Pact is an international nonprofit that works in nearly 40 countries building solutions for human development that are evidence-based, data-driven and owned by the communities we serve. Founded in 1971, Pact works with partners to build resilience, improve accountability, and strengthen knowledge and skills for sustainable social impact.
Programs - Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.
The Learning, Evidence and Impact (LEAP) Advisor leads on monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) at Pact and with Pact projects worldwide, with a particular focus on democracy, human rights, governance, capacity development, women & youth, and natural resources management programs. They lead MERL system development during program start-up; provides technical direction on monitoring, evaluation, research and learning activities throughout the project lifecycle. The LEAP Advisor acts as principal investigator on traditional and innovative research and evaluation studies assessing Pact programs. This individual provides capacity development and backstopping to global MERL colleagues and manages LEAP team interns and consultants. They contribute to new business by leading the development of winning MERL designs in proposals, and championing or serving as technical writer for MERL-focused proposals. The LEAP Advisor is committed to learning new methods or approaches, employs them in supported programs, and shares learnings with LEAP colleagues and MERL COP members. The LEAP Advisor enhances Pact’s reputation as a global leader in MERL through active engagement as a technical expert on external working groups and participation in various thought leadership forums.
A) Learning, Evidence, and Impact Institutional Support and Pact Growth (50%)
- Support Impact Area teams in the development and implementation of their evidence and learning priorities, with a particular focus on democracy, human rights, governance, capacity development, women & youth, and natural resources management topical areas, with the aim of growing Pact’s evidence-base for tools and approaches
New business development
- Lead on the development of winning MERL designs in proposals, including: theories of change, logical and results frameworks, measurement and metrics, research and other formative and summative assessment designs, imPact requirements (Pact’s instance of DHIS2) and draft MEL plans.
Thought Leadership, Brand Recognition & Donor/Pact Relationship
- Serve as thought leader to further Pact’s reputation by participating in academic and professional conferences to publicize Pact’s MERL expertise and project results.
- Serve as technical expert on internal and external working groups, actively engage in collaborative research and global dissemination of products.
- Lead or coordinate LEAP external publication according to workplan and professional development goals.
- Enhance Pact’s relationship with donors through leading quality and technically appropriate MERL activities responding to donor interest
Management & Other
- Manage LEAP interns and consultants: from development of terms of reference (ToRs) and scopes of work (SOWs) and procurement through performance management, quality oversight and payment processing.
- Create or update core LEAP documents (evaluation policy, quality standards, capacity statement, core modules), and contribute to MERL discussions and sharing via the MERL Community of Practice webinars.
B) Ensuring quality programming through technical MERL support to projects (50%)
- Lead on MERL start-up of new projects including but not limited to development of MEL plans, data management system setup, hiring of MERL staff, and preparations for baseline assessments.
- Provide technical guidance to Pact projects on all MERL activities throughout the project cycle.
- Lead on professional development and advance the capacities of Pact’s global staff by designing and providing in-country and remote training and mentoring to Pact offices on their MERL plans, outcome measures, data management strategy, data quality audits, use of data for decision making, among others.
- Serve as principal investigator for research or evaluation studies, including developing terms of reference, designing tools, providing sampling guidance, data analysis guidance, conducting data collection and analysis, leading a research team, and drafting and/or review of reports to ensure industry standards.
All other duties as assigned
- Master's degree with eight (8) years work experience or bachelor's degree with at least ten (10+) years work experience
- At least seven (7) years of experience working with international development programs and MERL systems, with at least two (2) years in a low-resource setting.
- Advanced knowledge of MERL principles, including qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, tracking outcome indicators, and design of program evaluations using mixed methods.
- Experience using Excel for data entry, management, cleaning, data manipulation, and analysis.
- Demonstrated experience in project management and leading teams to produce deliverables on time.
- Ability to work independently and to perform and prioritize multiple tasks.
- Ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with Pact staff, donor organizations, and peer organizations.
- Experienced in budget development and budget management.
- Experience managing staff.
- Experience implementing M&E systems for USAID, DFID, and other bilateral donors and/or foundations.
- Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, or related field.
- Research and evaluation experience in integrated international development.
- Strong facilitation, teaching and coaching skills related to MERL.
- Experience with quantitative (SPSS, STATA) and qualitative analysis software, GIS systems, and/or data visualization software (NVivo, ArcGIS, Power BI, Tableau, etc.).
- Familiarity with cloud-based data management systems