MERL Coordinator

UGARF, Georgia, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st September, 2020

Job Description

This position, funded by the U.S. State Department, will coordinate Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) efforts for a project on human trafficking in multiple countries in West Africa ending in 2024. The goals of the APRIES project are to establish baseline estimates of human trafficking in the selected countries, contract with community agencies to administer programs to combat trafficking in these countries, conduct monitoring and evaluation of these programs, and measure key indicators of human trafficking in the selected countries at the end of the grant period.

The APRIES MERL Coordinator will be responsible for managing the monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning activities in collaboration with the APRIES team and African research partners. This work includes developing and implementing the MERL framework, performance indicators, MERL tools, and data quality assurance processes to ensure the timeliness and validity of data entry and analysis and its effective use for decision making and project learning. The MERL Coordinator will collaborate with and coordinate the MERL initiatives of research partners by strengthening the capacity of project staff and providing technical support to their use of M&E strategies, plans, processes, and tools.


Oversee all aspects of the performance measurement for the project, including day-to-day tracking, reporting on activities, and data quality assurance. Draft and revise the project MERL plan and key performance indicators, including detailed indicator definitions and activity tracking tables. Develop data collection tools and procedures for MERL.

Percentage of time: 40

Collaborate with project team and in-country staff partners on data collection and analysis, and ensure data is collected in a timely manner. Participate in project monitoring through site visits, review of project reports, and analysis of performance monitoring and other data. Lead data quality controls and verification procedures. Manage MERL budget efficiently. Write MERL reports for review by the project team and sponsor. Guide and support in-country staff and consultants. Contribute to the design of external project evaluation strategies.

Percentage of time: 40

Ensure data and learnings are prepared for dissemination. Contribute to strategic discussions on the project learnings; support work that establishes and maintains standards, guidelines, and quality assurance mechanisms in MERL for counter-trafficking programs, and inputs into cross organizational learning in this area. Foster a results-oriented and learning culture throughout the project to ensure that MERL data and learning are used by the project team to improve performance.

Percentage of time: 20

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

  • Demonstrated skills in performance measurement, indicator selection and monitoring, and data collection/analysis.
  • Demonstrated skills in building capacities of staff and local organizations in Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Strong skills in developing and utilizing results frameworks, logical frameworks, or similar tools for project design, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of database management.
  • Proficiency in statistical applications (SPSS, SAS or STATA) or proven proficiency with open source big data analytics tools strongly desired.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with domestic and international partners.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrates professional behavior.
  • Exhibits a high level of initiative.
  • Ability to work independently and with multiple partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to plan and implement project responsibilities.


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