Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
The purpose of Nicaragua Youth and Communities Secure, Empowered and Resilient (NYCSER) is to empower youth and their communities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to become resilient and better equipped to advocate for their own best interests and security in the current national context of social and political instability and discrimination, including by actively participating in their communities’ and nation’s decision-making.
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director will be responsible for designing, developing, and implementing an effective system to monitor progress, impacts, and successes of project activities and performance at all levels. S/he gathers, analyzes, and processes complex information related to all aspects of program activity implementation. S/he will conduct impact assessments, baseline studies, surveys and need assessments to identify necessary changes and future project opportunities. The MEL Director will ensure that the project complies with USAID performance reporting requirements. The Director will also lead Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) activities and provide expert guidance to the Project’s Chief of Party (COP) and Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) to inform decision-making processes and adaptive management.
Reporting and Supervision:
The MEL Director will report to the Chief of Party and work closely with the Director of Monitoring Evaluation and Learning based in the Washington, DC office.
- Develop and update the AMELP, including review of its theory of change, results framework, identify indicators, relevant and applicable baseline data collection strategies and methodologies, and the financial and human resources needed to successfully implement the MEL strategy;
- Design and lead CLA activities and efforts;
- Develop tools for data collection and protocols for performance monitoring as well as baseline, midline and endline and other assessments as needed;
- Ensure data collected is stored and analyzed in Creative’s web-based platform, MEDAL;
- Analyze ongoing quantitative / qualitative data at different points in the program leading to the specific program / contract results;
- Conduct field visits, as necessary, to develop monitoring / performance management plans with and train technical teams;
- Regularly review work plans to ensure the timely achievement of results related to USAID MEL;
- Elaborate annual plans related to the MEL component as well as budgets for relevant activities;
- Ensure regular communication of MEL activities to all key stakeholders and contribute to the quarterly, annual report and project reporting to USAID;
- Collaborate with the technical team to monitor the progress of the program in terms of the compliance requirements of USAID results and indicators;
- Work closely with technical staff and institutional partners to explain MEL processes and understand how these processes relate to the project's technical work, and to promote MEL-related training as needed;
- Manage MEL resources and ensure that Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) information and resources are up-to-date, available to staff and widely disseminated; and
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in international development, education, statistics, social sciences, or other related field required;
- At least seven (7) years of experience with M&E for international development program, including five (5) years implementing M&E systems for U.S. Government (USG)-funded projects in Economic Growth, Feed the Future, and Livelihoods sectors;
- Strong quantitative skills and demonstrated capacity and experience in data analysis, data collection; statistical analysis; and reporting; including experience with computer-based statistical packages and databases (Epi Info, ACCESS, SPSS, etc.) required;
- Experience designing and implementing M&E training / capacity building programs for international organizations required;
- Experience in developing and leading CLA activities;
- Experience working with international donors, as well as counterparts and beneficiaries (e.g., international and local NGOs and government representatives);
- Knowledge of the M&E approach of other, non-USG donors or agencies is a plus;
- Experience conducting field research required; including using qualitative and quantitative techniques;
- Experience with USAID’s rules and regulations required, including recent MEL guidance, strongly preferred;
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
- Ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines and to initiate and implement activities with minimal oversight and supervision, required;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and teamwork;
- Effective communication skills, able to make formal and informal presentations both orally and in writing and produce professional and analytical reports and program documents;
- Ability and willingness to travel (up to 20% of the time);
- Experience working with an international development organization and knowledge of reporting procedures, best practices, guidelines and tools for monitoring and evaluation, especially impact evaluation and a strong knowledge of USAID reporting requirements is an advantage; and
- Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish and English required.