M&E and Learning Specialist

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 28

Position description

M&E and Learning Specialist       

Macfadden is seeking a part-time Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Learning specialist to support the Applied Best Practices and Coordination (ABC) Team in USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI).

OTI was created in 1994 as a distinct operating unit within USAID, designed to help local partners advance peace and democracy in politically-transitioning countries. In support of U.S. foreign policy, OTI seizes emerging windows of opportunity in the political landscape to promote stability, peace, and democracy by catalyzing local initiatives through adaptive and agile programming. For more information about OTI please see this website.

As a member of the Applied Best Practices and Coordination (ABC) Team, the M&E and Learning Specialist will perform a wide variety of functions in support of the team and the broader OTI office.

Key Responsibilities:

Work with ABC Learning to design and develop a Disarmament Demobilization Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) toolkit that reflects the knowledge needs of OTI programs, including:

Identify area/scope for toolkit update:

  • Review existing toolkit and related materials, identify what needs to be updated, what are the gaps (see proposed toolkit outline below).  These may include, but are not limited to:
  • Policy and guidance documents
  • Lessons learned papers
  • Fact sheets
  • Examples of best practices (i.e. linked to activities in the Database)
  • Annotated reading list of tools and resources: curated internal and external reports, papers, evaluations, etc.

Identify key audience(s) with countering violet extremism (CVE) Advisor and Knowledge Management (KM) Specialist and list of “producers” and “consumers” from whom to solicit feedback and better understand need (i.e. what kind of information would be useful in a CVE Toolkit). Possible focus/area to explore: Adaptive Management

Based on conversations/email with OTI programs, CVE Advisor and KM Specialist, draft a preliminary DDRR “learning agenda”/list of related questions or knowledge gaps that OTI programs are struggling with. Initial questions might include:

  • Using first toolkit update as a “baseline”, look for examples of adaptive management (possibly as a focus/emphasis for the update)
  • DCHA’s interest: Women in Peace & Security

Review findings with CVE Advisor and KM Specialist, make recommendations on what materials to update, add, delete. Make recommendations on changes to toolkit outline.  Agree on way forward.

Work with OTI surge staff to help with future toolkit updates and socialization and increase our ability to respond to program requests (redundancy).

Work with FPD Management on DDRR Policy Papers as Required

Learn and deliver OTI Orientation Training for New Hires and IP staff

  • Review existing course materials and scripts for OTI 101, Program Cycle, One Team, OTI Systems, OTI Database User Training and M&E 101.
  • Shadow 1-2 deliveries with experienced trainers (observe, take notes, debrief)
  • Deliver training for OTI New Hires (per the regular orientation schedule) and for IPs (as needed), in the following order of priority: Database User Training, Program Cycle, OTI 101, M&E 101, One Team, OTI Systems
  • Flag any discrepancies, gaps or contradictions in course materials and add any relevant examples from field experience to scripts.

Facilitate OTI Startup Conferences

  • As part of a 2-person facilitation team, facilitate new country startup conferences. 2-3 weeks of LOE per conference.
  • Mentor new OTI staff in startup conference facilitation.
  • Potentially travel to the field to facilitate in-country startup conferences (or follow-up to DC-based startup conferences.
  • Write notes and reflections from the lead facilitator’s perspective as needed for the Start-Up Conference

Facilitate OTI Program Performance Management (PPM) events (as needed and as available)

  • This may include participating in facilitator training courses, attending OTI Programming Principles (OPP) as an SME in training, and other training and facilitation needs as required.

Monitoring & Evaluation Related Duties

  • Provide technical assistance based on research and personal field experience to enable OTI country programs to develop cutting-edge program monitoring and evaluation systems, and continually refine and improve them;
  •  Advise country teams in developing and refining program objectives;
  •  Coordinate strategic design, program implementation and evaluation through the
  • provision of remote or in-person technical assistance, guidance, and training;
  • Design and develop knowledge management systems, resources, tools and products;
  • Design and coordinate the use of practices and products to serve the capture and dissemination of OTI country program experiences and lessons; Coordinate closely and routinely with ABC portfolio leads and the ABC Team Leader to
  • share information and improve internal ABC Team practices;
  • Oversee the design and provision of innovative learning and training solutions that are well-adapted to OTI’s fast-paced global needs, including organizing and planning events to increase OTI and implementing partner staff members’ application of OTI’s approach to monitoring and evaluation.

Toolkits Tasks:

  • Carry out the review/update of the toolkit
  • As sections of the toolkit are developed, solicit feedback on content via CVE Knowledge Network, linking it back to the Toolkit to build awareness and encourage interaction. 
  • Consult with KM Specialist, and others as relevant, to develop plan for sharing content with different audiences: graphic interfaces to content (DAT/Graphic Designers), internal brownbags (ABC), etc.  
  • First draft of revised toolkit due to FPD and ABC for review and feedback
  • Incorporate feedback
  • Final review and feedback
  • Final toolkit goes live
  • Socialization – brownbags (BBs) and/or virtual BBs with OTI staff and IPs to include: Programmatic updates, Review CVE M&E section, and an External version of toolkit to share with external audiences


  • The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge or experience with Office of Transition Initiatives programming and/or business models. 
  • At a minimum, the candidate must have a Ph.d and 4 years of relevant experience; Masters and 6 years of relevant experience; Bachelors and 8 years of relevant experience; or less than Bachelors and 10 years of relevant experience.

U.S. Citizenship is required; selected candidate must be able to qualify for a government sponsored clearance.

Application instructions

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