Director RIMI (Research, Impact Measurement and Inclusion)

The Market Development Facility (MDF) is an Australian Government-funded multi-country initiative that promotes sustainable development in its partner countries.
We work with businesses, government and other organisations to identify and develop profitable and scalable business opportunities that help reduce poverty, empower women economically and combat climate change. We currently operate in Fiji, Timor-Leste, Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga and Sri Lanka.
MDF is funded by the Australia Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is implemented by Palladium, in partnership with Swisscontact.

The RIMI Director (Research, Impact Measurement, and Inclusion) is a member of the Core Leadership Team (CLT) and will ensure MDF’s monitoring and results measurement (MRM) system runs smoothly and generates timely, high quality and actionable outputs. The RIMI Director provides the technical guidance and quality assurance of the RIMI team across the Facility, consisting of approximately ten people including country RIMI teams and Facility-wide RIMI specialists.
The RIMI Director will also support MDF’s approach to gender equality, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI) and contribute to MDF’s learning and communication agenda.

Key responsibilities
Managing the monitoring and results measurement system
▪ Technical guidance, quality assurance and oversight of the monitoring, results measurement and research framework, including the management information system, across the Facility. This includes but not limited to: intervention guides, results chains, research plans, attribution strategies, concept notes, intervention agreements and value for money calculations.
▪ Ensure that the MRM system fullfills the requirements of management, reporting and communications in line with the DCED Standard, DFAT guidelines, and MDF guidance on cross-cutting issues.
▪ Ensure that projections and results from all MDF countries are accurately aggregated on a timely basis for planning and reporting purposes, including climate finance data, and contribute to the preparation of annual plans and reports.
▪ Capacity development of a skilled and capable cadre of RIMI staff across the Facility, building the knowledge base in high quality, qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques, working closely with the Team Leader, Country Directors and the Human Resources Manager.
▪ Oversee Facility-wide analytical activities, including cross-cutting issues that influence the quality of impact (e.g. climate preparedness, food security), and support country teams to conduct or commission research initiatives and apply appropriate methodologies.

Support MDF’s pursuit of GEDSI objectives
▪ Support country teams to understand, integrate and implement GEDSI in all areas of MDF’s work, including sector/market system strategies, implementation guides and results chains, and monitoring and impact assessments.

Contribute to MDF’s learning and communication agenda
▪ Contribute content to and support the delivery of MDF’s learning and communication agenda. This includes analysis and evidence gathering, lesson learning, in-house training, preparation of communication outputs, and participation in events.
▪ Participate in routine processes to ensure the quality of MDF’s implementation e.g. portolio reviews, concept note reviews and Technical Advisory Group (TAG) reviews.

▪ Proven experience in managing a large scale, innovative and complex, qualitative and quantitative measurement framework across multi-country settings, ideally in private sector development or related fields.
▪ Familiarity with the DCED Standard for Results Measurement and/or DFAT M&E standards and its application.
▪ Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to translate complex information into succinct and accessible content.
▪ Willingness to travel extensively to MDF countries (approx. 10-12 weeks travel per year)
▪ Advanced numeracy and IT skills, including the ability to work with extensively with spreadsheets, databases and management information systems (MIS).
▪ Strong interpersonal skills with experience managing teams in different cultural settings.
▪ Demonstrated ability to support remote teams and ensure the delivery of a large and diverse number of routine and periodic tasks to tight deadlines.
▪ Fluency in English language (spoken and written).
▪ Degree in relevant fields (desirable but not essential) or equivalent experience.

Closing date: Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is found.