Monitoring & Evaluation Director

at Partners of the Americas
Published November 16, 2023
Location Bogotá, Colombia
Category General  
Job Type Full Time  


This position will lead the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) component of the C4D Project. This area is responsible for monitoring activities and measuring progress during project implementation, according to the Work Plan, indicators and their corresponding goals, objectives, changes, effects, and expected impact. M&E guides and ensures compliance with quality standards during the processes of capture, processing, analysis, and reporting, contributing useful and timely information for strategic decision-making of the project.

The M&E Director will lead the collection, processing, verification, and reporting of information on the implementation of project activities, integrating Partners’ best M&E practices. This professional will lead the processes of data collection and processing, internal and external reporting, monitoring of activities and indicators, and evaluation of activities and impact during the life of the project. This position reports directly to the Chief of Party and will work closely with the Technical Directors of the project. The M&E Director will be based in Bogotá, Colombia.

The M&E Director will have the following main objectives:

Ensure compliance with quality standards in accordance with USDA’s M&E guidelines during the processes of capture, processing, analysis, and reporting.
Ensure the timely delivery of the information requested by key partners and stakeholders, in accordance with Partners’ Data Processing Policy.
Facilitate strategic support for the appropriate results-based management through Smartsheet, KoboToolbox, and Power BI platforms.
Roles and Responsibilities

Direct and provide the day-to-day management of the M&E activities for the project and its partners.
Proactively participate in project evaluations, including the mid-term and final evaluation, collaborating, and coordinating closely with USDA and the external consultant.
Contribute to the elaboration of Requests for Proposals for relevant consultancies assessing project progress, such as annual, intermediate, final, and others as required.
Monitor and update project indicators and their progress toward established goals in coordination with the C4D technical team.
Develop and ensure adequate performance of M&E platforms, data integrity, and accuracy in project-relevant reporting.
Manage the renewal of the licenses of the required software tools.
Supervise, with the support of the M&E team, the activities implemented by partners and contractors ensuring compliance with the established monitoring requirements.
Lead the development, update, and implementation of the project's M&E Plan, including the approach to collecting, evaluating, and validating data to measure overall progress toward project outcomes and objectives.
Support the development of project progress reports, annual work plans, and other documents as required by USDA, by providing accurate and reliable data.
Collaborate and regularly meet with the project's technical team to update the Work Plan and activities accordingly.
Stay up to date on USDA Colombia and USDA Washington M&E guidance and opportunities, including but not limited to revised standard indicators and opportunities to give feedback or highlight project achievements.
Build the capacity of the C4D team and partners to reinforce the rules and guidelines of M&E according to the parameters established for the project and required by USDA.

Qualifications and Minimum Requirements

Minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience in management and leadership positions, or equivalent, executing monitoring and evaluation activities for international development projects, specifically projects focused on the agricultural sector in Colombia.
Professional with an advanced degree (preferably a master's degree) in statistics, demography, public policy, international development, economics, or related field.
Experience in the design, implementation, and operation of monitoring and evaluation systems from project inception to the closeout stages.
Desirable familiarity with indicators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food For Progress Program or other U.S. Government-funded programs.
Experience working with Colombian producer associations, trade unions, or other civil society organizations.
Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, goal setting, reporting, database management, and development of monitoring and evaluation plans and implementation of monitoring plans.
Knowledge of main evaluation methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, mixed method, and impact) and data collection and analysis of the methodologies.
Experience in planning and managing surveys and developing and refining data collection tools.
Desirable understanding of the main problems of agricultural value chains, including market access, collection and processing of products, and provision of inputs and services to producers.

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