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MEL Officer at DAI


1. Project Background

Through the Malawi Governance for Solutions (GfS) Activity, USAID seeks to build on the incremental gains in decentralization and associated service delivery improvements, with the understanding that to make the significant leaps now required for Malawi to meet its own development goals—in the face of a fast-growing, young population—a bold, adaptive, and sustainable approach is required. To successfully remove critical bottlenecks and diffuse effective governance practices, DAI will deploy a locally driven approach—Facilitate, Catalyze, and Scale—drawing on Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) as a core methodology. Through the Facilitate, Catalyze, and Scale approach, DAI will help local stakeholders to tackle the root causes of service delivery failures through best-fit solutions and offer demonstrative models based on positive deviance. Through both process-oriented facilitation and the provisions of technical support and grants, GfS will foster stable, resilient, and more self-reliant partnerships that best position local communities to address their own challenges and contribute to the trajectory of Malawi Vision 2063.

2.Objectives of the assignment

The MEL Officer will support the design and management of systems for data collection, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and knowledge management (KM). He/She will assist in ensuring that the Project team generates data and learns from Project activities on an ongoing basis to identify the highest return opportunities.

3. Tasks & Responsibilities

In order to achieve the results identified in the SOW, the MEL Officer will work in collaboration with other team members, technical staff, resource partners, and STTAs to carry out a variety of activities under the MEL component, and have the following specific responsibilities:

· Contribute to the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Plan and M&E system.

· Support the Program knowledge management strategy, including development and dissemination of materials.

· Help in the design of evidence‐based approach to test new approaches, assess best practices and capture learning to enable scale-up.

· Support the development of a learning agenda, including answering and assessing learning questions.

· Support the design of a rigorous baseline and specialized assessments of technical activities to determine efficacy of proposed interventions and measure Project impact.

  • Support M&E and technical teams to develop activity indicators, with regard to USAID earmark requirements, and targets and gather quantitative and qualitative data related to those indicators and targets.
  • Contribute to the disaggregation of data as required and the appropriate measurement of the GfS gender, equity and youth goals.
  • Assist the MEL Manager with working with technical teams to develop appropriate M&E plans for each activity during implementation.

· Work with the MEL Manager to conduct participatory M&E of technical field activities to measure quantitative as well as qualitative impact.

· Contribute, as needed to the work of other Components in designing appropriate sector monitoring systems and integrating data for decision-making.

· Contribute to, and participate in, project reporting, events, and learning activities – particularly the Annual Pause and Reflect sessions

4. Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning of donor funded development activities, including implementation of baseline and midline surveys and managing large M&E databases.
  • Advanced degree in statistics, sociology, demographics, or other field related to monitoring and evaluation of governance activities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID MEL requirements and reporting protocols.
  • Experience in development and implementation of learning agendas, including knowledge management and documentation learning

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