Creative is seeking a Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor for an anticipated USAID-funded project in Liberia. The MEL Advisor will play a critical role in operationalizing the Liberia Elections and Democracy Activity and will design, operationalize, and lead the implementation of the project's Collaborating Learning and Adapting (CLA) framework. S/he will be expected to develop and lead knowledge management programs, facilitate communities of practice and social networking, as well as facilitating organizational learning, change, and evaluation of program effectiveness.
S/he will lead a rigorous Monitoring and Evaluation approach and will provide substantive inputs to an impact evaluation to be led by a third party. Proven track record to develop and lead implementation of the MEL plan, facilitate organizational learning, change, and advancing foreign aid effectiveness. Must have a track record in strategic, systems and holistic thinking, managing resistance to change, and understanding of organizational culture, learning, and change management. And, demonstrated presentation skills that can influence decision makers and foster organizational change strategies, and experience implementing them within a complex organizational setting.
Reporting and Supervision:
This position reports to the Chief of Party and supervises data collection and other MEL staff.
- Design and manage the project's MEL plan, system and tools with a focus on rigorous evaluation, data collection, documentation and dissemination;
- Lead the formulation and implementation of a learning agenda that responds to key learning questions and manage the associated learning partnerships and processes;
- Collaborate with USAID and third-party evaluator to design rigorous impact evaluation in civic education
- Organize and implement learning events and processes, including 'pause and reflect' events and resulting adaptive management analysis, decision-making, program/ approach adjustments, training and follow-through;
- Coordinate with the project's other MEL team members, and relevant program staff to ensure new knowledge is effectively used to adapt project activities and approaches and is incorporated in theory of change revisions, as needed;
- Contribute to the creation of a culture of openness, trust, and continuous improvement within the program team and with partners;
- Build the program team's capacity in CLA as well as the capacity of key project stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of CLA practices in the long run;
- Collaborate with the project's technical leads in designing, implementing, and operationalizing a developmental evaluation framework and complexity-aware monitoring approaches;
- Establish and maintain relationships and continuous engagement with USAID, other donors, peer organizations, research and other institutions. Ensure appropriate and continued coordination and joint planning with USAID and other donor activities, Liberian government initiatives, and private sector engagement;
- Ensure consultative processes with communities, local government, civil society, other donor-funded projects, local researchers and academics;
- Regularly engage project stakeholders in gathering and documenting information and lessons emerging from program implementation and ensure quality communications to external stakeholders; and
Travel to different locations in Liberia to develop relationships and implement CLA activities.**Qualifications**
Bachelor's degree or higher in international development, social science, communications, evaluation, or related field is required;
At least seven (7) years of work experience with a bachelor's degree or five (5) years of experience with a master's degree in learning and coordination responsibilities in international development projects is required;
Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing project MEL plans;
Demonstrated experience contributing to and supporting impact evaluations;
Experience facilitating learning and knowledge sharing processes; establishing and managing dynamic feedback systems to capture experiential learning for adaptive management;
Demonstrated understanding of USAID's Evaluation Policy, CLA framework, toolkit, and processes is required;
Experience in liaising and networking with large donors such as USAID preferred; as well as implementing partners, government bodies, academia, and civil society groups is highly desirable;
Skills in analyzing, interpreting and communicating information to a wide range or stakeholders, including producing relevant analytical reports, data visualizations, and publications is highly desirable;
Experience in facilitation and designing and implementing trainings and workshops using adult learning principles and practices is highly desirable;
Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including design and implementation of data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation is preferred;
Proficiency in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management, knowledge-sharing networks is required;
Experience in MEL for democracy and governance programs is preferred;
Experience of working in a conflict environment is a plus;
Written and spoken fluency in English is required.
Other Preferred Qualities:
- Strong track record in strategic, systems, and holistic thinking, managing resistance to change, and understanding of organizational culture;
- Demonstrated experience using political economy analysis/thinking and working politically to achieve programming objectives; and
- Demonstrated presentation skills that can influence decision-makers and foster organizational change strategies, and experience implementing them within a complex organizational setting.
Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
Position contingent upon donor funding.