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Regional Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor Job At Mercy Corps. Apply Today!


Location: Nairobi, Kenya; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Kampala, Uganda; or other countries within the East & Southern Africa region where Mercy Corps maintains a registered presence.

Reporting To: Deputy Regional Director, Programs (DRD-P),Senior Director, Monitoring Evaluation & Learning 


Position Summary

The Regional MEL (Senior) Advisor at Mercy Corps provides strategic MEL support and guidance to the countries in the region, assures the quality of MEL systems, provides oversight and support to the implementation of MEL standards, and fosters use of data for decision making and evidence generation. Enhancing MEL capacity of the country teams is a major focus for this position, linking country MEL teams through an effective community of practice and driving learning across the region, leveraging knowledge from the rest of the organization.  

Essential Responsibilities


  • Work with the regional team to develop and implement an ambitious and compelling regional MEL Plan, in alignment with P2P framework, with the highest level of quality, reflecting both short term and long-term priorities. 
  • Lead regional analyses and the development and tracking of indicators and other metrics to inform and assess progress against the regional strategy, coordinating closely with global data sources and models to maximize efficiencies.
  • Support country counterparts in determining the need for, and conducting, analyses as needed to inform country strategy development.
  • Support country counterparts in determining and developing systems to track indicators and other metrics to assess progress against country strategies.
  • Support the roll out of the global Mercy Corps MEL Policy in the region by working closely with the country teams to assess their MEL structure and practices and recommend improvements in alignment with Mercy Corps Global MEL standards.
  • Work closely with global counterparts – and in coordination with counterparts from other regions – as well as regional and country teams, to develop or elaborate regional research priorities, evidence products and program learning plans and agendas.
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Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, and to solve complex problems.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to design and facilitate training, workshops, and learning events.

Required Education and Experience

  • BA/BS or equivalent in a field related to MEL, economics, statistics, data science, research methods, political science, or a similarly relevant field.
  • At least 7 years’ field experience in MEL-related roles, including in both humanitarian and development contexts.
  • At least 5 years’ field experience in management roles.
  • Experience in writing MEL sections of the proposals including MEL narrative sections, MEL plans, MEL budgeting and staffing
  • Strong knowledge of and prior experience in participating or leading program evaluations, including designing Scopes of Work, commissioning evaluations with partners and consultants, and conducting evaluations with program teams. Knowledge of program evaluation, design, and methodologies (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods), and data collection and analysis tools and approaches.
  • Experience designing practical and effective monitoring systems, including data and database management systems.
  • Experience in training and capacity-building (in person and remotely) and fostering a collaborative relationship across multidisciplinary field teams and management
  • Experience with data management, analysis and visualization
  • Demonstrated proficiency and experience with US, UK, EU, UN and other public and private donors, government grant and financial management requirements.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the critical humanitarian and development issues in the East and Southern Africa region, and significant experience with the challenges of operating in the region.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in an additional language relevant to the portfolio is considered advantageous.
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