Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director DRC

Full Time

ABT

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director DRC Integrated Health Activities

DR Congo-Kinshasa

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JOB DESCRIPTION

The World at Abt

Solving the world’s most pressing issues and improving the quality of life for people worldwide is what we do every day at Abt Global. Creating a more equitable world is no small task, but we are driven by big challenges.

We are a team of 3,000+ people in over 50 countries working in unison and focused on the bigger picture. Only by sharing our commitment, energy, and innovation do we effect change and push the boundaries of what’s possible. We welcome diverse ideas, backgrounds, and viewpoints – joining Abt means access to exceptional thinkers at the top of their game.

To thrive at Abt is to embrace flexibility and collaboration. Our open culture allows you to balance your work and personal life as needed to optimize personal well-being. Creating a more equitable world starts from within – we look after people around the world, and we’ll do the same for you.

Ready to embrace rewarding and meaningful work? Now’s your chance.

The Opportunity 

Abt Global seeks a Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) for expected upcoming USAID-funded integrated health activities.

These opportunities aim to support stronger, more resilient health systems at all levels; save lives; decrease morbidity and disability; and increase the potential of women, newborns, children, families, and communities to thrive in support of DRC Ministry of Health priorities.

As the MEL Director, you will be responsible for the monitoring, evaluation, and learning process for the program. This will include leading the design, implementation, and regular updating of the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (AMELP) and Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP).

The position will be based in Kinshasa, DRC and is contingent upon award to Abt Global.

Core Responsibilities 

  • Provide technical leadership in the development and implementation of the Activity’s MEL strategy, including AMELP; research (including operational research) activities; and collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) processes in line with USAID requirements.
  • Oversee the day-to-day implementation and management of AMELP and QASP for the Activity, including customization, roll out, and management of an Activity MEL system.
  • Collaborate with sector stakeholders and activity partners and beneficiaries to regularly collect quality routine and periodic data, including health service delivery data, health system data, activity implementation data, and other technical information at the provincial level to inform Activity progress toward broad goals and targeted results.
  • Collaborate with Activity leadership and technical teams to develop a learning agenda and fully integrate CLA approaches, processes, and tools across activities to ensure data use and inform adaptive management of project activities based on evidence and learning.
  • Develop, operationalize, and oversee AMELP components including indicator reference sheets, standard data collection tools and processes, data management approaches, data quality assurance (DQA) protocols, and data analysis plans, and train appropriate program staff and partners in their use.
  • Directly manage the performance of all project-based MEL staff.
  • Lead programming and budgeting for Activity learning activities, events, and products to diverse stakeholders and partners, within and outside DRC.
  • Support programmatic decision-making at all levels through data analysis, reporting, and communication of program learnings across multiple locations.
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Chief of Party and Senior Technical Advisors to ensure timely preparation and submission of all program deliverables, including work plans and progress reports.

What We Value

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in public health, international development, monitoring and evaluation, social sciences, or other relevant disciplines. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 12 years of relevant professional experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning on large, complex development (particularly health) projects; experience with USAID-funded activities preferred.
  • Excellent knowledge of health data, logistics management, and disease surveillance systems, particularly the health management information system (HMIS) of the DRC; strong experience with DHIS2 preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in leading or overseeing project baseline and endline research. Experience with operational research preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience managing the day-to-day aspects of rigorous monitoring data collection, analysis, and quality control for health projects.
  • Experience developing and managing learning and adaptation activities, including demonstrated experience in CLA (required) and complexity aware monitoring (preferred), and in data use for adaptive management.
  • Experience formulating and regularly updating comprehensive MELPs and QASPs for USAID-funded projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, initiative, good judgment, demonstrated team leadership, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills, in English and French.
  • Extensive experience in knowledge management and dissemination of Activity results to diverse audiences.
  • Advanced computer literacy in basic office applications and preference for experience using communications software.

What We Offer

We foster an environment where you can Thrive Your Way. Our innovative total rewards programs are designed to help balance your work and personal life. The approach toward your wellbeing centers around comprehensive benefits and professional development.

Abt Global is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Global provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Abt Global will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.

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