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Counterpart International is currently seeking an experienced Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director for the anticipated five-year USAID-funded Partnership for Development in the Eastern Congo (P-DEC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The goal of P-DEC is to strengthen the foundations for durable peace in Ituri and North Kivu provinces. P-DEC will adopt cross-sectoral stabilization approaches to address drivers of conflict that gave rise to and continue to fuel the activities of armed groups and community militias. More information on P-DEC can be found at this link on grants.gov. This position is contingent upon award.
The MEL Director will manage and advise on all aspects of the MEL systems for the P-DEC program. S/he will lead development, implementation, and updates to the MEL plan throughout the life of the program, taking into consideration the complex and shifting environment. The MEL Director will coordinate closely with Counterpart’s HQ MEL staff, as well as HQ and program technical and operations staff to ensure an integrated and adaptive MEL approach. The MEL Director will train, supervise, and mentor a team of MEL staff and will develop and lead the roll out of MEL, adaptive management, and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) tools in close collaboration with other HQ and program staff. S/he will lead the development and utilization of a centralized project data management system. The MEL Director will lead routine analysis of monitoring and evaluation data and findings for learning and adaptation; and will present this to senior staff for integration into program implementation. Please see the Amended NOFO found at this link for a deeper understanding of the program’s CLA, adaptive management, and MEL needs and requirements.
· An advanced university degree or a bachelor’s degree with an additional four years in international development, political science, statistics, economics, or another relevant field.
· Minimum of seven years of relevant field-based MEL experience, with significant experience working in a senior role, preferably on stabilization, multi-sectoral programming, conflict management, or human rights programs.
· Experience coordinating or managing teams of MEL staff and partners on complex projects required, preferably with an international NGO on USAID funded project.
· Experienced in providing capacity building to staff, partners, and other stakeholders in knowledge management, actionable learning and adaptive management approaches.
· Experience and strong conceptual knowledge of USAID’s adaptive management and CLA tools, frameworks, approaches and best practices. Experience training staff and partners in CLA is preferred.
· Experience with program evaluation design, implementation, and application of findings.
· Demonstrated experience working with data management systems and M&E platforms in an operationally challenging environment.
· Demonstrated experience and skills in data analysis using Excel, data collection apps, Access, and statistical packages such as Stata, R or SPSS.
· Skills in GIS tools such as QGIS, ArcGIS or Google Earth Pro are preferred.
· Experience with adaptive management approaches highly preferred.
· Nationals from the DRC are encouraged to apply.
· Fluency in French required.
· Excellent oral and written communication skills in English preferred.