Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

International Republican Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 18

Position description

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 Director for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) is responsible for providing strategic direction for IRI’s monitoring, evaluation and learning approaches and practices, providing technical expertise and advice to IRI staff on the development of Institute-wide policies and procedures related to monitoring, evaluation and learning, including methodological guidance and standards.  The Director serves as IRI’s representative in broader discussions on demonstrating results of democracy, human rights and governance assistance programs within the implementer, donor, academic and policy-making communities.

Position Requirements  

  • Graduate degree in political science, international relations, or related field.
  • Ten or more years related work experience in the field of monitoring, evaluation and learning, with a strong preference for experience in the democracy, rights and governance sector.
  • In-depth knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical evidence base for democracy and governance programming.
  • Demonstrated experience with results-based program design and performance management for USG-funded grants.
  • Demonstrated experience with qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methodologies, with a preference for complexity-aware and whole-systems approaches.
  • Demonstrated experience and analytical skills to evaluate evidence-based DRG interventions and state-of-the-art approaches to be used by the project.
  • Knowledge of learning and approaches to adaptive management.
  • Proven ability to contribute to the design and development of project proposals, including monitoring and evaluation documents..
  • Proven knowledge of USG donor requirements regarding design, monitoring, evaluation and reporting for international development projects, particularly the U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • Experience identifying complex problems and developing creative solutions.
  • Experienced user of Microsoft Office. Familiarity with commonly used qualitative and quantitative analysis and visualization platforms (NVivo, Tableau, Dedoose, SPSS, etc) preferred.
  • Strong ability to initiate, foster, interact, and maintain relationships with contacts and stakeholders in a diverse and multicultural environment, with sensitivity, respect, discretion, tact, and professionalism.
  • Experience living, working or traveling internationally.
  • Strong written and oral communications, presentation and editing skills in English.
  • Ability to effectively direct or participate in complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, other donors or relevant audiences.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and adapt to shifting priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet Institutional needs
  • Ability to successfully recruit, develop, supervise and motivate staff, and provide effective management and leadership.
  • Willingness to travel to remote and difficult countries.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic direction for IRI’s monitoring, evaluation and learning approaches and practices, and advises IRI leadership on the development of Institute-wide policies and procedures related to monitoring, evaluation and learning, including methodological guidance and standards.
  • Serves as IRI’s senior subject matter expert and representative in broader discussions on demonstrating results of democracy, human rights and governance assistance programs within the implementer, donor, academic and policy-making communities, and leads outreach efforts within these communities.
  • Together with regional division leadership, provides MEL-related oversight of all IRI grants and awards.
  • Develops and supports strategic plans and initiatives on behalf of the Center for Applied Learning & Global Initiatives
  • Provides strategic direction for demonstrating IRI results across regional/global contexts and thematic areas.
  • Provides expertise and technical support to Institute-wide staff on topics relevant to monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Contributes to and encourages staff efforts to pursue innovations in program design, monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management.
  • Contributes to and encourages staff efforts to pursue project ideas for concept papers and new funding outreach efforts.
  • Identifies and seeks new business development opportunities and develops strong professional relationships with potential donors and contacts.
  • Actively engages in IRI’s public affairs efforts to build the brand and identifies opportunities for Institute-wide staff to be involved in such efforts related to monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • In coordination with regional division leadership, responsible for IRI’s overall implementation of grants and awards with regard to monitoring, evaluation and learning requirements, including adherence to approved proposals and work plans.
  • Assumes fiduciary responsibility for direct-managed grant’s finances including analysis, budget monitoring and projections in full compliance with IRI and funder requirements.
  • Maintains an understanding of donor and IRI policies and procedures provides oversight and ensures grant compliance.
  • Monitors proposal and reporting development and submission process to ensure complete, accurate, and timely proposal and reporting submissions.
  • Communicates relevant information and developments in the field of monitoring, evaluation and learning to IRI’s Front Office and regional division leadership, as well as all program staff as needed.
  • Supervises full-time staff and coordinates the work of regional and country-level MEL specialists, and communicates with staff in a way that keeps them engaged and motivated to enable better retention.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Application instructions

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