The DMEL Advisor will work under the direction of the CEPPS REL Director and in close coordination with the CLA Advisor to fulfil the following key duties and responsibilities:
1. Support the development of CEPPS DMEL policies, procedures and guidelines for CEPPS partners to a) design, monitor, evaluate and report on programmatic progress in compliance with DEPP requirements and b) contribute to mechanism level reporting and learning processes (15%)
a. Collaborate with DEPP Collaborating, Learning, Adapting (CLA) Advisor to develop and institutionalize CLA protocols and practices in DEPP associate programs and facilitate information sharing among and between associate awards and the leader award
b. Collaborate with the DEPP CLA Advisor and the DEPP REL Director to support development and execution of the DEPP Learning Agenda, especially as it relates to design of projects under DEPP
c. Engage key CEPPS stakeholders to support development and maintenance of policies and protocols that guide the implementation of MEL practices and protocols under the DEPP mechanism and support mechanism and award level learning
d. Maintain and/or develop standard templates and guidelines for key MEL documents including PIRS, PMPs, Results Frameworks, AMELPs, baseline and evaluation reports so that consortium partners’ M&E systems align with DEPP policies and processes.
e. In coordination with the CLA Advisor, establish and maintain standard protocols established for key MEL initiatives including but not limited to baseline, mid-term, final external evaluations and data quality assessments; ensure that such protocols support knowledge management and CLA within and throughout the DEPP mechanism
2. Provide oversight and technical support on MEL practices during DEPP program implementation to ensure their technical quality and their alignment with broader DEPP processes, priorities, and products (25%)
a. Liaise with CEPPS program and MEL personnel in overseeing appropriate implementation of MEL policies and protocols
b. Review key MEL deliverables including program designs, AMELPs, baseline and mid-term scopes of work and inception reports, and evaluation reports to:
i. Ensure the consistency, coherence and quality of CEPPS deliverables;
ii. Support the execution of such MEL processes and practices, as needed;
iii. Ensure such processes leverage learning from mechanism level efforts, the external evidence base and CEPPS technical expertise
c. Provide technical advisory services and support to CEPPS program teams or CEPPS MEL teams on an as needed basis
d. As needed, review CEPPS quarterly reporting to ensure best practices for results reporting are being maintained and to support harvesting of knowledge and learnings for broader DEPP learning priorities, including the DEPP Learning Agenda
e. Collaborate with CEPPS Database Team (Data Analyst and Database Administrator) to ensure adherence to CEPPS policies on input and storage of indicators data in CEPPS Indicators Database; liaise with the CEPPS Inclusion advisor to develop and operationalize relevant metrics for inclusive programming; work with Data Analyst and Database Administrator on customized requests for data reporting using the database; address issues that arise with data quality assurance for the database
3. Strengthen integration of best practices, lessons learned, and innovation in the development of responsive DEPP proposals for associate awards (40%)
a. With input from the CEPPS technical leadership team, develop, pilot, and implement protocols for program design initiatives that foster responsive DEPP programming; this may include developing and refining program approaches within and outside the proposal process and should include leveraging the external evidence base on democracy assistance
b. Facilitate program design sessions in order to establish joint logical framework for DEPP associate programs that are rooted in evidence
c. Collaborate with the DEPP CLA Advisor to identify and integrate relevant programmatic learning into design of programs
d. Harvest lessons from DEPP design processes and products to develop and inform future project designs and to contribute to overall mechanism learning goals
e. In tandem with the DEPP CLA Advisor, develop CLA tools and processes that facilitate the integration of CEPPS best practices, lessons learned, and innovation into new program designs
f. Support and guide program teams to prepare required MEL deliverables for proposal processes
g. Review and approve all MEL deliverables for proposal processes, in coordination and with support from the DEPP REL team as needed
4. Work with CEPPS leadership to respond to reporting and oversight needs related to MEL implementations under DEPP (10%)
a. Collaborate with CEPPS KCLA Advisor to provide significant inputs from DEPP implementation into mechanism-based knowledge management and learning processes
b. Collaborate with the CEPPS communications team to ensure evidence-based storytelling
c. Provide input into regular and ad-hoc reporting at the mechanism level, including quarterly and annual reporting to the donor, as well as specialized reporting on an as-needed basis
d. Support development of stakeholder research and feedback initiatives to ensure that CEPPS is being responsive to donor needs
5. Support and contribute to thought leadership and external engagement (10%)
a. Engage with academia, donors, and other key stakeholders to keep up-to-date on emerging DMEL practices, processes, tools and approaches in the democracy, human rights and governance (DRG) field and beyond as applicable;
b. Collaborate with the CLA Advisor and the REL Director to conceptualize and develop communications products that highlight DEPP learning, approaches, processes and other relevant information for the DRG community
c. As needed, represent CEPPS at academic and practitioner events to highlight CEPPS approaches to design, monitoring, evaluation and learning to communicate key findings and lessons from DEPP systems, processes, research and products
Education: Master’s degree or higher in political science, international relations, or related field.
Experience: At least 8 years of experience in the design and implementation of research and MEL systems to inform programmatic and strategic decision-making. Experience in the DRG field is preferred, but not required.
Related Skills or Knowledge:
TECHNICAL SKILLS: Experience using data analysis software such as SPSS or Stata is preferred, but not required.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Fluency in English required. Fluency in other languages, such as Spanish, French, Arabic, or sign language, is preferred but not required.
TRAVEL: Some international travel to CEPPS field offices may be expected as part of this position. Travel for conferences or other professional engagements may also be expected.