Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Director| Sierra Leone | 2022


Chemonics seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Director for the anticipated USAID, five-year Integrated Health Activity in Sierra Leone.  The MERL Director will ensure development, oversight, and implementation of the project’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan and reporting, implementation research and collaborative learning processes for project activities in collaboration with the project leadership, local partners, health system actors and communities. This includes collaboratively designing the project’s MERL framework, data collection tools, reporting templates, as well as training staff and partners on MERL system operations and tools. S/he will also provide leadership in knowledge generation, translation, and management strategies to support data use for strategic decision-making and scale up of evidence-based practices at national, subnational and community levels. S/he will collaborate and work closely with the Integrated Health Activity project team, partners and stakeholders. Sierra Leonean and African Union nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. Please note this position is contingent upon successful award. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.



  • Provide leadership and oversight of MERL activities including routine project monitoring and reporting, data analysis and use, and data quality
  • Ensure MERL activities are in line with the USAID Evaluation Policy
  • Lead the design and implementation  of the project’s MERL systems to ensure standardization across activities in indicators, data collection, and reporting
  • Promote use of routine country-led health information systems and integrated district health management team approaches;
  • Apply adaptive management strategies and facilitate learning activities to support staff to assess progress and continually refine programming
  • Lead the design and implementation of the research and learning agenda
  • Manage the project’s M&E team and provide technical support, mentoring and coaching to project team members and partners
  • Assist with project documentation activities as required, including, but not limited to identifying and documenting best practices
  • Disseminate relevant technical information in a timely manner to staff  within the project and the network
  • Design and lead implementation of project assessments and evaluations; facilitate use of results to inform programming; and disseminate knowledge generated and lessons learnt
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required



  • A master’s degree or higher in public health, statistics, research methods, information systems, or a related advanced degree
  • At least eight years of experience of M&E systems development and implementation in relevant country settings, including in fragile settings, and for complex projects (M&E systems for global projects preferred), with at least 5 years of experience on MEL for health projects
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in USG reporting requirements
  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, research, management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, and data analysis and visualization
  • Expertise in business intelligence, data analysis, and using tools such as MS Excel, Power BI and statistical packages; experience with DHIS2 preferred
  • Familiarity with appropriate metrics for MERL activities focused on health systems strengthening, primary health care, RMNCH, family planning, malaria prevention and control and others
  • Track record of progressive responsibility working at a senior manager level
  • Fluent English oral and written communication skills is required
  • Willingness to travel domestically within Sierra Leone for at least 4-8 weeks a year

Application Instructions:

Please apply through this link: no later than December 31, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; no telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors