MEL Director- USAID Ghana Fiscal Accountability Strengthening Activity (FASA)


Company Abt Associate...
Category Monitoring & ...
Location Accra
Job Status Full-time
Salary GH¢ 
Education Bachelor̵...
Experience 10 years
Job Expires Jun 14, 2023
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Company Profile

The International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governance—as well as in international evaluation. Our multi-layered health portfolio includes policy, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.

Job Description

The World at Abt
Solving the world’s most pressing issues and improving the quality of life for people worldwide is what we do every day at Abt Associates. Creating a more equitable world is no small task, but we are driven by big challenges.

We are a team of 3,000+ people in over 50 countries working in unison and focused on the bigger picture. Only by sharing our commitment, energy, and innovation do we affect change and push the boundaries of what’s possible. We welcome diverse ideas, backgrounds, and viewpoints – joining Abt means access to exceptional thinkers at the top of their game. 

To thrive at Abt is to embrace flexibility and collaboration. Our open culture allows you to balance your work and personal life as needed to optimize personal well-being. Creating a more equitable world starts from within – we look after people around the world, and we’ll do the same for you.

Ready to embrace rewarding and meaningful work? Now’s your chance

The Opportunity 
Abt Associates seeks candidates for a long-term MEL Director position for the anticipated USAID/Ghana Fiscal Accountability Strengthening Activity (the Activity). The purpose of the five-year Activity is to improve accountability within the Government of Ghana's public financial management systems to achieve three objectives: (i) enhanced external audit and parliamentary scrutiny; (ii) improved accounting, financial reporting, and compliance to fiscal policy; and (iii) strengthened control, predictability, and transparency in budget execution.
The Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director will be responsible for the monitoring, evaluation, and learning components of this project including the design and implementation of the MEL Plan and supporting the effective use of data for programming decisions. Strong experience in managing and implementing M&E, staff building, excellent data analysis and writing skills are important.  
Work is expected to begin in late 2023. The position is contingent on the contract being awarded to Abt Associates. As the MEL Director, you will be based in Ghana and will report to the Chief of Party. 

Qualified candidates will possess the qualifications listed below. Abt Associates actively seeks out candidates with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Therefore, we particularly encourage women, individuals from disadvantaged communities, and differently abled people to apply.
Core Responsibilities 
  • Develop and finalize a comprehensive Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan for the life of the project, in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders.
  • Lead the implementation and management of monitoring and evaluation for the project, including customization, roll out and management of Abt’s M&E system.
  • Work with MEL stakeholders in Ghana and the Home Office MEL team to maintain the program’s results framework that establishes a causal pathway from activities and outputs to intermediate results, and ultimately to the Activities’ desired outcomes and impact.  
  • Manage a rigorous approach to MEL to measure performance toward specific Activity goals and objectives, including quantitative, qualitative, and participatory methodologies.
  • Drive the Activity’s learning agenda to derive lessons learned and best practices from activities and contribute to program reporting.
  • Coordinate regular reviews to interpret MEL findings for planning, decision-making, course-correction, and communication of implementation successes and challenges.  
  • Support programmatic decision-making at all levels through data analysis, reporting and communication of program learnings across multiple locations. 
  • Support and manage the design, implementation, and/or oversight of research, evaluations, or assessments.
  • Lead preparation of all program reporting requirements and lead the development of learning products for information sharing with appropriate stakeholders.

Required Skills or Experience

  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in, Statistics, Social Sciences or other relevant field.
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning on donor-funded programs, with progressively increasing level of responsibility
  • Experience with MEL on public financial management projects preferred
  • Experience with USAID-funded activities preferred.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in Collaborating, Learning and Adapting techniques to support use of M&E data for improved program design    
  • Strong interpersonal skills, initiative, good judgment, demonstrated team leadership, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills, in English.
  • Extensive experience in knowledge management and dissemination of results and research findings. 
  • Computer literacy (MS Word, MS Excel, statistical software)

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