Women for Women International (WfWI) works in some of the most dangerous places to be a woman. We serve women survivors of war in conflict and post-conflict areas around the world in 8 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Eastern Congo, and Northern Nigeria. Our core belief is that stronger women build stronger nations; and with access to knowledge, resources, and a support network, a woman rebuilds her life and improves her community.
Our model works and we have the data to prove it. In our 26-year history, Women for Women International has reached over half a million women. The women we work with across 3 continents earn just $0.81 a day when we enroll them. At graduation, it’s $2.11, nearly tripled.
Our impact goes beyond income. The number of women who say at least one household member went to sleep hungry in the last four weeks has gone from 18% to 5%. And more women say they speak out against women's abuse: 26% report having publicly spoken in the last 6 months against physically abusing women.
When women have the right tools, they realize the power within themselves to transform their lives, their families, their communities, and finally their entire nations.
Women for Women International (WfWI) has an immediate opportunity for a Coordinator in support of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning. This position will report to the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) and be a member of the Global Programs Unit. The Global Programs Unit (GPU) at WfWI supports Country Office programs in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, and South Sudan. It also provides funding and technical support to partner organizations and local affiliates (previous country office) in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Rwanda.
The Coordinator position will primarily serve as an extension of the HQ MERL team closer to our country programs with respect to providing ongoing technical assistance and guidance to country-based M&E teams. This entails working closely with country teams to: support the development of M&E frameworks for WfWI activities, including in grant proposals; support the development and refinement of M&E tools for monitoring core, complementary and innovation activities; support the design of new M&E and research activities in tandem with country office staff; train and support on data analysis and report writing for grant reports and external publications. The position also plays a crucial role in building increased responsibility and autonomy of country office teams, a key tenet of WfWI’s strategy.
The location for this position is flexible outside of the United States with a preference for candidates from a region where WfWI currently works (Nigeria, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan).
Post-COVID expected travel is 30-40%.
Duties and Responsibilities
Capacity Building and Staff Development:
- Provide continuous, direct, hands-on operational and program support to Country Office Monitoring and Evaluation teams (Managers, Officers) to assure quality of monitoring and evaluation (e.g., using software for data analysis).
- Provide country office training in study instrument design, logframe design, and data cleaning and analysis techniques.
- Provide guidance to Country Office M&E Managers to support the training and capacity development of other M&E staff.
- Support the fulfillment of individual M&E Managers’ learning objectives; provide directly or seek out means of building the hard and soft skills M&E Managers identify as desired growth areas.
Country Office support for Program Monitoring:
- Provide necessary support and guidance to ensure that both the monitoring and evaluation framework and staff are fit to support WfWI’s objectives as a learning organization.
- Support M&E Managers in the design of M&E sections of grant proposals and suitable indicators and targets, including considering development of new tools/techniques to meet organizational and donor needs, ensuring that data collection plans are realistic and sufficient, in partnership with country offices, and providing support to implement those plans in-country, as needed.
- Support WfWI’s transition to new electronic data collection platform, including field testing of data collection tools, hardware, platform software.
Survey and Evaluation Design and Implementation:
- Support country offices in developing or refining quantitative and qualitative data collection tools required to track relevant indicators and learning questions.
- Support M&E Managers to design surveys and other instruments for monitoring complementary activities, such as men’s engagement programs, advocacy programs, advanced economic trainings, VSLAs, and community impact. Provide guidance to support the integration of said tools into the overall M&E system and processes.
- Support M&E Managers to provide oversight of independent evaluations, as necessary.
- Keep informed of the latest developments in measurement approaches, as well as standardized monitoring and evaluation indicators and policies for current and prospective WfWI grantors.
Data Analysis and Report Writing:
- Primarily provide technical support to M&E Managers to conduct analysis and writing of M&E sections of donor reports, including providing direct guidance on data analysis, and ensuring narrative includes relevant insights and learning reflection.
- Provide in-person support for qualitative data analysis, as needed and helpful for learning objectives, and guide M&E Managers in the reporting and communication of qualitative data to program teams for learning and decision-making.
- Support the M&E Managers to work across in-country teams and leadership to communicate and influence based on data insights.
- Support the global MERL team to directly encourage and enhance data-driven learning at the country office level.
- Provide global insight and concrete, actionable recommendations for continuous improvement of global MERL systems and processes
Skills and Qualifications
- Educational background in relevant field, such as Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, public policy, international development, public health, or other related science or social science fields; strong training in quantitative data collection and analysis methods required.
- Minimum 4-7 years of relevant fulltime work experience, including direct work overseeing/managing program monitoring or applied research initiatives
- Proficiency in a statistical package like STATA, SPSS, or R; comfort managing, cleaning, and analyzing large quantitative datasets
- Knowledge of logical frameworks, indicator development, or general performance management frameworks.
- Willingness to travel internationally across offices, up to 40% per year, to post-conflict and austere locations.
- Ability to work independently and interdependently, and communicate across a diverse and multicultural work environment with varying time zones; strong teamwork capacity required.
- Passionate about women’s rights and development issues. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, a desire to learn, and an inquisitive mind.
Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to take initiative, work efficiently and to deadlines.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
- Commitment to and respect for Women for Women International’s mission and values
- Direct experience with USAID and/or other major international development donors strongly preferred.
- Qualitative analysis methods and experience with software. Knowledge of and comfort with qualitative data collection methodology, such as focus groups and in-depth interviews.
- Lived experience in WfWI’s target countries (or similar)
- Experience with capacity building and participatory adult learning training (e.g., curriculum development)
- Working knowledge of a language of WfWI’s country teams (French, Kiswahili, Dari, Kurdish, etc.) highly desirable; knowledge of other local languages would be an advantage
Our global core values define how we are to behave as we pursue our mission, our vision, and our strategic objectives:
- Empowerment. We believe every woman is unique and powerful in her own right. Our people are our greatest strength and we will support them to achieve our aims by providing them with the information, rewards and power they need to take the initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve our delivery and performance. As a learning organization - we encourage our people to take risks and make mistakes, we learn and grow and get better, stronger and smarter.
- Integrity. We will never communicate in any way that exploits or demeans the women we exist to serve, we will deliver a program of training that maximizes the impact for the women we serve to bring them the biggest benefits and facilitate the greatest long term positive change in their lives. we do what we say we are going to do, when we say we're going to do it. We act as good stewards of the organization’s resources.
- Respect. We believe every woman has the right to be treated with fairness and dignity. we trust each other implicitly, confident in the knowledge that we are all working towards the same goals. Equally, we hold each other responsible and accountable at all levels of the organization for the outcomes of our actions. We will be bold, clear and kind in our communication with our colleagues across the organization and not allow disrespectful behavior to go unchallenged.
- Resilience. We see every day the strength of women survivors of war and their ability to never lose hope despite having faced the greatest atrocities and horrors of conflict. They inspire us to stay strong, hopeful, focused and committed to our global purpose. We support each other to do the same.
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so please apply at your earliest convenience through this portal.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
* This job description may be modified from time to time at the discretion of WfWI*