Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist – SPRID Malawi

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Position:   Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist – SPRID Malawi
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Job Id:   472
# of Openings:   1
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist
DI is seeking to hire a  Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist  for an anticipated five-year  Strengthening Parliament’s Role in Malawi’s Development (SPRID)  in Malawi funded by USAID. SPRID will contribute to Malawi’s democratic governance by supporting the Parliament of Malawi to better fulfill its legislative, oversight and representative functions. The goal of the activity is to support the effectiveness and independence of Parliament by providing technical support to selected constitutional and standing committees, coordination between parliament and statutory oversight institutions around public integrity issues, and CSOs and media’s demand for accountability. The activity looks at both the technical capacity as well as the political incentives of Members of Parliament and staff to support a more robust legislative process, and more rigorous oversight. To maximize Parliament’s influence, the activity will leverage partnerships with oversight institutions and civil society and media to build coalitions for reforms that are responsive to the public interest. USAID released an  RFI  in April and we encourage applicants to read it.  This will be a full-time position based in Lilongwe, Malawi. This position is open to both expatriates and Malawian citizens and will be contingent on award and funding.  The anticipated award start date is estimated to be in February 2022.
Essential Job Duties:
The position’s  responsibilities  will include:
Programmatic
  • Provide technical leadership to develop the program framework, plans and indicators to capture project performance results
  • Provide effective, accurate and timely monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the DRG project activities;
  • Supervise the program’s MEL activities, ensuring that lessons learned are integrated into program implementation to continuously improve the quality of interventions and outcomes;
  • Be responsible for documenting and disseminating program successes and challenges to USAID;
  • Be responsible for designing and conducting operations research.
  • Assure that all assistance provided is technically sound and appropriate to meet activity objectives;
  • Develop regular reports and ongoing activity monitoring consistent with the requirements of DI’s agreement with USAID and with internal reporting requirements;
  • Support the preparation of deliverables such as work plans, MEL plans, and reports; and
  • Oversee and support sub-grantees’ MEL outputs.
Administrative
  • Build DI’s local team MEL practices.
Qualifications:
  • A Master’s degree (or higher) and 5 years’ relevant work experience, or relevant work experience of 7 years in lieu of an advanced degree;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with USAID compliance and reporting requirements;
  • Minimum seven years of work experience in monitoring and evaluating complex, large, multi-year, international DRG sector development programs such as good governance, citizen engagement and civil society programming;
  • Strong demonstrated skills in planning, MEL and programming adaptation, inclusion, and budgeting;
  • Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, operations research, governance management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, data analysis and presentation and setting up and managing MEL systems that track performance as per the objectives set forth;
  • In-depth familiarity with, understanding of, and ability to successfully navigate within the Malawian context preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders, and team members;
  • Professional fluency in English (both spoken and written) required;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • This position is open to both expatriates and Malawian citizens.
Reporting:
  • This position reports to the Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party
Application Process:
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. DI will only contact candidates of interest.
About the Organization
DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 70+ countries.
DI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for DI employees. DI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at DI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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