Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning

Catholic Relief Service   •  

Baltimore, MD

Industry: Government & Non-Profit

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Not Specified years

Posted 89 days ago

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Job Description

The MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) Director provides leadership and direction to MEAL throughout CRS and represents CRS' MEAL efforts externally. The Director leads manages the MEAL unit, which exists to provide CRS with continued improvement and excellence in the areas of program monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, including the stimulation, application and sharing of program impact and quality assurance knowledge and innovation; and contribution to effective communications within PIQA and with overseas offices involving program quality. The MEAL unit also facilitates programmatic research as well as leadership in other areas that support MEAL such as ICT4D (Information and Communications Technology for Development), knowledge management and research.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

1. Strategic leadership and management of MEAL.

- Lead technical advice and support to the PIQA senior management team and OverOps leadership, to maintain and improve CRS leadership in MEAL.

- Provide leadership in MEAL functions across PIQA, HRD (Humanitarian Response Department) and in operations in HQ and overseas.

- Create, nurture, and sustain a culture of innovation and learning in MEAL functions, in pursuit of program quality, accountability, and through analysis of emerging trends and future needs.

- Ensure the development of an agency-wide MEAL architecture, and the development of capacities around specific tools and methodologies that drives MEAL for Overseas Operations, including agency-wide standardized metrics, rapid assessment and baseline tools, project-specific monitoring approaches and tools, staff and team responsibilities, and frequency of monitoring and evaluation activities.

- Provide leadership and guidance on the presentation of CRS program successes and lessons learned to external audiences.

- Advise on MEAL in CRS' agency strategy.

- Provide leadership for capacity building of programmatic accountability, including accountability to beneficiaries as a core element and success indicator for all program activities.

- Ensure that all programs are designed and implemented in accordance with MEAL standards, including but not limited to SPHERE, Accountability Partnership International (HAP-I), Benchmarks, and DEC Accountability Framework.

- Develop systems and processes to identify and effectively share key information and knowledge around program quality.

- Ensure, in collaboration with relevant departments, the development and usage of systems and processes to ensure compliance to all external and internal data privacy and data use regulations.

- Lead the collaboration with relevant departments to ensure the successful development and standardization of agency common metrics for technical sectors.

- Oversee collaboration with PIQA units, staff in the field and with communications and editorial staff to publish high quality documents.

- Oversee planning and implementation implement public events to highlight CRS achievements, in concert with other CRS departments.

- Ensure MEAL best practices are learned and integrated into CRS practice, including development of tools and approaches in all programmatic areas.

- Keep abreast of emerging issues in MEAL as they relate to CRS's signature program areas and other areas of programming.

- Ensure the dissemination across the agency and externally of best practices, lessons learned and tool kits, including the provision of training modules.

- Support the writing and dissemination of publications that highlight best practices and innovations in CRS programs.

2. Learning and innovation.

- Create, nurture, and sustain a culture of innovation and learning in MEAL functions, in pursuit of program quality, accountability, and through analysis of emerging trends and future needs.

- Ensure the development of tools, manuals and tool kits, incorporating lessons learned and best practices from CRS globally.

- Support the writing and submissions of articles, conference proposals, and other external media that highlight best practices and innovations in CRS programs.

- Contribute to monitoring and evaluation and serve on evaluation and assessment teams.

- Ensure the dissemination across the agency and externally of best practices, lessons learned and tool kits.

- Collaborate globally to ensure MEAL contribution of partners is recognized and promoted

3. Representation

- Represent CRS' monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning to policy makers, donors, peer agencies, universities, and other stakeholders, sharing best practices, lessons learned, and evidence base that safeguards CRS reputation as a leader in development and humanitarian response.

- Represent CRS to donors, policy makers, and peer organizations.

- Influence strategically donor reflections on programs and funding.

- Contribute to legislative advocacy and development of Congressional testimony.

4. Management of MEAL staff and other working relationships

- Supervise, mentor and support staff in the MEAL Unit.

- Manage the development of work plans and budgets.

- Ensure staff professional development.

- Develop effective relationships with CRS HQ and overseas staff.

- Collaborate globally to ensure MEAL capacity strengthening for partners.

5. Other

- May travel up to 20% of the time.

- Performs other duties as assigned.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff): These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

What we offer

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

***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.

NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

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

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