Job DescriptionRTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute providing research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. The Learning, Energy, and Environment for Development (LEED) Division within RTI•s International Development Group (IDG) is seeking a MERLA (Monitoring Evaluation, Research. Learning and Adapting) Specialist to support our expanding portfolio of work and to contribute to our business development efforts. The LEED Division has three technical teams and the MERLA Specialist will work across all: (1) Integrated Learning Solutions, (2) Energy, and (3) Climate, Natural Resources and Water.
The position is an exciting mid-level•career opportunity for a creative and motivated professional with significant growth potential in a dynamic and vibrant team. This position could be based in Washington, DC or RTP, North Carolina although the preference is to be based in Washington, DC.
- Provide MERLA support for successful start-up and implementation of international development projects, ensuring appropriate MERLA platforms are set up and project staff are oriented in MERLA approach.
- Collaborate with technical writers and proposal leaders to build new programs built on solid MEL foundations and capabilities. Lead the design and write-up of M&E/MEL plans, Performance Management Plans (PMPs), logframes, results frameworks and learning agendas as well as relevant narrative sections in LEED proposals.
- Take the lead in and work with other RTI staff to conduct evaluations, comparative analyses, quantitative and qualitative studies, acceptability studies, and other MERLA tasks in support of projects.
- Carry out data quality assessments (DQAs) in projects: design and implement DQA protocols, use DQA findings to improve data collection, reporting, management and analysis.
- Analyze/use project M&E data and generate results in easy-to-understand visual formats; work with the LEED communications specialist as applicable to ensure that results are captured in briefs, reports and other documentation.
- Support capacity building of in-country and HQ staff in DQA, indicator development and other identified M&E/MERLA needs.
- Contribute to the development of technical publications and ensure tracking, documentation and publication (where appropriate) of project MERLA best practices and lessons learned.
- Support additional MERLA initiatives including cross-technical collaboration, developing training materials, etc.
- Stay abreast of MERLA related processes, tools, and language recognized by USAID and other international development organizations and advise on their use, adaptation and integration into LEED projects.•
Education and Experience:
- Master•s degree or above required in an area related to international development, statistics and/or research.
- At least 5 years of specialized MEL experience in an international development field, with previous experience in the energy or environmental sectors preferred although other sector experience is acceptable.
- Experience independently leading and developing comprehensive MEL/MERLA strategy implementation in proposals and projects, preferably for USAID and other USG funded programs. Specific experience in CLA and use of knowledge management in learning to adapt strategies preferred.
Knowledge and Skills:
- Proven ability and experience developing indicators, and designing and writing MEL plans, logframes, results frameworks, PMPs and learning agendas in USAID funded proposals (shortlisted candidates will be required to submit writing sample examples that they have produced on their own).
- Experience in designing and conducting DQA on projects, including experience in using DQA findings to improve quality of data collection, reporting, management and analysis.
- Ability to analyze M&E data and synthesize findings for programmatic use.
- Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills.
- Proven ability to work effectively in a team-oriented setting while also taking initiative to complete assigned tasks with high quality and within tight timelines.
- An understanding of development issues and potential challenges when operating in developing country contexts.
- Ability to be innovative and flexible, and navigate complex global, multi-cultural interactions diplomatically.
- Strong English oral and written communication skills (native speaker or professional-level fluency).
- Willingness to travel up to 30% of time.•
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