field (e.g., nutrition, Public Health, Demography, Statistics, etc.) with a minimum of 8 to 10 years of M&E and Knowledge Management experience. Ph.D. or MPhil preferred.
- Experience with research, monitoring, evaluation, and knowledge management of USAID-funded programs demonstrating a progressively increasing level of responsibility. M&E experience in health and nutrition programs is an advantage.
- Experience leading the M&E function of a USAID-funded project is required; this experience should include full-cycle M&E experience (from project inception through closeout).
- Experience in social norms change measurement and proven experience in developing indicators to measure the success of the program.
- Knowledge of statistical software (such as SPSS, STATA, and SAS with GIS), analysis and interpretation, and advanced skills with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access (or similar tools).
- Demonstrated experience in implementation and design of quantitative and qualitative research with analytical skills and use of analyzed findings of evaluation and research for quality assurance and program improvement.
- Demonstrated leadership qualities, depth, and breadth of management expertise and experience; previous experience supervising and mentoring staff, and ability to capacitate technical and non-technical team
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to effectively manage a team, make timely and transparent decisions and manage conflict.
- Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity and Diversity, as evidenced in previous positions/programming. Demonstrated commitment to PSHEA (Prevention of Sexual Harassment, Exploitation, and Abuse).
- Required oral and written fluency in English.
- Ability to travel to project sites as required.