Sajhedari - Support to Federalism (STF)

Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director

Sajhedari - Support to Federalism (STF)

Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director

USAID's Sajhedari - Support to Federalism (STF)  project is a six-year technical assistance project that aims to support the Government of Nepal (GoN) in the transition from a unitary state to a three-tiered federal system. This support will be focused on achievement of the following objectives:

1: The GoN creates sound policies and legislation that empower, finance and regulate provincial and municipal governments;

2: Provincial and municipal governments are more responsive, accountable, transparent and effective; and

3: Citizens and civil society organizations in the target municipalities are more involved in local decision-making and oversight.

USAID's Sajhedari - Support to Federalism (STF)  project is a six-year technical assistance project that aims to support the Government of Nepal (GoN) in the transition from a unitary state to a three-tiered federal system. This support will be focused on achievement of the following objectives:

1: The GoN creates sound policies and legislation that empower, finance and regulate provincial and municipal governments;

2: …

Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director

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Organization Overview

Abt Associates’ International Development Division (IDD) manages projects that are pioneering new approaches in governance, health, agriculture, food security, climate change, and competitiveness—as well as monitoring and evaluating projects within these sectors. We work throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East for chiefly governmental clients, including the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Project Overview

Abt Associates seeks a dynamic MEL Director for the USAID- funded Nepal Sajhedari STF project which aims to support the Government of Nepal in the transition from a unitary state to a federation of provinces, through the following objectives:

  • Objective 1: The GoN creates sound policies and legislation that empower, finance and regulate provincial and municipal governments
  • Objective 2: Provincial and municipal governments are more responsive, accountable, transparent and effective; and
  • Objective 3: Citizens and civil society organizations in the target municipalities are more involved in local decision-making and oversight

The position is based in Kathmandu with frequent travel to the provinces. Nepali applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Position Responsibilities:  

  • Lead the design, development, and implementation of the project MEL Plan, indicators, and learning agenda, including developing relevant indicators
  • Manage a rigorous approach to M&E to measure performance toward specific goals and objectives, including quantitative, qualitative, and participatory methodologies
  • Design data collection tools, schedules, analysis methods, and applied learning approaches for stakeholder training
  • Develop mechanisms to establish feedback loops between activity implementation, data collection, and communications and learning
  • Oversee and lead qualitative and quantitative data collection processes and strategies
  • Contribute to quarterly strategy reviews as well as drafting core components of program progress reports to USAID
  • Drive the project’s overall learning agenda to derive lessons learned and best practices from project activities, and contribute to quarterly program evaluations
  • Design and maintain integrity of project’s MEL database
  • Actively coordinate and support technical staff to plan, track, and evaluate project activities

Qualifications:  

  • Master’s degree in statistics, social science, development economics or a related field
  • At least eight years of experience in data management and analysis for M&E, learning and adaptive management
  • Skills in qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, data collection and analysis, and establishing MEL systems. Demonstrated ability to lead baseline data collection and analyses
  • Knowledge of and experience with M&E frameworks, and reporting systems
  • Experience with USAID programming highly preferred; experience with governance programs and governance indicators preferred
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and other MS Office software; data analysis software, e.g. SPSS or Stata
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff
  • Verbal and written fluency in the English language along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Nepal experience preferred; Fluency in Nepali preferred
Applying Procedure

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter along with updated CV to [email protected] with subject line “MEL Director” by Aug 6, 2020. 

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