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POSITION TITLE: Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, and Learning (MERL) Director, Jamaica At-Risk Youth Empowerment Project LOCATION: Kingston, Jamaica UNIT: Human Rights, Education, and Empowerment REPORTS TO: Chief of Party, Jamaica At-Risk Youth Empowerment Project POSITION SUMMARY: Winrock International is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, and Learning (MERL) Director for the anticipated, USAID-funded Jamaica At-Risk Youth Empowerment, Civic Participation, and Workforce Readiness (EMPOWER) Activity under the YP2 APS. The MERL Director will be responsible for managing the project’s monitoring, evaluation and learning activities, including developing and implementing the MERL framework, performance indicators, MEL tools, and data quality assurance processes to ensure the timeliness and validity of data entry and analysis and its effective use for decision making and project learning. S/he will serve as the liaison and point of contact with external evaluation contractors throughout the life of the project. Qualified Jamaican nationals are strongly encouraged to apply, especially those residing in Jamaica. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop and implement the project’s monitoring and evaluation plan; design monitoring and evaluation tools and processes, including baseline assessment framework; Ensure timely collection, verification and analysis of data on all project indicators and their timely delivery for quarterly and other required reports to USAID and other agencies, as appropriate; Monitor progress toward project results; Supervise timely and accurate reporting of quantitative and qualitative data by implementing partners, in cooperation with project staff; Validate data from project partners and staff, including through field monitoring visits; Cooperate closely with Winrock home office to consolidate accurate and descriptive reporting of project results, including activities, outputs and results of implementing partners; Lead data quality controls and verification procedures; Ensure collection of data related to gender and social inclusion; Foster a results-oriented and learning culture throughout the project to ensure that M&E data and learning are used by the project team to improve performance; Prepare interpretation tools (e.g. tables and charts) of data; Design/update data collection instruments, schedules, analysis methods and applied technologies; Oversee internal research and evaluation efforts of the project, from the design stage to sharing findings as well as preparing for external evaluations; Develop capacity of implementing partners to institute appropriate M&E systems within their organizations; Lead Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) approaches throughout implementation; Co-facilitate Pause and Reflect sessions to capture learning, introduce improvements, and achieve meaningful results; Submit data to USAID’s reporting system (DIS) on timely basis, and coordinate with Home Office MEL staff to develop and implement a data management plan to submit selected project datasets to USAID’s Development Data Library (DDL) Participate in Winrock’s M&E Community of Practice Other duties as assigned. POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Master’s level degree in social science discipline, such as statistics, public health, public policy, economics or a related field, and/or specialized training/certification in monitoring & evaluation Work Experience: At least eight years’ experience in the monitoring & evaluation of international development projects, preferably in civic engagement and youth programming or a related field. Demonstrated experience in performance measurement, indicator selection and monitoring, and data collection/analysis Experience managing large M&E databases and conducting timely data analysis and developing reports. SQL database experience preferred. Experience with mobile data collection strongly preferred Relevant experience training staff and partners in M&E Skills/Knowledge: Strong skills in developing and utilizing results frameworks, logical frameworks, or similar tools for project design, monitoring and evaluation Strong skills in training design and facilitation Familiarity with USAID M&E requirements strong preferred Ability to write clearly, accurately and concisely Strong computer skills in word processing, database management, statistical analysis, survey, and presentation software. Familiarity with Microsoft PowerBi would be an advantage. Familiarity with emerging trends in MEAL for civic engagement and youth programming, especially in the context of Jamaica Fluency in English is required APPLICATIONS: The deadline for submission of applications is September 8, 2022. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and Winrock reserves the right to make an offer prior to the closing date for applications. Applicants are thus encouraged to submit their applications at the earliest opportunity. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until filled. Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. Winrock recruits, employs, trains, promotes and compensates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law. At Winrock we have a clear mission: Empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources through unwavering dedication to accountability, equity, innovation, integrity and transformation. Winrock knows that its success comes from the hard work and steadfast dedication of its diverse workforce. Winrock remains committed to maintaining diversity, inclusion and equity across the entire organization

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