MEL team leader, Maternal Child Survival Program

Chemonics, Arlington VA, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th June, 2019

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Team Leader for the anticipated follow-on to the USAID Maternal Child Survival Program (MCSP) based in Washington, DC. MCSP is the USAID Bureau for Global Health flagship maternal and child health program and is a multi-partner, global USAID cooperative agreement aimed at introducing and supporting high-impact health interventions in 25 priority countries with the goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths within a generation. MCSP focuses on increasing coverage and utilization of high-quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health interventions at the household, community, and health facility levels. The MEL Team Leader will perform and ensure oversight and implementation of all MEL support to core activities and country programs in collaboration with the Program Director, Deputy Program Director, and Technical Team Leaders. This includes designing the project’s MEL system and data collection tools, training staff and partners on MEL system operations and tools, and performing data analysis and generating reports. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership and oversight of MEL activities including routine process monitoring, data collection, data analysis, data quality, timeliness, and reporting
  • Ensure MEL activities are in line with the USAID Evaluation Policy
  • Lead the design and operation of the program’s MEL systems to ensure standardization across country programs in indicators, data collection, and reporting
  • Oversee the collection of and reporting on program management, output, and outcome indicators by the country programs
  • Apply adaptive management strategies and facilitate learning activities to support staff to assess progress and continually refine programming
  • Lead the strategy and design of the program’s collaboration, learning and adaptation activities and oversee implementation;
  • Ensure the creation and dissemination of program learning through strategic communication
  • Manage the program M&E team and provide technical support to core and in country teams
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required


  • A master’s degree or higher in statistics, research methods, information systems, or a related advanced degree
  • At least ten years of experience of M&E systems development and implementation across multiple countries and for complex projects (M&E systems for global projects preferred), with at least 5 years of experience on MEL for health projects
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in USG reporting requirements
  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, research, management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, and data analysis and visualization
  • Expertise in data analysis and using tools such as MS Excel, and statistical packages; experience with DHIS2 preferred
  • Track record of progressive responsibility working at a senior manager level
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluent English oral and written communication skills is required
  • Ability to interact professionally in a foreign language (especially French, Spanish, or Portuguese) is preferred, but not required


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