Field-Based Monitoring and Evaluation Manager – Africa Regional

International Republican Institute -Abuja

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day to day operations. The Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include:

Excellence– We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom– We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect- We believe in trust, empathy and empowering people. Teamwork- We believe in diversity, inclusion and the power of global collaboration. Transparency– We believe in open communication and clear decision-making. Accountability- We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.

The field-based Regional Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager is primarily responsible for providing support to IRI field offices throughout Africa as they implement their MEL systems. Such support will seek to ensure that the programs are accountable for work done, support data collection and analysis efforts to identify results achieved, communicate results to IRI’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, and assist programs in utilizing and learning from data collected. The field-based MEL Manager will also contribute to IRI’s capacity building efforts for IRI staff and partners, particularly in designing and conducting trainings on monitoring, evaluation and learning for IRI staff and partners in Africa.

Position Requirements

  • Undergraduate/graduate degree in political/social science, international relations or related field.
  • Minimum five years of professional experience in the international development sector, with at least three years in MEL role(s).
  • Located in or willing to relocate to one of the following locations: Bamako, Mali; Banjul, The Gambia; Abuja, Nigeria; Kampala, Uganda; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Khartoum, Sudan; Mogadishu, Somalia; Somaliland; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Bangui, Central African Republic; Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Johannesburg, South Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • Experience building staff capacity on MEL, including on developing MEL systems, data collection, analysis, and report writing.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the program theory-based approach to program design, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Familiarity with common MEL elements of projects including but not limited to logical frameworks, performance monitoring plans and indicator matrices.
  • Experience designing and/or implementing evaluations.
  • Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis required; familiarity with quantitative data analysis preferred.
  • Experience setting up and maintaining data quality processes.
  • Experience working on democracy and governance projects required.
  • Experience with USG-funded projects required.
  • Strong organizational skills, execution of tasks, and attention to detail required.
  • Ability to manage diverse activities and to meet deadlines required.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, coordinate and effectively meet program goals.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, other languages a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support for IRI’s MEL efforts, primarily to field-based program staff, especially related to project implementation and closeout.
  • Engage in consistent communication with field offices and Washington, DC to design and implement data collection tools to meet program needs, including but not limited to pre- and post-tests, interviews, surveys, scorecards, observation protocols and document review protocols.
  • Mentor MEL staff based in the various IRI Africa field offices, including providing guidance, regular consultation and real time support for their MEL needs.
  • Assist in project-level data collection and analysis for reporting on activities and associated output, outcome, and impact (as appropriate) level results.
  • Design and conduct trainings on monitoring, evaluation and learning for IRI staff and partners.
  • Manage project evaluations, including evaluation and data collection tool design, leading data collection and analysis, and report writing.
  • Assist in the data quality efforts in IRI Africa field offices to ensure that they meet IRI and funder standards. Conduct regular internal spot checks to help field staff ensure that documentation and storage of field office data meets funder standards.
  • Assist field offices in implementing their learning strategies, including collaboration, learning and adaptation initiatives, after action reviews and reflection sessions, to ensure that data is both reported and used to improve Africa programs.
  • Support Africa field offices in engaging with donors, including USAID and the US Department of State, on MEL issues.
  • Participate as an active member of IRI’s DC-based Evidence and Learning Practice, including frequent communication and participation in staff and coordination meetings.
  • Work with other members of the Evidence and Learning Practice as a team to complete projects, and achieve organizational goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • 3 year(s): Experience in MEL Role
  • 5 year(s): Professional experience in the international development sector



  • Bachelors or better in Political Science or related field

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)