Position: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist
Program: Comunitatea Mea
Location: Chișinău, Moldova
Period of Performance: Three Years
Reports to: Chief of Party
IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $80 million, offices in 20 countries, and a global staff of 400. We work in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Summary of position:
IREX seeks Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist candidates for a USAID-funded program to help local governments improve the provision of basic services in Moldova. This assistance will facilitate decentralization and build citizen confidence in democratic institutions to improve the quality of life. The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist will oversee the program’s complex Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning plan and approach, which includes ensuring the program is collecting, analyzing, and sharing quality data accurately and effectively, tracking progress and reporting on indicators, and managing the program’s learning strategy. This position will also assist staff in use, development and/or enhancement of MEL systems and tools.
Key to this position will be revitalizing and fostering an environment that advances learning among Comunitatea Mea staff, implementing partners, and other stakeholders. In conjunction with the Program team leads, the MEL Specialist will identify ways to reduce knowledge sharing barriers (e.g., through application of e-sharing and learning tools, such as outcome mapping, social network analyses, creation of Communities of Practice) and move staff from their current ‘activity focused’ orientation to more holistic project and program management approaches, including peer and cross-office learning interactions.
Only citizens or residents of Moldova will be considered.
Summary of responsibilities:
- Manage approved Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Plan and facilitate updates as appropriate in cooperation with Chief of Party and program staff;
- Support effective relations and coordination with program donor on MEL related issues, including presenting data and outcomes to USAID when relevant;
- Develop and/or coordinate the design and utilization of M&E management systems, data collection tools, and baseline assessment;
- Ensure and coordinate regular monitoring of program activities and oversee data quality;
- Provide capacity-building and coaching for program staff and CM partners in all aspects of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL);
- Analyze M&E data and results to determine impact of program activities and progress towards achieving goals and objectives;
- Prepare data summaries, data analyses, and reports in support of team learning, donor reporting, and IREX requirements;
- Oversee work of MEL consultants and contractors. Ensure quality of the submitted deliverables;
- Lead development and implementation of the program’s learning agenda and activities to ensure continued programmatic improvements and iteration, including after-action reviews, data reviews, and learning retrospectives using IREX templates. Support CoP/DCoP to plan junctures at which after action reviews, data reviews, and other learning activities need to take place to support project.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Moldovan citizenship or residency;
- At least 5 years of experience managing monitoring, evaluation, and learning for a large USAID or other donor-funded program;
- Experience developing monitoring and evaluation products for USAID or other donors;
- Experience with USAID’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) methodology and approaches;
- Experience engaging a program team with data reviews as well as after-action reviews and other learning activities;
- Demonstrated proficiency in data analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative results;
- Excellent writing, editing, and oral presentation skills;
- Experience with US government project report writing and editing;
- Prior experience with a USAID-funded program preferred;
- Outstanding interpersonal and cross-cultural skills required;
- Demonstrated leadership, integrity, and versatility;
- Demonstrated computer skills;
- Strong Excel and online data management experience;
- Experience creating infographics, graphs, charts, tables and/or other graphics for presenting data;
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English and proficiency in Romanian or Russian required.
Submit a Cover Letter and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org (please include “Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist” in the subject line).
Deadline: July 10, 2020 at 17:00 (05:00 pm).
Applications are examined on a rolling basis therefore it is in the interest of all candidates to submit their applications as early as possible.
*IREX will only respond to those applicants selected for an interview.