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The Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist works within IRI’s Office of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, housed within the Center for Global Impact and is responsible for advising and supporting the Institute’s efforts to design methodological approaches to collect and analyze, and evaluate program results and impact and ensure effective learning across the Institute. The Senior Specialist is also involved in analyzing global trends within the international development community and democracy, rights and governance sector, and conducting research to contribute to program development and learning. The research efforts led by the Senior Specialist should include identification of ideal places to test new methods and practices across the Institute’s programming. Finally, the Senior Specialist is also involved with coordinating Institute-wide knowledge management efforts and the Institute’s Learning Agenda, and providing learning support and expertise to individual program teams.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities:
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Support to DC-based and Field-based Program Staff - 60%
- Provides technical expertise and support to program staff and partners to ensure effective measurement and evaluation of IRI projects to identify, track, and demonstrate results. This includes developing tools, frameworks and guidance for program staff use in the design, monitoring and evaluation of projects.
- Designs manages and leads various monitoring, evaluation and learning projects, including those that are components of grants, as assigned.
- Coordinates within IRI and partner organizations, as needed, to ensure IRI’s effective participation in internal and external evaluations
- Supports participation and advisement on knowledge management efforts with the goal of capturing, centralizing and disseminating important IRI programmatic experiences and lessons learned based on M&E related evidence
- Conducts formal and informal trainings on monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) concepts for IRI staff and in-country partner organizations, including developing training materials
- Coordinates with program staff from IRI and partner organizations, as needed, to ensure IRI’s effective participation in internal and external evaluations
- Travels internationally to conduct field data collection, research and/or training programs
External Engagement with the Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Fields- 20%
- 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
- Prepares external communications materials on IRI’s evaluation efforts, including blog posts, articles, presentations, etc.
- Facilitates public events for the purposes of highlighting IRI’s monitoring, evaluation and learning initiatives
- Tracks emerging trends and concepts within the international development community that have relevance to IRI programs and IRI business development, particularly those related to monitoring, evaluation and learning as well as democratization, governance and human rights, and produce guidance for IRI staff on these topics.
- Keeps apprised of publications in the academic, donor and practitioner/policy communities related to monitoring, evaluation and research of democracy and governance work.
- Determines the applicability of established and new methods for measuring and evaluating democracy and governance programs.
Team Management and Staff Mentorship 20%
- Works with the Senior Manager to manage OMEL team members
- Leads OMEL’s efforts to support and mentor IRI’s field-based MEL specialists and other with an interest in growing their MEL skillset
- Supports the Senior Manager’s efforts to oversee OMEL team work flows and projects
- Identifies training and technical support needs, for OMEL and for other staff at the Institute, and supports efforts to address those needs
Performs other duties as assigned.
- Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations, international development or related field
- Minimum five 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.
- 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.
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