Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

International Republican Institute (IRI) is seeking to fill the position of Regional Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager in Africa.
IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day to day operations.
  • Provide technical support for IRI’s monitoring and evaluation learning (MEL) efforts, primarily to field-based programme staff, especially related to project implementation and closeout
  • Engage in consistent communication with field offices and Washington, D.C., to design and implement data collection tools to meet programme needs, including, but not limited to, pre and post-tests, interviews, surveys, scorecards, observation protocols and document review protocols
  • Mentor MEL staff based in the various IRI Africa field offices, including providing guidance, regular consultation and real-time support for their MEL needs
  • Assist in project-level data collection and analysis for reporting on activities and associated output, outcome, and impact (as appropriate) level results
  • Design and conduct training on monitoring, evaluation and learning for IRI staff and partners
  • Manage project evaluations, including evaluation and data collection tool design, leading data collection and analysis, and report writing
  • Assist in the data quality efforts in IRI Africa field offices to ensure that they meet IRI and funder standards
  • Conduct regular internal spot checks to help field staff ensure that documentation and storage of field office data meets funder standards
  • Assist field offices in implementing their learning strategies, including collaboration, learning and adaptation initiatives, after action reviews and reflection sessions, to ensure that data is both reported and used to improve programmes in Africa
  • Support African field offices in engaging with donors, including USAID and the US Department of State, on MEL issues
  • Participate as an active member of IRI’s DC-based evidence and learning practice, including frequent communication and participation in staff and coordination meetings
  • Work with other members of the evidence and learning practice as a team to complete projects, and achieve organisational goals
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Undergraduate/graduate degree in Political/Social Science, International Relations or a related field
  • Five years, minimum, of professional experience in the international development sector, with at least three years in MEL role
  • Located in or willing to relocate to one of these areas: Bamako, Mali; Banjul, The Gambia; Abuja, Nigeria; Kampala, Uganda; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Khartoum, Sudan; Mogadishu, Somalia; Somaliland; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Bangui, Central African Republic; Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Experience in building staff capacity on MEL, including on developing MEL systems, data collection, analysis, and report writing
  • Demonstrated understanding of the theory-based approach to programme design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Familiarity with common MEL elements of projects including, but not limited to, logical frameworks, performance monitoring plans and indicator matrices
  • Experienced designing and/or implementing evaluations
  • Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Familiarity with quantitative data analysis preferred
  • Experienced setting up and maintaining data quality processes
  • Experience in working on democracy and governance projects
  • Experience with USG-funded projects
  • Strong organisational skills, execution of tasks, and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage diverse activities and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, coordinate and effectively meet programme goals
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications

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