Global Communities

  • Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist, Sri Lanka

    Posted Date 4 days ago(7/13/2018 9:11 PM)
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    Field – monitoring & Evaluation
    Sri Lanka
  • Overview

    Global Communities, formerly CHF International, is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.

    Global Communities is seeking a qualified and experienced Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist for the three-year USAID-funded Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) project. SCORE intends to strengthen Sri Lankan-led efforts to build a more inclusive, cooperative, and resilient society to promote long term reconciliation and peace. The project will support individuals, communities, and institutions to engage within and across traditional divides in citizen-driven initiatives for local development, economic opportunity, and peacebuilding, as well as build capacity of local and national government institutions to manage peacebuilding efforts and contribute to social cohesion.


    The Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist will be responsible and accountable for the performance of project programmatic monitoring and evaluation systems. The MEL Specialist is responsible for 1) developing and maintaining the M&E systems, plans and tools; 2) monitoring program progress towards indicator targets and impact; 3) ensuring data quality assurance; and 4) supporting reporting. S/he is also responsible for responding to ongoing needs and queries for specific data, information and/or reports. The MEL Specialist supervises a team of four Knowledge Management, Communications, and MEL staff, including staff in satellite offices.

    In particular, he/she will: 

    • Establish and implement MEL systems to ensure program activities are tracked, reviewed in line with the overall program goal and implementation plan and have the desired impact to achieve program goals and objectives;
    • Develop, implement and oversee work plan related to MEL activities.
    • Ensure implementation of MEL plan and convene program staff and key stakeholders to participate in annual MEL plan review
    • Advise the SCORE COP on MEL-related approaches, procedures and policies and results.
    • Provide oversight, direction and mentoring to MEL staff.
    • Lead efforts to monitor progress, evaluate effectiveness, and disseminate results of the program activities.
    • With COP, coordinate with MEL institutional partner(s) on research approaches and applications within MEL system.
    • Design MEL tools, forms and data collection standard operating procedures to track program activities, outcomes and impact, and learning processes.
    • Build MEL competencies of program and partner staff to ensure accurate data collection, monitoring, data analysis and interpretation and reporting.
    • Oversee M&E database design, set up and management; ensure all relevant program staff are able to utilize the database to analyze program information and results.
    • Oversee data processing including data transfer, entry, verification and cleaning.
    • Visit program offices and worksites to monitor the development and implementation of M&E data workflow and other activities and support teams in line with approved travel plan.
    • Conduct data quality assurance checks at program sites and partner organizations.
    • Promote and ensure use of data and information for decision-making processes and knowledge sharing among program offices and teams; develop and instill mechanisms for learning and adapting the program to enhance impact and results.
    • Lead program CLA processes and activities, in consultation with COP;
    • Support the dissemination and documentation of program learning throughout the life of the program.
    • Contribute to HQ and donor reports particularly on program progress towards indicators; produce analytical summaries including graphs, charts, tables, narratives and visuals to fulfill internal and external reporting requirements.
    • Support program evaluations including mid-term and end term evaluations including participating in the contracting, design and report reviews.
    • Contribute to the Global Communities’ internal MEL newsletter and other journals and platforms as appropriate.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • High degree of computer literacy; Excel and Word are essential. 
    • Knowledge of M&E databases and analytical software a plus.
    • Knowledge of USAID Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) framework; and demonstrated experience using data for decision-making, program adaptation and learning
    • Knowledge of M&E systems for community strengthening and social cohesion programming
    • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports. 
    • Excellent communication, writing and organizational skills.
    • Critical thinking skills, a creative mindset and a drive to continuously improve performance.
    • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills. 
    • Ability to work in a multicultural context and collaborate with diverse groups as a flexible and respectful team player. 


    • Bachelor’s degree in M&E or its equivalent; Master’s degree preferred.
    • Minimum 8 years’ experience in managing and reporting on the applications of quantitative and qualitative information management methods of local and international projects.
    • At least 4 years of direct supervisory and management experience.
    • Demonstrated experience and capacity in managing information systems and the application of quantitative and qualitative methods.
    • Proven knowledge and experience utilizing applications for the design, monitoring and evaluation of projects.
    • Experience implementing, managing extensive data systems and tools from collection to analysis.
    • Experience in democracy and governance programming a plus.  
    • Experience in program start-up and in establishing M&E systems a plus.
    • Experience supervising staff working in off-site of satellite locations.
    • Strong computer skills and a working knowledge of statistical software.
    • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with professional contacts.
    • Demonstrate flexibility, cultural sensitivity when working with NGO partners, and the ability to adapt Global Communities policies and procedures to the local context
    • Demonstrate the ability to work constructively in a team
    • Ability to negotiate solutions to problems
    • Superior written and verbal communication skills and strong organizational skills
    • Ability to interact clearly and effectively with donors and other organizations
    • Professional proficiency in written and spoken English, and Sinhala and/or Tamil. Must be able to read and interpret documents, and communicate with others as necessary to perform job duties effectively
    • Able to sit at a computer and operate a keyboard, for extended periods of time. Must be able and willing to frequently travel domestically to regional program offices and sites.  

    Sri Lankan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply; no expat allowances are attached to this position. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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