Chemonics seeks a monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) director for the Western Balkans Rule of Law Initiative (WB ROLI) funded by the UK Conflict, Security and Stability Fund. The £20 million, 3.5 year programme aims to improve the delivery of justice and increase confidence of citizens in the rule of law. WB ROLI will deliver issues-based rule of law assistance at a country-level across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia, and explore common trends and cross-border interventions within the region. The programme will have a strong focus on experimentation and learning both to build on lessons learnt from previous programming and create a body of data and evidence to design interventions. At the regional level, the WB ROLI will contribute to new, improved, or functional procedures to safeguard transparency and accountability in the delivery of justice; faster processing of criminal justice cases; approaches and strengthened access to justice for victims of gender-based violence; heighted awareness of access to justice rights for citizens, including socially excluded groups and the grassroots civil society organisations that support them; increased legal certainty in and appropriate selection of sentencing.
The MERL director, based in Belgrade, Serbia, will support the team leader in overseeing the monitoring and evaluation of the programme; travel to the countries named above in support of activities; and manage the programme’s research component to inform both iterative project learning and to develop data and evidence on rule of law in the western Balkans. The programme is expected to commence in November 2019.
- Oversee the design and implementation of the monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan
- Coordinate with technical staff to oversee tools for data collection, storage, and analysis
- Train staff and partners on monitoring, evaluation, and learning system operations; collection methods; and tools to ensure high-level data quality
- Conduct data analyses, generate reports of findings, and create graphics to contribute to reporting requirements and project communications products
- Plan for and supervise intermittent performance evaluations, collect and disseminate lessons learnt, and share successes during project implementation
- Implement a coherent monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methodology across all project activities in line with the project’s M&E plan and according to specific activity need
- Direct and support distinct research activities to collect data conduct analyses on specific rule of law issues throughout the region to inform implementation of the current programme and support development of future UK development programming
- Advanced degree in social sciences or a related field
- Significant experience in designing MERL programmes, with a substantial background in MERL programming focused on broader rule of law and justice programmes, for example, judicial system transparency and accountability, access to justice, criminal justice processing, and justice for socially excluded groups
- Familiarity with FCO or UK government reporting and data quality requirements preferred
- Fluency in English (speaking, writing, and reading) and in either Serbo-Croatian or Albanian languages required
- Experience working in at least one of the countries named above
- Computer, database, statistical software, and analytical skills required, particularly in issues related to monitoring and evaluation
- Direct experience in a multicountry regional programme platform, including compiling research and indicator data from multiple sources