Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Associate/Advisor

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 17 September 2020

Job Description

Plan International USA is recruiting for an experienced Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning candidate at either the Associate or Advisor level to join the MERL team at Plan’s Washington DC office. Entry status will depend on the candidate’s level of MERL knowledge and experience. The MERL Associate/Advisor will provide technical support for various Plan International USA projects and initiatives throughout the world. The person in this position will be responsible for providing technical assistance to in-country project teams and collaborating with Washington, DC based technical staff to design and lead high impact programming with rigorous M&E strategies, research and learning agendas across all of Plan International USA donors.


Working as an integral part of a team, the following outlines the key responsibilities and roles of the MERL Advisor:

  • Provide guidance and technical support to the Plan Country Offices’ M&E teams to ensure accurate and timely reporting of project results
  • Ensure the delivery of timely, accurate and appropriate reporting of program results to the project teams and donors, as well as for Plan USA technical reviews and reports
  • Lead or support research and evaluation activities including designing ToRs; hiring consultants; overseeing field teams, analyzing data and writing reports
  • As a member of business development teams, contribute MERL components to technical proposals to USG or other major international donors
  • Provide MERL support, insight and leadership for Plan USA global strategy and Capital Campaign


  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, public administration, public health, economics, international studies or any other relevant discipline


  • Associate level: a minimum of three years of experience providing MERL support on USG funded international projects at the assistant or associate levels
  • Advisor level: a minimum of five years of experience guiding and leading MERL USG funded international project activities at the Associate or Advisor level
  • English oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present materials in meetings, at conferences and to write project documents (including research and evaluation design plans, logic models, data collection and data analysis plans, and final reports) and proposals with minimal revisions from the supervisor.
  • Good quantitative and/or qualitative skills with familiarity with analytic software such as SPSS, STATA, NVivo, Atlas.ti.
  • A team player accustomed to working with a diverse group of colleagues both at headquarters and in the field as well as demonstrated capabilities developing and participating in communities of learning among host country partners and counterparts
  • Writing and speaking fluency in English
  • Ability to travel internationally
  • Must be able to work in the US

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree preferred but not required
  • Technical experience in one of Plan International USA’s technical practice areas: education and child protection, disaster risk management (humanitarian response), health, youth economic empowerment, and gender and diversity
  • Familiarity with MERL for gender transformative and inclusive programming
  • Skill and/or interest in using data visualization software and techniques
  • Experience and/or interest in applying digital and mobile technology for data collection, dashboard creation and online training
  • French language ability highly preferred

Plan is an equal opportunity employer and follows all laws associated with the EEOC.

About the Organization

Plan works for girls’ rights. Harmful barriers like child marriage, human trafficking and gender-based violence are preventing girls and young women from achieving their full potential. Plan, along with government and private partners, fights against harmful gender norms and empowers young people to create positive change in their communities. We have worked in communities for more than 80 years and provide locally-driven programming through 240 offices around the world.

Plan International USA is fully committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people from all forms of violence.

Plan is an equal opportunity employer and follows all laws associated with the EEOC.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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