Heifer has worked in Nepal since 1957 and has had a permanent corporate office in the country for the past 25 years. Heifer’s economic growth work in Nepal has been funded by its own funding from private donations and work with all donors from USAID, European donors, multi-lateral banks, foundations, private sector partners and the Nepali national and local governments. Our technical assistance projects cover everything from small holder farmers, cooperatives, to women empowerment, local government development, environment, youth employment, entrepreneurship, SME development and value addition for livestock and agriculture products (everything from post- harvest handling, packaging to market linkages).
In addition to our Nepal work, Heifer is currently implementing similar projects throughout 20 offices around world. Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with some form of specially-abled.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Director – Proposal
The MERL Director manages all aspects of the project monitoring, research, evaluation, learning and reporting. He/she manages, analyzes information and reports to the Chief of Party (COP) and provides the project team and partners with feedback on progress toward the achievement of key results as stated in the project annual workplans and project Performance Management Plan (PMP). The MERL Director ensures that the project collects, analyzes, and disseminates accurate data consistently and timely, aggregates project-generated knowledge and lessons learned through routine monitoring and evaluation of the project activities. Specific responsibilities include:
The roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Develop and refine the overall project PMP and key performance indicators (KPIs) ensuring that all project components have end-of-the-project and annual indicators (inputs, output, outcomes, and impact), established baselines and measurable and achievable targets
· Work with the project team and collaborate with Nepali counterparts on developing project indicators, including their definitions, measurement, process of data collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and reporting
· Establish and oversee project database, including data verification, entry, and cleaning
· Identify and advise the project team on implementation of innovative solutions to data collection and monitoring
· Identify and mitigate challenges in the project data management that impact effective project implementation
· Promote the shared responsibility of the project MERL function among the project team and partners through regular meetings, trainings, and communication
· Provide timely qualitative and quantitative information to the project team on the project quarterly and annual progress reports, programmatic updates, success stories, briefs, newsletters, as required
· Keep updated on developments in MERL best practices, relevant to the project
· Keep abreast of Nepal socio-economic statistical indicators and provide timely updates to the project team to ensure effective planning and adapting the project activities
· Conducts political economy analysis in Nepal on the routine bases to help project staff to think and work politically
· Contribute to the development of the project annual work plans
· Conceptualize, and conducts additional research activities as required by the project
· Supervise and mentor MERL staff
· Represent the project at external technical events, including conferences, webinars, and other events, as required
· Travel to project sites to provide on the ground technical assistance to project staff, partners, and counterparts
· Ensures the project compliance with the donor branding and marking requirements
· Master’s degree in international development
· Seven (7) years of progressive experience in managing research, monitoring and evaluation in economic grow or other social sectors
· Seven (7) years of experience working with donor funded projects
· Strong analytical abilities and participatory management style
· Proficient in database management and data analysis
· Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
· Spoken and written language proficiency in Nepalese and English
Most Critical Proficiencies
· Deep knowledge of the context and reality of the region where will be assigned.
· Fluent in local language of the region where will be assigned and proficiency in English (writing and speaking.)
· Well-grounded in the discipline of project monitoring and evaluation, quantitative and qualitative data capture and representation methodologies.
· Experience as a Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at some level within a large donor-funded project managing both output and impact indicators.
· Proven ability to build capacity of field-based MELS staff in monitoring and evaluation business standards.
· Knowledge of impact capital ideally related to adapting or developing MELS tools to capture the inclusion of private funds on project impacts.
· Proven ability to work collaboratively in remote locations with staff who are based in other countries.
· Evidence of strong leadership skills and proven collaborative skills in project management, monitoring and evaluation.
· Confident in and experience with the use of technology in development.
· Knowledgeable of current and emerging ideas, research, and developments in the field of international development and a commitment to continuous learning and development.
· Fluency in English required and ability to travel to field sites.