MEL Director
Pathfinder International
Islamabad, Pakistan
2d ago

Description

Pathfinder is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director to lead the implementation of the MEL agenda an anticipated five -year USAID- USAID Integrated Reproductive Health and Family Planning Activity in Pakistan.

The MEL Director will provide technical leadership to develop the project MEL system (framework, plans, and indicators) to capture performance results and provide effective, accurate and timely monitoring, evaluation and reporting of all project activities.

The MEL Director will develop and manage the project performance monitoring database to support effective management and collaborative and strategic learning across project teams, partners, clients / donors and stakeholders.

They will supervise, mentor, and coach the MEL team to design and implement project monitoring and evaluation activities and to ensure that lessons learned are integrated into project implementation to continuously improve quality of interventions and outcomes.

They will also coordinate with Pathfinder partners to oversee formative research and other research / evaluation activities led by partners under the program and ensure integration of learnings from research into the project.

Key Job Outcomes :

MEL Systems, Practices, and Design

  • Develops and implements the project’s MEL system according to Pathfinder standards and practices.
  • Ensures that the MEL system is a cost-effective, results-orientated system that provides USAID and the program with necessary information to assess the progress, effectiveness, and outcome of activities.
  • Develops / adapts tools for data collection; designs and oversees implementation of surveys and other data collection tasks.
  • Designs / adapts project performance monitoring database to report national and global indicator and performance indicator data quarterly to senior managers, COP, and Pathfinder headquarters;
  • ensures this data is regularly entered into Pathfinder’s DHIS2 instance.

  • Oversees implementation of the project’s baseline and end-of-project surveys, as relevant.
  • Documents project achievements against targets using monitoring data and works with project staff to document the factors behind gaps and over achievements.
  • Institutes regular use of performance monitoring data among project managers and other relevant Pathfinder staff to ensure knowledge transfer and learning.
  • Coordinates internal and external evaluations and disseminates evaluation findings through written reports, conference presentations, and publications, and assists project staff to do likewise.
  • Leads the development of the project knowledge management strategy and ensures systematic use of data to consistently document and disseminate achievements, success stories, and best practices.
  • Oversees production of data to meet reporting requirements as well as the preparation and review of quarterly and annual reports, research, technical reports, presentations, etc.
  • Provides technical support to strengthening MEL systems at national and community level.
  • Provides overall guidance and manages all the MEL related efforts, communicating and in coordination with the US MEL team.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Chief of Party.
  • Partnership and Stakeholder Collaboration

  • Collaborates with partners to develop individual and MEL work and training plans as appropriate.
  • Coordinates with Pathfinder partners charged with formative and other research activities to ensure useful and relevant data are collected, results from research activities are shared with all project partners and relevant stakeholders, and learnings inform project design and implementation.
  • Provides technical assistance and training to program teams and partner organizations as necessary
  • Minimally Required Education and Work Experience :

  • Advanced degree in public health, epidemiology, sociology, biostatistics, statistics, or related field of study.
  • Minimum 8 years of experience leading, designing, and implementing monitoring, evaluation and learning activities for multi-country, multi-faceted health programs in developing countries.
  • Strong management, communication, writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Previous experience working in Pakistan, preference for Pakistani nationals.
  • Strong speaking and writing skills in English.
  • Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies :

  • Demonstrated research experience and skills, complemented by experience in collaborating with various types of partners.
  • Experience interacting with host country agencies, including central and local government, development partners, civil society, and community-based organizations is essential.
  • Minimum of six years of successful supervisory experience.
  • Experience working with DHIS2, and other data system platforms.
  • Excellent representational and communication skills, written and oral proficiency in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a project team and achieve results.
  • Travel throughout the project area in Pakistan will be required.
  • Minimally Required Organizational Competencies :

  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights : Commitment to family planning, reproductive health services, gender, maternal, child health services, and eradication of harmful traditional practices
  • Self-Management and Teamwork : Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detailed-oriented, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-pace environment.
  • Matrix Management : Ability to thrive in a matrix organization.
  • Confidentiality : Ability to maintain confidentiality on work related matters
  • Other Information :

  • Job location we are seeking a person based in Pakistan.
  • Ability and willingness to travel In-county as well as to the US Headquarters. Travel throughout the project area in Pakistan will be required (up to 35%).
  • Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer.
  • Successful candidate must have the ability to work at home.
  • Please Note : This position is contingent upon project award and funding.

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