MRM lead

Palladium International, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, HR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd January, 2017

Job Description

Background of Sudokkho Sudokkho is a 5-year skills training and employment programme applying market system approaches, funded by UK aid and SDC and implemented by Palladium in consortium with Swisscontact and the British Council.

The programme tests and scales-up market-driven, quality skills training systems within the Readymade Garments (RMG) and Construction sectors that will stimulate further investment in training by trainees, private training providers and employers. The programme's target is that 100,000 poor people, including women and disadvantaged populations, will earn increased income in skilled or semi-skilled jobs after successful completion of training. The programme supports Private Training Providers (PTPs) and Industry-Based Training (IBT) initiatives (supply-side stimulation), and raises awareness about the value of skills development among the trainees and industry (demand-side stimulation). Additionally, Sudokkho supports industry skills councils and the development of skills training packages that meet the occupational standards of the industry and can be used by the above mentioned training systems.

Sudokkho builds upon the TVET reform agenda in coordination with the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) of the Ministry of Education (MoE). The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) supports initiatives that facilitate greater involvement of the private sector to ensure skills training is relevant and of high quality, thereby increasing post-training employment opportunities, as stipulated in the National Skills Development Policy 2011. The programme strengthens the institutional capacity and supports key functions of the Industry Skills Councils (ISC) in the concerned sectors. It also supports capacity building of national Training Consultancy Service Providers (TCSP) to sustain a long-term development process.

In 2016, Sudokkho has shifted further its strategic direction from a traditional TVET support programme to a market-led and market-responsive training programme, stimulating the industry to invest in training and reducing subsidized training by PTPs. To facilitate this process and to change the private sector skills market, Sudokkho undertook a market systems analysis for the RMG and construction sectors and analysed the problems in the core market, supporting functions and rules that surrounds the skills training markets. This sets the agenda for future interventions and further focuses the programme towards a market systems approach.

In line with Sudokkho's revised focus, the programme requires senior M&E expertise embedded in the team in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to ensure the adequate development and implementation of a comprehensive DCED-compliant Monitoring and Results measurement (MRM) system, in line with the expectations of DFID and SDC.

Key duties and tasks The MRM Lead will undertake the following tasks:

  • Develop, test and roll-out a Sudokkho-tailored and DCED-compliant MRM system; this includes reviewing and improving the existing MRM strategy, result chains and measurement plans and all qualitative and quantitative MRM tools
  • Enhance learning across the programme team by driving the process of quarterly evidence reviews and provide expert inputs which feed into reporting (3 quarterly reports and an Annual report). Provide leadership ahead of, during and post DFID Annual Reviews.
  • Lead assessment surveys that capture direct and indirect programme impact
  • Provide quality assurance for the MRM system and data collection activities
  • Work closely with the team leader and coordinate M&E-related tasks across the whole Sudokkho team
  • Build up the team's capacity to integrate MRM functions in the staff's routine work with a view to influencing strategic decisions based on evidence
  • Line manage MRM officers and ensure clear accountability and responsibilities
  • Represent Sudokkho to the client and manage the client relationship and expectations


  • More than 10 years of relevant and progressive experience supporting monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Professional experience working on innovative Private Sector Development and Market Systems Development projects
  • Strong knowledge of and expertise on DCED standards, MRM planning (monitoring and results measurement), data collection and interpretation, and evidence-based report writing
  • Demonstrated ability to line manage a team of M&E professionals,
  • A track-record of confidentially and directly managing relationships with the client.
  • Strong communication skills in English
  • Ability to work to deadlines and under significant professional pressure
  • Excellent computer competence including spreadsheets, databases and word processing suites
  • Strong interpersonal and report writing skills and flexibility.

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