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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program Manager

USC Canada

Are you looking for stimulating work within a values-driven social justice organization? If you have at least five (5) years of international cooperation experience and a history of designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems, we have a job you should consider.

Founded in 1945 by Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova, USC Canada is one of Canada's most experienced non- governmental organizations with programming in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Canada. Through our Seeds of Survival (SoS) program, we promote vibrant family farms, strong rural communities, and healthy ecosystems around the world. With engaged Canadians and partners, we support programs, training, and policies that strengthen seed and food security, biodiversity, and the rights of those at the heart of resilient food systems – women, Indigenous peoples, and smallholder farmers. We have a modest budget but strive for excellence in all we undertake. For more information on USC Canada visit


USC Canada is committed to improving its monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) approach and strives to use data to make a difference. We are looking for a creative and effective person to join our international program team, working with 5 team members in Ottawa and three international staff people, to help position USC Canada as an evidence based, learning and policy-oriented organization amongst peers, partners and donors.

As MEL Manager, your role would be to support, collaborate with and empower USC Canada staff and partners to pursue continuous organizational learning, and strengthen the program’s ability to provide
credible, timely evidence, and improve effectiveness. You would take the lead on strengthening USC Canada’s monitoring, evaluation and learning systems and approach, support the development of an SoS database system, and collaborate to translate impacts in the field into reports, communications materials, and publications for diverse audiences.

The position is full-time and based in Ottawa.


Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Systems Management

    • Support the design, implementation and administration of USC’s new M&E database in collaboration with USC Canada staff and partners;
    • Support the International Programs team with M&E plan design and implementation including the execution of annual and multi-year M&E calendars;
    • Lead the development and management of systems and processes to generate program data and analysis that will facilitate reporting processes, evidence-based learning and informed decision- making;
    • Guide the process of developing and refining project results frameworks and key indicators for monitoring project performance with Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC’s) new Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP).
    • Lead the development of data collection tools (quantitative and qualitative) and survey/report formats in collaboration with the project team;
    • Coordinate and support the submission of all institutional donor reports including the development of related guidelines and templates for staff and partners;
    • Facilitate and provide support to baseline and evaluation studies and regular monitoring of indicators in collaboration with USC staff.


International Program Staff and Partner Support

    • Provide guidance and training on database software to staff, regional facilitators and partner organizations;
    • Lead capacity building and training for staff and partners on data collection design, Project Management Framework reviews, results-based management, participatory monitoring and evaluation techniques, etc. on an as-needed basis;
    • Communicate regularly with staff, regional facilitators and partners to ensure smooth functioning of M&E systems and tracking of performance;
    • Lead staff and partners in a review and integration of USC Canada’s gender equality and women’s empowerment approach in relation to GAC’s new FIAP framework.
    • Develop and disseminate M&E guidelines, tipsheets and templates to partners in collaboration with staff;
    • Support staff in preparing donor progress reports that ensure high quality reporting with a strong emphasis on results and lessons learned;
    • Advise program staff in designing and implementing studies, surveys and evaluations;
    • Advise program staff on approaches to collect and document program progress that give visibility to key highlights related to gender equality, youth empowerment, innovation, and climate change;
    • Travel internationally as needed to support stakeholder training and adoption of MEL practices and tools (potentially 2-4 weeks per annum).


Knowledge Management and Communication:

    • Support USC Canada’s program (Seeds of Survival (SOS)) documentation and dissemination strategy in collaboration with USC knowledge management team including the production of high quality SoS presentation and publication materials;
    • Provide data, data analysis, lessons learned, and other information material for use in USC’s communications and SoS publications work on an as needed basis;
    • Contribute to program development through participation in multi-disciplinary teams for the submission of USC proposals for new initiatives, as needed;
    • Facilitate organization of International Program team MEL related electronic and paper files to allow for easy access and sharing of MEL resources;
    • Actively participate in relevant conferences and MEL Community of Practice events to promote knowledge-sharing and assist USC to identify opportunities to enhance effectiveness of its MEL approach and systems;
    • Undertake occasional French-English-Spanish translation work, skills and time permitting.


    • Strong commitment to the values and mission of USC Canada;
    • University degree in a relevant field such as applied social science, international development, or related field (master’s level desired);
    • Minimum 5 years of practical international cooperation experience in the global South with at least 3 years specifically designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems;
    • Demonstrated experience with results-based management and both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, tool development and practices;
    • Direct experience with database management and systems administration ;
    • Ability to provide leadership and capacity building support in MEL to staff and partner organizations in various locations;
    • Strong research and analysis skills including the ability to process large amounts of information, extract critical analysis, and communicate and present it appropriately to different constituencies;
    • High quality writing and publication ability;
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French (essential); Working knowledge of Spanish (desired);
    • Excellent facilitation, presentation and training experience combined with interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly with people of different cultures and within diverse contexts;
    • Solid analysis of major trends, issues and challenges in international development and north/south relations and experience with a range of institutional donors such as Global Affairs Canada, DFID, USAID and others;
    • Good knowledge of Global Affairs Canada’s reporting requirements including results-based management approaches including Logic Model and Performance Measurement Framework (PMF) development;
    • Commitment to and enjoyment of collaborative management styles and team work;
    • Ability to organize a demanding, responsive multi-task workload and discern priorities;
    • Willingness and ability to take initiative and remain flexible;
    • High level computer systems proficiency, particularly in Google based applications and MS Excel. Statistical experience with SPSS, STATA or other relevant software packages is an asset.

This is a full-time position based in Ottawa. The incumbent must be available and willing to travel internationally for 2 to 4 weeks a year.

USC Canada offers a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary. This is a unionized position. To apply, send by e-mail to:

Specify: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program Manager in the subject of the e-mail.Include your curriculum vitae with recent references, and a written reflection, no longer than 1 page, responding to the following:

USC Canada is committed to improving its monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) approach and strives to use data to make a difference. As the lead MEL Manager, your role would be to support, collaborate with and empower USC Canada staff and partners to pursue continuous organizational learning, strengthen the program’s ability to provide credible, timely evidence, and improve effectiveness. Please describe how you would approach this role, commenting on your own interests, motivations and values related to MEL.

USC is committed to employment equity practices and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates with the legal right to work in Canada.

Deadline for receiving applications is February 19th, 2018.

Due to a high volume of interest, we appreciate your understanding that only candidates short-listed for the position will be contacted.


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