MEL & Communications Director in Kabul


Job Location: Kabul
Nationality: National
Employment Type: Full Time
Category: Other
Salary: As per DAI salary scale
No. Of Jobs: 1
Organization: DAI
Experience: Minimum of seven years of experience providing MEL
Contract Duration: Long Term
Gender: Male/Female
Education: Bachelor’s degree in international relations, communications, journalism, public policy, or related
Closing Date: 2024-07-11

About DAI:

DAI is an employee-owned international development company. For more than 50 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in 90+ countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

DAI seeks qualified candidates for the anticipated Women and Men in Agriculture (WAMA) activity. WAMA is expected to improve food security for all Afghans and expand women’s empowerment and benefit by supporting sustainable agricultural livelihoods. WAMA will focus on private sector-led broad-based market systems development to reactivate the rural economy and preserve the gains of USAID’s investments in agriculture over the last two decades.


Job Description:

The MEL & Communications Director will be responsible for providing technical advice, technical assistance, and guidance on issues related to monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) and communications in designated areas. S/he will manage relationships with several MEL and communications support staff and partners. The MEL & Communications Director will play a significant role in helping to manage and strengthen systems to assess, monitor, and communicate program and project performance across relevant WAMA stakeholders. S/he will also synthesize lessons learned from implementation in Afghanistan and facilitate incorporation of these lessons learned into project-wide reporting and internal learning. The MEL & Communications Director will be based in Kabul with occasional travel to regional offices and the field.

The MEL & Communications Director will perform the following duties:

  • Oversee all aspects of MEL and communications processes, including development and implementation of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation Plan (MECLA) Plan, Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan, and communications plan;
  • Lead tracking of program activities and progress towards achieving the key results as well as efforts to promote knowledge exchange and learning among the program’s partners and stakeholders;
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of performance measurement systems, collect annual periodic reporting documents, and ensure technical and analytical rigor in all deliverables from tool development to final reporting;
  • Participate in preparation and review of contractual deliverables, ensuring compliance with required branding & marking obligations;
  • Provide facilitative leadership support to all MEL and communications functions carried out by the technical implementation team;
  • Supervise and provide capacity building support for MEL and communications staff; and
  • Facilitate production of marketing materials, such as success stories, presentations, and briefs.


Job Requirements:

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, communications, journalism, public policy, or related field. Master’s preferred.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of seven years of experience providing MEL and communications support to a donor-funded projects;
  • Extensive experience in project management and implementing crosscutting communications and MEL strategies; experience with USAID programs is an asset.
  • Experience working with programs focused on the core concepts of resilience, livelihoods, and food security;
  • Demonstrated experience in collecting gender equity and women’s empowerment-related data along with experience integrating gender-responsive methodology, tools, and data analysis techniques into project implementation;
  • Excellent written and spoken English and the ability to communicate across technical disciplines and with non-technical audiences; Dari and/or Pashto languages preferred;
  • Good computing capabilities with working knowledge of MS Word and Excel;
  • Experience working with local communities, NGOs and/or international organizations within and outside Kabul preferred; and
  • Willingness to live in Kabul and travel throughout the project defined areas.


Submission Guideline:

Qualified candidates should send their CV and cover letter to marina_mutchler@dai.com  

Afghan nationals are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will receive a notice requesting additional information. This is a full-time position contingent upon project award and approval and would be based in Afghanistan.


Submission Email:

marina_mutchler@dai.com 



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