Technical Advisor – Monitoring, Evaluation, Adaptation and Learning, Community Nutrition – Bangladesh

Vacancy for the Post: Technical Advisor – Monitoring, Evaluation, Adaptation and Learning, Community Nutrition – Bangladesh

Company Name: Save the Children

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We are currently seeking a Technical Advisor-Monitoring, Evaluation, Adaptation and Learning (MEAL) for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Community Nutrition Activity in Bangladesh. This Activity will be valued between $25-$50M over five years and will focus on addressing the inequitable nutrition outcomes of the most vulnerable segments of the population through a targeted community-health system strengthening approach. The Activity’s primary objective is to improve nutrition outcomes for children under five, pregnant and new mothers, and adolescent girls through increasing quality of community-based nutrition and health services, improving household nutrition, health and WASH behaviors, enhancing leadership and governance for nutrition, and increasing empowerment of women.

The Technical Advisor-MEAL reports directly to the Chief of Party and provides oversight of MEAL, institutionalizes evidence uptake and learning practices, and brings consistency and quality in research and use of evidence in the program. The Technical Advisor-MEAL will also develop, implement, and continuously improve monitoring and evaluation systems for all program activities. The Technical Advisor-MEAL incorporates best practices in overseeing data collection, compilation, analysis and use, leading strategic design and cultivating data and evidence use, including developing approaches for community analysis and using data for strategic decision-making. The Technical Advisor-MEAL will also be actively involved in establishing and promoting a learning agenda. The Technical Advisor-MEAL will facilitate the use of these findings to improve the program to achieve the objectives and to inform broader learning on the program.

This position will be located in Dhaka and is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

MEAL Strategy Leadership (35%)

  • Develop and implement an evidence and learning agenda for the program, securing buy-in from USAID and government stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the Chief of Party and technical staff to ensure data from the M&E and learning systems is used for adaptive management to ensure approaches are grounded in evidence and are used to improve program effectiveness, including the facilitation of routine reviews of programming to assess alignment to targets and indicators.
  • Lead on the development and implementation of a coherent and coordinated Research, Evaluation, and Learning Plan aimed at improving quality outcomes and achieving nutrition, family planning, and WASH objectives for women and children in Bangladesh.
  • Provide leadership, training, and mentoring to develop M&E Plans, M&E tools, survey design, methodology, and data analysis to assess program progress and impact and feed into adaptive management.
  • Develop systems to capture and use data and relevant information on program activities, participants, outputs, outcomes, and impact.
  • Effectively rollout M&E data collection and reporting systems to all staff and partners through training, site visits, manuals, supportive supervision, and other technical support as needed.
  • Provide on-going leadership to maintain M&E systems; identify skill gaps and build capacity among the program team.
  • Support all program reviews and evaluation activities, including coordinating baseline, mid-term, and final evaluations and supporting donor and external reviews.
  • Contribute to high quality, accurate, and timely reports for Save the Children, program partners, and donors as required.
  • Provide leadership in the MEAL community of practice to collaborate and share best practices with other USAID funded programs in Bangladesh.

Research, Evaluation, Adaptation and Learning, including Knowledge Management (50%)

  • Use USAID’s CLA Collaboration Learning and Adapting (CLA) framework and set of practices to help improve development effectiveness throughout the program life cycle, valuing and using all forms of knowledge tacit, experiential, and contextual for design and adaptive management.
  • Undertake analytical work on quality education, child protection, and nutrition programming to generate cross-thematic learning on trends and opportunities for the program and SCI to achieve better outcomes for children.
  • Lead the development of strategic learning products such as policy briefs, policy position papers, publications, and others that share innovation and key learnings with USAID and stakeholders.
  • Lead the management and implementation of learning outlets for the program through Webinar Series, and professional talent development of program staff in education, child protection programming, and nutrition, community development approaches, MEAL and research, among others.
  • Be a champion in the development of an organizational culture in the country office and within the program team for knowledge sharing and cross learning, documenting, disseminating, and using knowledge and learning internally and among partners and local and regional actors to help spread effective practices widely for improved development.
  • Prepare and submit electronic reports to the USAID Development Experience Clearing House (DEC), and datasets including data dictionary and other related documents to USAID Development Data Library (DDL).

Team Management and Development (15%)

  • Manage and provide oversight and technical support for MEAL staff and data analysis support staff.
  • Participate in talent development of MEAL and research staff, including partner staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, public health, statistics, applied statistics, or related field is required, with a sound understanding of different research, evaluation, and monitoring methods relevant to nutrition, family planning, and WASH.
  • Seven to ten years of experience in M&E related to integrated community-based programs in nutrition, family planning, and WASH.
  • Experience with USAID MEAL standard requirements and processes.
  • Advanced training in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including database management.
  • Strong analytical skills and an understanding of monitoring, evaluation, and assessment tools to promote evidence-based learning.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience of designing and managing research and evaluations.
  • Experience in knowledge management, translation and organizational learning in order to help drive improvements in evidence appreciation and uptake, including experience presenting information in different formats for different audiences.
  • Sound critical and strategic thinking and planning skills, including ability to think creatively, innovate, and to set priorities, manage work plans, and evaluate progress.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English with a clear ability to produce and disseminate research and evaluation outputs to a variety of audiences.
  • Willing and able to travel to support field teams and lead particular pieces of work.
  • Advanced skills in statistical applications (SPSS/STATA) and computer assisted qualitative data analysis applications (NVivo/Atlas ti).
  • Advanced knowledge in impact evaluation design and analysis using econometric modelling and advanced statistical techniques.
  • Extensive experience in designing and managing MEAL plans, systems, and frameworks especially for USAID-funded projects.
  • Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

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About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

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Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

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Location: Dhaka

Job date: Wed, 09 Jun 2021 23:03:29 GMT

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