POSITION TITLE: Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Specialist
LOCATION: Lilongwe, Malawi
UNIT: Forestry & Natural Resource Management
REPORTS TO: Deputy Chief of Party
Winrock is seeking MERL Specialist candidates for the upcoming USAID-funded Malawi REFRESH initiative. This initiative is a fisheries restoration intervention to foster ecosystem based and participatory fisheries management in Lake Malawi.
Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.
Design a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system to support a large USAID-funded project; this will include defining indicators and setting targets in collaboration with project staff and USAID.
Train and manage staff to collect, analyze and verify M&E data, which requires frequent travel.
Conduct data verification, analysis, and management.
Provide M&E training and support to technical teams.
Manage the baseline assessments.
Monitor data for results, impact and learning opportunities, and evaluates the results and impact of the program.
Prepare M&E data for quarterly reports.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:
Post-graduate degree (Masters Degree or higher) in social science, development economics, statistics or related field.
Minimum of 5 years in M&E of international, multilateral, and/or USG-funded programs.
Experience supporting natural resources management and biodiversity projects with a fisheries focus.
Experience in understanding and interpreting Results based frameworks and capturing and analyzing performance indicators at output, outcome and impact levels.
Demonstrated capacity in performance management and data interpretation and report writing.
Experience in the design, conduct and analysis of research studies (quantitative and qualitative).
Ability to work effectively and harmoniously as part of a team with other staff.
Strong interpersonal, communication, and diplomatic skills for building and maintaining good relationships with government counterparts and other stakeholders.
Computer literacy with demonstrated use of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point).
Experience with database development and management in Access (or something similar).
Experience using mapping (e.g., Arc-GIS etc.), and statistical analysis software (SPSS®, Epi STATA®, SAS®, or similar).
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required.