Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

US-VA-Arlington
Category
Monitoring and Evaluation
Type
Regular Full-Time
Close Date
11/30/2017

Overview

This position is ideal for someone who is ambitious in growing the MEL practice using new ideas and is looking to increase his/her skillset as a leader, competent manager, and strategic thinker. As the head of a nearly 40-person team with five to seven full-time direct reports, this person will take the lead on developing strategic partnerships and the MEL practice strategy, from big picture thinking to day-to-day management, and the details that make successful programs and proposals, and ultimately QED Group, successful. The ideal candidate should be looking to grow their management, strategic partnering and business development skill set, while building a high-achieving, fast-paced team.

 

Overview:

Reporting to the Senior Director of Technical Programs, the Director of MEL directs and leads the monitoring, evaluation and learning practice area. He/she will manage the MEL process and team to ensure that QED can meet its annual MEL key performance indicators, including MEL business development (BD) goals. The MEL team is responsible for quality implementation of MEL projects, providing capture and technical writing on potential BD opportunities, and developing strategic partnerships to enhance QED’s success in the marketplace.

 

The Director will ensure that QED delivers high quality deliverables that meets or exceeds the terms of our contracts, ensure sound financial management, maintain positive client working relationships, and ensure compliance with QED and client policies and procedures. As part of the QED management committee he/she will help set tone and culture or the organization, and actively participate in innovation and other cutting-edge QED initiatives.

 

QED is looking to ‘harvest’ and grow in our current markets and also expand to additional markets. With QEDs current position in the MEL market, QED is looking to aggressively grow its presence in the MEL market. Specifically, the MEL Director will be responsible for identifying BD opportunities (generally in the $10-$25 million range, but up to $100 million), participating and driving the MEL ‘capture’ process, writing proposals, assisting with the recruitment of staff and development of strategic partnerships, and the compliance and the final production and delivery of proposals including interfacing with partner, subcontractors, and clients.  The Director of MEL will also be involved in teaming decisions, pricing strategy, win strategies, and proposal development. He/she will oversee and provide support in building the capacity of MEL team members including encouraging career development and growth, and striving to retain qualified staff.  Other responsibilities include successfully managing project budgets, schedules and project operations, reviewing profit and loss statements and meeting key performance indicator targets.

 

Responsibilities

Responsibilities:

 

Corporate-Level Senior Management (10%)

  • Serves as a member of the senior management team which collectively identifies, resolves, and addresses key corporate issues. Leads through example, regularly communicates with other senior managers, and actively participates in weekly/bi-weekly senior management meetings. Offers and implements constructive and practical solutions and takes a lead role in implementing current and revised policies, procedures, and systems company-wide.
  • Plays a leadership role in developing and executing the corporate Annual Strategy and in attaining the corporate annual goals (as tracked by the key performance indicators).
  • Through sound financial management ensures QED attains its annual financial goals, including review of profit and loss statements and actions stemming from review.
  • Strengthens QED’s positive corporate culture by actively displaying QED’s corporate values.
  • Supports the Senior Director of Programs with varied and assigned tasks.

 

  • Play a leadership role in thought leadership and in marketing and communicating internally and externally about QEDs successes in the MEL market.
  • Work with other directors/practice areas to integrate and cross sell MEL and other practices.
  • Provide leadership participating in corporate initiatives that contribute to its organizational strategic thinking or cutting-edge ideas that improve QED’s work and competitiveness.

 

Practice, Project, Contract Management and Integration (20%)

