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 — M&E is now integrated into most global development projects at the design stage.
Along with this integration comes growing opportunity for those with monitoring and evaluation skills. Many organizations have created dedicated positions and even departments focused on M&E, and look for this experience when recruiting for program and technical positions as well.
So how can you prepare yourself for a career in monitoring and evaluation? Here are five skills to master.