Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director - Guatemala

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director for an upcoming USAID-funded opportunity in Guatemala entitled the Basic Education Quality and Transition to Lower Secondary Activity : BEQT.

This position will be based in Guatemala in Guatemala City or field offices in the project’s target departments and is contingent upon award.

Project Description

The anticipated Guatemala BEQT will improve foundational reading, writing, math, and social and emotional skills acquisition for children and youth, as well as increase retention and transition rates from primary to lower secondary in rural Guatemala.

  • Additionally, the anticipated five-year activity will strengthen local subrecipient(s)’ capacity to become a USAID implementing partner;
  • strengthen school management systems; and increase engagement with communities and families to support foundational skills practice outside of school as well as enrollment, attendance, and transitions in school.

    BEQT will emphasize the inclusion of marginalized groups such as indigenous children and youth, girls, and learners with disabilities.

    Position Description

    The MEL Director is responsible for establishing and managing the project’s overall M&E system, tracking all progress made towards meeting program / contract results, indicators, and targets, including impacts on access, retention, reading outcomes, community engagement, gender, and disability-inclusive measures, ensuring that they are being consistently and systematically tracked and reported.

  • He / she collaborates with and oversees sub-grantees to provide feedback on data collection and indicators; analyzes data reported from sub-grantees;
  • and supports training of M&E personnel in quality assurance methods. He / she collaborates with the program team to design operations research to support learning, evaluation, and planning, and oversees the implementation, analysis, dissemination, and use of research products.

    He / she shares MEL data and improvement plans and collaborates with staff and stakeholders on strategies for program improvements for greater program effects.

    Job Summary / Responsibilities

  • Designs and oversees the monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities of the project
  • Leads the design, development, planning, and implementation of the MEL plan and project evaluation activities, including the development and dissemination of tools, materials, reports, papers, and intervention-linked research
  • Develops strategies and tools for the design and implementation of monitoring of specific technical components
  • Works closely with the technical team leads to co-design monitoring tools, select indicators, and determine field monitoring responsibilities
  • Ensures tool compatibility and coordination within the M&E framework, and consistency with national and donor requirements
  • Responsible for providing technical assistance, and developing and setting up systems for the timely collection, management, analysis, and reporting of valid and reliable data that meet donor reporting requirements
  • Focuses on strengthening the M&E system, building capacity of partners and staff, and improving alignment and support to host-country M&E systems
  • Supports the project’s Collaborating, Learning, Adapting (CLA) framework
  • Undertakes periodic reviews of program and / or country M&E systems, and participates in planning M&E system strengthening actions
  • Provides guidance on information systems for quality assurance, as well as best practices documentation and reporting
  • Oversees the publication and dissemination of information on successful and promising approaches, lessons learned, and other program results to ministry counterparts, donors, program partners, and other key stakeholders
  • Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's required; however a Master’s degree in evaluation, demography, social science, economics, or other relevant discipline, strongly preferred;
  • At least 8+ of experience related to monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on education or social-sector programs required;
  • experience in early grade reading research or assessment preferred

  • Experience in design and implementation of M&E systems for USG-funded projects
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills and ability to articulate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrated expertise in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and analytical methods
  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with program staff and partners
  • Proficiency with relevant software (Stata, SAS, SPSS, Epi Info, Atlas)
  • Proven supervisory experience
  • Experience in the education sector in Guatemala or the region strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish required; fluency in English preferred.
  • This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties.

    This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

    We offer competitive compensation and a package of exceptional benefits. Please visit the FHI 360 Career Center at for a list of all open positions.

    FHI 360 is an employer with equal opportunity and affirmative action. FHI 360 is committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in policies, programs, or activities.

    This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties.

    This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

    FHI 360 is an whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

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    Publicada el 31/07/2021

    Finaliza el 08/11/2021

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