Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Director, USAID/Malawi, Youth Prosperity Through Agriculture Pathways
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This Proposal Opportunity:
Palladium is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director for an anticipated USAID-funded agriculture higher education strengthening program expected to begin in 2024. The USAID/Malawi Youth Prosperity Through Agriculture Pathways Activity aims to increase Malawian youth’s contribution to the country’s economic growth. The activity will increase access to higher education with a specific focus on agriculture training, improve the quality, governance, and relevance of agriculture training institutions’ systems, and increase economic growth opportunities for graduates to contribute to the formal economy.
The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director is a full-time position and is responsible for leading the design and implementation of the program monitoring and evaluation framework and information system to track delivery against targets/projections, indicators, outcomes, and impact. They will be responsible for ensuring valid and verifiable data collection, reporting, and analysis, and communicating program results to USAID and external stakeholders. They will link M&E data to a process of learning and iterative adaptation.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lead the development and monitoring of MEL work plans and review and update the project’s MEL plan on an ongoing basis.
- Develop and implement a framework for project results measurement, accountability, learning, and development effectiveness to measure and report project success, including articulation of Theories of Change (ToC).
- Provide technical leadership to capture and communicate program results, as well as ensure high-quality, timely, valid, and verifiable data collection, reporting, analysis, and learning.
- Work closely with the technical leads of project components to ensure compatibility and coordination within the M&E framework and ensure that the MEL system adheres to USAID guidelines and meets the needs of the program for learning, analysis, and reporting.
- Focus on strengthening the M&E system, building capacity of partners and staff, and improving alignment and support to host-country M&E systems.
- Institute routine data reviews as part of an adaptive management process including analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data to project management and technical leads.
- Responsible for developing and designing project systems to track program progress against indicators, collecting and verifying information, and maintaining performance monitoring plans, reports, work plans, and monthly reports.
- Ensure that key learnings and best practices are captured, synthesized, reported, disseminated, and used to make timely adjustments to the program using the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) approach.
Key Competencies Required:
- Demonstrated experience developing and implementing MEL and CLA work plans, preferably for a USAID program.
- Demonstrated experience establishing and managing MEL systems that track project performance and results, especially in higher education.
- Proficiency in data analysis software and demonstrated experience in monitoring tools.
- Demonstrated analytical skills to measure the outcomes of the project’s activities and support project supervision.
- Demonstrated experience in gathering, organizing, and analyzing large amounts of data as well as the ability to design manageable, transparent M&E systems that report progress against indicators throughout the life of the project.
- Prior experience developing, implementing, and managing performance monitoring plans (PMPs).
- Demonstrated experience with complex donor-funded development projects.
- Strong understanding of USAID regulations and M&E reporting requirements, preferably in higher education or agriculture sectors.
- Excellent organizational and management skills to manage MEL teams and activities.
- Familiarity with or prior experience working in higher education, agriculture, or workforce development.
- Experience working with vulnerable groups including people with disabilities, ethnic and linguistic minorities, women, and youth.
- Proficient written and spoken Chichewa – not required but strongly preferred.
- Written and spoken fluency in English.
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