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RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 4000 provides research and technical expertise to governments and businesses in more than 40 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory and chemistry services. Universities in North Carolina founded RTI in 1958 as the first scientific organization in and centerpiece of the Research Triangle Park.

RTI International is implementing a USAID funded Leadership, Advocacy, Empowerment, and Development (LEAD) project in Nigeria, a project aimed at improving governance and service delivery at the local government level. This project ends in September 2017. The position is open to residents of Nigeria only.

JOB ID: 17624


The MEL Director reports to the Chief of Party and will be responsible for leading and managing the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) activities for the project.
S/he will establish systems for gathering, reporting and analyzing performance data for impact and sustainability of project implementation.
Candidate should possess strong management, administrative and communication skills (including report writing).

Lead Project’s M&E, knowledge management and capacity building objectives. This includes the design and implementation of a robust results, PMEP, and knowledge management framework to aggregate and disseminate useful and actionable information based on sound evidence generated from activities.
Coordinates and manages all monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tasks and deliverables for the project. Establish systems for gathering, reporting and analyzing performance data for impact and sustainability of project implementation. Coordinate and manage all MEL tasks and deliverables for the project and ensure that all required reports and documentation for the project’s internal management systems and for external reporting are produced according to USAID/Nigeria guidelines.
Oversees data collection processes and data quality; develops documentation of best practices; and facilitating the use of data to drive program design and decision making.
Facilitate learning from M&E findings with implementation teams and other relevant stakeholders. This could include building the capacity of the implementation partners to respond to evaluation findings where appropriate.
Provide technical assistance to state, LGA and CSO partners as required on monitoring evaluation systems capacity building and assessments
Synthesize and analyze lessons to determine policy implications, distil and articulate best fit innovations for dissemination with community of practice
Facilitate incorporation of research design and methodologies in the application of learning to project design and management.
Directly supervise and mentor project M&E/knowledge management staff. Build internal project staff capacity to implement MEL strategy.

A minimum of a Master’s degree in Social Science, International Development, or a relevant field, with 12 years of experience in international development program design and implementation. 6 years’ experience in program monitoring and evaluation.
Experience in knowledge management and communications, particularly for research.
Demonstrated understanding with knowledge management programs, facilitating communities of practice and social networking, and knowledge of USAID’s Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) approach preferred.
Skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, data collection and analysis, and establishing M&E systems. Demonstrated ability to lead baseline data collection and analyses.
Knowledge of and experience with M&E frameworks, and reporting systems. Experience with USAID programming highly preferred.
Verbal and written fluency in the English language along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams.
Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
Proficiency in Excel, Word, and other MS Office software; data analysis software (such as SPSS or Stata);
Ability and willingness to live in Nigeria and travel frequently within Northern Nigeria.

JOB ID: 17625


The GED Division is currently accepting applications for State Managers for an anticipated USAID-funded State2State (S2S) activity in Sokoto, Bauchi, and up to 4 additional states in Northern Nigeria.
The overall goal of S2S is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria.
This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene - WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict.
State2State builds on and expands the Mission's currently ongoing Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development (LEAD, 2009-2017) activity, implemented by RTI.
The State Manager reports to the Chief of Party at the head office and will have overall responsibility for implementing, monitoring and reporting on technical activities and managing human and financial resources in the assigned state.
The State Manager will lead a dedicated team of development spe...ts to develop, implement and monitor the S2S work plan for their assigned State.
Candidate should possess strong management, administrative and communication skills (including report writing).
Positions will be based in partner states.

Provides strategic leadership, technical and managerial direction for the successful implementation of the program in the assigned state.
Responsible for the overall performance and results of the program in the partner state, including management and oversight of the program's technical, operational, and administrative staff.
Liaises regularly with program management team on management and decision-making.
Ensures the timely completion of all technical and financial deliverables in accordance with USAID guidelines.
Serves as RTI's liaison with government counterparts, local organizations, and program partners in the target state.
Ensures a high level of communication and close working relationships with the state counterparts.
Act as the focal point for the state team with the project HQ. Organize meetings, conference calls and field trips to facilitate the involvement of the technical support team in program development planning and implementation.
Track S2S program development and keep the HQ project managers apprised of progress and challenges.
Develop weekly briefs for submission to the head office and monthly reports for inclusion in the quarterly report.

BA in relevant social or administrative science or equivalent and 10 years of development experience, including at least 5 years experience working to strengthen state and local governments or decentralization in Nigeria.
Proven leadership, team building, management and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge of management and systems.
Demonstrated experience and strong knowledge of state and local government operations, and the ability to work with sub-national institutions to develop and implement project activities.
Strong English oral/written communication skills and ability to communicate at multiple levels in the organization is required. This includes demonstrated experience with technical report writing in English.
Strong planning, organization and problem solving skills is required.
Ability to work independently, and within team in difficult work environment.
Analytical and research skills.
Excellent computer knowledge with command on MS Excel among other packages of MS Office is required.
Ability to speak the local language strongly preferred.

Position is contingent upon award and funding. Compensation will be based upon RTI's Nigeria Country Compensation Framework.

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