|Department:||USAID Technical and Professional Support Services (USAID TAPSS)|
This position is located in USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, in the Innovation, Technology and Research (ITR) Hub, which leads USAID in experimentation and innovation to transform development. The ITR Hub takes smart risks to test new ideas and partner with others to scale impact, bringing together diverse partners to transform how we save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people progress beyond assistance. Working collaboratively with the Agency and external partners, ITR’s mission is two-fold:
To produce breakthrough development innovations by sourcing, testing, and scaling proven solutions that impact millions of people;
To transform development by opening it to people everywhere with good ideas, promoting new and deepening existing partnerships, bringing data and evidence to bear, and harnessing scientific and technological advances.
Within the ITR Hub, the incumbent will specifically support the Research Division. The Research Division works to strengthen the capacity for scientific inquiry in USAID partner countries, increasing the creation and use of knowledge, research, and innovation and providing decision makers with the best available, locally informed evidence to develop policies that can benefit and transform society.
The MEL Analyst position will support Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning efforts both within the DDI and across the Agency through providing technical MEL advice and guidance to Division and Mission staff to improve program strategy, design, implementation, and performance management, learning and adaptation, and accountability of programs. The analyst will play a lead role in the design and/or implementation of a comprehensive monitoring, evaluation, and learning approach for the Research Division.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The incumbent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Analyst’s specific duties include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinate the efforts of teams to collect, analyze and report key data relating to Research and the implementation of the Research Strategy, including Performance Plan and Report (PPR), context indicators and other key annual foreign assistance programming and budgeting reporting requirements.
- Support the Research Division in the implementation of a strategic M&E plan for Research as well as high-quality data M&E systems, processes guidance, and tools to ensure teams are building evidence and learning into ways of working and are able to report high quality data.
- Provide technical support and guidance to USAID staff and IPs to improve implementation of new Research indicators and successful data calls.
- Work to institutionalize the use of M&E findings in operational decisions by Research initiative leads and in strategic programming, policy, and budgeting decisions by the Research Division.
- Support the design (as needed), implementation, and management of an automated system for tracking performance data.
- Stay abreast of the latest M&E theories, principles, and techniques. Maintain a repository of these approaches and distribute them to colleagues to facilitate learning.
- Work with relevant colleagues for additional data collection efforts and integration of performance monitoring and learning and assist with MEL Plan revisions and any subsequent refinements.
- Provide technical advisory and support to Research Division MEL POCs and teams during data calls and annual reporting.
- Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualification, Education and/or Experience:
- Requires a master’s degree in a relevant field, such as Public Policy, Economics, Statistics, International Relations, or another field. Requires 5-8 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, development research, and/or development project design and management.
- Experience working with USAID priority country Missions, governments, or local actors on development projects or research.
- Demonstrate an understanding of research capacity challenges in lower and middle-income countries.
- Expert knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analytical and evaluative methods to evaluate proposed projects, assure that in-progress projects are meeting goals and objectives, and that ongoing program operations are being conducted effectively and efficiently.
- Ability to communicate technical and non-technical information clearly to scientists and researchers, development practitioners, and non-technical audiences.
- Strong teamwork skills.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision.
- Adaptability in politically sensitive, fast-paced environments.
Strong Skillsets Needed:
- Verbal Communications
- Organizing and Planning
- Creative problem-solving capacity and desire to work in a small, fast-moving team while also adept at navigating large, government agency
- Ability to plan, organize, and implement programs, projects, and activities involving substantial agency resources, or that require extensive changes in established procedures
- Problem-solving skills and initiative
Place of Performance:
Washington, DC – Ronald Reagan Building (RRB). On-site support with opportunities for scheduled or situational telework.
Travel – Limited International and Domestic Travel
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