FHI 360 is a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach. Our professional staff includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research. FHI 360 operates from 60 offices with 4,400 staff in the U.S. and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enable us to have a lasting impact on the individuals, communities and countries we serve–improving lives for millions. We seek qualified candidates for the position of Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in the Research and Evaluation Department for FHI 360’s Global Education, Employment and Engagement (G3E) Business Unit, with a focus on the civil society and economic participation sectors.
The Research & Evaluation (R&E) department of FHI 360’s Global Education, Employment and Engagement (G3E) business unit provides technical leadership and technical support in the design and implementation of monitoring, evaluation, and research activities. The R&E department develops and maintains standards of quality and rigor for all aspects of research, monitoring, and evaluation. Further, the R&E department works with G3E technical teams to develop and implement a robust research agenda that contributes to the global knowledge base on development solutions and advances FHI 360’s intellectual leadership.
Position Description/Job Responsibilities:
The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will work within the R&E Department to support monitoring, evaluation, and research activities with a specific focus on programs in civil society strengthening and economic participation. Responsibilities include:
- Providing monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) technical support to projects in the above technical areas in a range of locations in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Technical responsibilities include:
- Writing and revising monitoring, evaluation and learning plans for donor-funded projects (mainly USAID);
- Supporting a broad range of monitoring and evaluation activities over the project cycle, such as the design of the performance monitoring plan, sampling and methodology development, research design, instrument design, data collection, and analysis of project-level data,
- Ensuring the integrity and completeness of project-level data and all technical documentation related to the monitoring of all measurable outcomes included in the project monitoring plan or other overarching frameworks;
- Ensuring that assigned projects are adequately supported in MERL activities throughout their life cycle, and surge capacity is provided at critical points, to ensure quality and timeliness of M&E deliverables;
- Providing MERL-related capacity building to team members and local counterparts.
- Supporting business development (proposal support) for implementation and research programs with a focus on the civil society and economic development sectors, including:
- Leading the development of M&E plans during the proposal phase for implementation programs, including developing budget inputs; and
- Contributing to the growth of the research and evaluation portfolio by leading or contributing to the development of proposals in research and evaluation.
- Facilitating knowledge sharing and learning, communicating regularly on results and activities in assigned projects and fostering evidence building on common issues across projects
- Master’s degree required in one of the following or related fields: international development, international affairs, political science, democracy and governance, human rights, law, economics;
- 5 years of experience in international development with a focus on civil society and/or economic participation programming, including at least 2-3 years working on MERL activities in developing country contexts;
- Experience designing and implementing M&E and research activities in the fields of civil society and economic participation, such as: labor market assessments, social network analysis, public opinion surveys, organizational capacity, and measurement of constructs related to participation, inclusion, transparency, and accountability;
- Experience with business development and project M&E, particularly developing and implementing M&E Plans or Activity Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (AMELP) with a focus on the Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) framework;
- Experience with primary data collection in developing, fragile, or conflict-affected country contexts,
- Willingness to travel to conflict-/crisis-affected countries; and
- Experience with USAID M&E strongly preferred; additional donors desirable.
- Strong research methods skills, including sampling, quantitative and qualitative research design and data analysis;
- Strong writing skills in English required, including an ability to write clearly and concisely on short deadlines; writing skills in French, Spanish or Arabic highly desirable;
- Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills to work effectively with project staff and clients;
- Experience supporting M&E systems for USAID-funded projects highly desirable;
- Familiarity with technology use in M&E systems, including ODK and other survey development software such as Qualtrics, and knowledge management systems based on SharePoint;
- Professional fluency in English required
- Professional fluency in French required, Spanish and/or Arabic is also a plus;
- Professional demeanor;
- Ability to work as an integral part of a professional team, to set priorities, and manage high volume of activity;
- Facility with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and statistical analysis packages (Stata preferred, other packages a plus); and