Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Manager, Community Partnerships for Respectful Care

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Americares
Published
June 23, 2020
Location
Stamford, CT
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Master's
Travel Required?
Occasionally
Base Salary
Not specified

Description

TITLE:                           Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Manager, Community Partnerships for Respectful Care

DEPARTMENT:             International Programs Monitoring and Evaluation Team, Technical Unit

REPORTS TO:               Chief of Party, Community Partnerships for Respectful Care Project and

Director, Monitoring and Evaluation

ASSIGNMENT TYPE:    Full-time

 

ABOUT AMERICARESAmericares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies. For more information, visit americares.org.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The CPRC MEL Manager will be part of a highly efficient and motivated team. Based at Americares Headquarters in Stamford, CT, the main purpose of this position is to design and manage the monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities of the USAID-funded Community Partnerships for Respectful Care (CPRC) Project including development and implementation of the project’s Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP). The MEL Manager will work in collaboration with the Technical Director and Georgetown University Technical Advisor to design and implement baseline and final surveys, qualitative research activities and mid-term and final evaluations including the obtaining of any required IRB clearances. S/he will participate in the development of internal processes that ensure project design meets Americares MEL standards while strategically linking MEL findings to continuous learning, decision making and thought leadership. The MEL Manager may also from time-to-time be called up to review MEL components of other USAID-funded projects and provide MEL training for Americares staff and those of its partners in the field.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         In collaboration with the Chief of Party, Technical Director and Georgetown University Technical Advisor, lead the process of developing final impact indicators for the CPRC Project, revising as necessary the indicator table found in Attachment B: Program Description of the Cooperative Agreement;

·         Work with the Technical Director and the M&E team to develop the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP) for the project;

·         Work with Georgetown University to design baseline survey and qualitative research related to Social and Behavior Change (SBC);

·         Assist the project team in the preparation of annual workplans and budgets, particularly as they relate to AMELP;

·         Support budget development processes ensuring proposed MEL activities are accurately and sufficiently costed;

·         Ensure the AMELP is correctly implemented, reviewed on an annual basis as part of the USAID annual workplan process, and adjustments made as necessary;

·         Work with the M&E and Information Technology team to develop data collection tools including databases and survey instruments;

·         Supervise overall project data collection, management and analysis;

·         Ensure the technical quality of studies and evaluations using qualitative, quantitative, mixed method, impact evaluations and experimental methods;

·         Ensure the AMELP meets the organizational standards, and program indicators and reports are submitted through the internal program management system (Blackbaud);

·         Prepare materials for M&E presentations and briefings and deliver formal and informal M&E presentations, as assigned;

·         Stay current on state-of-the-art performance measurement tools and techniques both inside and outside the organization;

·         Assist in the development of M&E guidance (tools, templates, how-to-notes, and examples) to facilitate institutional requirements on performance measurement;

·         Work with CPRC Program Manager to ensure AMELP-related files are created and maintained on SharePoint and Teams;

·         Assist field and HQ teams to develop narrative and financial reports to USAID including Quarterly Program Performance Reports; Annual Program Performance Reports and the Final Report;

·         Be responsive on a day-to-day basis to requests for MEL assistance from field teams in Liberia and Tanzania and support MEL capacity building of field staff;

·         Travel to the field as required to provide training and technical assistance to the staff of Americares in Liberia and Tanzania as well as our local partners;

·         Assist with the development of SOWs for local consultants to support/implement surveys, focus group discussions, other qualitative research activities and the mid-term evaluation;

·         As a member of the HQ M&E Team, collaborate with Global Programs to increase program effectiveness through improved MEL;

·         Serve as an organizational focal point for meeting the M&E requirements of USAID-funded projects;

·         In collaboration with the M&E team to increase internal capacity and knowledge about the M&E requirements of USAID-funded projects;

·         Participate in regular M&E meetings and complete required M&E reports as needed; and

·         Other duties as assigned.

CORE AMERICARES RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Foster Americares values of responsiveness, results orientation, collaboration, efficiency and integrity.

·         Coach, support and develop department staff to increase individual and team effectiveness.

·         Develop and manage implementation of plans to increase department operating performance, including SOPs and other efficiency initiatives.

Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree in Public Health or related field with 5-7 years of work experience in managing evaluations and large-scale, mixed-method surveys or other evaluations, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa.

·         At least ten years of MEL experience on USAID-funded projects, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa;

·         Work experience in a developing country, preferably Africa, preferred

·         Extensive knowledge of public health, RMNCH, family planning, nutrition, and/or health systems strengthening in low-resource settings;

·         Experience in designing adequate health indicators and internal monitoring systems for various programmatic settings

·         Experience in statistical analysis and developing databases, preferably in SQL or MySQL.

·         Excellent interpersonal skills and strong communications skills; ability to develop partnerships across sectors and cultures;

·         Ability to work independently and as a part of a team, with balanced focus on personal accountability and team goals;

·         Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;

·         Excellent writing skills and experience writing donor reports;

·         Proficiency in Office 365 including Word, Excel, Teams, PowerPoint and SharePoint;

·         Ability to travel internationally to Liberia or Tanzania (30%);

·         Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.

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