Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Manager_ Erbil

Posted over 1 year ago by DAI
Location Erbil Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO


Iraq Governance and Performance Accountability Project (IGPA)


Project Background:

The Iraq Governance and Performance Accountability (IGPA)/ Takamul project aims to advance effective, accountable, and transparent governance in Iraq. This USAID effort, implemented by DAI, will work with the Government of Iraq (GOI) at all levels to better respond to citizen needs by supporting reform initiatives and Iraqi change agents on inclusive governance and public sector transparency, accountability, and economy. "Reform initiatives" include support to improve service delivery functions, public financial management, and open government initiatives. IGPA will support the GOI and the citizens of Iraq in forming partnerships and collaborative efforts to solve problems jointly. IGPA has four (4) objectives:

1. Enhance GOI service delivery capacity
2. Improve public financial management
3. Strengthen monitoring and oversight of service delivery and public expenditure
4. Support Iraqi change agents (cross-cutting objective)

The operational context of the IGPA/Takamul Project in Iraq is complex and dynamic, with layers of complicated variables.

Operating in a social, political, economic complex environment, the IGPA/Takamul Projects Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team require innovative and non-traditional approaches to fit the projects implementation realities. As the operating environment progressively requires flexibility, IGPA/Takamul complements the projects performance monitoring with a Complexity Aware Monitoring evaluation approach. Together, these strategies further promote collaboration, adaptive management, and learning, creating a circular framework for components to reinforce and complement each other.


The MEL Manager will oversee the MEL system to measure the progress and accomplishments of the IGPA/Takamul project against established indicators and meet client requirements for reporting on indicators and other performance data. The MEL Manager is also responsible for leading complexity-aware monitoring. Additional roles include the following:

Monitoring Evaluation and Learning:

  • Direct all aspects of the project's MEL system and complexity-aware monitoring.
  • Manage DQA sessions with USAID third party monitoring.
  • Conduct regular internal DQAs to ensure the avliablity of all the required documents.
  • Assist the team in identify targets for workstream 1 activities.
  • Supervise data management, collection, and reporting procedures, including managing the AMELP and staff, clearly delineating responsibilities.
  • Regularly inform IGPA management of progress against indicators and AMELP Lead and manage the complexity aware section of project annual report.
  • Design, plan and manage required periodic surveys, including annual Public Opinion Surveys and ensure results are thoroughly presented and discussed with the technical team.
  • Employ strong collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA) practices throughout the work, understanding the USAID Program Cycle.
  • Capture feedback and lessons learned from all project activities, establishing a feedback loop to ensure they are shared and discussed with the technical team
  • Organize and provide additional MEL training to staff as necessary.

Reporting and Communications:

  • Contribute to weekly, quarterly, and annual reports of MEL, which is part of the IGPA contractual requirements.
  • Contribute to other written presentations in MS Word, Excel, and/or PowerPoint formats at the request of the Chief of Party.
  • Respond promptly to USAID inquires for MEL related information on the project

Complexity-Aware Monitoring:

  • Provide methodological guidance to the team in all aspects regarding Complexity-Aware approaches and evaluation strategies.
  • Design quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analytical methods and tools to support evaluation design and implementation.
  • Liaise with IGPA/Takamul Objective Team Leads to inform the design of each study/evaluative activity and support quality assurance activities throughout each study, including the review of milestone deliverables and final reports before submission to USAID.
  • Interpret outcomes of implementation through data or other evidenced- based sources and provide program recommendations as needed

Common Duties:

  • Uphold the mission, values, and spirit of DAI in coordinating the program and in interacting with all community members.
  • Follow and enforce all DAI codes of conduct, including but not limited to the Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Code of Conduct and Drug and Alcohol Policy. Report any violations to appropriate IGPA/Takamul authority, and participate in preventative initiatives.
  • Follow and enforce all DAI organizational policies, procedures, and guidelines, including but not limited to personnel, security, communications, finance, procurement, and logistics. Report any violations to the appropriate DAI authority.
  • Actively seek opportunities that will complement the ability to fulfill the positions responsibilities and further professional development, such as taking part in internal and external training and participating on relevant advisory boards.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field. At least five years of progressively responsible experience in monitoring evaluation, program management, or knowledge management.
  • 2-5 years of experience in a USAID MEL function responsible for data collection and maintenance of MEL systems in Iraq.
  • Demonstrated leadership, strategic thinking/planning, team motivation and management, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with institutional and private- sector partners and stakeholders in a multi-country setting
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills and experience preparing well- researched reports
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and reading skills in Arabic and English. Kurdish is strongly desirable.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in managing MEL adaptively.
  • Experience leading large, complex, and politically sensitive evaluations.
  • Significant experience in indicator development, data collection, quantitative/statistical analysis, performance monitoring, and reporting.
  • Experience creating and managing performance monitoring plans and building adaptable knowledge and expertise in evaluation methodologies
Location and Reporting:
The MEL Manager will be based in Erbil, Iraq, and reports to the Chief of Party.

 How to apply: You can address your application to: Your application will not be taken into consideration if you do not insert the position title in subject line of your e-mail. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. This position is for Iraqi nationals only.


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