Senior MEL and CLA Advisor – West Africa

Who we are:
Bixal is a mission-driven, woman-owned small business determined to improve people’s lives through human-centered strategies and transformative technologies, with a firm belief that everyone has the right to an effective government.
We deliver on this belief by partnering with leading Federal agencies to design, develop, and deliver powerful customer experiences through holistic digital product solutions and strategic communications initiatives––bringing a high standard and unique creative energy to our clients––and our wonderfully diverse culture is what makes it all possible.
Bixal unites different people with different perspectives from all over the world! We provide our team with an open and empowered environment where collaboration thrives and solutions flourish.
Accra, Ghana.
What will you do?
Bixal seeks a Senior MEL Advisorfor the anticipated USAID West Africa PELA activity. This program will enhance USAID/WA’s effectiveness in its peace promotion and CVE efforts by conducting high-quality evaluations, knowledge-sharing, and adaptive management to improve programmatic decision-making in the region.
The ideal candidate is a solution-oriented, resourceful, engaged, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) professional with USAID experience who wants opportunities to grow, advance, and shape the future of the international development in MEL and adaptive management.
The Senior MEL Advisor will be responsible for leading and managing the technical work related to MEL and CLA and serve as the point person for all technical activities. They will work with implementing partners on performance monitoring and evaluation and alternative MEL approaches to support evidence-based programming approaches. They will be an excellent writer and public speaker and able to synthesize qualitative or quantitative data with a high level of quality. A mid- or senior-level professional —they can provide technical oversight on all types of MEL and CLA deliverables. They are a leader who wants to help improve how development is delivered and are passionate about data and learning.


    • Leading and managing the MEL and CLA technical program activities.
    • Leading a team that will work with IP’s to design and conduct evaluations, analyses, assessments, and studies to meet the Mission’s need for learning and evidence-based programmatic decision making.
    • Lead the development of effective monitoring tools including adoption of digital and virtual tools and geographic information system (GIS) technologies for monitoring performance at the project and activity levels.
    • Oversee the review evaluation plans and work to ensure the quality and utility of performance monitoring data.
    • Participate in the design and delivery of training on MEL and CLA to Mission staff and partners, as appropriate on latest performance management and monitoring and evaluation techniques including complexity aware monitoring approaches and on remote monitoring and data collection.
    • Collaborate in the development of the workplan, inception report, facilitation guide or evaluation design as required
    • Work as a solution-oriented team member
    • Collaborate on the development of presentations to disseminate findings and conclusions to a wide audience, including high-level forums.


    • Master’s degree in relevant field or Ph.D. in the Social Sciences
    • 6+ years of experience in MEL and CLA in international development programs
    • Fluency in French
    • Proficiency with both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methodologies and monitoring best practices.
    • Experience working on USAID-funded MEL projects.
    • Experience providing capacity building on MEL and adaptive management.
    • Strong familiarity with USAID’s Evaluation Policy and related guidance on MEL and CLA approaches.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English.
    • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Ability to work as part of a cross-cultural team with a high degree of sensitivity and cultural competence.

Nice to Haves:

    • Experience in peacebuilding, peace and conflict resolution, and/or CVE preferred.
    • Experience working in West Africa and challenging operating contexts highly preferred
No recruiters or agencies please. Bixal is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a safe, inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds.


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