• Location: Washington, D.C.
• Date Posted: November 1, 2021
• Application Deadline: December 31, 2021
• Job Type: Full-time
The MEL Specialist is a Washington, DC-based position responsible for supporting all aspects of performance monitoring and evaluation for the organization. S/he will develop and continuously refine EF’s monitoring and evaluation strategy, policies, and procedures. S/he will build rigorous MEL systems that contribute to improvements in organizational learning and program implementation.
Tasks include providing leadership on MEL issues across the organization; supporting program teams by helping to refine MEL plans and capture data; training staff on MEL tools and methodologies; supporting business development efforts by contributing to proposal design and MEL plans in proposals; and developing and implementing a data software solution for the organization.
-Provide vision and leadership on MEL issues across the organization (35%)
-Lead the development of a MEL vision and strategy for the organization
-Develop and oversee the implementation of MEL policies and procedures
-Stay current on MEL trends and tools in the DRG space by participating in
affinity groups and representing the organization at conferences
-Identify a solution to store data across program portfolios; procure and implement the rollout of the software solution
-Provide MEL technical support across all program portfolios (35%)
-Provide guidance to program teams on MEL issues, such as:
-Periodically reviewing and refining MEL plans
-Providing guidance on quantitative and qualitative methods and tools
-Supporting data collection efforts for performance indicators
-Ensuring lessons learned are captured and communicated to internal and external stakeholders
-Ensure data quality, lead in data analysis, and promote the regular use of data for program improvement
-Provide training to program staff to build capacity on MEL approaches, data collection, and tools that lead to improvements in learning and adaptive management
-Serve as advisor to MEL teams in overseas offices, offering guidance on program delivery according to MEL plans, data collection tools and reporting to donors
-Support the design and planning of MEL activities such as baseline, midterm and final evaluations
-Provide MEL technical support to the business development unit (30%)
-Contribute to proposal development by participating in kickoff meetings, contributing to technical discussions, developing and/or updating indicators, definitions, and MEL approaches, reviewing and
enhancing program design, and drafting MEL plans
-Other duties as assigned by the President
-Bachelor’s degree in international development or other relevant field required; Master’s degree preferred.
-Minimum 8 years of relevant experience, including at least 3 years focused on providing MEL technical support for democracy, human rights, and governance programs in international development.
-Experience with USAID MEL strongly preferred.
-Demonstrated skill and experience with a range of MEL approaches and tools for civic engagement, inclusion, and government accountability.
-Experience with program design, including proposal development, logic models, theories of change and indicator selection.
-Strong monitoring, evaluation and research methods skills, including sampling, quantitative and qualitative research design, and data analysis.
-Experience designing and utilizing practical and effective monitoring systems and platforms.
-Superior verbal and written communication skills in English, cross-culture sensitivity, respect for diversity, and interpersonal skills.
-Ability to juggle competing priorities, manage multiple initiatives and successfully meet deadlines while producing high quality work.
Team player with positive attitude required.
Eligibility to work in the US required.
To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and one writing sample to [email protected] with “MEL-OP” in the subject line.