Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist

  • Mid-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 20 September 2019
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Job Description

Creative seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist (MEL Specialist) for an upcoming USAID-funded project in Ethiopia. The anticipated project will implement activities in support of Ethiopia’s democratic opening and the Government of Ethiopia’s reform agenda.

The MEL Specialist will be responsible for establishing and implementing an effective system to monitor progress, impacts and successes of project activities and performance at all levels. The MEL Specialist will also monitor all grant activities and sub-grantees and ensure that the project complies with USAID performance reporting requirements. S/he will conduct impact assessments, baseline studies, surveys and need assessments to identify necessary changes and future project opportunities. Additionally, as the project has a strong Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) component, the MEL Specialist will be providing M&E technical assistance to project beneficiaries and stakeholders specifically on situation analysis, SMART indicators (output and outcome), indicator reference sheets, data collection protocols, data use strategies, reporting and results-based management best practices.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Make operational decisions and manages the various components of the program dealing with M&E;
  • Manage data collection, analysis and reporting on performance indicators by project team members and project counterparts;
  • Develop the Project Management Plan setting out specific quantifiable performance indicators and targets for overall objectives and activities and establish monitoring systems to measure project progress;
  • Lead writing of quarterly technical and financial reports; and
  • Utilize critical inputs, feedback, and assessments from evaluation partners to inform changes in program approaches and scale-up.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, economics, international development, evaluation research, statistics, or a related field;
  • At least five (5) years of experience in designing, managing and implementing results-based M&E activities in Ethiopia;
  • Experience analyzing quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Experience working with an international development organization and knowledge of reporting procedures, best practices, guidelines and tools for monitoring and evaluation, especially impact evaluation;
  • Experience working in an M&E role on a governance and/or civil society program;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and relevant computer software skills with proficiency in Excel and other data management systems;
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Ethiopia; and
  • Proficiency in English and Amharic.

Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

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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