Mercy Corps

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Position Description 

Location:  Kathmandu with frequent travel to program districts 

Position Status:  Full-time, Regular  

Salary Level:  M1 

About Mercy Corps 

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. Mercy Corps has been operating in Nepal since 2005, implementing programs in food security, agriculture, market development, financial services, girl’s education, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. We take a systems-based approach in our programming, with the aim of improving the lives and potential of vulnerable individuals and communities across Nepal. 

Program / Department Summary  

Mercy Corps is expected to begin a new program to enhance food and nutrition security, reduce future humanitarian caseload and improve the resilience of communities to recurrent shocks in the Karnali Province in Nepal, on or around October 1, 2020. The program will be a Multi-Year Emergency Food Security Activity funded by USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Affairs, and implemented in 6 districts (Mugu, Jumla, Kalikot, Surkhet, Achham, and Dailekh, with cluster hubs in Surkhet and Jumla) in the Karnali River Basin area.  The new program, called “Building Hope Along the Karnali River Basin (Bhakari)”, is somewhat built upon many of the successes of the Nepal team’s previous Food for Peace program which ended in January 2020, the PAHAL program, but with some new districts and a much heavier emphasis on emergency response. It includes program components of agriculture and market systems, disaster risk reduction, water for productive use, natural resources management, and a large emphasis on a gender and social inclusion approach, all with a highly integrated multi-sectoral approach.  

General Position Summary  

The Data Analysis Coordinator- MEL will work under the supervision of the Bhakari Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director and in close coordination with the Bhakari MEL team, sector managers, and partners. The Data Analysis Coordinator will be directly responsible for supporting Bhakari M&E processes and leading data collection, analysis, visualization and report writing.  

Essential Job Responsibilities  

The specific duties and responsibilities of the Data Analysis Coordinator include, but are not limited to, the following: 

Strategic Leadership  

  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed. 
  • Support Bhakari’s data collection activities such as baseline, end line, Post Distribution Monitoring (PDMs), and other surveys and assessments as identified in the learning agenda  

Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting 

  • Prepare Bhakari’s data collection, analysis and dissemination plan including baseline & final evaluation, internal assessments, operational research etc. and ensure effective implementation  
  • Develop protocols including tools and methodologies for internal assessments and qualitative studies, train data collection team, manage data collection in field, and analyze data  
  • Provide technical assistance to strengthen results-based documentation, monitoring, supervision, accountability, learning and feedback system of the project against the MEL framework   
  • Work closely with third party research firm to ensure smooth implementation of activities as per the work plan  
  • Analyze data to draw evidences for effective advocacy both internally and externally  
  • Prepare and share reports on findings from monitoring of project interventions, its process and achievements.  
  • Support in analysis and reporting of CARM data trends in close coordination with the CARM Officer  
  • Work  closely with  Knowledge  Management  and  Learning  Specialist  to  support  Bhakari’s  learning  agenda  by identifying data gaps, analyzing existing data and providing evidences  

Routine MEL support  

  • Contribute to Bhakari MEL strategy and work plan including development and update of MEL documents such as indicator  performance  tracking  table  (IPTT),  Performance  Indicator  Reference  Sheet  (PIRS),  training manuals/guidelines etc. 
  • Support MEL Manager to complete IPTT, SAPQ, Program Participants Tracking Table and other data needs to ensure adherence to USAID and MC reporting requirements.  
  • Analyze the datasets to measure the progress at multiple levels, and their contribution to achieving the project’s goal and objectives, which also includes analysis of GIS data  
  • Interpret data and analyze results using statistical techniques for programs  
  • Work closely with program staff to prioritize program information needs  
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in data sets in relation to monitoring and evaluation  
  • Under the guidance of MEL Director, work with sector team in analyzing and interpreting monitoring data that will feed into reports  
  • Prepare and share reports on findings from monitoring of project interventions, its process and achievements.  
  • Assist with Data Quality Assessments  
  • Support in organizing review and reflect sessions at both center and field level. 

MEL Support to Cluster Team 

  • Review capacity building plans and materials of cluster/district MEL Officers on MEL systems and assist with capacity building activities. 
  • Conduct monitoring visit regularly for M&E data collection and capacity building  
  • Support  cluster/district  MEL  team and the program team to access information,  interpret results,  and use the information to manage activities. 


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.  
  • Proactively ensure that team members and community operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.  

Accountability to Program Participants 

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our Program Participants and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging participating communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.  
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.  


  • Ensure proper integration of safeguarding and GESI aspects into MEL planning and implementation.  
  • Mercy Corps as a humanitarian agency is expected to respond as and when crisis and humanitarian situation engulfs. As an MC employee all staff are expected to be part of humanitarian and emergency response in addition to their regular roles and responsibilities.  
  • Conduct themselves both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission.  
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor and or Country Director.  

Supervisory Responsibility: None 


Reports Directly to: Bhakari MEL Director 

Works Directly with:  Bhakari MEL team, Technical Managers at cluster and district level, Partner NGOs staff and Mercy Corps Country Office MEL team  

Knowledge and Experience  

  • At least Bachelor degree in Statistics, Development Studies, Social Science, Agriculture, DRR or any related discipline. Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 3-5 years of experience in research, monitoring and evaluation in I/NGOs, and/or private sector organizations focused on food security, disaster risk management, agriculture & livelihood and humanitarian assistance. Experience working in USAID-funded programs is highly preferred
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis using statistical tools and software packages such as SPSS, Stata, NVivo, ArcGIS etc..  
  • Demonstrated experience in digital data collection technologies using web based platforms.  
  • Good understanding of MEL systems and data management, as well as analyzing and promoting the use of the data collected.  
  • Ability to work in complex environments under tight deadlines & changing donor requirements.  
  • Sound technical knowledge on program design and monitoring using various logical modules including; ToC, log-frames, result framework, Indicator Performance Tracking Table (IPTT) etc.  
  • Strong track record of training and building capacity of local staff in remote areas.  
  • Effective writing skills to prepare reports, complete analyses and make presentations.  

Success Factors  

The successful Data Analysis Coordinator-MEL will be conscientious, with good judgment. They will combine strong technical and communication skills to support Bhakari MEL strategy. Prioritizing, multi-tasking, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail are essential. The most successful staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.  

Ongoing Learning 

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.  

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today. 

Equal Employment Opportunity 

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.  We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work. 

Safeguarding & Ethics 

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members,  community members,  program participants  or others,  are treated with respect and dignity.  We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary-General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e- learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis. 

Applying Procedure: Interested candidates are requested to submit their application at

Job Overview

Category Development and Project
Openings 1
Position Type Full Time
Experience Please check vacancy details.
Education Please check vacancy details
Posted Date 16 Sep, 2020
Apply Before 25 Sep, 2020
City Kathmandu