Uganda: Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL)

Organization: FHI 360
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 02 Mar 2017

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Manager (MERL)


FHI 360 is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Manager (MERL) for an anticipated USAID-funded project in Uganda. The project will work to enable vulnerable households in Uganda to improve nutrition and achieve sustainable food and livelihood security.

The Manager, MERL will be responsible for the design, implementation and technical quality of all monitoring, evaluation, research and learning activities on the project. The position will be based in Eastern Uganda and will report to the Chief of Party. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of final applicant is subject to USAID approval.

The expected duration of the project is five years and it is expected that the position will be based in Kampala. Availability of this position is contingent upon release of a solicitation (RFA/RFP) by USAID and recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project to FHI 360 and final USAID approval of the candidate.

Job Summary / Responsibilities:

  • Lead the design and implementation of the project’s monitoring and evaluation activities, including: development of the project’s Performance Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL)
  • Plan development and monitoring of project indicators; implementation of baseline, midterm and end line studies; oversight of data collection and analysis; synthesis of data and study outcome reports; quality assurance and auditing of data
  • Lead the design and implementation of the project’s research activities, including operations research, performance evaluations, impact evaluations and/or rapid/special studies. Lead efforts to identify key research questions and develop studies that test innovative strategies for addressing improving the quality and uptake of key services by targeted populations
  • Lead a robust learning agenda, designing and implementing mechanisms for continuous learning, collaboration, and adaptation for project staff, partners, donors, host country government counterparts and other stakeholders
  • Oversee the dissemination of information on successful and promising approaches, lessons learned and other program results to local, national and regional-level intergovernmental bodies, donors, partners and other stakeholders. Promote forums which facilitate collaboration, learning and action as a result of this information among these actors
  • Ensure that data from the project is fed into national health management information systems and promote its use among stakeholders for learning and policy development and programming
  • Build capacity of staff, implementing partners, government counterparts, and other stakeholders in program monitoring and evaluation, data collection and management, and research and learning methods
  • Ensure research implementation adheres to FHI 360 and international policies and standards and remains technically and ethically sound. Usher research protocols through FHI 360 Internal Review Board and national external review processes
  • Monitor and maintain relevant protocols, instruments, data sets, manuals, training materials and reports
  • Oversee a team of MERL staff for the project and ensure clear roles and responsibilities and lines of communication are maintained amongst the team members
  • Contribute to work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and other reports and papers summarizing project results and evidence


  • Master’s Degree or higher in monitoring and evaluation, public health, international health, evaluation research, biostatistics, statistics, economics, or a related field required
  • 10 – 15 years’ experience in international public health monitoring, evaluation and research efforts. 5+ of those years should include work in nutrition and integrated development
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and ability to articulate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrated experience in implanting rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation studies to international ethical standards
  • Strong skills using MS Excel Word, PowerPoint and Access, and at least one data management software program (SAS, STATA, and SPSS) and experience training others in its use is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical and management expertise and experience, and strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills
  • Experience with a USG cooperative agreement preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country government personnel, stakeholders, NGO partners, and international donor agencies
  • Strong interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English
  • Ability to work independently and manage a high volume work flow

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360’s Career Center for a list of all open positions.
FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

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