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MERL Manager

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Data Innovators
Gauteng (Remote)
Closing Date:
Sunday, 29 May 2022
Interviewing

About the Organisation

Data Innovators (DIs) is a Social Enterprise led by a team of young Africans who are passionate about making systemic change in development through data. Data Innovators team is passionate about helping organizations push data boundaries to create positive futures. We are experienced in testing innovative and fit-for-purpose approaches to M&E. Our team has both digital data solution expertise and are experienced in conducting technical assistance for various sectors including Education, Social Sciences, public health, Enterprise Development, Climate Change. The team includes statisticians, data analysts, platform developers, demographers, public health and education specialists, M&E practitioners.

About the Job

Data Innovators is looking for an innovative Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) Manager to drive and support various MERL efforts for our clients and internal projects. The MERL Manager will be responsible for leading technical and project teams; serving as a member of the Management Committee; contributing and strengthening internal policies and processes; and engaging daily with clients, partners, and other key stakeholders. The MERL Manager will also be expected to demonstrate leadership in critical activities such as providing quality assurance for various reports, outputs, and deliverables; writing thought-leadership pieces for public dissemination; and communicating feedback to all levels of the organisation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Management, business development and planning of a team of MERL consultants

  • Managing a team of strong, effective M&E consultants

  • Reviewing and improving MERL methodologies to ensure Data Innovators remains competitive as an advisory organisation

  • Providing day-to-day project management of MERL projects for DI teams and clients, covering scope, schedule, finance, risk, quality, and resourcing (which includes managing team performance and ensuring all projects are appropriately resourced)

  • Developing the strategy for the M&E service area with the MERL Director

  • Developing and updating operating templates for managing consulting processes

  • Coordinating the implementation of monitoring systems and designing monitoring tools

  • Ensuring that the DI team of MERL consultants effectively work with data platforms, databases, and select technologies to capture and organize data

  • Planning and quality assuring the cleaning, sorting, categorizing and organizing of data

  • Quality assuring the analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative data

  • Reviewing and finalising all reports to clients

  • Convening communities of practice and other organizational learning practices

  • Participating and organising knowledge sharing and curation activities, such as conferences and seminar

  • Participating in Business development efforts as led by the Business Development unit and the MERL Director

  • Contribution to research agenda and knowledge management

Requirements

  • Master’s (or working towards) degree in M&E or related field

  • Eight (8) years’ experience of programme evaluation

  • Demonstrated expertise in at least three technical M&E areas, such as building M&E systems, evaluation design, designing and facilitating M&E training, providing technical assistance

  • Proficiency in mixed-methods research approaches; quantitative approaches, advantage

  • Four (4) years’ client-facing experience

  • Managing multiple project teams for client delivery

  • Proven experience in technical writing and presentation/facilitation

  • Deep understanding of at least one area of the development sector (education, health, early childhood development, youth skills, etc.)

  • Work experience with NPOs, CSI, and funders will be an advantage

To apply

Must be legally eligible to work full time in South Africa.


In order to apply, email your application by Monday 30th May, 2022 to callum@actionappointments.co.za

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About the Organisation

Data Innovators (DIs) is a Social Enterprise led by a team of young Africans who are passionate about making systemic change in development through data. Data Innovators team is passionate about helping organizations push data boundaries to create positive futures. We are experienced in testing innovative and fit-for-purpose approaches to M&E. Our team has both digital data solution expertise and are experienced in conducting technical assistance for various sectors including Education, Social Sciences, public health, Enterprise Development, Climate Change. The team includes statisticians, data analysts, platform developers, demographers, public health and education specialists, M&E practitioners.

About the Job

Data Innovators is looking for an innovative Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) Manager to drive and support various MERL efforts for our clients and internal projects. The MERL Manager will be responsible for leading technical and project teams; serving as a member of the Management Committee; contributing and strengthening internal policies and processes; and engaging daily with clients, partners, and other key stakeholders. The MERL Manager will also be expected to demonstrate leadership in critical activities such as providing quality assurance for various reports, outputs, and deliverables; writing thought-leadership pieces for public dissemination; and communicating feedback to all levels of the organisation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Management, business development and planning of a team of MERL consultants

  • Managing a team of strong, effective M&E consultants

  • Reviewing and improving MERL methodologies to ensure Data Innovators remains competitive as an advisory organisation

  • Providing day-to-day project management of MERL projects for DI teams and clients, covering scope, schedule, finance, risk, quality, and resourcing (which includes managing team performance and ensuring all projects are appropriately resourced)

  • Developing the strategy for the M&E service area with the MERL Director

  • Developing and updating operating templates for managing consulting processes

  • Coordinating the implementation of monitoring systems and designing monitoring tools

  • Ensuring that the DI team of MERL consultants effectively work with data platforms, databases, and select technologies to capture and organize data

  • Planning and quality assuring the cleaning, sorting, categorizing and organizing of data

  • Quality assuring the analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative data

  • Reviewing and finalising all reports to clients

  • Convening communities of practice and other organizational learning practices

  • Participating and organising knowledge sharing and curation activities, such as conferences and seminar

  • Participating in Business development efforts as led by the Business Development unit and the MERL Director

  • Contribution to research agenda and knowledge management

Requirements

  • Master’s (or working towards) degree in M&E or related field

  • Eight (8) years’ experience of programme evaluation

  • Demonstrated expertise in at least three technical M&E areas, such as building M&E systems, evaluation design, designing and facilitating M&E training, providing technical assistance

  • Proficiency in mixed-methods research approaches; quantitative approaches, advantage

  • Four (4) years’ client-facing experience

  • Managing multiple project teams for client delivery

  • Proven experience in technical writing and presentation/facilitation

  • Deep understanding of at least one area of the development sector (education, health, early childhood development, youth skills, etc.)

  • Work experience with NPOs, CSI, and funders will be an advantage

To apply

Must be legally eligible to work full time in South Africa.


In order to apply, email your application by Monday 30th May, 2022 to callum@actionappointments.co.za