Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist, USAID Mekong Safeguards

  • Posted on 22 January 2021

Job Description

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and international 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 continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation, a global leader in technical assistance, program implementation, and international development, seeks qualified individuals to fulfill the position of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) specialist for the USAID Mekong Safeguards program.

USAID Mekong Safeguards, a five-year program (2018-2023) aims to support Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam to strengthen capacity to foster the consistent application of environmental, social, and governance standards, particularly for electric power and transport sectors.


The MEL Specialist is responsible for all monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities under the USAID Mekong Safeguards program. S/he must ensure that all MEL activities are in compliance with the USAID framework and systems. The main responsibilities of this position are to:

  • Maintain and revise a strong monitoring and evaluation process, the learning plan, and systems to support monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), consistent with the USAID Mekong Safeguards results framework and USAID requirements. This includes developing data collection and data verification protocols as well as managing the activity database.
  • Provide regular MEL-related inputs and monitoring data on project performance to strategically inform planning, decisions and future direction.
  • Ensure the completion of all MEL activities stated in the performance monitoring (MEL) plan, including working with the COP to organize and manage quarterly meetings to review achievement of the project results, targets and learning
  • Support the technical staff in collecting required documentation for reporting actual achievement of quantitative targets and qualitative results, including through communicating with collaborators and partners and surveys
  • Conduct data verification and data quality assessments.
  • Contribute to quarterly/annual performance reports.
  • Design MEL training materials and build MEL capacity of current and new staff to ensure the implementation of the MEL plan and systems.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (quantitative/qualitative data analysis, economics, business administration or other relevant discipline)
  • 5-10 years of experience in designing and implementing MEL related activities including, but not limited to, developing and managing implementation of a MEL plan and designing data collection protocols, in projects funded by international development organizations.
  • Strong organizational skills and resourcefulness.
  • Strong oral, written and presentation skills in English.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, graphic programs and MS Excel spreadsheets)
  • Women are highly encouraged to apply

It is preferred that the consultant is already based in Bangkok, Thailand. However, consultants based in Asia and the Pacific will also be considered.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by February 19, 2021 to with the position title listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.

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.

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