MEARL Advisor, Flagship Mental Health Activity – Ukraine At Project HOPE

Project HOPE is an international NGO of engaged employees and volunteers who work in more than 25 countries, responding to the world’s most pressing global health challenges. Throughout our 60-year legacy, Project HOPE has treated millions of patients and provided more than $3 billion worth of medicines to local health care organizations around the world. We have helped build hundreds of health programs from the ground up and responded to humanitarian crises worldwide.

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Project HOPE seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Results and Learning (MEARL) Advisor to provide monitoring and oversight for an upcoming USAID Flagship Mental Health Activity. This five-year, roughly $50-$100 million activity intends to support the Government of Ukraine in accelerating development of a modern, evidence-informed, integrated mental health system at all levels. This system will foster enhanced accountability, efficiency, and transparency to effectively address the evolving mental health challenges faced by Ukrainians amidst Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, and during its recovery.

The MEARL Advisor will be responsible for the development and implementation of monitoring frameworks, collation and presentation of lessons learned, integration of M&E and data quality throughout the Flagship Mental Health Activity. They will lead overall program quality across Activity objectives, build capacity for monitoring and learning, and establish systems for sustainable knowledge management. The MEARL Advisor will spearhead design of Results Frameworks, data quality assessments and continuous quality improvement (CQI). The MEARL Advisor reports to the Technical Director and carries out any other tasks assigned by the DCOP.

This position will be based in Ukraine. Ukraine nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. The Flagship Mental Health Activity is anticipated to begin in November 2024.

This position is contingent upon award.


  • Establish monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks, including development of Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Plan;
  • Provide expert advice on Activity metrics, tools, and approaches to measure progress and systems for course-correction where necessary;
  • Lead data quality initiatives such as Data Quality Assessments and guarantee the accuracy of measures;
  • Deliver capacity development training sessions for sub-grantees;
  • Devise knowledge management tools to capture evidence-based lessons;
  • Assist in data collection and reporting, development of learning plans, and creation of tools and systems to improve data capture and reporting;
  • Establish and maintain productive relationships with key stakeholders, including implementing partners, GOU line ministries, local government officials, NGOs and community groups;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s-level degree in public health, data and statistics, or related field; Masters preferred;
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in designing and implementing project monitoring, evaluation and learning in Eastern Europe;
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of public health activities, especially social protection/psychosocial support initatives.
  • Experience with and understanding of Global Health Initiative, USAID M&E frameworks;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present materials in meetings, at conferences and to write project documents (including research and evaluation design plans, logic models, data collection and data analysis plans, and final reports) with minimal revisions;
  • Knowledge of research and evaluation (process, outcome, impact) concepts and principles, and the ability to apply them during the implementation of project tasks; ability to design large evaluation development plans. Data collection (key stakeholder interviews, focus groups, surveys, and secondary data analysis techniques), data management, and data analysis skills, experience with SPSS and good working knowledge of SAS a plus;
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks and short deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills.
  • Fluency of English in reading/writing/speaking is required and additional fluency in Ukranian.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be mobile in an office environment and able to use standard office equipment.
  • Must be able to communicate in verbal and written form and must be able to travel internationally.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship.”

Work environment:

  • Typical office environment with exposure to a minimal noise level.
  • Emergency deployments may be in resource-deprived environments with austere living conditions.
  • Travel for extended periods may be by air and/or other modes of transportation.
  • While international travel is not a regular part of every job, programmatic needs may require it intermittently.
  • Project HOPE employees may be required to travel or work in countries where working conditions are classified as “hardship

Due to the substantial number of inquiries, we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be considered. No phone calls please.

However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise.

Thank you for your interest in Project HOPE.


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