The Director of Program Evaluation and Learning (PEL) will work under the leadership of the Chief of Party to manage all aspects of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) plan for the USDA McGovern-Dole project. The PEL Director will ensure that the project delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its programming and advances Counterpart International’s technical vision. The PEL Director will:
- Manage and implement all MEAL activities throughout relevant project cycles - project design, start-up, implementation and close-out - to ensure efficient and effective implementation in line with Counterpart’s MEAL Policies and Procedures, donor requirements, program quality principles and standards, good practices, and budget. Ensure project team and partner staff use appropriate MEAL systems and tools, including adaptive learning and management. Coordinate with Counterpart-led consortium partners to ensure quality implementation of project performance and impact evaluations in line with donor-approved evaluation plan and terms of reference.
- Ensure quality maintenance and operation of data management systems and practices. Analyze MEAL data (both qualitative and quantitative), and work with Chief of Party to integrate data analysis, reflection, interpretation and use with on-going project activities for evidence-based decision-making. Support the development of high quality donor and government reports.
- Effectively manage talent and supervise the MEAL team. Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, contribute to the recruitment process of MEAL staff, and complete performance management for direct reports.
- Champion learning with project staff and partner teams. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles. Share MEAL learning in relevant Counterpart or external meetings and events.
- Act as a key technical lead for quality MEAL design, including tools, methods, and budget, appropriate to scope, context, and technical requirements of project design and proposal development.
- Coordinate the identification of staff capacity and technical assistance needs of partner organizations and capacity strengthening and required interventions to support quality MEAL and project implementation.
- Help identify, assess and strengthen partnerships relevant to MEAL, applying appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools and approaches.
- Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to MEAL needs. Through planning and oversight ensure efficient use of project resources