Manager of Monitoring and Evaluation

Lifewater International

Bentonville, AR, US

Position Overview

The Manager of Monitoring and Evaluation will lead the monitoring and evaluation of programmatic effectiveness through the collection, analysis, and sharing of programmatic data. The Manager of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) will focus on the following areas:

Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy and Systems

  • Refine and further develop Lifewater’s monitoring and evaluation strategy
  • Lead methodological and research-driven decision-making for mixed-methods monitoring and evaluation
  • Ensure and maintain high standards for data collection, using appropriate tools
  • Manage Lifewater surveys and content; advise on survey design and best practices for data collection
  • Ensure international staff have the training and support needed to implement monitoring and evaluation efforts
  • Design and lead trainings on monitoring and evaluation strategies, tools, and methods 
  • Assist in the design and development of Lifewater’s monitoring data management system
  • Proactively seek out best practices and latest methodologies, technologies, tools, and developments in M&E through self-directed study and learning; integrate learning into Lifewater’s M&E strategies
  • Serve as the M&E subject matter expert for the organization

Study Planning, Data Analysis, and Reporting

  • Transform and visualize program data to inform decision-making
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation data analysis for Lifewater programs
  • Ensure and maintain high standards for data analysis, using appropriate methods
  • Identify relevant trends in programmatic data
  • Plan and direct pre- and post-project studies and produce timely reports for each project
  • Support data reporting for various stakeholders 

Data Interpretation and Applied Learning

  • Lead regular meetings with in-country leadership to discuss program successes, share learnings, and address challenges
  • Lead the development and maintenance of project logframes; evaluate if projects have desired outputs and outcomes
  • Regularly share program outcomes and learning with the programs team
  • Lead ad-hoc research projects, in collaboration with with team members
  • Share learnings from Lifewater’s work in public spheres (e.g., learning groups, conferences, and journal articles)

Work Experience and Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g., public health, international development, M&E, statistics) 
  • 3+ years of theoretical and practical experience in M&E
  • 2+ years of international development experience, preferably in WASH
  • Experience designing and leading research projects, data analysis, and reporting utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Demonstrated experience applying research principles to program assessments
  • Competence in mixed methods research
  • Strong skills in statistical analysis
  • Ability to seek out and stay current with latest methodologies, technologies, tools, and developments in M&E
  • Competence with technology relevant to M&E (e.g., mobile apps, database management, statistical software packages, etc.)
  • Strong technical writing skills and ability to write for non-scientific audiences
  • Exceptional written and verbal cross-cultural communication skills
  • Passion for Lifewater’s mission of serving vulnerable communities and children through WASH
  • Adherence to Lifewater’s statement of faith and active involvement in a local church
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship will be provided
  • Ability to travel; 1-2 domestic and 2-3 international trips per year
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience living or working in low- and middle-income countries
  • Experience designing surveys for use in East Africa and/or Southeast Asia
  • Experience managing data collection teams 


Lifewater offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Benefits include health, dental, vision, life insurance, and a retirement plan. Non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, and fun organization that is changing the world.

Who We Are

Lifewater International (“Lifewater”) is a non-profit Christian community development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves people by providing them with contextually appropriate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions. We walk alongside families, leaders, schools, health facilities, and churches to overcome all forms of water poverty by helping them learn to live in healthy relationship with God and the environment and to recognize how small changes can transform their life and community.

We serve communities in the rural regions of East Africa and Southeast Asia, with active programs in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania—countries with a desperate lack of resources to provide basic water and sanitation services to rural children and families. We have offices in San Luis Obispo, CA; Bentonville, AR; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Kampala, Uganda; Shinyanga, Tanzania; and Siem Reap, Cambodia, as well as individual program offices. Since our inception, Lifewater’s worldwide team has impacted the lives of more than 2.5 million people. And we’re just getting started.





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