Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Specialist

CARE is an International Non-Government Organization and works in 95 countries around the world to support more than 890 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian-aid projects in the improvement of livelihoods and capacities of poor and marginalized households especially women and girls. In Malawi, CARE works in collaboration with the Government of Malawi and local partners. CARE seeks to recruit a suitably qualified, dynamic and experienced person to fill the position of Monitoring, Evaluation Research and Learning  (MERL) Specialist which is available at its head office in Lilongwe.

The successful candidate will lead the design and implementation of an effective, efficient and coherent MERL system, and facilitate the development of learning culture in CARE Malawi. S/he will contribute to transformative and accountable programming through the promotion of reflective and adaptive practice; and establish systems to test and validate CARE Malawi’s strategies to achieve women and girls’ empowerment and gender equality and enable us to evidence our contribution to gender and social justice and the fight against extreme poverty.

The successful candidates shall report to the Assistant Country Director – Program and will perform the following duties

  1. Provide Technical Leadership in MERL at country office level
  • Develop an effective and efficient MERL framework for the Women and Girls’ Empowerment (WAGE) programming that aligns with CARE’s Vision, Mission, Core Values, and 2020 Program Strategy with specific focus on the core elements of the CARE Approach and brings together the learning and evidence from the main thematic areas of CARE Malawi’s program;
  • Identify and set up simple and effective systems and tools, and leverage information and communication technology (ICT) to capture and manage information generated by program activities and update periodically as may be required by new developments and best practice in the subject matter.
  • Maintain and review M&E and organisational learning systems and processes, proposing changes and strategic adjustments where appropriate.
  • Promote innovation in MERL and knowledge management to increase process efficiency and effectiveness; and facilitate generation of program impact stories and other knowledge products.
  • Coordinate baseline, midline and endline studies, needs assessments, and other forms of evaluation, and ensuring the documentation and dissemination of findings.


  1. Provide Technical Support and Capacity Strengthening
  • Ensure that CO MERL systems and processes engage staff and partners in comparable assessments of the approaches taken to bring about change for women and girls
  • Ensure that projects are generating good quality data and information in a timely manner to meet organisational and donor reporting requirements.
  • Provide budgeting and other guidance to ensure that project designs include sufficient and appropriate MERL coverage to measure, document, and disseminate outcomes and impact.
  • Create and promote capacity strengthening opportunities for project M&E staff through various means including the CO MERL


  1. CO Program Reporting and Document Management
  • Organise and monitor year-round data collection and consolidation of program results for timely annual reporting to CI’s Project and Program Information and Impact Reporting System (PIIRS).
  • Ensure timely, accurate and effective reporting of program information to relevant GoM ministries, departments and regulatory bodies (e.g., NGO Board).
  • Define and implement processes for data validation and signoff in donor reporting; conduct periodic data quality audits to assess the reliability, accuracy and validity of reported program results.
  • Work with the PIQAM directors to develop, implement and monitor standards for project document management including establishment of offline filing systems and online repositories; definition of access rights; and overseeing compliance with donor, CI and other storage requirements.


Minimum Required Qualifications, skills and relevant work experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Development Studies, Project Management or a related field with specialisation in M&E and action research.
  • At least 5 years of experience leading MERL at senior levels; INGO experience a plus.
  • Minimum 7 years of practical experience in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems and frameworks with at least 3 years with an international organisation.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of development projects including testing of theories of change.
  • Experience as a trainer and facilitator on learning, monitoring and evaluation issues, and in developing user-friendly practical guidance and tools conducive to learning.
  • Practical experience with data management from collection, consolidation and analysis to packaging of data for management and strategic decision-making.
  • Excellent computer knowledge with command of Microsoft Office 365 especially Excel and Access as well as common M&E software


Applicants who meet the required qualifications and experience should send their applications through email to:


addressed to the attention of:

 The Country Director

CARE Malawi

P/Bag A89


 Closing date for receipt of applications is 27 July, 2018.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

 CARE provides equal employment opportunities and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for the position advertised below

CARE has zero tolerance to sexual exploitation and abuse and has a Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Policy which outlines expected behaviors and responsibilities of all staff and CARE related personnel (consultants, vendors, partners, project participants, etc.). All potential candidates will be required to complete a Self-Declaration Form and those successful will be expected to sign up to the Code of Behavior contained in the PSEA Policy.




Comment on advertised Job

Lolchy Z.

10th of July, 2018 7:23:48 pm

Location: Lilongwe

Employment Type: Full-time

Salary: Per Approved Salary Scale

Job deadline: 27th July, 2018

Company: CARE Malawi

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