We are currently seeking a Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) candidate for the upcoming USAID/Global Greater Internet Freedom (GIF) Activity. GIF seeks to increase capacity of civil society and independent media, in countries where USAID works, on internet freedom issues relevant to country contexts. The activity will link local actors to regional and global expertise and dialogues in the internet freedom community, broadening that community to include voices and concerns from local civil societies and to bring global expertise and best practices to the local level. USAID, through this activity, seeks to advance internet freedom in the countries where it works by ensuring that digital security capacities, data awareness, and activism on behalf of an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet are available, adaptive, and integrated into the operation of independent media and civil society. The activity’s two primary objectives are: 1) improving the digital security practices of civil society, human rights defenders, and media; and 2) increasing the long-term and wide-ranging engagement of civil society on issues of internet governance.
The Director of MEL will be expected to interact regularly with a diverse range of actors such as program staff, USAID/DRG staff, USAID Mission staff, civil society organizations, media organizations, private sector actors, other donors, and all program stakeholders.
- Lead and manage all project-related aspects of performance monitoring and evaluation, including development of the MEL plan, meaningful indicators to measure key results, data collection, and dashboards
- Apply best MEL practices that meet USAID and international standards as well as organizational Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) approaches/processes throughout the Activity lifecycle
- Pilot innovative measurement tools to be disseminated within the Internet Freedom community and mainstreamed through other USAID initiatives
- Lead the development of tools and resources that support efforts to improve the MEL capacities of local stakeholders
- Schedule and manage special studies, assessments, and program reports
- Oversee various independent performance and/or impact evaluations throughout the life of the activity
- Contribute to the development of strategies and project work plans
- Advanced degree in international development, social sciences, economics, or a related field
- 15 or more years of experience conducting research, special studies, and evaluations
- Demonstrated experience with quantitative and qualitative data collection, management and analysis with a strong statistical background
- Strong experience in designing, implementing, and managing learning and adaptive management approaches
- Experience in developing monitoring, evaluation and learning plans and conducting data quality assessments (DQAs); analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data; using online M&E databases to collect performance indicators
- Experience working on global projects, with an understanding of how to support rapid requests for support
- Experience living and working overseas a plus
- Experience in report writing, especially under USAID contracts, and development of dissemination; knowledge management and communication strategies
- Excellent spoken and written communications in English, additional foreign language capability a plus
About the Organization
QED is a global consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience providing data-driven and insightful solutions in more than 90 countries. We are passionate about transforming lives through knowledge-based solutions. Leveraging deep expertise in monitoring, evaluation, global health, and learning, we help our clients collect, analyze, visualize, and ultimately use data in more effective ways. Our work maximizes results through the use of cutting edge technologies and innovation, organizational development, and evidence-based decision-making.