• Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Manager at Aga Khan Foundation

  • Posted on: 1 August, 2017 Deadline: 14 August, 2017
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    The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, not-for-profit international development agency, which was founded in 1967 by Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV. AKF seeks to provide long-term solutions to problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and ill health in the poorest parts of South and Central Asia, Eastern and Western Africa, and the Middle East.

    Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Manager


    Specific Responsibilities Include:

    • Provide leadership and support to strengthen MERL systems and capacities throughout the region
    • Manage a team of MERL professionals, ensuring management oversight and top level performance, as well as providing mentoring, guidance and support
    • Lead a regional Community of Practice focused on sharing lessons
    • Lead the design and implementation of baseline studies, quantitative and qualitative assessments, programmatic evaluations, surveys, and special research initiatives as assigned
    • Develop new approaches to measure AKF’s achievement of strategic objectives that are context specific as required
    • Support in the improvement of existing programs and in the design of new programs and projects by validating theories of change, logic frameworks and/or result frameworks and ensuring that robust and comprehensive MERL plans are in place and implemented for all programs and projects.
    • Drive the regional research and learning agenda to generate evidence to inform program implementation and design, influence policy, and to foster an organizational culture of learning
    • Improve data management and quality, including data collection in remote areas
    • Improve data representation to enable integration and sharing lessons across borders
    • Update and implement AKF (EA)’s MERL strategy in line with the new AKF programme framework and global standards
    • Collaborate with colleagues in AKF’s global community of practice to share expertise and findings from key studies

    Qualification and Competencies Required

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; Master’s degree preferred
    • A minimum of 7 years’ experience work in the MERL field
    • Demonstrated knowledge and capacity to design and implement quantitative and qualitative surveys and studies for the purpose of programme assessment
    • Demonstrated ability to train, mentor and develop the capacity of others
    • Ability to present complex ideas and processes in accessible ways, including visually
    • Excellent verbal and written English language skills
    • Ability to facilitate information sharing (especially in an online environment) across countries and offices
    • Ability to work in team settings and in complex, multinational, rapidly changing environments

    Method of Application

    Candidates interested in this unique career opportunity with AKF should submit a cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of three professional referees by 14th August 2017. via e-mail to recruitment@akfea.org 

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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