Invisible Children is seeking a MEL Director for the anticipated USAID-funded Partnership for the Development of Eastern Congo (P-DEC). The MEL Director will report to the Chief of Party (COP) and will provide support to the project team in the development of the performance monitoring and evaluation plan (PMEP), the environmental mitigation and monitoring plan, reporting requirements and quarterly and annual report development. The MEL Director will be responsible for reporting achievements against the PMEP, designing and developing monitoring and evaluation systems and procedures for the project, and providing M&E technical assistance to the local partners.

Location: Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Reports To: Chief of Party, based in Goma

Project Summary: P-DEC will aim to strengthen the foundations for durable peace (Transition Objective 3 under the 2014-2021 USAID/DRC Country Development Cooperation Strategy) with a focus on Ituri and North Kivu provinces. P-DEC will adopt cross-sectoral stabilization approaches to address drivers of conflict that gave rise to and continue to fuel the activities of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and various other armed groups and community militias. As such, P-DEC will build community resilience to conflict and crisis; foster accountable, trusted, citizen-responsive institutions, addressing grievances; promote inclusive, diversified economic growth. It will focus on areas where there is demonstrated political will to achieve the goals and objectives of the program.

**Position contingent upon funder approval of key personnel and funding**

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

+ The main duties of the MEL Director are:Working closely with the Chief of Party to provide technical assistance, implements, and monitors M&E systems, to achieve programmatic goals.

+ Ensure that appropriate M&E mechanisms are built into work plans and reporting structures and oversee data quality and reporting.

+ Lead structured capacity building on data utilization to improve programming.

+ Lead the performance monitoring of the program based on the performance monitoring and evaluation, work, and environmental and mitigation plans.

+ Assume responsibility as other monitoring, evaluation and reporting duties are identified over the life of the project this position.

+ Establish learning processes, and facilitate the identification, analysis and synthesis of lessons learned from program implementation, ensuring that lessons and best practices are incorporated into future initiatives.

+ Contribute to program quality according to Invisible Children standards including quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.

+ Contribute to the production of timely and accurate technical and monitoring and evaluation reports to Invisible Children and USAID as required.

+ Participate in relevant meetings with USAID, local and international partners and other stakeholders in the region.

+ Participate in relevant meetings to disseminate program results to a wide audience.

+ Contribute to work plan activities; ensures appropriate levels of technical assistance in monitoring and evaluation; coordinates partner efforts in program implementation including assisting in the provision of technical assistance to each grant partner for the provision of high-quality support; ensure appropriate program monitoring and reporting.

+ Participate in the technical management of activities for consultants and local institutions partnering with project team to ensure that M&E activity timeframes are met and products are reviewed and finalized.

+ Other duties as assigned on an ad hoc basis by the COP.

Qualifications

+ A Bachelor’s degree and at least 14 years of experience developing and implementing M&E systems and training staff on their use; including managing a team of M&E professionals in similar conflict-affected areas;

+ Experience with M&E for USAID or other donor-funded programs with a focus on conflict resolution, peacebuilding programming in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as developing learning agendas.

+ Strong analytical skills advanced knowledge of M&E data analysis software, such as SPSS, Stata; experience with Excel and data visualization applications required

+ Extensive direct supervisory experience over teams of at least 3 people

+ Demonstrated ability to work in complex, politically charged, unstable environments, work across different cultures, ethnicities and religions, and manage diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines;

+ Professional level oral and written skills in English, and proficient oral and written skills in French (required);

+ Excellent oral and written communication skills;

About Invisible Children

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Invisible Children is an international nonprofit organization working to build a world where all people and the planet thrive together with a purpose to end violent conflict and foster thriving ecosystems in solidarity with our world’s most at risk communities.. We partner with local visionaries in highly remote and volatile conflict zones to build community-led initiatives and drive global policy change to end violent conflict and ensure communities have the safety they deserve. Currently, our programming is focused on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic (CAR), and South Sudan.

To Apply

Submit your CV, cover letter, and three (3) references, via email to [email protected] by November 8, 2020. Include “P-DEC MEL Director Application” in the subject line of your email.