Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Technical Advisor (Monitoring and Evaluation Lead)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Description

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, Agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Summary:

The purpose of this position is to Design, manage, strengthen, and give strategic direction to the DFSA MEAL system. The Advisor will provide technical expertise and leadership to produce and analyze quality evidence and data through monitoring, assessments, and evaluations. The Advisor will work closely with staff and partners to develop monitoring systems and tools. The Advis or will be responsible for coordinating and supervising MEAL activities. S/he will work with CRS and partner staff to build MEAL capacity for adaptive management.

The Advisor is expected to have a high level of initiative and to use critical thinking skills to identify and fill MEAL gaps. S/he should have the ability effectively promote evidence-based Program Management.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a quantitative field (economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, Biostatistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology, or other relevant subject) with significant training in quantitative methods. PhD preferred.
  • Eight years relevant work experience (six years with PhD) in a development setting preferably with an international NGO, with at least six years of experience of progressively increasing MEAL responsibility in international Development Projects and at least two years of experience as a supervisor; Title II and ICT4D experience preferred. The candidate must have experience in leading the M&E of a large project.
  • Experience working with large donors, USAID/FFP and/or USAID/FTF preferred.
  • Strong conceptual knowledge about theories of change, logic model, food and nutrition security indicators, M&E plans, Data Quality assurance, data utilization and gender integration into M&E.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in developing and operationalizing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan; familiarity with FFP M&E and Reporting Policy and Guidance for the components of an M&E plan.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in developing and operationalizing routine monitoring systems designed to track both output and outcome indicators from project design to implementation (including work with results frameworks and theories of change) as well as building staff capacity to use systems; experience with participatory MEAL system required.
  • Strong quantitative background and demonstrated expertise in designing annual monitoring surveys including probabilistic sampling strategy and estimating sample size, developing appropriate weights and analyzing quantitative data; previous experience with leading and managing studies and consultants.
  • Demonstrated expertise in designing qualitative studies, in-depth knowledge about qualitative sampling and experienced in using interview and interactive tools to generate qualitative information and Analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading participatory analytical processes and learning required.
  • Skills in analyzing, interpreting and communicating information to various stakeholders.
  • Experience in developing data quality assurance strategies, Data Management and Data Visualization; including proficiency in database development/management, SPSS, Stata, EPI-Info, Access, Excel.
  • Experience with facilitation, capacity strengthening and partnership building through formal and informal training, with the capacity to empower staff through opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Ability to self-manage and succeed in matrix management model, with demonstrated proactive and flexible nature in resolving problems and leading a productive, committed team.
  • Detail-oriented and excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely and quality manner.
  • Knowledge of CRS’s program quality and MEAL standards and of Catholic Social Teaching preferred.
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility, and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team and to work closely, understand and support local Church partners.
  • Ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges.
  • Experience working in a variety of developing environments preferred; knowledge of the Madagascar context valued.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook required
***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

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