Technical Advisor for Evaluation and Learning

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 30 November 2020

Job Description

Job Summary:

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day to day operations. The Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include: Excellence- We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom- We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect- We believe in trust, empathy, and empowering people. Teamwork- We believe in diversity, inclusion, and the power of global collaboration. Transparency- We believe in open communication and clear decision-making. Accountability- We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.

The Technical Advisor for Evaluation and Learning works within IRI’s Center for Global Impact, in the Evidence and Learning Practice has three main responsibilities. First, the Advisor provides technical and methodological guidance to MEL and program staff in designing, implementing, managing and using high quality evaluations and research. This includes tracking and analyzing trends within the international development community, the democracy, human rights and governance sector and the evaluation community, to infuse relevant trends and approaches into IRI’s evaluation efforts. Second, the Advisor leads the Institute’s programmatic organizational learning efforts, in coordination with regional and thematic program staff, which includes leading the Institute’s Learning and Research Agenda. Third, the Advisor leads the Evaluation and Research team to set and achieve its goals and manages the E&R team members.

Position Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in political science, international relations, international development, or related field
  • Minimum eight years of professional experience in relevant field such as international development, monitoring and evaluation, and government and politics.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the program theory-based approach to program design, monitoring, evaluation and learning for international development projects.
  • Demonstrated experience with evaluating international development programs, including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; additional years of experience working as an internal or external evaluator preferred.
  • Proven familiarity with evaluation and research methodologies, including sampling approaches.
  • Familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative data analysis software, such as SPSS, STATA, R, NVivo, and/or AtlasTI.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English (written and oral), including a demonstrated ability to convey monitoring, evaluation and learning concepts to program staff and in-country partners
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and promote efforts of other professionals
  • Willingness to travel internationally, including to difficult places
  • Experience with democracy and governance assistance programs preferred but not required.
  • Foreign language ability preferred, but not required.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

Technical Evaluation Guidance and Oversight - 50%

  • Serves as the subject matter expert on evaluation at IRI, maintaining oversight of evaluation methodologies and practices. This includes the development and oversight of IRI evaluation policy and guidance for internal and external evaluations. This also includes the regular review and approval of evaluation methods, scopes of work and related methodology components.
  • Oversees the implementation and management of awards and tasks managed by the Evidence and Learning Practice. This includes a portfolio of projects focused explicitly on ex-post evaluation and cross-cutting/thematic evaluation as well as applied research efforts.
  • Oversees mechanism-level monitoring, evaluation and learning for large or high-priority funding mechanisms
  • Supports IRI staff, including ELP staff, program staff, and business development staff, to understand and apply high-quality evaluation methods and approaches to IRI’s work. This includes contributing to business development efforts, such as proposal design and drafting, when requested.
  • Researches new and emerging evaluation methodologies and trends as well as DRG implementation and measurement trends to determine their applicability to IRI’s work and approaches and updates IRI evaluation policy or methods guidance accordingly.
  • Oversees the Evaluation and Research team to achieve its goals and manages staff within the Evaluation and Research team, as assigned.

Applied Learning and Research Efforts - 50%

  • Leads the development and actioning of IRI’s learning and research agenda, an annually-selected collection of priority topics about which IRI will gather monitoring, evaluation, research and other data in order to develop a suite of refined approaches aimed at improving program effectiveness and proposal competitiveness.
  • Keeps abreast of all the research and evaluative activities occurring throughout the Institute in order to harmonize efforts for maximum results, including to contribute to the Learning Agenda and other priority Institute-level tasks and initiatives.
  • Contributes to the development and promotion of products, resources and tools that are used by staff and donors and partners and used for program development and outreach purposes.
  • Researches new and emerging evaluation methodologies and trends as well as DRG implementation and measurement trends to determine their applicability to IRI’s work and approaches and updates IRI evaluation policy or methods guidance accordingly.
  • Engages with the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) community, including through participation in conferences and public events related to monitoring, evaluation and learning approaches and up-to-date research in the democracy and governance field
  • Proactively organizes public events to highlight IRI’s monitoring, evaluation and learning initiatives and technical expertise to the broader evaluation and democracy, human rights and governance community.
  • Publish and/or co-author Op-Ed, blogs, and other written articles to demonstrate IRI’s thought leadership and technical areas of expertise.
  • information to program staff, business development staff and others at IRI as appropriate.

About the Organization

IRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth.

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