Plan International Nepal announces vacancy for MERL Specialist. Interested candidates can apply for the job. Read the full article below for the job details.


The Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Specialist will help to ensure an effective MERL system is in place for the project. The MERL Specialist will be responsible to design and lead the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities and ensure the result-based management of the project. 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 the project team to ensure effective application of learning, as well as to contribute to various evaluations and research initiatives.  S/He will also develop capacity of field and partner organisation staff in all MERL related tasks, systems and processes.


[This section details the skills, knowledge and expertise the post holder will be required to demonstrate in doing the job well. 
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 sciences, social research, development studies, public health or a related field oriented to monitoring and evaluation methods with at least 4-5 years of relevant experience OR Bachelor’s degree in related field with at least 7 years of leading monitoring, evaluation, research, and accountability in national/international development organizations.
  • 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. 
  • Ability to implement data quality assurance mechanism for project level.
  • Knowledge on digital data collection tools and procedure.
  • Skill to critically analyse data and produce comprehensive reports to support programme decision-making. 
  • Experienced in developing TORs and coordinating with consultants for quality evaluations and assessments.
  • 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, employing quality benchmarks.
  • Experience in capacity development of staff or partners in project monitoring, evaluation or research.


  • Proven experience in managing multiple and competing tasks while maintaining quality of deliverables within deadlines;
  • Experience of managing large datasets. Experience of using SQL server is an asset.
  • Experience in use of statistical packages such as SPSS, R or STATA for inferential analysis.
  • Experience in use of data visualization tools like Power Bi, Tableau, GIS.
  • Experience in use of electronic data collection platforms like Kobo toolbox, ODK, ONA.
  • Experienced in rights-based approach to development.
  • Facilitating child led/focused monitoring, evaluation or research.


Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization 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 

Plan International has been working in Nepal since 1978 and developed a strong reputation as a respected development and humanitarian actor helping marginalized children, their families and communities to access their rights to health, education, economic security and protection. Through the support of local partners, Plan International has worked in 42 districts in Nepal 

Plan International strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Our ambition from now to 2027 is to see All Girls Standing Strong Creating Global Change.

USAID Education: Equity and Inclusion is a five-year project set to implement in Karnali and Madhesh Province with the objective of contributing to reduce barriers to access and retention in grade 6-10; improve quality education for marginalized children; and ensure quality implementation of disbursement linked indicators related to equity and inclusion activities under School Education Sector Plan (SESP). The project will be implemented in approximately 1800 schools spanning 215 LGs across 18 districts of Karnali and Madhesh Province.

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.

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Application Deadline: Tuesday 28th Nov, 2023

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