Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Director Amman, Jordan

  • Full Time
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Applications have closed

Website FHI 360

Job Description

FHI 360 seeks a  Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Director based in Jordan supporting an anticipated USAID-funded project aimed to advance women’s rights, enhance access to quality protection services, and expand social services to women who are at risk of, or victims of, domestic violence. The Activity will: (1) build human resource capacity for medical, legal, judicial, police, and social work professionals, (2) build institutional capacity of and coordination among a variety of government ministries and CSOs to provide services, and (3) improve legislation, policy framework, and protocols to advance the protection framework and response to violence. This position will be based in Jordan and Jordanian nationals are encouraged to apply. Employment is contingent upon the award of the Himaya activity to FHI 360, as well as USAID approval of the finalist.

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The MERL Director is responsible for overseeing all project research and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) activities, including design and implementation in close collaboration with other project teams. The MERL Director will work collaboratively with other team members to build understanding of tools, and ensure data is correctly collected, analyzed, disseminated, and used by relevant stakeholders. S/he is responsible for the design of surveys and analytical products, as well as for analyzing data against key indicators, including identifying key project learnings and informing necessary adaptations to achieve project goals and preparing all reports required by USAID and for project internal purposes. S/he is responsible for developing tools and building the capacity of subawardees and other project beneficiaries who will utilize data and report to the project for M&E purposes. The MERL Director will also lead the project’s Knowledge Management functions and serve as the project’s Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) lead. S/he will be a senior member of the project management team and be responsible, along with the Chief of Party, for overall technical quality of the project. The MERL Director will supervise the M&E team.

The position will be resident-based in Amman, Jordan. Employment is contingent upon successful award of the Himaya project to FHI 360, as well as USAID approval of the finalist.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead, manage, and coordinate implementation of M&E systems and reporting requirements for the project, including progress against key indicators from the project Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (AMELP).
  • Design, develop, and oversee implementation of M&E tools and systems to collect, analyse, and aggregate data that measure project impact and results against key AMELP indicators.

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  • Lead data collection design, analysis, and use of data to promote evidence-based programming, provide timely feedback in relation to project targets, work plan activities and objectives, and address gaps in programming.
  • Develop high quality quantitative and qualitative methods and participatory methodologies to monitor program quality for performance and results.
  • Maintain understanding of overall M&E function and monitor the work in data analysis from other tools.
  • Revise, redesign, and monitor effectiveness of Data Collection tools, including spreadsheet templates as well as reporting frameworks in the project’s Knowledge Management System (KMS) .
  • Develop protocols on Data Collection and work with M&E team to train staff and ensure accurate understanding of how to use Data Collection tools and assign and monitor responsibility for data collection and data entry.

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  • Experience in leading and implementing Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) approaches, and developing learning and systems thinking.
  • Coordinate with all project teams, including technical and grants staff, to ensure sufficient understanding of Data Collection requirements, and ensure data is collected in a timely manner to meet USAID reporting deadlines.
  • Analyze data collected through spreadsheet and KMS tools, prepare and ensure accuracy of all USAID reporting requirements.
  • Communicate with relevant USAID and other donor projects on M&E actions and training activities, and support integration of the project’s M&E with the Mission’s DevResults system.
  • Contribute to training materials and conduct workshops for subawardees on their M&E requirements against primary project indicators, and develop templates and reporting schedules/protocols for grantees.
  • Support subawardees, where applicable, in developing M&E data collection and analysis plans required both for project reporting purposes and measuring overall effectiveness of activities supported by the project.
  • Design and maintain project KMS, including developing reporting functions that align to project indicators, and developing Data Collection Protocols for staff.
  • Monitor KMS data entry and analysis to ensure KMS is meeting project needs.
  • Work with senior management and M&E team to revise and adapt programming based on survey findings, analysis of progress against key indicators, and other feedback mechanisms.

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  • Master’s degree in social science, international development, or a related field.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience, including at least five years of experience in managing data intensive programs and designing M&E activities for donor-funded programs, including hands-on practical experience setting up and managing M&E systems.
  • Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with and understanding of development and monitoring of output, outcome, and impact indicators.
  • Prior experience utilizing Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) approaches to improve project performance and achieve impact.
  • Prior experience designing M&E systems and tools on economic growth-related projects preferred.
  • Strong diagnostic, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills.

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  • Computer proficiency in word processing, databases, spreadsheets.
  • Must be a strong self-starter.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills; demonstrates initiative and good judgment.
  • Fluency (written and oral) in English (or American Sign Language) and Arabic (or Jordanian Sign Language) is required.