Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Advisor - Resilience

Mercy Corps, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th April, 2018

Job Description

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps is a thought leader in the Resilience Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, and has been an industry leader in providing guidance to evaluate resilience programming. Mercy Corps works in places characterized by fragility and crisis, where the impacts of shocks and stresses threaten people’s ability to get ahead. Through shared analysis, learning and action, MC’s Resilience Approach helps communities identify and address underlying vulnerabilities, minimize exposure to risks and strengthen resilience capacities to achieve positive, inclusive change.

MC recognizes that robust measurement and analysis methods are best suited in understanding how shocks and stresses impact household, community and systemic resilience – and therefore necessary to develop strategies and programming that can maximize impact to beneficiaries of resilience projects.  Mercy Corps contributed to USAID’s Resilience Measurement Practical Guidance series, in particular the guidance focused on high-level assessment, shock and stress measurement and analysis respectively.  Guidance Note No. 3 – Measuring Resilience Capacities introduced the steps monitoring and evaluation staff should consider when planning their activities to monitor and evaluate capacities in the field. We are in the process of finalizing Guidance Note No. 5, which builds upon the foundation established in Guidance Note No. 3, and provides monitoring and evaluation staff and managers guidance on how to monitor resilience.

General Position Summary

The Resilience Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor will be responsible for providing direct technical M&E support on MC’s “flagship” resilience programs in East and Southern Africa (ESA) and West, Central, and Northern Africa (WCNA), and based on that experience, build a suite of tools and examples that can be used by other programs to monitor and evaluate the impact of our resilience work.

The Advisor will support the design and implementation of resilience MEL activities at the program level and at the agency level. He/She will integrate resilience measurement into current resilience programs and HQ MEL systems/processes/tools across all phases of the program life cycle in coordination with program teams and the Regional Resilience Directors in MC’s ESA and WCNA regions. This will include support to programs with integrating findings from Strategic Resilience Assessments (STRESS)--or similar into  the theory of change, supporting program start-up and detailed M&E plan set-up, developing measurement tools to assess the impact of resilience activities, and supporting internal evaluations of program activities to assess impact on resilience.   

Mercy Corps seeks to establish comprehensive M&E guidance grounded in program experience on resilience measurement. The individual holding the position described will be responsible for providing technical MEL assistance to resilience programs and developing (in coordination with project staff), coordinating, maintaining and constantly improving resilience MEL guidance as well as training headquarter and program teams.

This position is for a one-year assignment, contingent on funding beyond that period

Essential Job Responsibilities

Monitoring and Evaluation technical Support to Programs (70%)

  • Provide M&E technical support on resilience programs and develop M&E tools and guidance for the program team. This may include support to program monitoring, evaluation and learning plans, as well guidance on quantitative and qualitative methods, tools, operational research, participatory learning reviews, and assessments, studies and evaluations that are grounded on program experience and best practices. 
  • Assist in designing programs that incorporate Mercy Corps’ resilience standards on design, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Support resilience assessments and dissemination of findings as requested.
  • Provide input as to M&E systems and act as a link to Country Level and Regional Level Resilience and MEL advisors. The Advisor will play a central role in all evaluation, design and implementation and developing the capacity of a national team to conduct internal evaluations on programs with a resilience component.

Staff Training and Capacity Building (15%)

  • Develop a staff training series to build team capacities in the area of resilience monitoring and evaluation. 
  • In coordination with the program MEL team, build the capacity of all relevant team members working on resilience programs to develop and maintain an excellent M&E system, which includes resilience measurements including the periodic reflection and analysis of program monitoring data.

Vision, Leadership and Strategy (10%)

  • Provide leadership to regional and headquarter staff in developing resilience M&E systems that inform and improve each program, as well as feed into the broader resilience framework. 
  • Engage and significantly contribute to the Resilience Measurement Community of Practice.

Policy, Advocacy and Representation (5%)

  • Represent Mercy Corps at conferences, media forums, and other events; contribute to thought leadership in area of Resilience M&E.
  • Identify and nurture strategic partnerships with other organizations and institutions.
  • Contribute to a strong and regularly updated network of technical experts and consultants that can serve as an additional resource for program support.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
  • to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility: None


Reports Directly To: Senior Technical Lead, Monitoring and Evaluation (Program Performance and Quality team)

Works Directly With: HQ, Programs and Program Performance and Quality.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master's degree in International Development or related field.
  • A minimum of 4 years professional experience in the international development or humanitarian response sector
  • At least 3 years of experience developing and implementing M&E systems at the program level, including developing M&E plans, indicator tables, data collection tools, and building capacity of M&E staff.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working on or engaging with resilience programs.
  • French language capacity- the ability to work professionally and technically in an all French-speaking environment is preferred.

Success Factors

The successful candidate will have the ability to work comfortably and effectively across a diverse portfolio. He/She will be an excellent communicator, multi-tasker, and able to work in ambiguous situations. He/She will be a team player with a positive attitude toward problem solving and conflict resolution.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

The position requires approximately 50% travel, sometimes to hardship locations and for extended durations of time (could include up to 3-4 weeks at a time.


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