Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Managers, USAID Niger Programs

Proposals Niamey, Niger


About IREX

IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $90 million, offices in 20 countries, and a global staff of 400. We work in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Summary of Position

IREX seeks qualified Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager candidates for two anticipated five-year USAID-funded programs in Niger. One is an initiative which will address locally driven approaches to enhance municipal governments effectiveness, including service delivery, accountability and ability to mobilize financial and human resources, as well encouraging citizen engagement in communal governance. The other is a program designed to equip vulnerable young women and men in Niger with technical and life skills, networks, and capital for increased strategic economic opportunities. The MEL Managers will oversee and implement the programs’ Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) approach, MEL plan, and learning agenda. They will manage the learning agenda, design and implementation of the MEL system, and the gathering and analyzing of, and reporting on data.

Only citizens of Niger or third-country nationals living and authorized to work in Niger will be considered. This position is contingent on funding.

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Oversee the program’s CLA process in collaboration with the Chief of Party; ensure that the program’s CLA approach is applied with consistency and rigor; work with leadership team to apply program learnings in pursuit of adaptive management
  • Develop and implement a monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan across all program components including identification of process, output, and outcome indicators
  • Develop monitoring activities that capture necessary data to report on program results
  • Work with partners to ensure application of high-quality MEL activities and data collection; oversee partner capacity building as needed
  • Ensure monitoring activities are conducted on schedule and participate in evaluations
  • Communicate information obtained through M&E activities to IREX staff and various external stakeholders, notably donors and partners 
  • Be a primary MEL resource to the field office and field personnel; liaise regularly with IREX’s MEL team in DC  
  • Ensure data collection process is functioning in all activity locations to provide quality data within deadlines 
  • Regularly review data collection processes, perform data quality assessments, and make adjustments as needed 
  • Conduct regular visits to program sites to provide technical assistance and ensure proper monitoring of program activities
  • Produce M&E reports for the Chief of Party and donors, as needed
  • Develop annual performance plans and annual MEL plans
  • Serve as member of the program senior management team
  • Supervise assigned MEL staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Qualifications

  • Nigerien citizenship or residency with work authorization is required
  • Minimum of six (6) years of professional experience implementing M&E activities, preferably of international donor-funded programs; experience working on programs focused on youth, education, employment/entrepreneurship, local/municipal governance, or decentralization preferred
  • A demonstrated commitment to creating a learning environment in a program
  • A Master’s degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, education or related field; bachelor’s degree with 10 years of relevant experience also considered
  • Proven success in designing, implementing, and operating program M&E systems from program initiation to closeout stages in Niger required
  • Familiarity with innovative MEL methods to ensure data collection in areas with minimal connectivity and with participants with minimal literacy skills
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans
  • Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies
  • Experience in planning and managing surveys, and developing and refining data collection tools
  • Experience with data quality assessments and oversight
  • Experience managing and providing ongoing training to M&E field officers
  • Ability to communicate professionally and provide written reporting in English and French is required
  • Must have proven track record in the advanced use of modern communications tools, internet, email, social media, and teleconferences

To Apply

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