Director – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Teaching at the Right Level Africa

A joint venture by Pratham and J-PAL, the TaRL Africa team supports partners working to address the learning crisis in primary schools in Africa through the evidence-based TaRL approach. This new joint team consists of a central team that provides high-leverage support to governments and partners across the continent trying to scale the approach in their own settings and in-country support teams in Côte d’Ivoire and Zambia, where we are working comprehensively with governments and partners on their TaRL approaches.

Working Relationships in the organization

(Internal units): Interacts with the TaRL Africa central team, SMT, Country Managers, Heads of Departments, PRATHAM, and JPAL.

(External stakeholders): Interacts with the national governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, donors, specialists/consultants and other stakeholders.

About the Role 

The role is envisioned to have high level oversight of the monitoring, measurement and review functions and more hands-on involvement in a number of research projects. To be successful, the MLE Director will need to work closely with the team to understand the program details.

Key Responsibilities

Overall leadership

  • Providing leadership for and strategic guidance to TaRL Africa MLE activities.
  • Developing, updating and overseeing delivery of an MLE framework and learning agenda.
  • Providing technical leadership to capture and communicate program results for program review and improvement.
  • Leading efforts and work with other functional leads to ensure lessons and best practices are incorporated into ongoing interventions and innovative approaches.
  • Representing TaRL Africa on all matters relating to MLE across platforms and stakeholders.
  • Contributing to MLE ecosystem by drafting and sharing TaRL Africa learnings and best practices externally.
  • Contributing to TaRL Africa strategic planning and decision making as a member of the SMT.
  • Supporting capacity building of TaRL partners in measurement, evaluation and learning.

Team leadership

  • Building and lead the MLE team at central and country level.
  • Directly managing at least 4 Manager level staff, and provide indirect oversight for management of rest of central and country-level MLE team.
  • Overseeing and contributing to capacity building and professional development of MLE team members.

Leadership of the Monitoring and Measurement Function

  • Ensure quality execution of the MM strategy.
  • Ensure high-quality, timely, valid, and verifiable data collection within and across TaRL country programs.
  • Guide technical assistance efforts to ensure within program data is used for decision-making by program partners.
  • Oversee efforts to ensure improved MM systems are built into government systems and NGO partners over time.

Leadership of Research and Evaluation

  • Develop and update a learning agenda to answer key questions with appropriate methods such as pilots, qualitative research and impact evaluations in collaboration with other functional areas.
  • Ensuring guidelines for research standards and ethics are in place and upheld.
  • Contributing to and in some cases lead the design of process monitoring, qualitative research studies and rigorous impact evaluations
  • Crafting & overseeing Calls for Proposals for research studies that are outsourced.
  • Working with the procurement team to recruit service providers and to oversee the management of service providers (academics, survey firms etc) on outsourced research projects.

Fundraising, donor engagement and budget management

  • Leading fundraising, donor engagement and management (including relationship management and reporting) for research and MLE projects/ activities as necessary.
  • Ensuring MLE projects are adequately budgeted and finances for the MLE function are managed well.

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Closing Date : 20 October. 2021


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