Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
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Winrock International

Location: Malawi

City: Lilongwe

Region: Lilongwe

Country: Malawi

Category: Proposal


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.



Post-graduate degree (Master’s Degree or higher) in social science, development economics, statistics or related field.

Work Experience:

• 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.

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