currently seeking qualified candidates for a Monitoring, Evaluation and
Learning (MEL) Advisor on the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop
Improvement. The Innovation Lab for Crop
Improvement is a ‘research for development’ activity that will provide an
integrated approach to support the development and scaling of improved crop
varieties to function as drivers of productivity, growth, resilience, and
nutrition. Activities implemented under this strategic framework tie downstream
market demand to a continuously responsive, upstream breeding system; link
improved crop varieties to the seed systems that take them to scale; and
support seed systems to deliver improved varieties that drive gains in
smallholders’ fields and on local and regional markets.
be a five-year Leader with Associates (LWA) Cooperative Agreement with a $25
million leader award and a ceiling of $35 million. The MEL Advisor will be
responsible for developing and managing the monitoring, evaluation and learning
plan, working with grantees and associate awards to manage monitoring and
evaluation systems and supporting the project’s collaborating, learning, and adapting
(CLA) processes. The position will be
based in Washington, DC or Research Triangle Park, NC and with both domestic US
and international travel.
- Manage monitoring, evaluation
and learning processes for the LWA activity;
- Prepare and manage the MEL
plan and track progress against performance indicators. Ensure coordinated reporting processes
among all Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement activities;
- Develop indicators to measure
the results and outcomes of research for development activities, choose
appropriate Feed the Future indicators and adapt sustainable
intensification indicators to crop improvement;
- Establish appropriate methods
and systems for the collection of data against proposed indicators,
including - but not limited to - surveys, qualitative data collection,
synthesis of secondary data, operations research studies, etc.;
- Prepare standards for data
collection, identify assumptions, estimate data collection and analysis
costs, describe and implement data quality assessment processes and
disaggregate data by gender and age cohort;
- Develop and manage a schedule
of performance indicator tasks;
- Develop a Learning Agenda and ensure
systems and processes for continual learning and adaptation within the
activity, and provide recommendations to changes in approaches,
interventions, performance monitoring, and/or work plans as necessary;
- Liaise with communications
staff, or when necessary, take the lead to communicate and disseminate
lessons learned and best practices from MEL results through technical and
policy briefs and publications, reports, conference abstracts, journal
closely with the Project Director and Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement
team to ensure that M&E data and research is available and accessible
for use in project decision-making and reporting.
degree in international development, economics, social sciences or rural
development or another relevant field is required.
least 6 years of relevant work experience with a research institution, donor,
contractor or NGO responsible for monitoring, evaluation and learning.
quantitative and qualitative research skills.
Strong analytical skills and understanding of research methods for
participatory learning methods.
strong understanding of USAID regulations and approaches to monitoring and
evaluation, and collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA).
leadership, interpersonal and training skills, and the ability to work across
teams and with associates to build capacity for reporting against project
in an agricultural research environment is a plus.
oral and written communication in English.
in French or Spanish is a plus.