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Manager/Senior Program Manager – Gender and Legislative Strengthening

National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Location: Burkina Faso
Last Date: July 2, 2011


Burkina Faso: Monitoring and Evaluation Program Manager/Senior Program Manager – Gender and Legislative Strengthening

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that responds to the aspirations of people around the world to live in democratic societies that recognize and promote basic human rights. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to support and strengthen democratic institutions and practices by strengthening political parties, civic organizations and parliaments, safeguarding elections, and promoting citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

Since 2001, NDI has aided Burkinabe democrats to support the development of the country’s nascent democratic institutions. NDI has implemented a Sida-funded program on women’s political participation in Burkina Faso since 2005. The Burkina Faso program and NDI’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) Team designed a highly participatory M&E plan that includes both a traditional approach in which data is collected on pre-determined indicators in addition to methods to gather contextual data and identify emergent indicators. In 2009 and 2010, NDI completed a baseline assessment and is currently in the process of preparing for a mid-term review to take place during the autumn of 2011. NDI is seeking an M&E Program Manager/Senior Program Manager to manage preparations for the mid-term review, serve as field coordinator for the review team, and implement adjustments to the M&E system as required, immediately following the conclusion of the mid-term review. The position will be based in Ouagadougou and will require some travel throughout Burkina Faso.

Job Description:

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Program Manager/Senior Program Manager to provide technical guidance in monitoring and evaluating a program to enhance the capacity of Burkinabe women leaders to engage effectively in pro-poor democratic governance. The Program Manager/Senior Program Manager will ensure that:

1. A functioning M&E System is established
2. Program staff are adequately trained and equipped to utilize the M&E system
3. Timely data collection, analysis and reporting is driven by the field
4. Data and information can be easily utilized for staff reflection, decision-making and program quality improvement
5. An internal midterm evaluation is completed

Specifically, the PM/SPM will:
• Manage and adapt the existing M&E system as required, including reviewing targets, data collection methods and indicators;
• Build the capacity of Burkinabe M&E staff to play a more substantive role in program monitoring and evaluation;
• Working closely with a team of M&E and program staff, manage the midterm assessment based on the project’s objectives;
• Coordinate and facilitate an M&E working group, which will assist program staff to regularly review the program and contribute to learning and information exchanges between DC and the field;
• Use and, as needed, improve existing tools for collecting information necessary to monitor and evaluate program activities such as surveys, interviews and focus groups; identify relevant secondary sources of information;
• Oversee the collection and analysis of data on program results and impact and, based on this information, prepare and submit regular reports in accordance with internal and external reporting requirements;
• Build program staff capacity to use the M&E system in an efficient manner that does not inhibit them from focusing most of their time and attention to program needs; and
• Assist program staff in identifying and highlighting achievements of stated objectives and outcomes.

Required Skills and Experience:

The M&E Manager will have skills and experience in:

1. Using participatory research methodologies; collecting qualitative and quantitative data using surveys, semi-structured interviews, focus groups; documentation of events through direct observation and secondary data collection;

2. Developing and maintaining a data management system using Excel, Access, SPSS or other data management and analysis software; establishing data collection and analysis protocols for both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and developing easy-to-use forms, guides and interview agendas

3. Providing guidance and training to country program staff and partners in M&E protocols; working with diverse stakeholders in a culturally sensitive manner to collect, analyze and synthesize data; facilitating participatory learning and action processes to help staff and local partners identify and highlight achievements and improve programming

4. Writing compelling donor reports, case studies, best practices, lessons learned, and success stories


• Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, public policy, or related field; Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, or Applied Research (anthropology or sociology) preferred;
• Minimum of eight (8) years for a Program Manager and ten (10) years for a Senior Program Manager of experience with performance monitoring, preferably in an international nonprofit organization or government agency;
• Strong knowledge of database management systems such as Access and Excel;
• Previous work experience with NDI or similar organizations a plus;
• Strong interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with a diverse staff, and U.S. and non-U.S. donors;
• Proven experience in effective project and staff management.
• Ability to effectively analyze and resolve problems as they arise;
• Excellent oral communications skills to effectively present information and respond to questions;
• Detail-oriented;
• Exceptional writing skills to effectively edit/write reports and publications;
• Fluency in written and oral French;
• Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
• Ability to multi-task and manage time effectively – juggling work load and deadlines of donors;
• Proficiency with Microsoft Windows environment and email technology;
• Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations which are often remote and difficult to reach.

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