MEL Director, Cameroon Malaria Project (PMI)(220000G7), Directeur MEL, Projet Paludisme Cameroun (PMI)(220000G7), CAMEROON, Catholic Relief Services

MEL Director, Cameroon Malaria Project (PMI) – (220000G7), Directeur MEL, Projet Paludisme Cameroun (PMI) – (220000G7), CAMEROON, Catholic Relief Services

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

CRS was founded in 1943 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist the poor and disadvantaged. With funding from American and German donors, as well as CRS, the portfolio in Cameroon is focused on health, emergency response, and early recovery programming. CRS has worked in Cameroon since 1960, and currently has around 85 staff operating out of 5 offices in Yaoundé, Bafoussam, Bamenda, Douala, and Maroua, with activities in the country’s 10 regions.

Job Summary

You will manage and provide technical oversight for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) in the development and implementation of a President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)-funded project, ensuring effective MEL plans, systems and processes are in place that support high-quality programming advancing the project’s goal and objectives. Your MEL-related management skills and knowledge as well as experience with PMI and malaria programming will ensure that the project delivers high-quality programming and continuously works towards improving the impact of its malaria programming.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

Provide management, guidance, and technical oversight for MEL in the malaria project throughout the project cycle to ensure project design, start-up, implementation, and close-out are in line with CRS quality principles and standards and MEL policies, procedures, and practices; donor MEL guidelines, and industry best practices. Lead the development and ongoing updating of the project’s MEL system and plans.

Effectively manage talent for MEL and supervise a team of MEL staff on the malaria project. Manage team dynamics and staff wellbeing. Provide coaching, strategically tailor individual development plans, and complete performance management for direct reports.

Champion the development of program learning and implementation of MEL policy. Identify opportunities for learning, research and publications in malaria programming and collaborate with external research partners to facilitate the dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned to contribute to the agency knowledge management agenda. Promote the application of learning to improve program quality and to strengthen agency influence among external stakeholders. Ensure integration of MEL-related innovations and best practices.

Provide management, guidance, and technical oversight for the development and implementation of high-quality MEL systems and processes, including digital technology to improve data quality, availability and for decision-making, and the application of responsible data principles as per agency and donor requirements for the malaria project. Promote MEL policies and industry good practices, champion the analysis and use of project performance data in the malaria project to inform decision-making and identify lessons learned. Facilitate connections between colleagues and peers to generate and share evidence-based learning.

Provide management, guidance, and technical oversight for evaluation events and research for the malaria project, including the development of terms of reference or study protocols that include evaluation/learning questions, a balance of qualitative and quantitative methods, appropriate consideration of ethical and data protection standards, and the necessary technical rigor. Oversee the quality of evaluation data through good data management. Support the identification, recruitment, and management of external evaluators or research partners to ensure high quality evaluation, research, and learning.

Oversee MEL-related technical assistance and capacity strengthening activities in the malaria project for staff and partner organizations to enhance program quality and impact.

Oversee the identification, assessment, and strengthening of partnerships relevant to MEL in the malaria project and the appropriate application of partnership concepts, tools, and approaches.

Oversee timely and appropriate project MEL expenditures in line with financial plans and efficient use and stewardship of project material sources.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s Degree in statistics, public health, epidemiology, international development, MEAL, or another relevant field required. Additional experience may substitute for some education.

Minimum of 5 years’ experience in relevant field-based project management roles required, with preferably at least 3 years working in the area of MEL technical or managerial positions. Recent experience working in PMI strongly preferred.

Experience in managing moderately complex projects preferably with an international NGO.

3 to 5 years of staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.

Required Languages – Professional proficiency in written and spoken English and French.

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 30% (mostly within Cameroon).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with ability to make sound judgment and decisions and offer innovative solutions

Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.

Good presentation and facilitation skills

Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented, and results-oriented

Able to adapt to change quickly and respond with effective strategies.

Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Good experience in project grants management, including project design, preferably for grants from multiple public donors, including USAID.

Demonstrated ability to write high quality reports and contribute to technical proposals.

Experience engaging with partner organizations and working with stakeholders at various levels.

Strong background in supervising and providing MEL technical assistance for government, international, and local partners in malaria programming.

Experience in designing monitoring and evaluation frameworks, conducting statistical analysis, contributing to evaluation reports, and interpreting data to facilitate project decision making.

Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems.

Proven ability to coach, mentor, and provide effective capacity strengthening to peers, direct reports, and partner staff.

Ability to represent and present at high levels.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Malaria project MEAL Staff (TBD)

Key Working Relationships

Internal: Chief of Party, Head of Programming, Cameroon MEAL Coordinator, Malaria Project MEAL and Technical staff, Head of Operations, MEAL Regional Technical Advisor, Country Representative.

External:  USAID/PMI, Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Control Programme, other Government of Cameroon stakeholders, Local Implementing Partners, Health Facilities, other malaria actors in Cameroon.

MEAL Competencies (for CRS MEAL Program Staff)

Each staff member in this position is expected to have advanced knowledge and ability and can apply the following competencies in new or complex situations. Guides other professionals:

MEAL in Design





Analysis and Critical Thinking

Management in MEAL

ICT4MEAL / digital technology for MEAL programs


Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Note:  All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Primary Location: CARO-Cameroon

Job: Program Management

Organization: Catholic Relief Services

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Standard

Job Type: Full-time

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Job Posting: Jun 1, 2022, 5:03:34 AM

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