Oct 282017

Organization: Creative Associates International
Country: Mali
Closing date: 30 Nov 2017

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL)

Communities in Transition Division

Position Location: Segou, Mali


Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Project Description:

The USAID-funded Mali Peacebuilding, Stabilization, and Reconciliation Project aims to improve prospects for long-term peace, security, and reconciliation by strengthening the positive resilience of communities working in partnership with their elected officials in northern and central Mali.

Position Duration:
5 years

Position Start Date:

Anticipated Spring 2018.

Position Summary:

Creative Associates seeks a Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) for an anticipated USAID-funded project in Mali. The Director will be responsible for establishing and implementing an effective system to monitor progress, impacts and successes of project activities and performance at all levels. The Director will also monitor all grant activities and sub-grantees and ensure that the project complies with USAID performance reporting requirements. S/he will oversee a series of assessments which will be conducted in northern and central Mali, synthesize the results of those assessments within a unified framework, and contribute to the development and adaptation of program implementation.

Reporting and Supervision

The Director of MEL reports to the Chief of Party. Director will supervise 1-2 people related to monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, performance reviews and communications.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage all M&E program components and make operational decisions accordingly;
  • Manage all aspects of M&E data collection, analysis and reporting on performance indicators and contextual indicators: Develop, track and update the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) to monitor the achievement of indicator targets and examine project progress towards desired outcomes and impact;
  • Contribute to writing quarterly technical reports to USAID and serve as point of contact on all USAID M&E requests, such as data quality assessments (DQAs);
  • Oversee, coordinate and facilitate the implementation of Collaborating Learning and Adapting (CLA) activities and use critical inputs, feedback, and assessments from evaluation partners to inform changes in program approaches and scale-up;
  • Oversee the management of governance system assessments in communes and cercles; developing parameters for ways in which to layer, sequence and integrate program activities with Creative’s management team, with specific attention to work with the Director of Coordination and Partnerships.
  • Synthesize the results of assessments, M&E performance data, and learning activities to inform the project’s adaptive management framework;
  • Conduct ongoing analysis of program impact with special attention to identifying possible adaptions necessary to take advantage of windows of opportunity and / or to meet ‘do no harm’ concerns;
  • Review data captured in the field and upload into the Creative database for submission;
  • Contribute to mid- and final project evaluations;
  • Lead, facilitate and/or organize M&E-related training sessions for staff and/or partners, as needed;
  • Maintain a comprehensive and well-organized filing system (both hard and e-versions) for all M&E data and activities; and
  • Assist in the identification of subject matter experts.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree – MA preferred – in political science, monitoring and evaluation, public administration, business administration, public policy, law, or a related field;
  • Minimum eight (8) years of related development experience in monitoring and evaluation, research and analysis, adaptive management, good governance, or a related field;
  • Experience working in Mali;
  • Expertise in political economy and conflict assessment and mapping, managing complex partnerships and cross-cutting projects, and local, state, and national institutional building;
  • Strong experience with coalition building and collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including civil society, and government;
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, strategic thinking, analysis, and research experience;
  • Able to work effectively and professionally with high-level government officials, civil society organizations (CSOs), donor, project staff, and other beneficiaries;
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated track record of working effectively in a teamwork environment; and
  • Fluency in French and English.

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Experience engaging women and marginalized groups to ensure their inclusion.

Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
Position contingent upon donor funding.

How to apply:

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