Women for Women International Vacancy: Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research - Washington, DC, United States

Women for Women International Vacancy: Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research - Washington, DC, United States
Women for Women International (WfWI) has prioritized enhancing research, monitoring and evaluation as a strategic objective for 2015–2017 in order to improve programs, utilize data and analysis for advocacy, contribute to global knowledge about women’s empowerment, and demonstrate to donors, beneficiaries, and supporters how our work improves women’s lives.  The organization’s Research and Evaluation strategy lays out major projects for the next three years, including initiating an RCT, evaluating the impact of our men’s engagement activities, etc.  A robust monitoring, data management, and data analysis system exists and most country offices now collect data electronically.  A major program evaluation is planned for the second half of 2014 and early 2015. Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is currently supporting Women for Women International (WfWI) to enhance its MRE strategy and functions.

The Director of Monitoring, Research, and Evaluation is responsible for leading and managing WfWI’s monitoring system, research projects, and internal and external evaluations.  As a member of the Senior Management Team, s/he contributes to organizational strategy and management.  The Director of Monitoring, Research and Evaluation oversees a team of two professionals in the Washington, DC Headquarters Office and has technical oversight over a regional team member and eight M&E Managers in Country Offices.

Duties and Responsibilities
Strategic Planning:
  • Conceptualize the role of MRE in WfWI’s overall strategy through contributing to annual and multi-year plans and strategies.
Monitoring System and Data Management/Analysis:
  • Guide team members to manage and refine the monitoring database 
  • Conceptualize new ways of analyzing and utilizing existing data. 
  • Design quantitative and qualitative methods to collect additional data. 
  • Ensure that team members collect, manage, and analyze data accurately.
  • Ensure that accurate data are provided for donor reports and relevant indicators are provided for proposals. 
  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation is integrated into program implementation.
Research and Evaluation:
  • Contribute to intellectual capital in WfWI by helping country offices identify areas ripe for research/evaluation and designing appropriate methodologies.  Innovative participatory data collection methods are encouraged. 
  • Serve as team leader for internal evaluations and initiate and manage evaluations conducted by external partners or consultants. 
  • Identify and manage partnerships with research organizations. 
  • Publish research results in a range of formats. 
  • Collaborate with the communications team to identify best methods and opportunities to use research/evaluation results and routine data for external advocacy.
Team Leadership and Relationships: 
  • Motivate team members to deliver top quality work. 
  • Conceptualize, design, and deliver training on Monitoring, Research and Evaluation for relevant staff in headquarters and the field. 
  • Collaborate closely with other members of the Global Programs Department, Regional Office staff, and Country Office teams.
Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree or PhD preferred) in Economics, Social Sciences, International Development or related field.  
  • 10-15 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research design, data collection, analysis, and reporting in developing countries.  Experience in participatory research is preferred. 
  • Excellent analytical and data analysis skills, (SPSS, STATA, or a related statistical software).  Sound understanding of econometrics preferred. 
  • Experience in managing teams of at least two members. 
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to communicate technical concepts effectively to a non-technical audience. 
  • Strong writing skills.  
  • Fluency in English required; excellent skills in French and/or Arabic preferred. 
  • At least three years living and working in a developing country is required.   
  • Ability to work independently and also in a diverse team environment.  
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks effectively.  
  • Ability to travel to sometimes challenging and remote locations.
Application Instructions:
All interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, three professional references and salary requirements to http://www.womenforwomen.org/about-women-for-women/careers.php 

Closing Date: 17 Aug 2014