Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL)


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Chemonics International Inc.



Title: Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL)

Project: Rwanda Soma Umenye

Project Summary

Soma Umenye is a five-year USAID funded activity that aims to improve reading outcomes in Kinyarwanda for at least 1 million children in public and government-aided schools in Rwanda by the end of Grade 3. Specifically, Soma Umenye will target all children in Grades 1-3 attending public and government-aided schools nationwide and ensure that at least 70 percent of students are able to read grade-level text with fluency and comprehension by the end of Grade 3.

Project goals:

Soma Umenye aims to achieve the following two goals.

  • To improve reading outcomes in Kinyarwanda for at least 1 million children (unique direct beneficiaries) in public and government-aided schools in Rwanda by the end of P3; and
  • To ensure that at least 70 percent of P1-P3 students are able to read grade-level text with fluency and comprehension.

To achieve the above goals, it requires close collaboration with all education stakeholders under the technical leadership of MINEDUC and REB.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership and oversight of MEL activities to ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency.
  • Collaborate closely with government of Rwanda counterparts in collecting, analyzing, and using MEL data.
  • Ensure that MEL activities are in line with the USAID Evaluation Policy, and that periodic reports (oral and written) are provided to the chief of party for submission to USAID.
  • Design and oversee research activities in line with USAID’s Goal One Education Strategy and with Soma Umenye’s approved research plan. In this work, collaborate effectively with Soma Umenye’s subcontractors Cambridge Education and Room to Read.
  • Oversee and support administration of Soma Umenye’s early grade reading assessments (EGRAs), working in partnership with subcontractor EdIntersect.
  • Provide quality assurance of the capacity building interactions of Soma Umenye with the University of  Rwanda College of Education for MEL activities.

Implement the project’s approved MEL plan

  • Ensure that performance monitoring, policy-driven research, and evaluations are consistent with program deliverables and results and track activity progress towards achieving targets and results.
  • Ensure that MEL activities under this contract are in accordance with USAID regulations, USAID Education technical requirements and meet reporting timelines as described in sections B, C, and F of the project contract.
  • Ensure that the methodologies used to measure the programs deliverables, results, and impact on improved learning outcomes, gender, disability-inclusive, and other measures in approved M&E plan, are being consistently and systematically tracked and reported in accordance with USAID data reporting requirements.
  • Conduct periodic training for project staff, stakeholders, and/or partners. Share information to help them monitor the progress of their work and use the data for strategic decision-making.
  • Oversee the collection of baseline data and the setting of targets. 
  • Oversee the data quality assurance process to ensure project data quality and integrity.
  • Oversee the set up and maintenance of the ChemResults system
  • Oversee the maintenance of the MEL system, periodically evaluating its effectiveness, and adjusting as necessary to provide the project with accurate and useful data.
  • Continuously review indicator achievements to date against set targets, including reporting to senior management on any indicators which may exceed targets by more than 10 percent or may fall short of targets by more than 10 percent.
    • Contribute to the development annual work plans and review the relevance of the MEL plan against these work plans.
  • Update (as necessary) the M&E system utilized by the project, taking into account staff input and USAID recommendations regarding program benchmarks and indicators.

Support learning about what works best to achieve early grade reading results in the Rwandan context

  • Ensure that MEL tools are designed to support learning – in collaboration with government of Rwanda counterparts – about what works (tracing the results chain from intervention to intermediate outcomes to expected outcomes)
  • Organize periodic learning events with REB and other relevant stakeholders to review MEL data at the national and regional level to learn what is working and what could be improved.
  • Support development of case studies on key course corrections or adaptive management actions undertaken in response to positive or negative developments during the project’s implementation.

Communicate MEL information

  • Provide as-requested MEL data to the client in a timely manner.
  • Regularly communicate progress against targets to project staff.
  • Support project communications staff to disseminate lessons learned and best practices to internal and external stakeholders, as appropriate.


  • Oversee and guide the work of the MEL Advisor and MEL Specialist, ensuring it supports the goals of the project’s approved monitoring and evaluation plan.
  • Conduct other tasks as requested by chief of party.

Job Qualifications

  • A master’s degree (or foreign equivalent) preferred in the social sciences or a related field.
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in monitoring and evaluation for donor-funded projects preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, research, management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, data analysis and presentation, as well as experience monitoring and evaluating education and/or development projects.
  • Must be familiar with USAID Education Strategy Technical Notes regarding monitoring and evaluation of Goal 1 activities.
  • Experience administering EGRAs preferred
  • Possesses excellent facilitation, oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated technical writing skills for publication.
  • Demonstrated exemplary diplomatic, communication, and interpersonal skills; Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with host-country counterparts in both the government, university, and NGO sectors is desirable.
  • Experience tracking equity in learning outcomes among boys, girls, and children with special needs preferred;
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English

Location of Assignment

The location of assignment is Kigali, Rwanda with intermittent travel throughout the country.


The Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning will report directly to the Chief of Party or his designee.

Expected Salary: Commensurate with salary history and experience

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