Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Specialist

Winrock International, Lilongwe, Malawi

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th April, 2019

Job Description


Winrock is seeking MERL Specialist candidates for the upcoming USAID-funded Malawi REFRESH initiative. This initiative is a fisheries restoration intervention to foster ecosystem based and participatory fisheries management in Lake Malawi.

Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


  • Design a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system to support a large USAID-funded project; this will include defining indicators and setting targets in collaboration with project staff and USAID.
  • Train and manage staff to collect, analyze and verify M&E data, which requires frequent travel.
  • Conduct data verification, analysis, and management.
  • Provide M&E training and support to technical teams.
  • Manage the baseline assessments.
  • Monitor data for results, impact and learning opportunities, and evaluates the results and impact of the program.
  • Prepare M&E data for quarterly reports.


Education: Post-graduate degree (Master’s Degree or higher) in social science, development economics, statistics or related field.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years in M&E of international, multilateral, and/or USG-funded programs.
  • Experience supporting natural resources management and biodiversity projects with a fisheries focus.
  • Experience in understanding and interpreting Results based frameworks and capturing and analyzing performance indicators at output, outcome and impact levels.


  • Demonstrated capacity in performance management and data interpretation and report writing.
  • Experience in the design, conduct and analysis of research studies (quantitative and qualitative).
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously as part of a team with other staff.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and diplomatic skills for building and maintaining good relationships with government counterparts and other stakeholders.
  • Computer literacy with demonstrated use of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Experience with database development and management in Access (or something similar).
  • Experience using mapping (e.g., Arc-GIS etc.), and statistical analysis software (SPSS®, Epi STATA®, SAS®, or similar).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required.


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