Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women's lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning Director
P athfinder is currently looking for a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Director to lead the implementation of MERL activities for an upcoming 5-year USAID-funded program. The primary focus of this global program will be to improve access to and quality of safe surgical care within maternal health and family planning programs in USAID priority countries through the use and scale-up of evidence-based MNCH/FP/RH service delivery interventions and best practices. Specifically, the goal of the project will be to increase awareness of, equitable access to, and quality of: (1) medically-indicated Caesarian delivery, (2) childbirth-related hysterectomy, (3) obstetric and iatrogenic fistula, and (4) voluntary LARCs and PMs.
The MERL Director will establish and oversee a MERL system that supports effective management and collaborative and strategic learning across project teams, partners, clients/donors and stakeholders.
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
Key Job Outcomes:
With Project Management Team and staff, design and guide annual implementation of the MOMENTUM Round 3a global MERL plan (including selection of indicators and annual targets) and learning agenda;
Work with USAID to finalize the MOMENTUM 3a's theory of change, conceptual framework, and MERL plan;
Participate in country co-creation activities to ensure alignment between global-level and country-level MERL plans and guide development of field-level measurement plans based on country needs and stages of development;
Lead and oversee implementation of special studies, for example studies to address the project's learning questions.
Provide technical oversight to ensure the systematic collection, analysis, synthesis, use, translation, and dissemination of data and learning (including among project grantees) to inform programmatic decision-making and the global evidence base for MNCH/FP/RH;
Foster a culture of collaborative learning and adaptation (CLA) within the project, ensuring that MERL and research activities are timely, relevant, and used iteratively to improve program performance;
Participate in global knowledge sharing and learning forums and working groups to ensure a feedback loop between country learning and global policy conversations;
Ensure MERL activities are in line with USAID's Evaluation Policy, Open Data Policy, the Journey to Self-Reliance, the Transformation Agenda and key technical guidance and frameworks;
Contribute to the design and implementation of capacity strengthening on a variety of MERL topics, including data for decision making and learning, at the country level;
Establish and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with USAID Washington, USAID Missions, and relevant in-country stakeholders;
Coordinate closely with MOMENTUM 2C through collaborating and data sharing to ensure comprehensive synthesis and dissemination of evidence from across the MOMENTUM portfolio;
Collaborate with digital health technologists to accelerate improvements in MNCH/FP/RH outcomes and streamline and improve data collection, management, and use;
Work closely with the MOMENTUM Round 3a Technical Leads and Advisors to coordinate the MERL agenda/strategy across both global and country programming;
Supervise project staff; ensure the technical capacity of team members and provide technical assistance and backstopping when required;
Supervise capacity building for local M&E staff, grantee staff, and/or host-country counterparts in M&E (likely through direct technical assistance);
Supervise a MERL team that may include Communications/KM and Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Officers;
Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening in support of the journey to self-reliance; and
Ensure documentation and dissemination of findings, impact, innovations, and lessons learned.
Develop and lead the project's research agenda
Has a master's degree or higher in social science, public health, or clinical-related field with a concentration on monitoring and evaluation, statistics, research or related field, with at least ten (10) years' experience designing, managing and/or implementing health management information systems, data quality assurance, database management, data analysis and use, and reporting, with at least five (5) years designing and managing/implementing evaluations, and analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data internationally;
Demonstrated analytical skills and experience with identifying and evaluating evidence-based MNCH/FP/RH interventions and state-of-the-art approaches;
Has demonstrated experience in using research and monitoring information for decision making and program adaptations, especially in health programs;
Has demonstrated experience using digital technologies to support monitoring, evaluation and analytics;
Has demonstrated experience in effectively guiding counterparts in selection of indicators for monitoring performance, outputs and health outcomes;
Has demonstrated experience building the capacity of host country counterparts in improving data quality, data management and analysis, and use of data for understanding program performance and solving problems;
Has a clear understanding of collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA), adaptive management and USAID evaluation policy and reporting guidelines;
Has lived and/or worked in low or middle income countries for at least 5 years (can be part of the 10 years' experience in the first bullet); and
Fluent English oral and written communication skills. Fluency in an additional language is preferred but not required.
Willingness to travel extensively.
Willingness to support Pathfinder's Mission.
Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Pathfinder International does not charge candidates Recruitment or Application fees for any position, to which they may apply globally.