Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director At Creative Associates International

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Position Summary:

Creative Associates International, Inc. (Creative) is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director for an anticipated USAID-funded program in Ethiopia. The MEL Director will be responsible for designing, developing, and implementing an effective system to monitor progress, impacts, and successes of project activities and performance at all levels. S/he gathers, analyzes, and processes complex information related to all aspects of program activity implementation. S/he will conduct impact assessments, baseline studies, surveys and need assessments to identify necessary changes and future project opportunities. The MEL Director will ensure that the project complies with USAID performance reporting requirements. The Director will also lead Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) activities and Complexity-Aware Monitoring (CAM) efforts and provide expert guidance to the program’s COP and DCOP to inform decision-making processes and adaptive management.

Expected Outcomes:

  • The program will contribute to the ability of Ethiopian sub-national government to meet citizen needs and to citizen engagement in governance;
  • Qualitative and quantitative data on results, outcomes, and outputs, as well as lessons learned, will inform refinement and adaptation of the program’s approach and activities over the period of performance;
  • The program accurately and comprehensively monitors and reports on its outputs, outcomes, and results, and impact.


  • Develop and update the Project Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (PMELP), including review of its theory of change, results framework, identify indicators, relevant and applicable baseline data collection strategies and methodologies, and the financial and human resources needed to successfully implement the MEL strategy;
  • Design and lead program CLA and CAM efforts;
  • Develop tools for data collection and protocols for performance monitoring as well as baseline, midline and endline and other assessments as needed;
  • Ensure data collected, stored and analyzed in the Creative web-based platform, MEDAL;
  • Analyze ongoing quantitative / qualitative data at different points in the program leading to the specific program / contract results;
  • Conduct field visits, as necessary, to develop monitoring / performance management plans with and train technical teams;
  • Regularly review work plans to ensure the timely achievement of results related to USAID MEL;
  • Elaborate annual plans related to the MEL component as well as budgets for relevant activities;
  • Ensure regular communication of MEL activities to all key stakeholders and contribute to the quarterly, annual report and project reporting to USAID;
  • Collaborate with the technical team to monitor the progress of the program in terms of the compliance requirements of USAID results and indicators;
  • Work closely with technical staff and institutional partners to explain MEL processes and understand how these processes relate to the project’s technical work, and to promote MEL-related training as needed;
  • Manage MEL resources and ensure that M & E information and resources are up-to-date, available to staff and widely disseminated;
  • Other related duties as assigned.Qualifications
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in international development, social science, economics, or related field is required; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Eight (8) years’ experience in the management of field monitoring, evaluation design, empirical and statistical analysis, management information systems and/or information management design is required;
  • Demonstrated progressive experience in M&E of democracy and governance programs;
  • Strong quantitative skills and demonstrated capacity and experience in data analysis, data collection; statistical analysis; and reporting; including experience with computer-based statistical packages and databases (Epi Info, ACCESS, SPSS, etc.) required;
  • Demonstrated experience applying Collaborating, Learning & Adapting principles to complex development programs;
  • Experience designing and implementing M&E training / capacity building programs for international organizations required;
  • Experience with complexity-aware monitoring methodologies, CLA preferred;
  • Experience working with international donors, as well as counterparts and beneficiaries (e.g., international and local NGOs and government representatives); Knowledge of M&E approach of other, non-US donor or Agencies);
  • Experience conducting field research required; including using qualitative and quantitative techniques;
  • Experience with USAID’s rules and regulations required, including recent MEL guidance, strongly preferred;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines and to initiate and implement activities with minimal oversight and supervision, required;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and teamwork. Effective communication skills, able to make formal and informal presentations both orally and in writing and produce professional and analytical reports and program documents.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required; and
  • Speaking, writing and reading fluency in Amharic and/or other Ethiopian languages is desired.


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