Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, USAID/Georgia Education Project

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 22 January 2019

Job Description

About IREX

IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $90 million, offices in 20 countries, and a global staff of 400. We work in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Summary of Position

IREX seeks qualified Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist candidates for an anticipated USAID education project in Georgia. The project will seek to: 1) Expand the innovative learning instruction methods in reading and math into the national curriculum in all 2,400 of Georgia’s primary schools for grades 1-6, including schools in marginalized communities; 2) Strengthen teacher development curricula and teacher induction activities in at least five universities across the country that will result in a highly-qualified cadre of teachers and; 3) Build financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills. The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with be based in Tbilisi and will develop a long-term monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy for the project as well as lead a small team to ensure a cohesive effort.

Only citizens and residents of Georgia will be considered.

The position is contingent on funding.

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage a monitoring and evaluation system across all project components that leverages qualitative and quantitative methods, and draws from a variety of data sources to measure progress and evaluate impact, as well as support collaboration, learning, and adaptation;
  • Liaise with leaders in Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport and in Georgian universities to support integrated data collection and learning systems;
  • Communicate information obtained through M&E activities to IREX staff, various external stakeholders, notably donors and partners to enable informed decision-making;
  • Liaise regularly with IREX’s Monitoring and Evaluation team in headquarters;  
  • Ensure data collection process is functioning in all activity locations to provide quality data within deadlines; 
  • Regularly review data collection processes, perform data quality assessments, and make adjustments as needed;
  • Conduct regular visits to project sites to provide technical assistance and ensure proper monitoring of project activities;
  • Produce M&E monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports for internal and external review; and 
  • Regularly review indicators and develop annual performance management plans. 

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years’ professional experience in a senior M&E position responsible for implementing M&E activities of donor-funded development projects;
  • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, education, or related field. Master’s degree or bachelor’s plus an advanced certificate in M&E, statistics, or economics preferred;
  • Proven success in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages;
  • Experience with monitoring, learning and data use on primary education initiatives strongly preferred;
  • Experience designing and managing beneficiary monitoring and database systems;
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance management plans and learning activities;
  • Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies;
  • Experience in planning and managing surveys;
  • Experience developing and refining data collection tools;
  • Experience with data quality assessments and oversight;
  • Experience summarizing monitoring and evaluation results in effective reports that effectively inform decision-making;
  • Experience managing and providing ongoing training to M&E field officers;
  • Experience and relationships with the National Assessment and Examination Center (NAEC) or with quality assurance in higher education is preferred;
  • Ability to facilitate and serve as a project liaison for externally-managed evaluations; and
  • Fluent Georgian language skills and advanced English language skills.

To Apply

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About the Organization

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of $50 million and a staff of over 500 professionals worldwide. IREX and its partner IREX Europe deliver cross-cutting programs and consulting expertise in more than 50 countries

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