Global Practice Specialist MEL (4483)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 May 2019
  • Bethesda, Maryland, United States
  • Closing on 15 July 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Job Title/Grade: Associate Global Practice Specialist, Global Practice Specialist I/II, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) (7-9)

Department: Technical Services

Reports to: Senior Global Practice Specialist II

Date: May 16, 2019

Function of the Position:

The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Associate Global Practice Specialist will be responsible for providing monitoring, evaluation, and learning expertise across project delivery, new business, and knowledge management efforts. S/he will support DAI’s efforts to improve the way data are collected, managed, used, and shared to achieve project outputs, outcomes, and impacts through short term technical assignments, proposal writing, and knowledge management. S/he will be responsible for finalizing outstanding MEL plans, coordinating MEL activities with USAID and local partners, and build capacity of DAI field staff to manage MEL activities in the future. The MEL Associate Global Practice Specialist will have a focused responsibility to provide technical support to USAID projects primarily in Europe, Africa, and Asia. This is a full-time professional position on the Managing for Development Results (MfDR) Team within DAI’s USG Business Unit, with travel up to 40% time.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The percentages below are notional and may change depending on business needs.

Technical (50%)

  • Work with home office and field staff to support MEL needs during start-up, including participation in rapidly assigned STTA, recruitment of local MEL staff, and managing MEL expectations of the client.
  • Support project DQA activities and advise teams on best practices for performance audits
  • Develop competencies in new MEL approaches, including CLA and complexity aware monitoring

New Business (20%)

  • Support business acquisition activities by reviewing MEL requirements in proposal documents and contributing written content to MEL sections of DAI proposals.
  • Identify and work with MEL partners and subcontractors as needed.

Knowledge Sharing & Learning (30%)

  • Support technical sectors to revise and improve commonly used custom indicators
  • Write and create new tools and templates for DAI projects to use for MEL.
  • Support the DAI MEL community of practice through MEL thought pieces and resource sharing.

Additional responsibilities as deemed necessary.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Grade 7: Minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree; or 2 years of relevant professional experience and a master’s degree.
  • Grade 8: Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree; or 3 years of relevant professional experience and a master’s degree
  • Grade 9: Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree; or 5 years of relevant professional experience and a master’s degree
  • Excellent communications skills – particularly in writing and relationship building.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, take initiative and accomplish work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong critical thinking capabilities with an ability to rapidly assess situational needs, develop problem solving strategies, and implement sustainable solutions.
  • Experience in supporting USAID projects
  • Able to travel internationally up to 40% of the time.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in learning and expanding technical skills in MEL
  • Experience working successfully and respectfully in local communities in developing world setting.
  • Experience writing MEL Plans, drafting indicators and indicator reference documents, and surveying plans.
  • Experience with statistical analysis, qualitative and quantitative methods, and applied research and learning through development projects.
  • Experience using digital technology for data collection, management, analysis, and reporting.
  • Proficiency in French, Spanish, Arabic, or another foreign language preferred.

Supervisory Requirements: None.

DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. EOE - Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

About the Organization

DAI is an international development companywith corporate offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Nigeria, and project operations worldwide. We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Named one of the world’s top 40 international development innovators, DAI has delivered transformational development results in more than 150 countries for clients including development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

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