Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) Director (Nigeria Integrated Health Activity) at RTI International

Posted on: Thu 16-03-2023

RTI International is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition. With a worldwide staff of more than 5,000 people, RTI offers innovative research and development and multidisciplinary services.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) Director (Nigeria Integrated Health Activity)

Location: Abuja

Position Type: Regular Full-Time

Category: Project Management

Program Description

  • The anticipated $200M (est.) USAID/Nigeria integrated health activity seeks to increase the survival and well-being of vulnerable populations and improve health system resilience in priority states.
  • The activity will strengthen the development and execution of state-level health and development plans and scale-up high-impact MNCAH, FP/RH, malaria, nutrition, and HSS interventions.
  • The anticipated activity will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and provide technical assistance in approximately five TBD priority states.

Position Description

  • We are seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) Director for an anticipated USAID/Nigeria integrated health activity.
  • The MERLA Director will oversee all MEL components of the activity, including the design and implementation of the Activity MEL Plan and corresponding information system to track delivery against targets.
  • The position will promote learning and knowledge sharing of best practices, and dissemination of lessons learned and project outcomes as part of its collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) approach.
  • The MERLA Director will also mentor and support all the technical staff in MEL functions and data-driven decision-making and will manage any MEL-related program staff.
  • This position will report to the Chief of Party (COP) and be based in Abuja, with travel to state-level implementation areas.


  • Serves as a member of the leadership team, setting a positive and professional tone for the team, collaborating closely with the other team leaders.
  • Develop, monitor, and ensure successful implementation of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP) by overseeing project results, data management, reporting on indicators, capturing evidence and learning, and supporting evidenced-based decision-making.
  • Work closely with technical team members to gather and share necessary data for M&E reporting needs and CLA activities.
  • Oversee MEL technical assistance to subcontractors, FMOH, and local partners.
  • Prepare quarterly report summarizing performance against the indicator list and performance standards of the Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan.
  • Review data and reporting to analyze progress toward targets and determine corrective action needed to improve goal achievement.
  • Outline specific learning questions and activities and work closely with the staff to generate, validate, and present data in user-friendly format.
  • Facilitate constructive and collaborative dialogue during regular MEL project reviews and biweekly team meetings.
  • Support the Senior Management team to lead quarterly “pause and reflect” performance review processes with Workstream Leads.
  • Represent the project in professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations and assist with dissemination of project results and learning.


  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field, such as Public Health, Epidemiology, Mathematics, Economics, Statistics, or Social Sciences.
  • At least 10 years of experience in managing and/or leading MEL activities for large-scale health service delivery or health system strengthening (HSS) programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, with at least three of those years working in Nigeria as a senior advisor or staff member.
  • Knowledge of and experience with key MNCAH, FP/RH, nutrition, water and sanitation hygiene (WASH), and/or HIV/AIDS indicators and GON and USG data collection systems (e.g. DHIS2).
  • Strong analytical skills to successfully use data and evidence to guide program adaptations.
  • Demonstrated experience in setting up and managing MEL systems that track performance as per the objectives of IHP.
  • Familiarity with CLA approaches. Excellent ability to articulate oral and written technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences. Data visualization skills a plus.
  • Experience supervising MEL staff at different levels across different offices.
  • Proven ability to work independently and multi-task in high-pressure settings.
  • Ability to travel and work in any of the anticipated priority states.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Verbal and written English proficiency is required.
  • Experience working on USG-funded health programming in Nigeria.

Application Closing Date

Not Specified.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:

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