Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 March 2019
  • Yangon, Myanmar
  • Closing on 26 March 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Under the guidance of the Project Manager and M&E Leader (HQ) the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist will provide support and technical assistance to plan, design and inform deployment of robust systems needed for the monitoring and evaluation of a large aquaculture and market chains development project in Myanmar together with inputs to similar projects in the region.

S/he will lead project teams in developing the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) plan, M&E work plans, strategy documents, and field activities, and will ensure the project is integrated with or operates alongside the existing M&E framework; support the adaptation and development of methods and tools to support digital data capture and management platforms for aquaculture and value chain development in central and northern Myanmar; and communicate effectively the identified advances against the projects indicators. Based in Yangon, Myanmar, s/he will have regional responsibilities in Bangladesh and Cambodia.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead and collaborate with the development team to further develop the Theory of Change (ToC) mechanism designed for the project.
  • Collaborate with team members and donor to design an effective monitoring and evaluation system, including results-based management and determining indicators.
  • Design impact tracking and monitoring protocols to ensure that project impacts are well documented and in compliance with project strategic objectives.
  • Design and implementation of ex-ante and post evaluations for key components of the project.
  • Contribute to the development and testing of evaluation approaches appropriate for this large aquaculture and value chain project.
  • Ensure results are communicated effectively both nationally and internationally. Publish results in a range of formats from peer-reviewed scientific journals to policy briefings and popular media and where appropriate at international conferences.
  • Mentor and build capacity of partners and junior staff in local private sector collaborative entities and Community Based Organisations.
  • Provide technical input and MEL leadership in medium to large projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Myanmar.
  • Mentor and build capacity of partners and junior staff in WorldFish program and project countries in Bangladesh and Cambodia.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative networks and partnerships with international and regional development and management organizations.


Essential qualifications and competencies

  • A Master’s Degree in agricultural economics, impact assessment or a relevant quantitative social science.
  • At least 4 years of work experience in monitoring and evaluation with a particular focus on evaluation/impact assessment.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of a broad set of monitoring and evaluation methods suitable for use in complex systems.
  • Experience with designing impact assessment protocols, monitoring, evaluation and up-to-date knowledge of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods.
  • Knowledge and use of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems based on a MEL platform and familiarity with the use of Theory of Change.
  • Ability to work in inter-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, and demonstrated ability to develop close and effective working relationships with a range of partners.
  • Demonstrated professional communications network and communication design and delivery, presentation skills, both written and oral.
  • Proven project management and leadership skills and the ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to teams during impact assessment.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to lead and carry out fieldwork in developing countries and ability to supervise a team.
  • Proficient in English language - both written and verbal.
  • Experience in carrying out impact evaluations for rural development, aquaculture or other related agriculture projects in developing countries.
  • Excellent Statistical Skills and knowledge of a statistical software such as STATA.

Desirable qualifications and competencies

  • PhD in agricultural economics, impact assessment or a relevant quantitative social science.
  • Field experience in carrying out impact evaluations for rural development, agriculture or fisheries and aquaculture in developing countries.
  • Research skills supported with a good peer-reviewed publications track record, and competency with quantitative research analytical tools, methodologies and analyses.
  • Proficiency in another language is an added advantage including knowledge of Burmese.

Salary and Benefits

This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position with annual salary ranging between USD 43,000 to USD 47,000 gross per annum. WorldFish’s IRS shall receive comprehensive benefits including (but not limited to) housing allowance*, relocation and repatriation assistance*, dependent education allowance*, home leave entitlement*, comprehensive insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, and pension/provident fund contribution.

Note: Items marked * are not applicable to staff recruited as Home Country Internationals (nationals of the country of posting). All benefits are subject to terms and conditions.

Our offer

The position will be based in Yangon, Myanmar. The initial employment contract will be for a 1-year period, with possibility for renewal depending on performance of and the availability of funding. Interviews will be held via video conference and the successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Our commitment

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and experience is valued. We support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission. We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage women and nationals from developing countries to apply.

How to apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online here latest by 26 March 2019:

  • A cover letter including a 2-page (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate and what you would bring to the role;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • Names and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report.

Screening will start as soon as possible, and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

About the Organization

WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research organization that harnesses the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to strengthen livelihoods and improve food and nutrition security. Globally, more than 1 billion people obtain most of their animal protein from fish and 800 million depend on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

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