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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director – USAID LAC Regional Higher Education Scholarships for Youth Workforce Development
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Job Description

FHI 360 is a global development organization, with a rigorous, evidence-based approach to human development. Our team of professionals includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research. FHI 360 operates from over 60 offices with more than 4000employees in the United States and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at all levels and our multi-disciplinary approach allows us to have a lasting impact on the people, communities and countries we serve by improving the lives of millions. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director for an upcoming USAID-funded opportunity in Guatemala, Honduras and Paraguay entitled the USAID LAC Regional Higher Education Scholarships for Youth Workforce Development. This position will be based in Guatemala and is contingent upon award.

Project Description:

The LAC Regional Higher Education Scholarships for Youth Workforce Development opportunity will provide scholarships to youth from marginalized populations who are planning to pursue post-secondary education. The overall goal of the activity is to improve youth access to and completion of labor-market relevant degrees or certification, and to increase employability of marginalized youth in appropriate growth sectors. The program will feature a focus on both human and institutional capacity development through a two-fold approach: 1) provision of scholarships for students to attend selected local (LAC region) Higher Education institutions (HEIs), including wrap-around support services to assist them to enter and succeed in the formal labor market, and 2) the strengthening of institutional capacity of select HEIs in provision of student support services and private sector engagement with the goal of better serving targeted student populations beyond the scope of the USAID award. Focus countries are Guatemala, Honduras and Paraguay.


Position Description:

The MEL Director is responsible for establishing and managing the project’s overall M&E system including the development and refinement of key performance indicators, tracking all progress made towards meeting program/contract results, indicators, and targets, including impacts on access, retention, completion, organizational performance, ensuring that they are being consistently and systematically tracked and reported. The MEL Director serves as the key interlocutor for the MEL team, including team members located in Guatemala, Honduras and Paraguay, and education authorities. He/she designs and implements assessments, conducts data quality assurance, oversees aggregation of MEL team inputs for quarterly and annual reporting, and leads CLA activities. He/she collaborates with sub-grantees to provide feedback on data collection and indicators and analyzes data reported from sub-grantees; and supports training of M&E personnel in quality assurance methods. The MEL Director collaborates with the program team to design and operationalize research to support learning, evaluation, and planning, and oversees the implementation, analysis, dissemination, and use of research products. He/she shares MEL data and improvement plans and collaborates with staff and stakeholders on strategies for program improvements for greater program effects.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

  • Designs and oversees the monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities of the project and systems
  • Leads the design, development, planning, and implementation of the MEL plan and project evaluation activities, including the development and dissemination of tools, materials, reports, papers, and intervention-linked research
  • Develops strategies and tools for the design and implementation of monitoring of specific technical components
  • Works closely with the technical team leads to co-design monitoring tools, select indicators, and determine field monitoring responsibilities
  • Ensures tool compatibility and coordination within the M&E framework, and consistency with national and donor requirements
  • Responsible for providing technical assistance, and developing and setting up systems for the timely collection, management, analysis, and reporting of valid and reliable data that meet donor reporting requirements
  • Leads the project’s Collaborating, Learning, Adapting (CLA) framework
  • Undertakes periodic reviews of program and/or country M&E systems, and participates in planning M&E system strengthening actions
  • Provides guidance on information systems for quality assurance, as well as best practices documentation and reporting
  • Designs quality control protocols and procedures and monitor their implementation
  • Oversees the dissemination of information on successful and promising approaches, lessons learned, and other program results to ministry counterparts, donors, program partners, and other key stakeholders

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in evaluation, demography, social science, education, economics, or other relevant discipline
  • At least eight years of experience related to monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on education or social-sector programs required; experience in early grade reading research or assessment preferred
  • Experience in design and implementation of M&E systems for USG-funded projects
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills and ability to articulate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrated expertise in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and analytical methods
  • Experience implementing quasi experimental research that includes a counterfactual
  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with program staff and partners
  • Proven supervisory experience
  • Experience in the education sector in Guatemala, Honduras, or Paragya strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with relevant quantitative and qualitative software (Stata, SAS, SPSS, R, Epi Info, Atlas ti)
  • Experience with data visualizations and dashboard design
  • Familiarity with organizational capacity assessments, particularly in the education sectorFluency in Spanish required; fluency in English preferred.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an employer with equal opportunity and affirmative action. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in policies, programs, or activities.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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