Manager, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning At DAI

Reports to: Unit Head, Strategic Communications & Knowledge Management

Location: Abuja with travel to program offices in Nigeria

Application Deadline: 8th of January 2024

Knowledge Management & Strategic Communications Unit Objective

The Strategic Communications unit objective is to deliver DAI’s strategic message and brand identity to all internal and external audiences, designed to influence perception and create visibility and favorable relations with stakeholders such as clients, partners, beneficiaries, shareholders, employees, media and regulators for information exchanges that build our brand and lead to new business and development impact. Through Knowledge Management the unit will deploy culture, processes and technology to foster learning, improve efficiency, increase productivity of employees and be readily available for business purposes such as decision making, and value creation .

Role Objective

The Monitoring Evaluation & Learning Manager will nurture a Corporate MEL culture in DAI. He/she will lead the development of the MEL systems at DAI Nigeria. The MEL Manager will work closely with projects to define outcome and impact indicators and work with corporate unit heads to collect corporate workplan and financial performance data for analysis. He/she will lead on the design of a corporate MEL framework and provide regular updates to senior management including routine reporting on high level performance of the Nigeria portfolio – corporate and programmatic. The Manager will collaborate with and motivate the MEL project teams and short-term technical assistance relating to evaluation and learning.

She/he will also be responsible for conducting high quality research, and technical writing deliverables. He/she will be part of a multidisciplinary team that produces high impact deliverables such as online resource databases, information dashboards, websites, research, case studies, discourse events, learning sessions, newsletters, and other media products that are relevant for employees, project teams, and clients.

Responsibilities and Competencies

  • Provide support to all MEL activities.
  • Lead and facilitate MEL system strengthening processes and implementation of data collection, analysis, reporting and data quality improvement for strategic communication.
  • Gather evidence – corporate and programmatic – to demonstrate outcomes & impact from projects against DAI strategic themes.
  • With leadership from the Head of SCKM conceptualize and coordinate research activities and evaluations: interviews & focus groups with beneficiaries, clients and project staff.
  • Arrange, code and thematically analyze qualitative evidence collected.
  • Generate reports evidencing the impact of DAI projects across 6 main themes: governance, climate, digital acceleration, economic growth, health and financial advisory.
  • Contribute to internal reporting such as monthly reports, monthly newsletters, and annual reports for dissemination to audiences within and outside the company.
  • Design and maintenance of performance dashboards, and reporting tools
  • Ensure databases are efficient and effective for organization-wide knowledge management, information dissemination and use.
  • Contribute to proposal development by participating in incubators and designing MEL strategies.
  • Conduct MEL capacity development support and keep up to date with latest thinking on evaluation and impact measurement.
  • Undertake billable project work in proven areas of expertise.
  • Any other duties as specified by line manager.

Qualifications and Person Specifications

  • A Master’s degree in a science course such as statistics, mathematics, computer science, economics, or related field. An advanced certificate in M&E, or Statistics is an advantage.
  • 8-10 years of experience with expertise research, project impact evaluation, and data analysis – quantitative and qualitative.
  • Strong facilitation and stakeholder engagement skills.
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and/ performance monitoring plans.
  • Excellent data analytics and visualization skills, including the ability to use Power BI and similar tools.
  • Proven success in designing & implementing project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and must possess the ability to deliver technically rigorous documents.
  • A curious, creative & collaborative mindset, attention to detail, problem-solving attitude, an ability to work under pressure, adhere to tight deadlines & deliver high-quality work.
  • Professionalism, cross-cultural competence, comfortable engaging in a global firm, a proven ability to work across multiple business functions and proficient at managing stakeholder.

Qualified candidates should apply on or before the 8th of January 2024. Applications from women, people with disabilities and young people who meet the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.

DAI will only contact candidates that are successful at this pre-qualification stage.

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