Panagora Group is a woman-owned small business (WOSB) providing novel and integrated solutions in global health and international development. Our goal is to provide innovative solutions that build national capacity and promote sustainability through robust local participation and capacity building, utilizing highly integrated and private sector solutions. Throughout our work, we embrace a virtuous circle of knowledge stewardship, collaborative learning, and application of evidence to heighten and accelerate positive health and development outcomes. 


Panagora seeks a monitoring, evaluation, research, learning and adaption (MERLA) Director working with USAID managing donor-funded projects. The MERLA Director contributes significantly to new business development, in particular technical conceptualization and writing; carries out technical assignments; and starts up and oversees MERLA activities. This position reports to the MERLA Practice Director.


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Providing technical leadership and oversight of Panagora’s work in monitoring, evaluation, research, learning and adaption 

  • Overseeing monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) related contracts, including development and implementation of annual activity work plans and budgets 

  • Supporting new business development in technical area, providing leadership in technical conceptualization and writing, recruitment of high-quality technical personnel, etc. 

  • Monitoring and supporting activity performance via regular tracking of financial and program reports, performance data, communication with field teams, and periodic supervisory travel 

  • Ensuring compliance with contract requirements 

  • Serving as liaison with clients and ensure customer satisfaction   

  • Providing activity updates, lessons learned, and stories for marketing, communications, and learning purposes 

  • Ensuring short-term assignment are staffed and carried out as planned, including through clear scopes of work, high-quality personnel, and facilitative oversight  

  • Drafting regular donor reports and annual activity reports 

  • Actively supporting and representing Panagora’s mission and values in conduct and communications 

  • Representing Panagora periodically at conferences, meetings, and events  

  • Mentoring staff to ensure high levels of motivation, commitment, capacity, and teamwork 



  • Master's degree in international development or an advanced degree in a relevant field. 

  • 10-15 years of relevant work experience. 

  • Monitoring, evaluation, research, learning and adaption programming experience.  

  • Experience using monitoring and evaluation in a learning context highly preferred.  

  • Demonstrated project management skills at a leadership level in a USAID context. 

  • Strong track record to working on and contributing to winning proposals including the ability. to conceptualize and write technical proposals.  

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.  

  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.  

  • Experience living and working in a developing country.  

  • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages.  

  • Experience using monitoring and evaluation in a learning context highly preferred. 


Reports to: MERLA Practice Director


No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted. Only applicants who include the required application components will be considered. 




Panagora Group is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 


Due to the ongoing pandemic and based on guidance from the CDC, federal and local government agencies, the position is expected to be fully remote through January 2022, after which Panagora Group will move to a hybrid work schedule. COVID vaccination will be required to work onsite at Panagora home office or project site located on US Government property. 


Panagora Group, Inc. offers competitive salaries including regular performance reviews and merit increases with an excellent insurance program (health, dental and vision) paid leave, holidays, bonuses, employee assistance program, training and development assistance, commuter allowance, phone allowance, Society for International Development and Humentum Memberships, as well as employee stock ownership (ESOP) and 401K programs. 


*Note: Panagora does not offer visa sponsorship.