Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

  • Mid-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 3 February 2020
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Job Description

Category: Programs
Req ID: MONIT01932
Posted Date: 2020-01-31
Schedule: Full Time
Location: Kingston, Jamaica JAM


Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Project Summary:

The Community Violence Prevention (CVP) activity in Jamaica aims to support communities, parents and families to prevent youth violence and develop pathway programs for youth at risk of violence. It intends to achieve this by working with communities and strengthening the ability and authority of targeted families to maintain discipline and reinforce prosocial conduct among their children and supporting desistance programs that will keep youth out of violent and criminal lifestyles.

Position Summary:

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist provides leadership and guidance for overall project monitoring, evaluation and learning assessment efforts. S/he reports to the Chief of Party (COP) and provides technical direction for M&E and M&E strengthening activities for their Ministry of Education counterpart. S/he is responsible for the development of policies and guidelines, adapting and enhancing existing learning assessment tools that will track and measure the effectiveness of project implementation and impact related to overall project objectives and activities. S/he supports and contribute to annual work plan and progress report preparation and M&E analysis for the overall project. The M&E Specialist is responsible for developing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) systems, including data quality assurance procedures, and compiling, processing and analyzing activity performance data. The M&E Specialist will be responsible for ensuring regular and consistent documentation and that reporting deliverables are met in compliance with USAID rules and regulations.

Reporting & Supervision:

This position reports to the COP.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Conduct monitoring, evaluation and learning assessment for the project in compliance with the client (USAID) and stakeholders’ requirements and policies;
  • Support in the implementation and usage of implementation tool to identify eligible participants;
  • Contribute substantially to annual work plan and provide quality data for efficient planning;
  • Develop and update the MEL Plan, including review of its theory of change, results framework, identify indicators, relevant and applicable baseline data collection strategies and methodologies, and the financial and human resources needed to successfully implement the MEL strategy;
  • Identify evaluation, assessment priorities and design, and implement these evaluations, assessment and adapting scientific methods (both qualitative and quantitative);
  • Develop tools, protocols, define procedures for performance indicators data collection and reporting in line with the data quality standards;
  • Ensure that performance monitoring/M&E and evaluations are consistent with program results;
  • Ensure organizational learning through effective monitoring system and reflections from the field implementation of the project;
  • Write and review reports of evaluation and surveys conducted under the project;
  • Conduct and report on weekly rolling assessment on project implementation;
  • Maintain an up-to-date catalog of all project MEL tools and forms in electronic and hard copy data files;
  • Assist in the collection, storage, and analysis of accurate, high quality, and reliable data and GIS information, ensure that performance indicators and output, outcome, and impact data are prepared and collected properly in targeted geographic and thematic areas;
  • Identify in-country MEL training and STTA needs and ensure that these needs are met and provide training on MEL activities as needed;
  • Conduct project site visits to collect quantitative and qualitative data; including site visits for secondary verification of data results;
  • Conduct periodic research and/or case studies to measure impact of activities;
  • Design and conduct spatial analysis to support M&E indicator reporting, including providing geo-located data and spatial products on applicable project indicators;
  • Design and lead CLA and CAM efforts;
  • Develop tools for data collection and protocols for performance monitoring as well as baseline, midline and endline and other assessments as needed;
  • Ensure data is collected, stored and analyzed in the Creative web-based platform, MEDAL;
  • Analyze ongoing quantitative / qualitative data at different points in the program leading to the specific program / contract results;
  • Ensure regular communication of MEL activities to all key stakeholders and contribute to the quarterly, annual report and project reporting to USAID;
  • Work closely with technical staff and institutional partners to explain MEL processes and understand how these processes relate to the project’s technical work, and to promote MEL-related training as needed;
  • Manage MEL resources and ensure that M&E information and resources are up-to-date, available to staff and widely disseminated; and
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications:
  • Relevant Master’s degree in the field of international development, statistics, social sciences, economics, political science or closely related inter-disciplinary fields;
  • At least seven (7) years’ experience implementing M&E systems for U.S. Government-funded projects;
  • Experience in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation plans, results-based management;
  • Understanding of the Jamaican context of democracy, governance, and crime prevention;
  • Experience in capacity-building of local staff and partners;
  • Proficiency in addressing factors that maximize gender and social inclusion;
  • Experience working with youth crime prevention, rule of law, youth development, and/or democracy and governance;
  • Familiarity with international donor regulations and procedures;
  • Strong background in qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation of development programs;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
  • Strong quantitative skills and demonstrated capacity and experience in data analysis, data collection; statistical analysis; and reporting; including experience with computer-based statistical packages and databases (Epi Info, ACCESS, SPSS, etc.) required;
  • Experience designing and implementing M&E training / capacity building programs for international organizations required;
  • Experience with complexity-aware monitoring methodologies, CLA preferred;
  • Experience working with international donors, as well as counterparts and beneficiaries (e.g., international and local NGOs and government representatives); Knowledge of M&E approach of other, non-US donor or Agencies);
  • Experience conducting field research required; including using qualitative and quantitative techniques;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines and to initiate and implement activities with minimal oversight and supervision, required;
  • Ability to make formal and informal presentations both orally and in writing and to produce professional and analytical reports and program documents; and
  • Fluency in English.

Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


About the Organization

Creative Associates International (Creative) is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm has field presence in 20 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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