CLA and MEL Director (Chemonics International)

Job Description

  • Job Title : Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Director
  • Project : USAID’s Vietnam Action Against Plastic Pollution
  • Reports to : Chief of Party or Project Director
  • Location : Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Deadline: 19/11/2023


Chemonics International Inc. is the implementing partner for USAID/Vietnam Action Against Plastic Pollution (VnAAPP) project. The Project is an innovative and ambitious program designed to reduce ocean plastic pollution at its source in Vietnam through strategic approaches such as convening stakeholders’ power, promoting creation and implementation of data-driven policies, enhancing knowledge and sharing learning, promoting appropriately scaled technology and solutions, and providing technical expertise and building capacity of local governments to manage waste at its source to prevent plastic pollution in our oceans. Three main objectives of the Project are (i) supporting multi-stakeholder actions for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), (ii) supporting scalable, demonstrated Single-Use Plastic Products (SUP) reduction measures, and (iii) supporting the development and implementation of sub-national level Integrated Solid Waste Management Plans (ISWM).

The CLA and MEL Director will develop and implement the VnAAPP Project’s CLA and MEL plan, and will integrate the CLA principles throughout implementation, sub-awards, action plans, and capacity building efforts to promote learning and build the MEL and CLA capacity of our consortium and stakeholders through training and knowledge transfer. They will work with technical staff to develop and manage tools for data collection, storage, and analysis. They will perform data analyses and generate reports to contribute to VnAAPP’s reporting requirements and communications products. They will also collect and disseminate lessons learned and share successes during project implementation. In conjunction with activity leadership, they will help VnAAPP’s team learn from its data.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and periodic revisions of the Project’s CLA/MEL plans.
  • Organize and supervise collection of baseline data and the settings of targets.
  • Organize data collection in accordance with the MEL plan.
  • Develop data collection tools necessary for capturing and reporting activity indicator data.
  • Maintain activity data in Chemonics’ monitoring and evaluation software (DevResults).
  • Build capacities of government counterparts across interventions as part of their monitoring/tracking mechanisms for EPR by delivering targeted training and utilizing tools to ensure capacity is developed.
  • Integrate CLA into sub-awards, ensuring selected recipients can track, review, and assess the impact of their work to sustainably scale up what is working and redirect efforts that are not working.
  • Support quarterly pause-and-reflect sessions and ensures adaptive management is practiced across the team to achieve expected results.
  • Build capacity of staff and consortium partners in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Provide training to counterparts and consortium partners on MEL tools and best practices for data collection, analysis, and ensuring data quality.
  • Directly supervises MEL specialist.
  • Supervise production of technical reports and coordination across project teams to harmonize data included in all contractual reporting.
  • Review MEL system periodically to evaluate its effectiveness and adjust tools and procedures as necessary to provide the project with accurate and useful data.
  • Contribute to the development of annual work plans and review the relevance of the MEL plan against these work plans.
  • Compile and analyze relevant data on project indicators for agreement deliverables.
  • Provide as-requests MEL data to the client in a timely manner.
  • Collect and disseminate lessons learned and best practices to internal (Chemonics Washington) and external stakeholders, through pause-and-reflect sessions and other platforms as appropriate.
  • Perform all duties in accordance with Chemonics’ standards of business conduct and Living Our Values.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in statistics, quantitative/qualitative data analysis or management, program management, or another related field preferred
  • Minimum of eight years of experience in environmental management, collecting data, conducting analysis, and fostering learning to inform programming.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of integrating CLA into project interventions to inform decision-making and incorporating CLA into capacity building for program monitoring requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods, including developing surveys and holding focus groups and capacity building for CLA.
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively within a team.
  • Possess excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, with demonstrated diplomacy and the ability to communicate effectively in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Computer skills including strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Office applications.
  • Fluency in Vietnamese and English

How to apply

Please send your CV/resume and cover letter to by November 19, 2023. Early applications are encouraged. Please include the title of the job in the email subject line. No telephone inquiries please. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We will review the applications on a rolling basis. The protection of your personal data is important to Chemonics.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics.

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