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Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Director

Colombia (Colombia)

  • Organization: FHI 360 - Family Health International
  • Location: Colombia (Colombia)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-20

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About FHI 360:

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. For 50 years, FHI 360 has built the capacity of individuals, communities, and governments to address the needs of vulnerable populations. In more than 60 countries, our work is grounded in research and evidence, and our staff and experts have developed partnerships to support programs in economic development—including workforce development, private sector partnership and access to finance— civil society strengthening, technology and innovation, health access and services, and education. Our integrated approaches across a broad set of disciplines and countries helps develop customized responses to complex challenges addressing multiple aspects of people’s lives. We are currently seeking qualified Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Director candidates for the anticipated USAID-funded Colombia Destination Nature Activity (DNA).


Program Description:

USAID Colombia’s Concept Paper identifies two primary objectives: 1) Develop the market for sustainable nature tourism in targeted destinations; and 2) Improve evidence-based governance and coordination of sustainable nature tourism in targeted destinations. DNA will build sustainable business models for Colombia's nature Tourism that support community development, conserve the country's rich biodiversity, and reduce drivers of land use change. The expected geographic focus is on regions with Planes de Desarrollo con Enfoque Territorial (Territorial Focused Development Plans), in which sustainable nature tourism is a valid strategy to promote community development, biodiversity conservation, and to reduce land use change drivers.


Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding and will be based in Bogotá, Colombia. Colombian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


Position Description:

The MERL Director will lead the gathering and sharing of information to shape and improve the Project’s work. This includes developing and improving approaches and systems for performance data gathering and analysis, managing and designing research initiatives, overseeing Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) activities, and steering the use of performance information to support adaptive management. The MERL Director will be responsible for:

  • Developing the project monitoring system including methods, procedures and tools for data collection and data management; produce guidelines for the use of the system;

  • Helping to ensure the strong performance of the project by giving feedback to the Deputy Chief of Party and Chief of Party on progress toward targets, and flagging any needs for course corrections;

  • Overseeing and leading the M&E process, including maintaining and revising the Project’s M&E plan and system as needed, and providing M&E technical oversight and support to grantees;

  • Provide technical support to technical staff and local counterparts to identify and measure key social, economic, and environmental indicators of the performance of tourism businesses and destinations in terms of biodiversity conservation, reduced deforestation or land degradation, community benefits, and economic development;

  • Promote CLA through the integration and analysis of data as part of functional coordination arrangements that engage national and international stakeholders, to be developed by the project;

  • Managing and ensuring quality of all research, assessments and evaluations conducted by the project;

  • In collaboration with other Program teams, identifying and documenting project learnings for internal and external dissemination; produce publications, papers and participate in conferences as opportunities arise;

  • Leading the review and verification of gathered data against supporting documents and agreed workplans;

  • Providing oversight to data quality assessments that verify project progress reports providing guidance and technical assistance to improve data quality and reporting performance of grant partners;

  • Overseeing the maintenance and updates of a database that tracks project awards and activities;

  • Preparing quarterly progress reports and annual reports as required by USAID;

  • Providing M&E orientation and capacity building to the grantees and other project staff.



  • Masters degree in a directly relevant field;

  • At least eight years’ direct experience in managing and executing information management, communications, or M&E activities for donor-funded projects, including experience in developing capacity among staff and partners;

  • Prior experience of working in a non-governmental organization (NGO);

  • Experience in utilizing and managing database and information management software;

  • Demonstrated familiarity with and understanding of participatory M&E techniques, and of developing and monitoring both output and outcome indicators;

  • Fully competent in Microsoft Office package, particularly MS Word, Excel and Power Point;

  • Experience in research methods and data analysis, especially qualitative information;

  • Fluency and excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish;

  • Experience in coaching and working with teams and others;

  • Experience in managing and supervising a team;

  • Ability to work under stressful conditions and working environment.

  • Ability to promote and uphold principles of inclusion, with regard to gender, disabilities, and other marginalized identities. This is to be done both by ensuring equality and a safe and comfortable working environment among the staff supervised, and by incorporating inclusion in the design of programs and activities.


This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.


FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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