We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director for an upcoming USAID-funded opportunity in Rwanda entitled the Schools and Systems Activity: LEARN. This position will be based in Rwanda – in Kigali or field offices in the project’s target states – and is contingent upon award.
The anticipated Rwanda Schools and Systems Activity: LEARN will strengthen the education system to enable all pre-primary and lower primary school and classroom environments to be of high quality, inclusive, and focused on learning of foundational reading skills. Specifically, the anticipated five-year activity will improve learning outcomes by focusing on increasing Kinyarwanda literacy skills of boys and girls through primary 3 (P3) through four intermediate results: (1) Pre-primary education system enhanced to develop, promote and improve emergent literacy, (2) Lower primary reading classroom instruction improved, (3) School environments improved for increased lower primary reading outcomes, and (4) Education systems management strengthened for improved literacy outcomes. The Schools and Systems Activity will include a focus on learning for children with disabilities to ensure project approaches reach all children.
The MEL Director is responsible for establishing and managing the project’s overall M&E system, tracking all progress made towards meeting program/contract results, indicators, and targets, including impacts on access, retention, reading outcomes, community engagement, gender, and disability-inclusive measures, ensuring that they are being consistently and systematically tracked and reported. He/she collaborates with and oversees sub-grantees to provide feedback on data collection and indicators; analyzes data reported from sub-grantees; and supports training of M&E personnel in quality assurance methods. He/she collaborates with the program team to design operations research to support learning, evaluation, and planning, and oversees the implementation, analysis, dissemination, and use of research products. He/she shares MEL data and improvement plans and collaborates with staff and stakeholders on strategies for program improvements for greater program effects.
- Designs and oversees the monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities of the project
- Leads the design, development, planning, and implementation of the MEL plan and project evaluation activities, including the development and dissemination of tools, materials, reports, papers, and intervention-linked research
- Develops strategies and tools for the design and implementation of monitoring of specific technical components
- Works closely with the technical team leads to co-design monitoring tools, select indicators, and determine field monitoring responsibilities
- Ensures tool compatibility and coordination within the M&E framework, and consistency with national and donor requirements
- Responsible for providing technical assistance, and developing and setting up systems for the timely collection, management, analysis, and reporting of valid and reliable data that meet donor reporting requirements
- Focuses on strengthening the M&E system, building capacity of partners and staff, and improving alignment and support to host-country M&E systems
- Supports the project’s Collaborating, Learning, Adapting (CLA) framework
- Undertakes periodic reviews of program and/or country M&E systems, and participates in planning M&E system strengthening actions
- Provides guidance on information systems for quality assurance, as well as best practices documentation and reporting
- Oversees the publication and dissemination of information on successful and promising approaches, lessons learned, and other program results to ministry counterparts, donors, program partners, and other key stakeholders
- Master’s degree in evaluation, demography, social science, economics, or other relevant discipline
- At least 9 years of experience related to monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on education or social-sector programs required; experience in early grade reading research or assessment preferred
- Experience in design and implementation of M&E systems for USG-funded projects
- Strong quantitative and analytical skills and ability to articulate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences
- Demonstrated expertise in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and analytical methods
- Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills
- Ability to collaborate effectively with program staff and partners
- Proficiency with relevant software (Stata, SAS, SPSS, Epi Info, Atlas)
- Proven supervisory experience
- Experience in the education sector in Rwanda or the region strongly preferred.
- Fluency in English required; fluency in French preferred.
This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
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