Programs Monitoring Evaluation Learning & Development Director

Who We Are

 Mercy Ships is a global faith-based charity that uses hospital ships to bring life-changing surgeries and transformational medical training to people in some of the most challenging contexts along the African coast. For over 40 years, Mercy Ships has been delivering lasting hope and healing through safe surgical care, while working alongside partners and stakeholders to strengthen local healthcare systems in more than 55 countries. Since the inception of this dream by founders Don and Deyon Stephens in 1978, Mercy Ships has served more than 2.7 million direct beneficiaries without regard for race, gender, or religion.

 The Opportunity

Do you have a heart for the hurting and a desire to invest your talents and experiences into a mission with eternal significance? For every transformative surgery that takes place onboard one of our Mercy Ships, there are dozens of men and women being used of the Lord to prepare through their vocational gifts and talents! 

 Mercy Ships is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, & Development Director to serve remotely. In this position you'll have the opportunity to support the International Programs Department initiatives of Mercy Ships to ensure continued delivery of hope to those in need through ensuring all programmatic work clearly contributes to impact and outcome metrics.

**Compensation range for this position is $112,000 to $134,000/Year

 How You’ll Contribute

  • Responsible for servant-hearted and visionary Christ-like leadership of a team of monitoring, evaluation, and research experts across multiple locations (including across Africa), ensuring Mercy Ships program and projects contribute to clearly defined impact and outcome indicators.
  • Oversees the development and execution of budgets, plans, priorities, policies, administrative guidelines, and standard operating procedures in this area of responsibility.
  • Identify potential university partners for collaboration on designated M&E and research projects.
  • Ensure quality standards for M&E plans including the use of experimental and quasi-experimental design.
  • Ensure team collaborates well with internal team members in Programs regarding the M&E plans – Program Design; Direct Medical Services; and Education, Training, and Advocacy—to ensure impact and outcome measures are agreed upon, shared, and learning disseminated across all relevant Programmatic teams.
  • Ensure strong internal processes exist and are followed regarding in-field reporting on outputs, outcomes, and impact. This includes close collaboration with Mercy Ships data management teams.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders and in-country leadership to ensure proper ethics approvals are completed both within Mercy Ships and the partner country, in alignment with all program implementation timelines.
  • Responsible to coordinate and partner with external organizations to conduct impact evaluations or primary research when required.
  • Maintain and develop a network of consulting experts in MELD throughout the Global Health space.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Depth of character to shepherd others through times of change and growth.
  • Integrity to represent Mercy Ships values and mission across different professional, cultural, and faith contexts.
  • Demonstrates humility and a serving attitude in empowering others, showing a willingness to learn individually and as team.
  • Emotionally intelligent, relational, and authentic.
  • Confidence to be operationally decisive, with the experience of managing substantial budgets and a geographically dispersed organization.
  • Creative, dynamic, and optimistic 'out of the box' thinker who is enthusiastic about new, innovative opportunities to strengthen our way of working.
  • Proven experience of negotiating and influencing at a senior level.
  • Holds oneself and others to the highest standards of excellence and accountability.
  • Supportive of Mercy Ships mission and vision, and is committed to its core values.
  • Understand and apply servant leadership, through working collaboratively, demonstrating both integrity and accountability.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally.

Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, global health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or related fields, with demonstrated educational experience in monitoring, evaluation, and/or research.
  • A minimum of 5 years of working in global health and at least 2-3 years specific experience in monitoring, evaluation, research and learning within global health programs.
  • Demonstrated understanding of qualitative and quantitative research skills, for example demonstrated knowledge of: study design, measurement tool design such as surveys, interviews, focus groups, sampling, data analysis plans, data cleaning, data analysis, presentation, reporting and communication of results.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in team leadership and management of Monitoring and Evaluation (i.e., providing technical advice, guidance and direction related to various sized programs and grants).
  • Experience contributing and /or leading proposal development.
  • Collaborative communicator.
  • Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork, and planning skills with proven ability to function effectively with multiple host-country counterparts in both the public and NGO sectors.


  • The opportunity to use your professional skills to make a global impact.
  • The opportunity to live out your faith at work.
  • Medical, prescription, dental & vision insurance.
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan, with matching contribution.
  • Paid holidays & a competitive rate of Paid Time Off accrual
  • Staff devotionals, prayer time, and Chaplaincy support.
  • On campus dining with gourmet meals, including a specialty coffee shop and community events.
  • On campus recreation, including indoor basketball and racquetball courts, weight room, walking and biking trails, a disk golf course, and an outdoor pool.

Pour your God-given talents into a mission with eternal return on investment -- join the Mercy Ships Crew, today!

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 **Compensation range listed is for U.S. hires only. Actual compensation may vary dependent upon location of hire.