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Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Director – Social Welfare Strengthening

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Director – Social Welfare Strengthening
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Job ID 2019-1368


Position Overview
Pact is recruiting a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Director for an upcoming U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funded Community Social Welfare System Strengthening follow-on activity to increase access to and use of health/HIV, social welfare, and protection services by vulnerable HIV-affected populations. The goal of this proposed Community Social Welfare System Strengthening program is to improve the health, well-being, and protection of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), at-risk Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) and People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in high HIV burden communities. The activity will be client-centered and community-focused in order to contribute to 95-95-95 goals.

The program seeks to attain the following objectives:
• Objective 1: Improve core competencies of the community-based social welfare workforce to enable the delivery of health/HIV, social, and protection services (50% LOE)
• Objective 2: Improve functionality of community systems and structures to strengthen service delivery for OVC, at-risk AGYW and PLHIV (40% LOE)
• Objective 3: Strengthen community social welfare planning and budgeting for improved accountability to HIV affected populations (10% LOE)
Position Purpose

The MERL Director provides strategic guidance, vision, and management for successful monitoring and evaluation of the program. This individual also supervises MERL staff and ensures the strategic and functional integration of all MERL activities as well as active collaboration with sub-awardees and USAID. The Director oversees all MEL activities, provides technical direction and support, and ensures the accurate reporting of results for program activities. This position is contingent upon award.
Key Responsibilities
• Oversee the design and implementation of the project’s MERL system in coordination with Pact’s HQ Results and Measurement (R&M) Team to develop key performance indicators, targets, tools, and appropriate MERL responsibilities across the project.
• Manage baseline assessments and support the implementation of research and learning studies with Pact’s HQ R&M Team.
• Coordinate any external evaluation processes, including drafting evaluation ToR and selection of firm, in alignment with award.
• Develop and disseminate relevant M&E tools, formats and lead the provision of M&E specific technical training
• Oversee data collection, collation, storage, analysis, and reporting, ensuring that data is of high quality and audit worthy
• Supervise other M&E staff and oversee consortium partners’ compliance with MEL system.
• Ensure appropriate training and supportive supervision of all partners in monitoring and evaluation procedures, data collection tools, and data management practices in alignment with the MELP
• Work closely with partners to establish their internal MERL systems, M&E plans, and data quality management
• Strengthen staff and partners’ capacity in qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation techniques through comprehensive staff training, mentoring, and/or coaching.
• Conduct and manage Routine Data Quality Assessments (RDQA); ensuring implementation of corrective actions to improve data quality and accountability of staff and partners
• Oversee the development and maintenance of a comprehensive project database, ensure accurate and timely storage of electronic files.
• Responsible for calculation and reporting of Pact’s Global Indicators through imPact, Pact’s instance of DHIS2
• Responsible for the data analysis, writing, and review of the results and learning sections of program reports in collaboration with program staff, before submission to donor and ensure consortium partners’ compliance with internal data quality requirements and timely submissions for reporting.
• Commitment to applied learning and adaptation based on data: Lead the program team on routine reviews and interpretation of data for learning and adaptation; package and disseminate timely findings in a meaningful way, and make suggestions for adaption based on USAID CLA
• Supervise and manage a team of MEL members
• Create a learning agenda and implement a system designed to identify lessons learned and disseminate timely information, in accordance with USAID CLA
• Produce learning products and thought leadership pieces relevant to the project intervention; present in local conferences or on webinars regarding project’s MERL successes
• Other tasks as assigned

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with DHIS2 platform and mobile data collection software
• Experience in utilizing health, gender and social inclusion sensitive indicators and analysis
• Tanzanian work experience preferred. Tanzania National preferred.

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