Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Adaptation Specialist, USAID Development Partnership Activity in India

  • Posted on 8 August 2020

Job Description

The Asia Foundation, informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, addresses critical development issues in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s and the Pacific’s continued development as peaceful, just, and thriving regions of the world.

The Asia Foundation (TAF) seeks an experienced Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Adaptation (MELA) Specialist for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s anticipated Development Partnership Activity in India. The program seeks to enhance USAID’s partnership with the Government of India (GOI)’s Development Partnership Administration (DPA) to deliver effective development assistance in support of the U.S.’s and India’s mutual aims in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. The Activity will establish partnerships and alliances to support U.S.-India development activities in third countries. The Activity is expected to be a three-year project with a budget of $7 million. This position is contingent upon funding.

The successful applicant will be based in New Delhi, India and will support the Chief of Party to support overall project management, including: overseeing performance monitoring plans and learning plans; contributing to and implementing work plans; liaising with relevant USAID and DPA counterparts, key government stakeholders, and other donors and partner organizations; capturing program learning and promoting effective adaptation strategies; and supporting achievement of project results and objectives. The MELA Specialist is expected to have a strong understanding of monitoring, evaluation, and learning principles, direct experience with applying these principles in development programs, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the role.  

The ideal candidate will have considerable work experience and networks in India and the broader Indo-Pacific region. Experience supporting the implementation of complex and multifaceted projects is required, especially experience in monitoring, evaluation, learning, and adaptation. The candidate will also ideally have experience leading MELA for USAID-funded programs.


  • Support the COP in the design and management of the Activity’s Learning Plan, Agenda, and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System.

  • Serve as the staff person in charge of MELA related tasks and activities

  • Provide leadership to ensure that the Activity incorporates sound MELA practices


  • A bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: social science, development management, public management, economics or statistics; A master’s degree is an advantage

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and database management (USAID experience highly preferred);

  • Demonstrated experience in assessing organizational gaps and identifying needs in internal monitoring and evaluation systems

  • Familiarity with USAID M&E standards and systems will be an advantage

  • Solid understanding and experience of the value systems, traditions, and social norms and practices of different cultures in the Indo-Pacific, particularly in India, strongly preferred; and

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.


Applications should be submitted to Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV no later than August 21, 2020. Please reference “USAID/India Development Partnership Activity MELA Specialist” in the subject line.

About the Organization

About The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2016, we provided $87.8 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at $9.5 million.

Similar Jobs

  • Chief of Party
  • IT Expert
  • Chief of Party
  • WASH Project Manager
  • Nutrition Project Manager