  • Responsible for ensuring effective implementation of QED’s USAID and other related USG and donor contracts focused on MEL, including but not limited to Agency and Mission M&E strategy and systems development, project-level monitoring and verification, data quality assessments, MEL capacity building and CLA activities, assessments and project design, performance evaluations, and impact evaluations.
  • Works with project management staff to ensure compliance, delivery of quality products, and adherence to the terms of each contract.
  • Serves as Senior Technical Advisor, Project Supervisor and Program Manager for select M&E activities. As Project Supervisor, serve as the primary point of contact with the client and other key stakeholders; ensuring coordination between various tasks and activities on the project; ensuring the completion of all project deliverables.
  • Ensures that M&E contract deliverables are on schedule and meet QED’s standards. Ensure compliance with the contract terms and conditions and USG rules and regulations.
  • Serves as the primary QED corporate liaison with relevant MEL USAID bureaus, offices, and missions; and other relevant USG agencies, donors, prime contractors and subcontractors. Resolve corporate level issues that arise with clients, prime contractors and sub-contractors.
  • Manages the allocation of time and responsibility for each MEL team member and short-term personnel. Regular review performance and provide feedback to MEL team members through informal and formal mechanisms including regular team meetings, individual meetings, and annual performance reviews.
  • Mentors MEL staff and strive to maintain a high level of staff retention through staff development, career growth opportunities, and staff loyalty.
  • Ensures appropriate financial management for MEL indirect budget and cost allocation.   Manages MEL Practice Overhead and General & Administration annual budget in accordance with the annual strategy to achieve key QED key performance indicators. Ensures that billability targets are attained.
  • Business Development (70%)
  • Achieve a $45-$50X million MEL annual sales target by planning for, identifying, and submitting at least 6-8 high quality bids per year.
  • Identify potential MEL new business opportunities and lead go/no go decisions using established criteria and tools.
  • Improve MEL win rate by engaging in early capture including pre-proposal planning,, prioritizing bid opportunities, leading reconnaissance trips to the field, identifying potential partners (U.S., local, and international partners), participating in teaming discussions and negotiations, identifying key staff and develop a ‘win strategy’.
  • by developing the MEL strategies, systems, and team to do so.
  • Assign staff to and manage the MEL capture process.
  • Lead go/no-go decisions using the established, objective criteria and tools.
  • Identify, manage, clearly communicate and assign to staff the MEL opportunities.
  • Manage and write competitive and compliant technical proposal submissions to USAID, other USG agencies, and donors in accordance with RFPs, RFQs, RFTOPs, and the annual new business strategy.
  • Supervise staff and senior technical advisors/writers and other critical MEL practice staff and consultants involved in MEL new business efforts.
  • Lead pre-proposal planning efforts including identifying potential M&E new business opportunities, prioritize bid opportunities, conduct research and lead reconnaissance trips to the field, identify potential partners (U.S., local, and international partners), and participate in teaming discussions and negotiations.
  • Participate in formulating competitive and compliant pricing strategies and contribute to the completion of cost volumes with QED’s BD and pricing staff.
  • Contribute to the recruitment of long and short-term staff for competitive bids. Coordinate recruitment with QED’s BD and Recruitment staff including identifying potential candidates, interviewing and vetting prospective candidates, and participating in final candidate selection.
  • Participate actively in cross selling MEL across other practice areas and also selling other practice areas in addition to MEL work. Identify potential leads on recon trips.
  • Proactively work with the regional BD lead in India to develop new work in the region.
  • Proactively search for bid opportunities in other markets such as DFID.

Qualifications

Qualifications:

  • 10 to 12 years of progressively more senior level experience required;
  • At least 5 years of experience with quantitative and qualitative M&E for international development programs; experience with impact evaluations a plus;
  • At least 3 years of managing a complex portfolio of MEL contracts and supervising staff;
  • Experience in at least one of the following; economic growth, food security, democracy and governance, or international health programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to write winning proposals;
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, manage, and implement all technical, fiscal and administrative components of complex, overseas MEL projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate with Project Directors and Chiefs of Party managing overseas international development programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and effectively communicate results and impact to a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to travel up to 20 percent of the time to developing countries;
  • Masters Degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience required;
  • Experience in establishing effective partnerships within and outside the organization;
  • Leadership and planning skills; and
  • Superior communication and relationship building skills.

How to Apply

To apply for this position please follow the following steps:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Attach your resume.
  3. Click on the link: Biodata AID1420-17, fill out the form, sign it, and attach/upload it to your application. You may also include other documents such as cover letter and/or a work sample.
  4. Submit your application, resume, completed biodata, and any additional documents.

Please note that applications submitted by other means; or without resume and/or biodata will not be considered.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls please.

 

Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The QED Group, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. AA//V/D.

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