Senior Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning

Senior Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning

Senior Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning

Senior Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning

November 17, 2023
New York
Position type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Base salary (minimum)
$110,000 - 120,000


About Trickle Up:
Since 1979, Trickle Up has focused on the most vulnerable, working with participants who live in extreme poverty and face multiple levels of exclusion due to gender, ethnicity, religion, and disability. The organization has worked with over 450,000 participants and their families, helping to sustainably lift over two million people out of extreme poverty in India, Africa, and the Americas. Our mission is to partner with women in extreme poverty to build economic opportunity and drive inclusion. Trickle Up works through partner organizations, to build paths to savings, food security, and agency, resulting in sustainable poverty reduction at scale.

Position Overview:

We are looking for a strategic thinker skilled in digital data collection and analysis. This position is also responsible for training M&E staff as well as supporting the creation of well-designed projects and concept notes. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in the graduation approach and/or livelihoods programming. This position is remote in New York, NY.

Key Responsibilities:

The primary responsibilities of the Senior Director for MERL include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure effective and efficient data collection for each project and global indicators. This includes managing when relevant and appropriate, third-party data collectors for baselines, midlines, and endlines.
  • Train M&E and program staff on M&E tools and best practices.
  • Support the program teams in developing sound proposals and concept notes using Trickle Up’s program framework, the graduation approach, and global indicators. The MERL Director is a key figure in program design, particularly logframes, and theories of change.
  • Ensure all projects have proper monitoring and evaluation plans.
  • Prepare and communicate quarterly M&E and global indicator data for the board KPI.
  • Support and coordinate with the grant officer to ensure data for reports is correct and timely to donors.
  • Share Trickle Up’s findings, insights, and results within Trickle Up and with external audiences.
  • Lead the identification of research opportunities and partnerships.
  • The Director of MERL will also represent Trickle Up, either solo or with other Program leadership, in various networks and consortia.


  • Master’s degree in international relations, development, or related field, or bachelor’s degree combined with a minimum of 10 years of field experience.

Experience Required:

  • Minimum of 10 years experience designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems for sustainable livelihoods development programs, including qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
  • Minimum 5 years work experience related to livelihood development.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years experience working with digital MIS systems.
  • Experience conducting evaluations in the field, including the use of participatory methodologies.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ professional experience in the development sector, including at least 3-5 years working in the developing world.

Knowledge and skills

  • Excellent writing, speaking, and analytical skills in English. Additional Spanish language ability preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate key messages while engaging in open and meaningful dialogue.
  • Proven ability to think and plan strategically, and to operationalize with virtual staff.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage staff and optimize staff performance with clear goal setting, timely and appropriate feedback loops, and establishment of mutual accountability.
  • In-depth understanding of the dynamics of poverty and poverty alleviation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methodologies, including survey design and participatory assessment techniques.
  • Demonstrated expertise with graduate-level statistics, including sampling techniques.
  • Strong organizational skills.

Behavioral competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills and proven ability to work across cultures and organizational dynamics with regional and program offices and diverse teams.
  • Collaborative working style and ability to engage all stakeholders to gain input and buy-in.
  • Responsible, dedicated, independent worker; results-oriented; able to make the most of limited resources.

Other requirements

  • Ability to travel approximately 30% of the time. Comfortable traveling alone and under occasionally demanding conditions (i.e., in rural areas with basic amenities).

Salary and Benefits:

We offer a salary between $100,000 and $120,000 commensurate with experience along with benefits for this full-time position. The successful applicant will join a dynamic, passionate, multicultural team deeply committed to the alleviation of extreme poverty. Trickle Up promotes a collegial, high-performing organizational culture in which staff communicate clearly and openly, and are reflective, innovative, and mutually accountable.

To Apply: 

To be considered, please click the link, and follow the instructions to upload your cover letter and resume by December 8, 2023. We are sorry we are unable to answer phone calls related to this posting.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which include criminal records checks and other reference-check databases  Trickle Up participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this initiative, as part of the referencing process, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment during employment.  By applying, you confirm your understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Trickle Up requires that employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to visiting or working in an RLF office or conducting any travel or in-person meetings on behalf of our organization. If you are hired for this position, RLF will require proof that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.

Trickle Up is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and extend equal opportunity to all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

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