Adaptive Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation Director

About Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger-USA is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children and we enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 8,000 staff in over 50 countries, our programs reached 17 million people in 2019.

About the Country Program in Ethiopia

Action Against Hunger has been operational in Ethiopia since 1984 responding to both chronic and acute needs through a multi-sectoral strategy where Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support activities are integrated to have a meaningful impact on people’s resilience.

Action Against Hunger currently operates in 5 different regions (Oromia, Somali, Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz and Gambella) with a portfolio of 20m USD/year of emergency, resilience building, research and innovation programs. We have a country team of around 600 staff in 17 regional and satellite offices. Our main donors in Ethiopia in 2020/2021 are: BHA, ECHO, Europaid, UNHCR, UNICEF, GFFO, BPRM, SIDA, EHF, WFP, CIAA and others.

General Assignments / Scope of the Role:

Action Against Hunger – USA seeks an experienced Adaptive Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation Director for the anticipated USAID/Ethiopia Empowered Communities for Better Health (ECBH) program.  Under this anticipated program, USAID/Ethiopia seeks solutions to problems such as “communities and individuals are often treated as passive recipients of health and nutrition outreach and services.

The Adaptive Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation Director role’s purpose, engagement and deliverables are:


The Director is the architect of the ECBH adaptive learning agenda, and is charged with ensuring innovative (yet robust) solutions are brought forward and adopted by the communities.   The Director will also ensure the program is accountable to the communities in which the project resides.

This position encompasses a holistic point of view of learning. Human center design, mixed communication channels, and other learning methods are to deployed, all while carefully measuring and reporting the direct and attributable impact of the project activities.


In this capacity, s/he will manage and coordinate all field-based activities and M&E staff and ensure that performance monitoring, action research, and evaluations are consistent with program results and compliant with USAID/Ethiopia guidelines.


Adaptive Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation Director will design, build and manage the project’s overall M&E system, tracking all progress made towards meeting program results, objectives , and targets, including impacts on access, retention, reading and learning outcomes, community engagement, gender, and disability-inclusive measures, ensuring that they are being consistently and systematically tracked using appropriate indicators and reported

I.                     Essential job duties  

  • Coordinate and manage all research, learning, monitoring and evaluation tasks, and deliverables for the project; including baselines, mid-term and final evaluations.
  • Harmonize learning, monitoring and evaluation data collection and reporting systems with USAID policies and health and nutrition outcome indicators.
  • Monitor and report on activities required to communicate program results and improve implementation, which includes establishing systems to gather, report and analyze performance data for impact and sustainability of project implementation; overseeing data collection processes as required within the project’s parameters; developing documentation of best practices, lessons learned, case studies ; and facilitating the use of data to drive program design and decision making.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports on the status of project implementation; contribute to other project reports such as annual work plans.Review and update the project’s M&E plan on an on-going basis

II.                   Supervisory Responsibilities

Not Applicable

III.                Gender Equality Commitments  

  • Foster an environment that supports values of women and men, and equal access to information.
  • Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
  • Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion. race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
  • Value and respect all cultures.

IV.               Fiscal Responsibility

Budgets and all grants are implemented in compliance with Action Against Hunger and donor regulations.

V.                  Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

VI.               Working Conditions, Travel and Environment

The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required and in line with Labor Law.

Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business purposes. While performing the duties of this job in the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well as to infectious diseases.

Job Requirements

  Mandatory Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in international development, economics, statistics, research methods, political science, public policy, social science, or a related field. ·
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience designing, monitoring, and evaluating programs, preferably USAID projects in the health sector.
  • Must have demonstrated success and experience in monitoring results and indicators of health outcomes, quality health services, learning outcomes, access, retention, and community engagement.
  • Prior experience developing and implementing performance monitoring plans (PMPs).
  • Prior experience developing and utilizing sound theories of change in maximizing program impact
  • Prior experience conducting high-quality research and analysis to support efforts identifying barriers to risk reducing behaviors and increased demand for quality health services.
  • Strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations around monitoring and evaluation.
  • Exceptional technical skills in data analysis and management, M&E, survey design, mapping and/or assessment required.
  • Additional skills required for the position include: proficiency in Excel, Word, and other MS Office software; data visualization software (such as PowerBi, Tableau and applications utilizing GPS capabilities), data management and analysis software (such as DevResults, GIS, SPSS or Stata).
  • Fluency in English (oral, writing, and reading).
  • Ability to reside and work in Ethiopia full time.
  • Travel within Ethiopia and internationally.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of community engagement in Ethiopia, especially in 2 nd  or 3 rd  tier communities.
  • Proven experience measuring and evaluating the capacity of local government and community leaders, especially those populations under 30 years of age in Ethiopia, through small grants or other methodologies.
  • Proven experience in evaluation programs that enhance social mobilization for essential health and nutrition services and resources
  • Proven experience that measures the responsiveness by the community to their community health needs, such as the efficacy of platforms used for community advocacy and provider accountability.
  • Demonstrated work evaluating the extent gender equities both in the participant communities as well as in the mentorship of the ECBH program team are established.
  • Established team building skills and managerial duties

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • Fluency in Amharic (oral, writing, and reading)
  • Knowledge of the current political, social, and economic context of Ethiopia
  • Women and Ethiopia nationals are encouraged to apply, and will be given preferential review
  • Ethiopian National Position Only
  • N.B If they have applied already via workable, You should not apply here again

How to Apply


If you are interested, please send your application composed of none returnable CV, Covering Letter with “ Adaptive Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation Director ” written in the subject line and three references, applicants to the following addresses:

Directly In Person to Action Against Hunger Addis Ababa office after Washington DC square to Mayor Muriel Bowser Street,

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

Deadline: Sunday, 13 December 2020 before 5:00 pm

NB Only shortlisted applicants will be, communicated on and the selection process includes technical test and an interview.

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