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’ Ukraine crisis response seeks to meet the humanitarian needs of vulnerable Ukrainians and other conflict-affected people where they are: displaced inside Ukraine, refugees in Poland, and Moldova - or trapped behind frontlines. We target vulnerable people with multi-purpose cash assistance, in-kind humanitarian support, and protection services across three countries. Almost all our impact will be delivered in partnership: with Ukrainian, Polish, and Moldovan civil society organizations through a granting program that matches humanitarian action with capacity strengthening, and with peer international NGOs through a consortium in Ukraine.
General Position Summary:
The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager (humanitarian programming) heads the humanitarian and Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) MEL teams in Kyiv, Dnipro, and Odesa. The MEL Manager will lead and oversee the identification, development, and implementation of data systems, and to promote effective MEL and analytics of across Ukraine. They are responsible for ensuring the development and use of data management platforms and standardization of data collection tools. They will ensure the quality of MEL activities, by setting adequate information management systems for all stages of data management, implement and oversee data quality audits and assessments, define and design processes and guidelines for data validation, verification and other quality standards as needed. The MEL Manager is responsible for the capacity building and mentoring on themes related to monitoring, evaluation, and learning - working closely with other PaQ team leads and collaborating frequently with their counterparts: the MEL Manager for Neighbouring Countries, MEL Coordinator for Resilience and the Data & Automation Lead. Together these positions will initiate and oversee documentation of evidence and promote use of program data for decision making by management. Working closely with the PaQ and technical leads, the MEL Manager will be a change agent in promoting a culture of evidence-based decision-making. Central to this approach will be the analysis and use of program data within the program for learning and adaptation of program activities.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
1. Technical Leadership
- • Develop/update Humanitarian and RRM MEL and data analysis strategy (adhering to Mercy Corps MEL policy standards and deliverables) for Ukraine, identifying key technological platforms and systems to be used to support the response implementation. The Humanitarian and RRM MEL strategy will be informed by a thorough analysis of data needs and a mapping of decision-making gates.
- • Co-development of Ukraine response MEL Plan and Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) using existing Mercy Corps resources and developing new ones, that include clear step-by-step guidance, processes, roles and responsibilities on all relevant MEL activities.
- • Participate in new business development opportunities ensuring adequate resourcing for MEL within the response.
- • Conduct data needs assessments and implement solutions that address the identified data needs in a timely manner.
- • Develop and institutionalize use of mechanisms and practices across teams in Ukraine (eg. MEL, technical, operations) for data-driven decision-making promoting use of program (Humanitarian and RRM) MEL data.
- • Periodically initiate and conduct quality assessments and audits as necessary.
- • Ensure response is adequately updated in Mercy Corps’ central data platform for program indicators (TolaData).
2. Information Management
- • Co-develop and oversee the Humanitarian and RRM MEL system for Ukraine. This may include review and development of M&E Plans, M&E tools, standardization of variables across tools, integration of tools within appropriate technological platforms, developing and setting data workflows, managing response level database development if necessary, and others.
- • Provide guidance, recommendations, and leadership to ensure that the M&E systems meet the needs of the response and help address shortfalls in M&E and data management that affect response implementation.
- • Identify opportunities to maximize data management efficiencies through automation, integration and linking of various platforms to ensure integrated workflows.
- • Ensure the Ukraine Humanitarian and RRM MEL Teams adhere to Mercy Corps’ MEL best practices, including adherence to the MEL policy standards.
- • Develop program and operational reporting templates that facilitate the acquisition, aggregation, and flow of information in programs.
- • Maintain a comprehensive schedule and review program reports to ensure that reports contain accurate, clear, and high-quality data that is presented in the proper format.
3. Learning Support
- • Lead and provide support to response-wide analysis of information, data, and ongoing analyses to inform the learning agenda.
- • Work closely with the technical leads, identify opportunities for in-depth analysis, documentation.
- • Initiate opportunities for enhancing analytic capacity within the response teams promoting use of data.
4. Documentation & Reporting
- • Regularly document lessons learned, best practices, program data analysis summaries, and evaluations and provide evidence-based information, success stories, case studies and other high quality, results-based documentation.
- • Produce quality program reports and support program teams to review and improve on quality of reporting.
- • Visit sites and partners to collect supplementary data, stories and conduct qualitative research both independently and in teams and support partner-organizations with proper documentation and report generation.
5. Capacity Building & Mentoring
- • As needed, support in the training and oversight of enumerators for data-collection.
- • Build the capacity of all relevant team members (including partner staffs) to develop and maintain an excellent MEL system and facilitate periodic reflection and analysis of program monitoring information that feeds into programming and learning.
- • Maintain an active advisory role with the program and MEL team to help guide them towards robust and relevant data collection.
- • Work with MEL and IT staff to maximize the value and utility of technology initiatives for effective MEL.
- • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to credit Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its mission.
- • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
- • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
Supervises: MEL Senior Officer, MEL Officers (Kyiv, Odesa, Dnipro)
Reports Directly To: Response MEL Lead
Works Directly With: MEL Coordinator for Resilience, MEL Manager (Neighbouring Countries), Response MEL and Technical Teams, coordinates work with the regional and HQ-level counterparts on data, MEL and automation.
Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Knowledge and Experience
- • Academic background or equivalent experience in social science, statistics, international development, economic growth, or other related field.
- • Academic or formal training on technologies and M&E will strongly enhance the candidate’s ability to succeed in this job.
- • Three years of MEL management experience (or similar).
- • Relevant experience in field survey/data collection techniques, data entry, data verification, analysis, and reporting.
- • Good understanding and skills at data management.
- • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of MS Office applications; knowledge of data science and programming is plus but not required.
- • Strong team coordination, listening, and consensus building skills.
- • Should understand concepts and demonstrate skills in monitoring and evaluation, results frameworks/program logics, and participatory monitoring.
- • Experience with both quantitative and qualitative data collection and reporting techniques.
- • Should be able to design and implement surveys, have knowledge of commonly used sampling techniques.
- • Experience with facilitation, capacity building, formal and informal knowledge transfer, partnership strengthening, and empowering staff through opportunities for growth and development.
- • Experience leading learning extraction, development and sharing as part of the monitoring and evaluation feedback process.
- • Familiarity with data visualization and data analytics.
- • Knowledge of statistical analysis software such as Power BI, SPSS, and mobile data collection platforms preferable.
- • Experience with market price monitoring and analysis, and cash distribution programming
- • Experience with digital or technology platforms for program and MEL related activities.
- • Strong ability to work across teams.
- • Communicates well with remote collaborators.
- • Manages multiple priorities and deadlines.
- • Language skills in Ukrainian. Excellent oral and written English skills required.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
This position is based in our office in Kyiv, Ukraine with occasional travel to field offices in Dnipro and Odesa as the security situation permits.
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.
Mercy Corps is offering competitive 25 Benefits Packages (10 law statutory and 15 market competitive), including but not limited to the relocation, transportation, phone allowances, remote and flexible working modality, duty of care, well-being support, 24/7 free resilience consultations in addition to a salary offer. Team positive working environment in a well-established and growing international humanitarian organization with career development opportunities through our global talent development platform.