Colombia Reconciliation M&E Director Opportunity



Mercy Corps has been operating in Colombia since 2005, and works to strengthen the capacity and resilience of conflict-affected communities. We work closely with public and private partners to jointly address peacebuilding opportunities and poverty alleviation. Mercy Corps is preparing a proposal to USAID for a $55 million Reconciliation program. This proposed program will promote reconciliation among victims, ex-combatants and other citizens of Colombia and will create awareness among citizens of the importance of addressing the wounds of the conflict and moving towards reconciliation. Through outcomes focused on bolstering reparations for victims, strengthening government units and the implementation of law (victim and land restitution law), and reducing inequalities and human rights violations, this program will contribute to a sustainable and inclusive peace for Colombia.

The M&E Director is responsible for providing technical assistance on M&E to the overall program. S/he will be responsible for cross­-cutting programmatic information management, monitoring and evaluation, ensuring that information collected is reflected upon, used to improve ongoing activities, and is incorporated into consistently high quality reports. More than just measuring results, the program’s M&E system will be an integral part of project planning and allow strategic and informed management of interventions. The individual filling this position will have responsibility for monitoring and evaluation not only of direct implementation programs, but also of sub­-grants and, therefore, will work closely with partner organizations to ensure a unified results management system. It is envisioned that the M&E Director will nationalize their role after two years. Therefore there will be a heavy emphasis on training and capacity building throughout all essential job functions.

Technical Leadership of Design, Monitoring & Evaluation 
  • Contribute to program design to ensure adherence to Mercy Corps, donor and international standards, including the use of standardized indicators and documentation methodologies.
  • Develop results chains, monitoring systems and feedback loops that enable frequent and regular learning sessions and periodic activity redesigns.
  • Provide leadership and training in the development of the M&E Plan, M&E tools, survey design, methodology, data collection and analysis,
  • Work in partnership with program teams and Mercy Corps’ HQ-­based Technical Support Unit (TSU).
  • Assist in the recruitment of competent M&E program staff and organize the program team to perform M&E activities.
Monitoring & Evaluation System Development
  • Establish an M&E system serving the needs of the overall program both for components implemented by Mercy Corps and for sub-grantees,
  • Create effective and easy tools and processes to facilitate project monitoring, and train Mercy Corps and partner staff.
  • Conduct assessments of partner capacity vis­ à­ vis monitoring and evaluation.
  • Work with program team and partners to ensure monitoring and evaluation instruments are effective and being used appropriately.
Information Management 
  • Develop a coordinated data management system to facilitate timely information updates, data quality assurance, sharing of information and learning, etc.
  • Work with IT professionals to develop and implement integration of information management systems.

  • Build the capacity of all relevant team members to develop and maintain an excellent M&E system, including the periodic reflection and analysis of program monitoring data.
  • Support a culture of learning across programs through consistent sharing of M&E processes and systems.
  • Work with the Chief of Party to enhance organizational learning which directly impacts staff performance.
Grants and Report Management 
  • Coordinate with a variety of teams, HQ, Finance, and Program Directors to ensure that reports are timely, high quality, and responsive to donors.

  • Provide leadership to ensure that monitoring and evaluation systems amongst all implementers are well coordinated.
  • Ensure that partners can conduct meaningful analysis of collected data and incorporate findings into implementation.
  • Document key findings from program studies and evaluations that can influence program design and donor policy.
Organizational Learning 
  • As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning, that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

 SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Program M&E staff. The number of direct and indirect reports is to be determined.


WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Program implementation team, finance and operations teams, HQ Regional Program Team, HQ Technical Support Unit and partner organizations
 MA/S or equivalent in International Development or a related field.
  • Coursework in research and evaluation methodologies and statistical analysis is preferred.
  • 7 – 9 years relevant experience of complex, multi­-dimensional programming; previous experience working on USAID-funded programs strongly preferred (required experience in Latin America, preferably Colombia).
  • 5+ years of experience in designing and implementing practical monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Proven experience in developing and working with data management systems including databases, web-based tools or other MIS solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience training of M&E capacity development of field staff.
  • Qualitative and quantitative experience using one of the common statistical analysis software packages is required (SPSS, Stata, SAS or EpiInfo).
  • Capable of representing the organization and negotiating with a diverse range of officials, local organizations and donors.
  • Ability to transfer knowledge through training, mentoring, and other formal and non-formal methods.
  • Experience with gender and social issues in cross-­cultural contexts and gender integration programming preferred.
  • Effective verbal and written communication in Spanish and English is required.
  • Knowledge and experience with peacebuilding M&E measures, including reconciliation, social cohesion, community perceptions, conflict management, violence reduction preferably in a conflict-affected region.
A successful candidate will be conscientious, with excellent judgment and will display an entrepreneurial spirit that is both creative and flexible. S/he will combine strong communication skills, creativity, initiative, participatory leadership and tactful decisiveness to assist in the development and implementation of Mercy Corps’ M&E strategy. The Director will ensure products are on time and of the highest standard. Multitasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. S/he must have the confidence and humility to work effectively with a large variety of people who will be diverse culturally, economically and in social status – as well as be sensitive to political and cultural nuance. S/he must ­ be able to consistently apply excellent judgment to a variety of demanding and fast-­changing situations while working as part of a team and coordinate with program personnel.

The position is based in Bogotá, the capital. Housing is provided as individual accommodation with unlimited freedom of movement beyond the house/office. There are excellent international schools in Bogotá. This position requires up to 30% time for travel by air transportation to project sites in sometimes insecure environments. Mercy Corps Colombia is a member of UNDSS and expects staff to follow security protocols to minimize security risk in the field.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps’ policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

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