Kick-starting your career in monitoring and evaluation

By Kelli Rogers 23 June 2015

What does it mean to be a monitoring and evaluation expert in development?

Monitoring is about good project management, according to Kasia Kedzia, performance management and training specialist for Social Impact. The same goes for evaluating a project’s theory of change, shared Danielle de Garcia, Social Impact’s deputy director of performance evaluation, innovation and learning.

Kedzia started as an implementer, and whether she was working with women in Poland or launching a project in Darfur, she was asking: “How are we checking progress?”

The field of monitoring and evaluation has taken off in international development, as investors and their implementing partners put an increasing premium on measuring the impact of their work. What was once considered an option if there was a budget — and often assigned to an outside consultant — monitoring and evaluation is now being integrated into most global development projects at the design stage.

This integration translates to a field ripe with career options for those with M&E skills. Kedzia and de Garcia share what they’ve learned from their own careers.

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Kelli Rogers@kellierin

In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.

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