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MERL Advisor - USAID Egypt Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Activity Full-time Job

1 year ago   Social Services   Cairo   1.3K views Reference: 980
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FHI 360 is currently recruiting for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Advisor based in Egypt supporting an anticipated USAID-funded project aimed to address and eliminate gender-based violence/violence against women and girls, including female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), child, early and forced marriage (CEFM), and seasonal marriage as forms of trafficking in persons (TIP).

The Activity will: (1) support positive behavioral change to end VAW/G; and (2) expand access to quality integrated VAW/G support services and responsive interventions, such as medical, legal, psychosocial, and economic empowerment services. The Activity will respond to the U.S. Governments and the Egyptian Governments shared policy priorities focused on gender equality and womens empowerment. Employment is contingent upon successful award of the project to FHI 360, as well as USAID approval of the finalist.

The MERL Advisor is responsible for overseeing all project research and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) activities, including design and implementation in close collaboration with other project teams. The Advisor will work collaboratively with other team members to build understanding of tools, and ensure data is correctly collected, analyzed, disseminated, and used by relevant stakeholders. The MERL Advisor is responsible for the design of surveys and analytical products, as well as for analyzing data against key indicators, including identifying key project learnings, and informing necessary adaptations to achieve project goals and preparing all reports required by USAID and for project internal purposes. S/he is responsible for developing tools and building the capacity of sub awardees and other project beneficiaries who will utilize data and report to the project for M&E purposes. The MERL Advisor will also lead the projects Knowledge Management functions and serve as the projects Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) lead. The MERL Advisor will be a senior member of the project management team and be responsible, along with the Chief of Party, for overall technical quality of the project. The MERL Advisor will supervise the M&E team.

Primary Responsibilities:

Lead, manage, and coordinate implementation of M&E systems and reporting requirements for the project, including progress against key indicators from the project Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (AMELP)

Design, develop, and oversee implementation of M&E tools and systems to collect, analyze, and aggregate data that measure project impact and results against key AMELP indicators.

Lead data collection design, analysis, and use of data to promote evidence-based programming, provide timely feedback in relation to project targets, work plan activities and objectives, and address gaps in programming.

Develop high quality quantitative and qualitative methods and participatory methodologies to monitor program quality for performance and results.

Maintain understanding of overall M&E function and monitor the work in data analysis from other tools.

Revise, redesign, and monitor effectiveness of Data Collection tools, including spreadsheet templates as well as reporting frameworks in the projects Knowledge Management System (KMS)

Develop protocols on Data Collection and work with M&E team to train staff and ensure accurate understanding of how to use Data Collection tools and assign and monitor responsibility for data collection and data entry.

Experience in leading and implementing Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) approaches, and developing learning and systems thinking.

Coordinate with all project teams, including technical and grants staff, to ensure sufficient understanding of Data Collection requirements, and ensure data is collected in a timely manner to meet USAID reporting deadlines.

Analyze data collected through spreadsheet and KMS tools, prepare and ensure accuracy of all USAID reporting requirements.

Communicate with relevant USAID and other donor projects on M&E actions and training activities, and support integration of the projects M&E with the Missions DevResults system.

Contribute to training materials and conduct workshops for sub awardees on their M&E requirements against primary project indicators and develop templates and reporting schedules/protocols for grantees.

Support sub awardees, where applicable, in developing M&E data collection and analysis plans required both for project reporting purposes and measuring overall effectiveness of activities supported by the project.

Design and maintain project KMS, including developing reporting functions that align to project indicators, and developing Data Collection Protocols for staff.

Monitor KMS data entry and analysis to ensure KMS is meeting project needs.

Work with senior management and M&E team to revise and adapt programming based on survey findings, analysis of progress against key indicators, and other feedback mechanisms.


Masters degree in social science, international development, or a related field.

8 years of relevant experience, including at least five years of experience in managing data intensive programs and designing M&E activities for donor-funded programs, including hands-on practical experience setting up and managing M&E systems.

Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Demonstrated familiarity with and understanding of development and monitoring of output, outcome, and impact indicators.

Prior experience utilizing Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) approaches to improve project performance and achieve impact.

Prior experience designing M&E systems and tools on economic growth-related projects preferred.

Strong diagnostic, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills.

Computer proficiency in word processing, databases, spreadsheets.

Must be a strong self-starter.

Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills; demonstrates initiative and good judgment.

Fluency (written and oral) in English (or American Sign Language) and Arabic (or Egyptian Sign Language).

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 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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.

Company Description
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories.As we evolve to meet the challenges of the future, we stand committed to the principles that have guided our organization for the last 40+ years. Our work continues to be grounded in research and science, strengthened by partnerships and focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities and countries to succeed.

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