Pact seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director for the anticipated USAID-funded Sudan Youth and Women, Strengthened Together and Advancing in New Directions (Sudan STAND) Activity, an Associate Award under the Civil Society and Media-Strengthened Together and Advancing in New Directions (CSM-STAND) Africa & Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Leader with Associates (LWA) Cooperative Agreement. Sudan STAND aims to increase collaboration, sustainability, and resilience of civil society and independent media to advance the inclusion, participation and leadership of youth and women in Sudan. The activity will apply locally led, problem-driven, adaptive approaches. This is anticipated to be a five-year activity and the position will be based in Khartoum, Sudan. This position is contingent upon award.
The MEL Director will provide strategic guidance, vision, and management for successful monitoring, evaluation and learning of Sudan STAND in keeping with the principles of collaboration, learning, and adaptation as outlined in the draft Activity Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP). The Director will lead in the development, implementation, and revision of the AMELP, overseeing all MEL activities; providing technical direction and support; ensuring the accurate and compelling reporting of results for Sudan STAND activities; and ensuring the Activity aligns with Pact’s quality standards for MEL in close coordination with Pact’s Learning, Evidence, and Impact (LEAP) Team based in Washington, DC. The Director will supervise a team of MERL- focused staff on SUDAN Stand to ensure the strategic and functional integration of all MEL activities, as well as actively collaborate with sub-awardees and USAID.
- Lead the development and maintenance of MEL systems including MEL plan, performance indicators, data collection & reporting tools, data management systems and standard operating procedures (data quality management plan) in collaboration with the Learning, Evidence and Impact (LEAP) team.
- Integrate technology in implementation of MEL activities for improving quality and availability of data for decision making.
- Manage evaluations including securing ethical approvals from local Institutional Review Board, designing and executing internal baseline, midterm and endline assessments as appropriate, and support the implementation of learning activities, with Pact’s DC LEAP Team.
- Coordinate any external evaluation processes, including drafting evaluation ToR and selection of firm, and managing the consultants in alignment with award.
- Oversee data collection, collation, storage, analysis, and reporting, ensuring that data is of high quality and audit worthy.
- Supervise other M&E staff and oversee consortium partners’ compliance with MEL system.
- Ensure appropriate training, mentoring and supportive supervision of all partners in developing and operationalizing monitoring and evaluation procedures, and data quality management practices in alignment with the MELP.
- Integrate Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) and Results-Based Management (RBM) into project workplan for evidence-based practice including leading the collection, analysis, documentation, dissemination and use of best practices and lessons learned.
- Conduct and manage Routine Data Quality Assessments (RDQA); ensuring implementation of corrective actions to improve data quality and accountability of staff and partners.
- Lead the project (indicator) performance reporting process including donor reporting, Pact’s Global Indicators and organizational KPI reporting through imPact (Pact’s version of DHIS2).
- Accountable for the data analysis, writing, and review of the results and learning sections of program reports in collaboration with program staff, before submission to donor.
- Ensure consortium partners’ compliance with internal data quality requirements and timely submissions for reporting.
- Establish and maintain strategic stakeholders’ relationships to promote collaboration, coordination and information sharing for effective National integrated health services delivery.
- Participate in Pact’s global Community of Practice of M&E professionals to share lessons via quarterly meetings. Partner with Pact’s LEAP team to ensure the project’s MEL systems and outputs meet minimum quality standards
- Contribute to Pact’s thought leadership by representing Pact at relevant conferences and supporting Pact’s portfolio learning agendas, as appropriate, through the project MEL plan.
- Other tasks as assigned.
- Master’s degree in social science, international development, public health, evaluation, statistics, or economics.
- At least ten (10) years of experience designing and implementing M&E activities; previous M&E experience on USAID-funded programs required.
- Knowledge of and experience with key democracy, human rights, governance programming indicators and USAID data collection and reporting systems.
- Experience with ‘full cycle’ M&E (including design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation) from project start-up through close out activities.
- Knowledge of, and experience with, USAID’s collaborating, adapting, and learning (CLA) approaches.
- Demonstrated relevant technical skills in analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data, and packaging the findings.
- Must have professional fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic. Knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of Sudan.
- Extensive knowledge of reporting procedures, including USAID, best practices, guidelines, and tools for monitoring, evaluation and learning, including impact evaluation.
- Demonstrated to work well on team and with various partner organizations. Previous management and supervision experience required.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc., and the ability to use various commercially available statistical and data visualization software programs e.g., STATA, R, PowerBI, Tableau.
- Sudanese nationals strongly encouraged to apply.