Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager – ACHIEVE Tanzania project

Other Dodoma District Dodoma

Position Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager

Office Location: Dar es Salaam or Dodoma, Tanzania

Supervisor Title: Project Director – ACHIEVE Tanzania project

Expected Project End Date: 30 September 2024

Pact Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.

Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance, and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance, and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Project Overview

ACHIEVE is a five-year, USAID-funded global cooperative agreement with the dual objectives of attaining and sustaining HIV epidemic control among at-risk and hard to reach pregnant and breastfeeding (PBF) women, infants, children, and youth, as well as to mitigate the impact of HIV/ AIDS and prevent HIV transmission among these populations; and supporting the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners in order to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners.

ACHIEVE has been funded by USAID in Tanzania to implement a four-year activity which aims (1) to improve national- and community-level social welfare systems in order to sustain support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and families affected by HIV; (2) to deliver high-quality services to OVC in assigned regions; and (3) to strengthen the capacity of local organizations to deliver OVC services. ACHIEVE will begin activities in Tanzania in October 2020.

Position Purpose

The MEL Manager provides strategic guidance, vision, and management for successful monitoring and evaluation of the program. This individual supervises MEL staff and ensures the strategic and functional integration of all MEL activities as well as active collaboration with other implementing partners and USAID. The MEL Director oversees all MEL activities, provides technical direction and support, and ensures the accurate reporting of results for program activities. The MEL Manager is responsible for the overall MEL capacity development of local partners, ensuring prime OVC partners have the skills and resources to conduct the MEL functions necessary for their awards.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the development and implementation of the project’s MEL framework and systems for collecting, tracking, analyzing, and reporting the progress of the project activities against targets and expected outcomes.
  • Supervise the team of MEL staff.
  • Ensure that USAID and PEPFAR reporting requirements are met, including regular reporting into PEPFAR’s DATIM system, and semi-annual narrative reports to USAID.
  • Lead M&E capacity development of local sub-partners, including ensuring the M&E provides continuous, high-quality technical assistance, training, mentoring and coaching to support sub-partners in setting up and implementing M&E systems, M&E for OVC programming, data quality management, basic data analysis, reporting, and using data for decision-making.
  • Oversee DHIS2-based data management system for internal M&E and supporting local partners’ reporting processes.
  • Ensure quality of data reported to USAID/PEPFAR, including leading internal RDQAs and data verification and cleaning process, as well as participate in any external DQAs and coordinate closely with USAID on assessments.
  • Ensure harmonization with standard reporting systems and tools.
  • Develop or adapt existing data collection, collation, and aggregation tools, and maintain project databases.
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of learning studies.
  • Liaise with counterparts at international, government, and other agencies involved in related activities and collaborate in promoting high-quality results and complementary efforts.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in any of the following or related fields: social science, international development, public health, evaluation, statistics, or economics
  • At least 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in designing, managing, and implementing results-based MEL activities
  • At least 5 years of supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated relevant technical skills in analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data, and packaging the findings
  • Excellent organizational as well as English oral and written communication skills
  • Progressively responsible experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects and program beneficiaries, preferably for USAID funded programs, with experience in OVC/MVC, capacity development, and preferably health/social welfare systems strengthening.
  • Experience in utilizing gender and social inclusion sensitive indicators and measures.
  • Extensive knowledge of reporting procedures, including USAID and PEPFAR, best practices, guidelines, and tools for monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of PEPFAR MER guidance and DATIM
  • Experience designing and overseeing data management systems, including longitudinal client tracking; experience with DHIS2 strongly preferred
  • Proven skills in building the M&E capacity of sub-partners
  • Ability to work well on a team and with various partner organizations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc., and the ability to use various commercially available statistical software programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with mobile data collection software.

  • Experience in utilizing health, gender, and social inclusion sensitive indicators and analysis.

  • Tanzanian work experience preferred. Tanzania National preferred.

How to Apply:

If you believe you are the ideal person we are looking for, please submit your application letter describing why you are the right candidate for this position, a curriculum vitae detailing your experience, and three (3) professional referees from previous and current place of employment. Please send the application online as only the applications sent online will be reviewed.

Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

The closing date for applications will be Tuesday: 2nd November 2020

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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The MEL Manager provides strategic guidance, vision, and management for successful monitoring and evaluation of the program.

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