Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Specialist

Plan International Nepal View All Jobs By Recruiter
Country Office, Lalitpur 8/14/2021 - 8/27/2021

Position Details

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  • None Specified
  • Bachelors(Undergraduate)
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Analysis
  • Country Office, Lalitpur

Summary of Position


Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Specialist

Functional Area: Programme Quality and Innovation (PQI)

Reports to: MERL Manager

Location: Country Office, Kathmandu

Travel required: Plan International Nepal working districts

Effective Date: Oct 2021

Grade: D1

Type: Fixed Term Employment until 31 August 2023 based in Country Office, Lalitpur


Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners in over 75 countries. Our programs are underpinned by a core of defined values, including transparency and accountability, team collaboration, inclusion and integration, as well as the overall ambition to empower girls and young women as legacy.

Plan International has been working in Nepal since 1978 and developed a strong reputation as a respected development and humanitarian actor helping marginalised children, their families and communities to access their rights to health, education, economic security and protection. Through the support of local partners, Plan International works in 24 districts in Nepal.

Plan International Nepal has a vision for 2030 as “an inclusive, just and safe society where all girls and young women enjoy their rights and live in freedom”. This is coupled with the ambition of taking action so that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive as “Girls and young women in all of their diversity reach their full potential as equal and active citizens” by 2023. The country strategy is put into action through the implementation of three interrelated program areas defined as follows:

LEARN: the “Education   and   Skills   and   Opportunities   for   Youth   Employment   and Entrepreneurship (SOYEE)” program aims to assist vulnerable and excluded girls and young women in adapting and thriving in a changing climate;

LEAD AND DECIDE: the “Youth as Active Drivers of Change and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)” program aims to empower girls and young women in leading change, having control over their bodies and making informed decisions; and

THRIVE: the “Early Childhood Development  (ECD),  Child  Protection  and  Child  Poverty” program enhances vulnerable and excluded children, especially girls, to be valued and cared for without discrimination, fear and any forms of violence.

Plan international Nepal seeks candidates who practice feminist leadership, promote diversity, actively seek innovative solutions for problems, courageously and respectfully share their opinions and ideas, break down barriers and engender cross-department collaboration, practice active listening, maintain confidentiality, build trust and are passionate about children’s rights and equality for girls.


Monitoring,  Evaluation,  Research  and  Learning  (MERL)  Specialist  will  lead  to  ensure  an effective  MERL system is in place for  all Plan International Nepal programs  and  projects assigned to him/her by the organisation/line manager. This will include development and implementation of MERL systems, regular collection of monitoring data and its analysis for management information purposes. The position holder will provide inputs to senior technical advisors and project managers in project design to ensure effective application of program learning, as well as to lead on all baselines, mid-term and endlines evaluations and research with technical support from the Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Specialist. S/He will also develop capacity of field and partner organisation staff in all MERL related tasks, systems and processes.



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MERL Specialist will work with Senior Technical Advisors, Project Managers, Field team. S/He will report to the MERL Manager and will work closely with the MERL peers including the ‘Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Specialist’ and other MERL Specialists. They are also expected to work closely with partner program staff and build their capacity as required.

MERL Specialist  will  directly  work  with  the  MERL  Manager,  Research,  Evaluation  and Knowledge Management Specialist as well as the Sr. Technical Advisors and the Director of Programme Quality and Innovation within the Country Office. They are also expected to work closely with Area Managers, Project Managers/Coordinators Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Coordinators (field based) and other program staff and partners


Contribute to project design and reporting

  • Provide inputs in program development and facilitate planning activities including the design of project theory of change and/or logical framework.
  • Compile and provide required data for reporting to donors and Plan International requirements
  • Ensure all projects meet Programme and Influence Quality Policy and Procedure Requirements
  • Ensure that all new assigned projects have allocated sufficient time and budget for MERL activities


Establish effective project monitoring system

  • Design Monitoring and evaluation framework for all projects
  • Ensure that all projects have pre-identified indicators which align with national, international and donor standards
  • Work with the program team to develop data collection tools
  • Ensure monitoring data is collected, consolidated and analysed according to the MERL Standard
  • Perform regular field visits to ensure the quality of data collected by program and partner staff and to verify the accuracy of reported data 
  • Prepare, disseminate and follow up MERL report as part of Plan International’s information management system


Facilitate accountability and stakeholder feedback mechanisms

  • Design and carry out quarterly review and reflection with partner organisations and communities
  • Design, plan and carry out social audit
  • Develop and follow up plan of action based on recommendations from review/reflection and social audit events
  • Support the program team to establish complaints and feedback mechanism for assigned programmes/projects to respond to the complaints/feedbacks/concern from community and beneficiaries, including analysis of data with management actions identified.


Evaluations, research and learning generation

  • In collaboration with the senior technical advisors and the Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Specialist, define the learning agenda
  • In collaboration with the Research, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Specialist, lead all evaluations and research activities
  • Participate in the development of data collection tools and the design of evaluations and research
  • Perform quantitative analyses using appropriate software (i.e., SPSS, or STATA or any statistical application)
  • Work with program teams to utilise data for quality improvements
  • Document good practices, lessons learned and feedback to influence and guide the design and implementation of our programs
  • Organize learning events and workshops for to document lessons learnt, good practices and areas of improvement


Develop capacity of Plan International Nepal and partner staff

  • Identify the capacity gaps and work with MERL Manager and senior technical advisors to build the capacity of the monitoring staff at Field and those of partners to ensure smooth implementation of MERL system, participatory monitoring and evaluation and improved for capacity.
  • Support the MERL Manager in providing capacity building, training and mentoring in MERL to relevant staff in the country office, field offices and partner organisations


Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.


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This should include clear levels of technical expertise and skills that support our work at national, international, and global level.]


  • Master’s degree in Social research, Social sciences, development studies or a related field oriented to monitoring and evaluation methods with 2-3 years of relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree in related field with 3-4 years of working in monitoring, evaluation, research, and accountability in development sector or research setting
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English and Nepali
  • Proven experience in a technical capacity involving design and implementation of evaluations/research or leading evaluation/research teams and drafting technical reports
  • Proven experience with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Experience conducting interviews with young people, children and communities
  • Strong capacity and creativity in leading and facilitating participatory methodologies to meaningfully engage beneficiaries, including children, and receiving their feedback through approaches such as social audit
  • Experience in capacity development of staff or partners in project monitoring, evaluation or research



  • Experience in program data management, use of data management electronic devices such as tablets is highly desirable
  • Experienced in rights-based approach to development
  • Facilitating child led monitoring, evaluation or research



We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people


We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.


We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.


We are inclusive and empowering

  • We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
  • We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. 



Typical office environment with regular field travel outside Kathmandu.


Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children

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Note: Plan International Nepal invites the applications from female candidates only with priority to candidates from minority and youth groups for this position.