MEL Director

Chemonics, Arlington VA, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th July, 2019

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director for an anticipated opportunity under the USAID Moving Integrated Quality Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Family Planning and Reproductive Health (MNCH/FP/RH) Services to Scale (MOMENTUM) Annual Program Statement (APS). MOMENTUM seeks to accelerate reductions in maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity in high-burden, USAID-supported countries by increasing the capacity of host country institutions and organizations (including in the private sector) to introduce, deliver, scale up, and sustain the use of evidence-based quality MNCH, FP, and RH services.

The MEL Director will provide DC-based technical leadership and oversight for monitoring, evaluation and learning associated with the development of new service delivery models that address barriers, improve quality, and increase availability of MNCH/FP/RH services in the private sector. S/he will support the learning agenda, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, and participate in global forums, technical working groups, and conferences. 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
  • Perform 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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