The International Education Division is currently accepting applications for Monitoring and Evaluation Director for the anticipated USAID-funded “Improved Basic Education in the Kyrgyz Republic (IBE-KR) Republic. The 5-year activity seeks to improve learning outcomes for 300,000 students in grades one through four. Successful candidates must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Position is based in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Director will establish and manage the project’s overall M&E system, tracking all progress made towards meeting program/contract results, indicators, and targets, including impacts on access, retention, reading and learning outcomes, community engagement, gender, and disability-inclusive measures, ensuring that they are being consistently and systematically tracked and reported. In this capacity, s/he will manage and coordinate all field-based activities and M&E staff and ensure that performance monitoring, action research, and evaluations are consistent with program results and compliant with USAID/Kyrgyz guidelines.
- Coordinate and manage all research, monitoring and evaluation tasks, and deliverables for the project.
- Harmonize M&E data collection and reporting systems with USAID policies and education indicators.
- Monitor and report on activities required to communicate program results and improve implementation, which includes establishing systems to gather, report and analyze performance data for impact and sustainability of project implementation; overseeing data collection processes as required within the project’s parameters; developing documentation of best practices; and facilitating the use of data to drive program design and decision making.
- Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports on the status of project implementation; contribute to other project reports such as annual work plans.
- Review and update the project’s M&E plan on an on-going basis.
- Master’s Degree in international development, economics, statistics, research methods, political science, public policy, social science, or a related field.
- A minimum of 9 years of experience designing, monitoring, and evaluating programs, preferably USAID projects in the education sector.
- Must have demonstrated success and experience in monitoring results and indicators of education quality, learning outcomes, access, retention, and community engagement.
- Prior experience developing and implementing performance monitoring plans (PMPs).
- Strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations around monitoring and evaluation.
- Exceptional technical skills in data management, M&E, survey design, mapping and/or assessment required.
- Additional skills required for the position include: proficiency in Excel, Word, and other MS Office software; data management and analysis software (such as DevResults, SPSS or Stata);
- Strong oral/written communication skills.
- Experience with USAID-funded programs highly desired.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability.
- Must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English.