Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director

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FHI 360 is seeking applications for a MEL Director for Capacity Development and Support Program a program funded by USAID/PEPFAR, and dedicated to reducing HIV mortality, morbidity, and transmission while strengthening the technical capacity of local NGOs and the South Africa Government to deliver high-quality HIV/AIDS services across the continuum of care. The MEL Director will oversee the monitoring, evaluation and learning components of the project and develop and manage the MEL Plan.  The MEL Director will develop and maintain systems to collect data and lead analysis to produce information on inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impact of the program.  S/he will collaborate with and oversee sub-grantees to provide feedback on data collection and indicators; analyze data reported from sub-grantees, and support training of M&E personnel in quality assurance methods.  S/he will collaborate with the program team to design operations research (OR) to support learning, evaluation and planning, and oversee the implementation of OR projects as well as analysis, dissemination, and use.  S/he will be the focal contact person with M&E team at USAID/Pretoria. The position will be based in Pretoria South Africa and will report to the Chief of Party.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

The MEL Director will have the following responsibilities:

  • Design and oversee the monitoring, evaluation and learning activities of the project.
  • Lead the design, development, planning, and implementation of project M&E plan activities.  This includes development and dissemination of tools, materials, reports, papers, and intervention-linked research.
  • Develop strategies and tools for the design and implementation of monitoring of specific technical components.
  • Work closely with the technical leads and government and national partners and stakeholders to co-design monitoring tools, selecting indicators, and determining field monitoring responsibilities.  Works to ensure tool compatibility and coordination within the M&E framework, and consistency with national and donor requirements.
  • Responsible for providing technical assistance, developing and setting up systems for the timely collection, management, analysis, and reporting of valid and reliable data that meet donor reporting requirements.
  • Focus on strengthening the M&E system, building capacity of partners and staff, and improving alignment and support to host-country M&E systems.
  • Develop and lead the implementation of a robust learning agenda for continuous learning, collaboration and adaptation.
  • Oversee the development and monitoring of annual work plans and budgets to support M&E activities.
  • Undertake periodic reviews of program and/or country M&E systems and participate in planning M&E system strengthening actions. Provide guidance on information systems for quality assurance, as well as best practices documentation and reporting; and
  • Oversee the publication and dissemination of information on successful and promising approaches, lessons learned and other program results to program partners, donors, Government of the Republic of South Africa counterparts and other key stakeholders.


  • Master’s Degree or higher in monitoring and evaluation, public health, demography, health management, social science, biostatistics, statistics, or a related field required.
  • 10+ years’ experience in monitoring, evaluation and research efforts, with at least five years experience in a management position.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills and ability to articulate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience with USG-funded projects preferably PEPFAR programs, and experience with cooperative agreements and sub grantees.
  • Strong background or formal training in evaluating international development programs such as but not limited to DREAMS and Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth.
  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and analytical methods.
  • Extensive experience in knowledge management, publications and dissemination of research findings.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country government personnel, stakeholders, NGO partners, and international donor agencies.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English.
  • Ability to work independently and manage a high-volume workflow under intense pressure
  • Strong skills using MS Excel Word, PowerPoint and Access, and at least one data management software program (SAS, SPSS, Epi Info, Atlas) and experience training others in its use is highly desirable
  •  Experience with and documented skills for design, implementation and oversight of electronic data collection tools (DHIS2, DHIS2 Tracker, CBMIS), and in the use of data visualization techniques and software (DHIS2, Tableau, PowerBI, etc.) is an added advantage
  • Ability to travel domestically up to 35% of the time

FHI 360 offers a competitive compensation package and is an equal opportunity employer.

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.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

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