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Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Specialist at AFIDEP

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
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The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is a regional non-profit research and policy Institute established in 2010 to help bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice in development efforts in Africa. Our primary purpose is to contribute to sustainable development through the use of evidence and advocacy to strengthen political commitment and resource allocation for development issues; informing the design and implementation of effective interventions; and strengthening governance and accountability structures for tracking development challenges in Africa. AFIDEP is registered as a Non-Governmental Organisation in both Kenya and Malawi (where it has offices) and as a non-profit institution in the USA with 501(c)3 status. For further details about AFIDEP and its work refer to


AFIDEP, together with other partners, is implementing a five-year global project called Building Capacity for Integrated Family planning and Reproductive Health (FP/RH) and Population, Environment and Development (PED) Action (BUILD) funded by the U.S. Agency for international Development (USAID) through the Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) in Washington D.C. The other consortium partners are Leadership for Environment and Development Southern and Eastern Africa (LEAD SEA); PATH Foundation Philippines Inc. (PFPI); FHI 360; and Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).

BUILD is designed to leverage the interconnectedness of Population, Environment and Development (PED), to spur strong political commitment, sustained financial resources, and accountability for voluntary family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH) in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). BUILD seeks to amplify the PED approach for transformative action across disciplinary, geographical, sociocultural and sectoral divides encompassing population dynamics, health, environment, climate change, resilience, livelihoods, food security, education, and governance.

The project is being implemented from 4 regional hubs in Eastern Africa (Kenya), Southern Africa (Malawi), Western Africa (Cote d’Ivoire) and Asia Pacific (Philippines).


BUILD is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Specialist with experience in cross-sectoral development policy and programming. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems to track progress and ensure accountability, learning and adaptation in the implementation of the project.

The position will be based at either AFIDEP’s Nairobi or Lilongwe office.


  • Develop and implement monitoring, evaluation, research and learning systems for the project, ensuring that they are aligned with program objectives, donor requirements, and best practices in the field.
  • Conduct needs assessments, baseline studies, and impact assessments to inform program/project design and implementation, and measure program outcomes.
  • Provide technical support to program staff and partners on monitoring, evaluation, research and learning, including data collection, management, and analysis.
  • Develop and manage databases, dashboards, and other tools to track program progress and results.
  • Coordinate and lead program evaluations and learning events, including design, data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting to donors, program staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to program staff and partners on monitoring, evaluation, and learning.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as international development, economics, statistics, demography, public health, environment, climate change or other social sciences.
  • At least 7 years of experience in MERL of cross-sectoral development programs, preferably in an international context.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing MERL systems, including data collection, management, and analysis.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, including experience with statistical software such as SPSS, Stata or R.
  • Experience in managing databases and developing data visualization tools, such as dashboards.
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills, with a proven ability to communicate complex data and analysis to diverse audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Fluent in English, with proficiency in French desirable.
  • Experience working with funders such as USAID, DFID, or the World Bank, and a strong understanding of MERL expectations. 

Method Of Application

To apply for this position, please submit a detailed CV and cover letter to [email protected]  including the position title “BUILD Project – Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Specialist” on the subject of the email by 26th May 2023. In your cover letter, please highlight your relevant experience and qualifications, and explain why you are interested in this position. Your CV should include three relevant referees. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

AFIDEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.