Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning

Women for Women International

Washington, DC, United States

The Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning is responsible for leading and managing WfWI’s monitoring system, research projects, and internal and external evaluations. As part of the organization’s senior management, s/he contributes to organizational strategy and management. The Director oversees a team of three professionals in the Washington, DC Headquarters Office, has technical oversight over four M&E Managers in Country Offices and provides support to M&E technical staff in affiliate and partner organizations. S/he also works closely with the Grants and Policy teams in the UK affiliate office.


Strategic Planning:

  • Conceptualize the role of MERL in WfWI’s overall strategy through contributing to annual and multi-year plans and strategies.

Monitoring System and Data Management/Analysis:

  • Guide team members to manage and refine the monitoring database;
  • Conceptualize new ways of analyzing and utilizing existing data;
  • Design quantitative and qualitative methods and tools to collect additional data, including for new areas of programming and with partners;
  • Design IT systems to manage and report on monitoring data effectively, across field offices;
  • Ensure that team members collect, manage, and analyze data accurately and maintaining high quality standards;
  • Ensure that accurate data are provided for donor reports and relevant indicators are provided for proposals;
  • Ensure publication and circulation of monitoring results in a range of formats, including through learning and country results briefs;
  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation is integrated into program learning, program implementation and decision-making.

Research and Evaluation:

  • Contribute to intellectual capital in WfWI by helping country offices identify areas ripe for research/evaluation and designing appropriate methodologies. Innovative participatory data collection methods are encouraged;
  • Conceptualize and execute research and evaluation priorities in the 2016-2020 MERL strategy;
  • Serve as team leader for internal evaluations and initiate and oversee/support evaluations conducted with external researchers, partners or consultants;
  • Identify partnerships with research organizations and ensure strong management of such collaborations;
  • Ensure publication of research results in a range of formats, including through learning and policy briefs;
  • Collaboration with the business development team to identify suitable fundraising opportunities for research and evaluation priorities;
  • Collaborate with the communications team to identify best methods and opportunities to use research/evaluation results and routine data for external advocacy.

Team Leadership and Relationships:

  • Motivate team members to deliver top quality work;
  • Conceptualize, design, and deliver training on Monitoring, Research and Evaluation for relevant staff in headquarters and the field;
  • Collaborate closely with other members of the Global Programs Department and Country Office teams.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree or PhD preferred) in Economics, Social Sciences, International Development or related field;
  • 10-15 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research design, data collection, analysis, and reporting in developing countries. Experience in participatory research is preferred;
  • Excellent analytical and data analysis skills, (experience with STATA required; experience with additional software such as SQL Server Management Studio, SPSS, SAS, etc. welcome). Sound understanding of econometrics preferred;
  • Experience in managing teams of at least three members;
  • Enjoy working on and managing multiple tasks effectively and to tight deadlines; excellent project management skills;
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to communicate technical concepts effectively to a non-technical audience;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Experience working on large-scale data management projects involving the development of IT systems to manage and use data strongly preferred;
  • Experience working on RCTs (field experiments) preferred;
  • Fluency in English required; excellent skills in French and/or Arabic preferred;
  • At least three years living and working in a developing country is required;
  • Ability to work independently and also in a diverse team environment;
  • Ability to travel to sometimes challenging and remote locations.

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