MERL Director

Chemonics International

Detailed Job description / requirements:

Chemonics International seeks a monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) director for the anticipated USAID/Nepal Early Grade Learning Activity in Nepal. This five-year activity seeks to provide technical assistance in the education sector to strengthen the capacity of national, provincial, and municipal government entities to improve learning outcomes for early grade students. This position will be based in Kathmandu, Nepal. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.


  • Lead and oversee implementation of all MERL activities, including indicator design, data collection plans, data quality assessments, and use and application of data to learning and adapting activities. 
  • Lead the design and implementation of the project’s MERL systems to ensure effective use of data to track change in indicators and answers to project learning questions
  • Support the chief of party in design and implementation of the monitoring, evaluation, and research plan, tracking activity progress towards achieving targets and results, and collaborating with technical leads to discuss trends, progress, and unintended outcomes of project activities
  • Oversee a technical team of MERL staff and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Specialist in support of MERL system operations, collection methods, tools, and learning
  • Manage partnerships with international research and data collection firms as well as local universities
  • Design and lead implementation of project assessments and evaluations; facilitate use of results to inform programming, and disseminate knowledge generated and lessons learnt


  • A bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) required in related field
  • At least 7 years' experience working in monitoring and evaluation for donor-funded projects, preferably USAID funded projects
  • Demonstrated expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, research, management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, data analysis and presentation, as well as experience monitoring and evaluating disaster risk management and/or development projects
  • Possesses excellent facilitation, oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated technical writing skills for publication
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with government and private counterparts
  • Fluency in Nepali and English is required

Application instructions: 

Please send an email with your CV and cover letter attached and “MERL Director” in the subject line to by December 15, 2021. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists. 

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Job Overview

Category Development and Project
Openings 1
Position Type Full Time
Experience 7+ years
Education Graduate (Bachelors)
Posted Date 25 Nov, 2021
Apply Before 15 Dec, 2021
City Kathmandu