What you need to know: Careers in monitoring and evaluation

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By Nina Segal Kennedy

M&E professionals need to be able to view the overall landscape of a project, but also be able to dig down to the gritty details. Find out what the latest hiring trends are — and tips for how to land the job — in this in-demand sector.

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