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M&E Learning (MEL) Manager - Bangladesh

Job Description

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The CLA – MEL Manager has overall responsibility for providing coordination and leadership for monitoring and evaluation of the grant, including formative investigation (pre-intervention baseline), ongoing data collection, and summative research evaluation (post-intervention). CLA- MEL Manager would also be responsible for the evaluation that will sum up the grant’s accomplishments in accurate and objective way.

The CLA – MEL Manager will also support local partners in establishing their M&E and reporting systems and provide technical assistance to improve their understanding of project evaluation and a performance-based management approach. In addition, to monitoring and evaluation, the position will support reporting activities, including the training of staff.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Planning:

  • Develop the overall framework for grant M&E in accordance to the design document and donor requirements.

  • Identify the core information needs of grant management, partners, and funding agencies; Participate in development of the annual work plan and budget, ensuring alignment with technical strategy.

  • Foster participatory planning and monitoring by engaging primary stakeholder groups in the M&E activities.

  • Draft tools and their revisions as well as data collection procedures (eg. logical framework, project performance tracking, indicators, data flow chart, M&E manuals) Pre-Implementation.

  • Conduct readiness assessment: the incentives at the system level, the beneficiaries and existing capacity.

  • Mutually identify partner’s role in baseline process and engage based on agreement.

  • Keep abreast of developments in grant/program changes and progress in order to advise and recommend tools and strategies to increase program performances and results.

  • Identify the requirement for collecting baseline data, prepare terms-of-reference for and arrange the conduct of a baseline survey, as required.

Implementation/Execution:

  • Oversee and execute M&E activities with particular focus on results and impacts as well as in lesson learnt.

  • Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of M&E and to identify where adaptations might be needed.

  • Clarify and/or facilitate process for monitoring and evaluations of sub-grantees.

  • Identify the need and draw up the ToRs for specific studies; Recruit, guide and supervise consultants or organizations that are contracted to implement special surveys and studies required for evaluating grant effects and impacts.

  • Perform regular field visits to ensure the quality of data collected by Programs and to verify the accuracy of reported data.

Reporting:

  • Guide staff and executing partners in preparing their progress reports in accordance with approved reporting formats and ensure their timely submission. This includes quarterly progress reports, annual project reports, inception reports, and ad-hoc technical reports.

  • Prepare consolidation progress reports for grant management including identification of problems, causes of potential bottlenecks in the project implementation, and providing specific recommendations.

  • Identify and report strengths and weaknesses in existing data collection and management systems and propose solutions to improve implementation.

Capacity Building/Continuous Learning:

  • Implement pre-designed system to identify, analyze, document and disseminate lessons learned.

  • Check that monitoring data are discussed in the appropriate forum and in a timely fashion in terms of implications of future action. If necessary, create such discussion forums to fill any gaps.

  • Monitor the follow up on evaluation recommendations.

  • Coach project/program staff to properly document, organize and capture learning and program progress.

  • Facilitate, act as resource person, and join, if required any external supervision and evaluation missions.

  • Organize (and provide) refresher training in M&E for grants staff, implementing partners, local organizations and primary stakeholders with view of strengthening local M&E capacity.

  • Network with external and WV internal partners to promote learning and achieve M&E excellence.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Master’s degree in international relations or a relevant field.

  • Seven years of experience managing M&E systems for USAID projects of a similar size and scope.

  • Understanding of and experience implementing adaptive management approach.

  • Experience using a Learning Plan to inform activity implementation.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Demonstrated strong writing and oral presentation skills in English.

  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.

  • Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially primary stakeholders.

  • Seven years of experience managing M&E systems for USAID projects of a similar size and scope.

  • English, Bengali (preferred).

Preferred:

  • Experience carrying out field research.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Estimated 25% travel to the field activities required.