Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director – Population Services International

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Organization:  Population Services International

Career Category:  Monitoring and Evaluation

Years of experience: 5-9 years

Closing date: 



Project Description

PSI Ethiopia is currently accepting applications for a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) for an anticipated USAID-funded Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) in Ethiopia. The purpose of the (PHEM) activity is to strengthen public health emergency management to mitigate the impact of disasters on the health system and primary care and, strengthen the capacity of Ethiopia’s institutions and communities to effectively manage disaster risks.

This activity is expected to be a five-year program in the $10-25M range. The solicitation is expected to be released in October 2021 and awarded in May 2022.


Job Summary

PSI Ethiopia seeks a qualified Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director to lead major activities within the USAID Ethiopia PHEM project. The MEL Director will work closely with the COP, DCOP, and other staff to provide technical leadership, oversight, and strategic direction for MEL framework, systems, and activities. The Director will provide overall leadership and guidance on project design, activity monitoring, evaluation, and learning on PHEM and will ensure timely information and feedback to stakeholders. The position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and is contingent upon program award and USAID approval.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide technical leadership in the development and implementation of overall monitoring and evaluation framework for project implementation.
  • Support activity monitoring, evaluation, learning, and reporting, including the management of appropriate systems to track progress against targets, document lessons learned, and produce timely, accurate, and complete reports in compliance with USAID requirements.
  • Develop monitoring, evaluation, and reporting systems that include appropriate indicators, baseline data, targets, and a plan to evaluate performance.
  • Support the development and implementation of a project wide learning agenda in line with USAID’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting framework and approaches.
  • Oversee the development and submission of timely, accurate, and complete reporting and the use of innovative technology for documentation.
  • Regularly review and update the project’s MEL plan.
  • Work closely with government counterparts and local implementing partners (LIPs) to strengthen capacity in data collection, reporting and use of data for decision making.
  • Institute regular use of performance monitoring data, project to harmonize and streamline collection and use of data for program activities and learning, among project managers, stake holders, and other relevant PSI staff.
  • Liaise with USAID, government partners, policy makers, and other key stakeholders to coordinate dissemination and application of results.
  • Supervise MEL team members to: manage production of data to meet all reporting requirements including quarterly and annual reports, research, technical reports, presentations, etc.; ensure that all data is up to date and ready for immediate use; review quarterly reports prior to submission to donors and headquarters; assist project technical staff with preparation of reports as appropriate.
  • Build capacity of project staff, on the use of data for decision making and performance improvement.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to program teams and partner organizations as necessary.
  • Provide technical support to strengthen MEL systems at national and community level.**Qualifications**

Required Experience & Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Statistics, Public Health, Social Sciences, demography or other relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience relevant experience in MEL for USAID-funded large-scale health programs of a similar size; including scaling up digital integration and dashboards for immediate and actionable updates for rapid follow up and resolution.
  • Demonstrated experience working in partnership with host governments, international donors, and implementing partners.
  • Experience using health data management software, such as DHIS2
  • Experience using statistical software packages, such as SPSS, STATA, EpiInfo, etc.
  • Experience working in complex environments and with adaptive management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including for reports, conference presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Strong interpersonal and supervisory skills.
  • Ability to work independently and with team members and partners at all levels.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically.

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.

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