Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day to day operations. The Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include:
Excellence– We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom– We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect- We believe in trust, empathy and empowering people. Teamwork- We believe in diversity, inclusion and the power of global collaboration. Transparency– We believe in open communication and clear decision-making. Accountability- We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.
The field-based Regional Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager is primarily responsible for providing support to IRI field offices throughout MENA as they implement their MEL systems. This position will not be based in Washington, DC. It will be based in in the MENA region to meet the needs of IRI staff working in MENA time zones. Its required that the applicant is a resident or can relocate to a country where IRI currently has an office (Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia). Such support will seek to ensure that the programs are accountable for work done, support data collection and analysis efforts to identify results achieved, communicate results to IRI’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, and assist programs in utilizing and learning from data collected. The field-based MEL Specialist will also contribute to IRI’s capacity building efforts for IRI staff and partners, particularly in designing and conducting trainings on monitoring, evaluation and learning for IRI staff and partners in MENA.
- Undergraduate/graduate degree in political/social science, international relations or related field.
- Minimum five years of professional experience in the international development sector, with at least three years in MEL role(s).
- Located in or willing to relocate to one of the following locations: Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia
- Demonstrated understanding of the program theory-based approach to program design, monitoring and evaluation.
- Familiarity with common MEL elements of projects including but not limited to: logical frameworks, performance monitoring plans and indicator matrices.
- Strong organizational skills, execution of tasks, and attention to detail required.
- Ability to manage diverse activities and to meet deadlines required.
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, coordinate and effectively meet program goals.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Arabic and English, other languages a plus.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
- Experience working on democracy and governance projects required.
- Experience with USG-funded projects required.
- Familiarity with qualitative data collection and analysis required, familiarity with quantitative data analysis preferred.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities
- Liaise regularly with members of the DC-based Evidence and Learning Practice
- Provide technical support for IRI’s monitoring, evaluation and learning efforts, primarily to field-based program staff, especially related to project implementation and closeout.
- Maintain a detailed understanding of MEL plans for IRI projects and partners in MENA, in particular, the various indicators, tools and systems required to remain compliant with them.
- Work closely with IRI program staff in relevant field offices and Washington, DC to design and implement data collection tools that meet program needs, including but not limited to pre- and post-tests, scorecards, interviews, surveys, observation protocols and content review protocols.
- Assist in project-level data collection for reporting on activities and associated output, outcome, and impact (as appropriate) level results.
- Assist in the data analysis and data storage efforts underway in IRI MENA field offices to ensure that they meet IRI and funder standards.
- Conduct regular internal spot checks to help field staff ensure that documentation and storage of field office data meets funder standards.
- Support field staff through Data Quality Analysis processes
- Mentor MEL staff based in the various IRI MENA field offices, including providing training, guidance, regular consultation and real time support for their MEL needs in order to develop institutional MEL capacity.
- As requested, provide guidance and assistance in data collection and data analysis on assessments and evaluations conducted by IRI MENA field offices.
- Assist field offices in implementing their learning strategies, including collaboration, learning and adaptation initiatives, after action reviews and reflection sessions, to ensure that data is both reported and used to improve MENA programs.
- Support MENA field offices in engaging with donors, including USAID and the US Department of State, on MEL issues
- Design and conduct trainings on monitoring, evaluation and learning for IRI staff and partners.
- Work with other members of the Evidence and Learning Practice as a team to complete projects, achieve organizational goals.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)