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

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Specialist plays a key role in driving and improving efforts to measure, capture and demonstrate the impact of Internews’ work at local and global level. The MERL Specialist is responsible for leading the design and delivery of high quality research and evaluation within the MENA region, including providing technical support to the development and implementation of MERL frameworks, approaches, plans and systems at the proposal and project startup phase, to devise mechanisms to monitor quality and gather insight to share back with the implementation team at regular intervals, and taking a hands-on approach to completing impact related  tasks where needed and where gaps arise.

The MERL Specialist works with project staff to increase their skills in gathering, analyzing, synthesizing, and reporting quantitative and qualitative data, and with Internews partners to build and improve their monitoring and evaluation capacities. They will support external evaluations. They will be a curious and pro-active self-starters with significant research expertise and a passion for sharing this with colleagues and communicating Internews’ impact to internal and external audiences.

Day-to-day tasks:
  • Oversee or undertake the design of MERL strategies and activities at proposal development stage, effectively balancing the needs of partners, donors and the Internews research agenda to deliver research activities which demonstrate impact and yield meaningful data.
  • Conduct field assessments and surveys and undertake field-monitoring missions to assess the progress of the project implementation using Internews’ standard monitoring and evaluation tools and methodologies.
  • Lead on managing the Impact page and other Impact related sections on the Hive such as producing content and making sure it’s accessible and easy comprehensible by Internews’ staff.
  • Lead or contribute to the development of guidance notes which ensure that Internews’ tools and approaches are appropriately budgeted and implemented.
  • Attend the project activities and trainings and work with the project team to support teams in creating evaluation tools, collecting data from partners/beneficiaries and analyzing the collected data.
  • Work closely with the program team to ensure the program’s success through documenting relevant success stories.
  • Lead on the utilization, particularly data entry, of donor and/or Internews’ databases, to store and analyze program and project-based data.
  • Identify and share research findings through internal or external fora which exemplify project or program impact or contain insights which are useful for internal or external learning, ensuring high quality, relevant research is put into wider use.
  • Reporting: They will be responsible for supporting teams during reporting phases in terms of guidance on how to report on data and ensuring data is of high quality.
  • Provide technical guidance to colleagues working on MERL at project-level in the region, including identifying where individuals might benefit from additional training and support to help them realize their goals, for example making sure teams understand the indicators of their M&E plans and know how to report on them.
  • Support the program team in creating a framework and procedures for the monitoring and evaluation of project activities.
  • Support the Regional Manager to develop and implement M&E systems for Internews projects; identifies obstacles to implementation and recommends appropriate solutions.
  • Support program team in writing reports, analyzing findings, and providing recommendations as required for project planning, performance management, and reporting.
  • Oversee and partake in the utilization of Internews’ newly adopted database to store and analyze program and project-based data.
  • Participate in periodic review and planning meetings, generating minutes and lessons learnt documents and discuss results of data and plan action steps to build on strengths and address the weaknesses.
  • Develop close working relationships with project partners, participants, and stakeholders when needed.
  • Acting as a link between the regional manager and the project teams in conducting qualitative and quantitative field monitoring and verification of project implementation.
  • Be involved in developing and managing content on the impact page of the hive.
  • Any other related duties assigned by the supervisor to ensure program success.
  • Other duties as assigned by Internews management including communication and grant management tasks.
  • In all duties, an understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.
  • Relevant university degree in the social sciences field, preferably with a focus on research or equivalent lived/professional experience.
  • A minimum of seven years experience in monitoring and evaluation of large internationally funded democracy and governance programs, preferably media development programs.
  • English and Arabic language skills are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate MERL requirements and outcomes to project colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in evaluation design and development of indicators. Good working knowledge of statistics and ability to obtain, analyze and interpret data and present findings in written and oral form.
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection/survey design, implementation, and analysis.
  • Familiarity with common assessment frameworks such as social network analysis, organisational capacity assessments, and principles of survey design and analysis; familiarity with digital safety/security assessments is an asset.
  • Competent in qualitative methodologies and participatory assessments.
  • Competent in MS Excel, word processing, PowerPoint and experience using statistical programs such as SPSS.
  • Demonstrated understanding of a range of donor approaches to media development and familiarity with efforts to apply a media lens to development work.
  • Experience in other challenging environments and flexibility to apply lessons learned from other contexts.
  • Familiarity in qualitative M&E research and methodologies,
  • Familiarity with USG rules and regulations preferred.

This position is being offered and hired by Internews Network. Benefits will be consistent with Internews Network’s offerings and will be reviewed during the hiring process. Additional information can be found on the About Working for Internews page.

Internews Network is an EEO/AAP/OFCCP employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. Internews does not discriminate based on race, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

This is a remote-based position. Preference will be given to candidates based in US and MENA region; however, all remote candidates will be considered. However, there are some locations in which Internews is not able to support fully remote work.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply soon.

This is a limited-term position with an anticipated term of 12 months; this position may be extended contigent upon availability of funding.

To apply, please click here.

Status: Open

  • Employment

Organisation: Internews Network and Internews Europe

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Remote


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