Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager - USAID PNG Electrification Partnership Activity

from Abt Associates
Closing date: 23 Oct 2019


Abt Associates, a global leader in technical assistance, program implementation, and international development, seeks a qualified Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager for the anticipated USAID-funded PNG Electrification Partnership (PEP) Activity based in Papua New Guinea. We are looking for individuals who are committed to exceeding expectations and who strive to improve the lives of people worldwide. This position is contingent upon award.

The PEP Activity anticipates connecting 70% of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) population to electricity by 2030. Recognizing that access to electricity is fundamental to economic growth and is foundational for the development of the private sector and industries, the governments of Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the United States are working together to support this goal. The program will undertake four primary objectives:

  1. Strengthen PNG Power Limited (PPL)’s Utility Operations and Financial Viability
  2. Develop Viable Off-Grid Electrification Models
  3. Strengthen PNG’s Energy Regulation
  4. Catalyze Private Investment for Energy Projects

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead the design, development, and implementation of the project MEL Plan, indicators, and learning agenda, including developing relevant indicators
  • Manage a rigorous approach to M&E to measure performance toward specific goals and objectives, including quantitative, qualitative, and participatory methodologies
  • Design data collection tools, schedules, analysis methods, and applied learning approaches for stakeholder training
  • Develop mechanisms to establish feedback loops to ensure that learning approaches and trainings inform and contribute to achievement of objectives under communications and training activities
  • Oversee implementation of a baseline study on the indicators, including review of tools and survey methodology and review of data quality and analysis
  • Oversee and lead qualitative and quantitative data collection processes and strategies
  • Contribute to quarterly strategy reviews as well as drafting core components of program progress reports to donor
  • Drive the project’s overall learning agenda to derive lessons learned and best practices from project activities, and contribute to quarterly program evaluations
  • Design and maintain integrity of project’s MEL database

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree in statistics, social science, development economics or a related field
  • At least six years of experience in data management and analysis for M&E, learning and adaptive management
  • Skills in qualitative and quantitative analytical methods, data collection and analysis, and establishing MEL systems. Demonstrated ability to lead baseline data collection and analyses
  • Knowledge of and experience with M&E frameworks, and reporting systems
  • Experience with USAID programming highly preferred
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and other MS Office software; data analysis software, e.g. SPSS or Stata
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability working collaboratively and independently
  • Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff
  • Verbal and written fluency in the English language along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Prior Papua New Guinea experience preferred; experience in fragile states desirable
  • Experience working in energy or environment programs preferred