About Evidence Action
Evidence Action aims to be a world leader in scaling evidence-based and cost-effective programs to reduce the burden of poverty in the some of the poorest places. Our large-scale, evidence-based programs are rigorously evaluated to ensure they reach the greatest amount of people in the most cost-effective ways. No matter what the position, each member of our team can be confident that the hard work we do does make its intended impact. Collectively, our at-scale initiatives measurably reach over 280 million people annually, and we continuously seek dedicated and mission-driven people to help advance this rare, and large-scale, global impact.
Are you are passionate about data and evidence? Do you want to ensure your talents and skills are directly applied to programs that generate meaningful and long-lasting impact? Then Evidence Action is the place for you.
The Global Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE) team supports Evidence Action’s programs through well-designed monitoring, research, and evaluations and timely access to useful and insightful data analysis for evidence-based decision-making. The Global MLE team provides these services to Evidence Action’s flagship programs, Deworm the World and Dispensers for Safe Water, as well as Evidence Action’s programs in the Accelerator.
The Manager, MLE is an integral member of the Global MLE team and is central in ensuring program monitoring frameworks, research, and evaluation studies are designed to fit program MLE objectives. The Manager is also responsible for managing MLE design projects to meet program deadlines and for effectively communicating and engaging with program teams as it relates to MLE design deliverables. As such, the Manager must be highly motivated and flexible to adapt to program team needs. Finally, this position will report to and work closely with the Associate Director, Global MLE.
Duties and Responsibilities
1.) Design program monitoring frameworks
- Design program monitoring frameworks
- Draft program theories of change and recommend key performance indicators.
- Draft relevant monitoring documents including monitoring frameworks, sampling plans, monitoring protocols, and reporting templates.
- Draft comprehensive and well-designed data collections tools to capture relevant and reliable data as defined in monitoring frameworks, and update tools based on monitoring learnings and changes to program design.
2.) Design and manage technical projects including research and evaluation design, survey design, and qualitative studies
- Design and manage technical projects including research and evaluation design, survey design, and qualitative studies
- Design and manage research and evaluation projects including identifying ‘right fit’ methodologies, drafting protocols, providing oversight over data collection and drafting research and evaluation plans.
- Draft comprehensive and well-designed quantitative and qualitative data collection tools to capture relevant and reliable data as defined in individual research plans.
- Perform technical tasks including but not limited to power calculations, qualitative and quantitative data analyses and data quality assessments.
- Manage IRB process for research and evaluation as per organizational and country protocols.
3.) Effectively communicate and engage with program teams on MLE design projects
- Effectively communicate and engage with program teams on MLE design projects
- Collaborate with and seek inputs from program teams in designing monitoring, research and evaluation.
- Participate in program development and review discussions to understand programmatic MLE needs.
- Ensure all MLE documents are high-quality, comprehensive, clear and (when applicable) facilitate program decision-making.
- Draft research and evaluation reports describing the objectives and methodologies, synthesizing key results and recommending actionable next steps for changes to program design and/or monitoring.
- Support program teams in donor reporting (when necessary) and develop high-quality M&E documents to share with donors, as requested.
4.) Support the management of internal and external partners as it relates to M&E
- Support the management of internal and external partners as it relates to M&E
- Draft request for proposals or other recruitment documents to successfully identify and recruit M&E partners when additional capacity is required for M&E activities.
- Manage external partners and vendors recruited to fulfill the organization’s MLE, including but not limited to health epidemiologists and research institutions engaged for prevalence studies, appropriate data collection firms engaged for monitoring or research needs, and research firms engaged for evaluations.
- Effectively engage internal partners and technical experts in the design and execution of monitoring, research and evaluation.
5.) Support the development and maintenance of the organization’s MLE design standards and protocols
- Support the development and maintenance of the organization’s MLE design standards and protocols
- Support the development and maintenance of MLE design guides and other MLE design resources such as the MLE design ‘menu’, a document listing M&E methodologies and describing the approach, appropriate use, and limitations of each methodology.
- Develop and maintain a document outlining ethical requirements in the countries where Evidence Action operates and assess current organizational processes for obtaining ethical approval. When necessary, develop resource document(s) that standardize ethical approval processes for each country.
Other duties, as assigned
- Support the development of training materials for monitoring data collection tools in collaboration with the field management team;
- Assist the drafting and updating M&E tasks in project work plans;
- Conduct informal or formal internal trainings on monitoring and evaluation concepts for program staff when new concepts are introduced;
- Prepare presentations or reports on monitoring frameworks and research projects for internal and external audiences, including donors;
- Support the Senior Manager in identifying gaps in current M&E systems to recommend improvements and/or additional areas of M&E support to program teams.
Nairobi, Kenya is the preferred location. As we monitor the effect COVID-19 is having on international travel, there is opportunity for this position to be remote up to a year.
- Master’s degree in economics, public policy, statistics or any other relevant quantitative field, and a minimum of 3 years designing, managing, and implementing monitoring and evaluation projects; or, a minimum of 5 years designing, managing, and implementing monitoring and evaluation projects
- Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with using statistical software like Stata, Excel, or R
- Strong knowledge of leading M&E design concepts and methodologies
- Strong critical and analytical thinking skills to identify design needs for different program countries and inline with global program strategies
- Strong writing skills to deliver high-quality deliverables to international program teams and donors
- Good interpersonal and oral communication skills to effectively communicate technical concepts to both technical and lay persons, including the ability to present sensitive issues/positions technical concepts
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with a team that is geographically dispersed, and willingness to work in a global matrixed work setting
- Demonstrated ability to self-manage and prioritize assignments in an efficient manner and in alignment with program deadlines
- Self-motivated and quick to learn new developments in the M&E field
- Willingness to travel to program locations in countries such as Uganda, Malawi, Liberia, and Kenya; travel is likely to be up to 25% of the year, pending travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19
- Substantive work experience supporting work in international settings
- Willingness to relocate to Nairobi, Kenya if not already located in Nairobi
- Familiarity with the evidence base for leading global health interventions
- Familiarity with health data, research, and surveys
- Previous experience working with an international organization
- Familiarity with using qualitative analysis tools such as Nvivo
Evidence Action does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.