Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents around the world — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — to create strong systems that support well-nourished, healthy, and educated people. We help our partners move from knowing their goal to knowing how to reach it. We combine global expertise in health, education and nutrition with analytic rigor, practical support for decision-making and implementation and access to peer problem-solving networks. Together with our partners, we build self-sustaining systems that serve everyone and deliver lasting results.
R4D is a founding member of the USAID-Advancing Nutrition consortium, with a role that leverages R4D’s expertise in innovative and integrated approaches to Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation. In addition to R4D’s work with USAID-Advancing Nutrition, R4D’s current nutrition portfolio is primarily anchored around improving Data for Decision Makers and supporting government, donors and other partners to achieve Sustainable Financing for Nutrition, while also collaborating with R4D colleagues in areas such as integrating nutrition within health systems, and market shaping for nutrition.
We have a vibrant culture at R4D. Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of our work environment and help advance our mission. Diversity—of ideas, identities, perspectives and backgrounds—is vital to who we are and what we do. Our work culture is collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial. We operate based on trust and respect. We seek people who embrace these values and will help reinforce them.
USAID Advancing Nutrition is the Agency’s flagship nutrition project, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners. Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements and provides technical support to nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The project’s multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, supporting behavior change and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development.
The Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning (MEL) will be instrumental in making USAID Advancing Nutrition (USAID-AN) a global leader in multi-sectoral nutrition programs by building the evidence base for global nutrition and using it to support USAID’s work. The MEL Director will play a central role in forging strong working relationships with USAID, USAID-AN partners, and global nutrition stakeholders; and will work collaboratively with the project’s technical leadership and the Knowledge Management (KM) team to advance monitoring, evaluation, and learning across all project activities. The MEL Director will be a member of USAID-AN’s senior leadership team. This position will lead and manage a team of monitoring, evaluation, implementation research and learning professionals and will integrate better practices for monitoring evaluation, research and learning across the project.
This position is based in Crystal City, VA and will have a dual reporting to USAID Advancing Nutrition’s Project Director and the Results for Development Managing Director, Nutrition.
The MEL Director will be an experienced manager who will:
- Develop and oversee the implementation of a Project Monitoring Plan (PMP) that reflects USAID Advancing Nutrition’s contributions to USAID’s multi-sectoral nutrition strategy and global knowledge about how to measure and effectively implement multi-sectoral nutrition interventions.
- Guide implementation of the USAID Advancing Nutrition’s Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) Plan.
- Identify implementation research priorities and oversee activities to ensure rigorous, high quality research design and implementation standards.
- Identify project learning priorities that meet the needs of the technical teams and the USAID Bureaus and foster adoption of adaptive management approaches through extensive stakeholder engagement using innovative and collaborative learning methods.
- Work with USAID Advancing Nutrition technical staff, USAID Missions, and other stakeholders to leverage monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning techniques to support program activities.
- Support the development of relevant USAID Bureau strategies and theories of change.
- Work closely with the Knowledge Management Director and team to ensure that key data, evidence, and learnings from project activities are appropriately captured and disseminated to priority stakeholders.
- Work closely with Technical Directors of Health Systems, Food Systems, Humanitarian Assistance, Social and Behavioral Change and Knowledge Management to provide strategic, evidence-based guidance that will inform project priorities, activities and technical assistance to USAID and implementing partners.
- Develop and apply guidance and toolkits to standardize work undertaken across the project and to ensure overall technical quality of evidence generation activities.
- Proven track record demonstrating leadership and collaboration skills, project management, resource management experience, and client relationship management capability.
- Knowledge of and experience working with USAID policies, strategies, priorities, monitoring and evaluation systems and collaboration, learning and adapting (CLA) approaches is required.
- Approachable management style focused on helping teams and projects succeed.
Strong quantitative and qualitative research background.
- Ability to facilitate the cross pollination of learnings through combination of past research and programing experience.
- Exceptional writing and editing skills, and experience leading the production and timely delivery of high quality technical products and deliverables.
- Prior people and project management experience required, including coaching, mentoring and capacity building.
- Ability to prioritize and balance multiple activities/work streams, and the ability to communicate and delegate tasks clearly and effectively.
- Impeccable time management, delegation, and prioritization skills.
- High social/emotional intelligence, and able to give and receive direct feedback professionally.
- Education: Masters or PhD (or other relevant advanced degree) in nutrition, public health or other fields related to multi-sectoral nutrition with a focus on the collection and use of information and evidence to improve nutrition, health, or related outcomes.
- Experience: 15+ years of experience in design, management and implementation of MEL activities with a proven record of generating actionable evidence to shape programs, and policies. Prior experience implementing USAID or other government programs is required. Experience in nutrition, public health or other fields related to multi-sectoral nutrition is strongly preferred.
- Excellent written and oral English communication skills with knowledge of another language (French, Portuguese, Spanish, or Russian) preferred.
- Ability to travel internationally (up to 30%)
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