Monitoring Specialist

Position overview

The Mid Level Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will support all work that the Monitoring & Evaluation team provides to the Department of State under its Statement of Work (SOW), to include program design, performance monitoring, and evaluation.

Primary/Major Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

Assist in the development of on-going monitoring and evaluation logic framework. and serves as the onsite expert in the content and implementation of the framework and its incorporation into Syria/Bilateral awards.

Provide support to ensure that monitoring and evaluation are incorporated into Syria/Bilateral processes and that the logic framework is up to date and aligned to the organization’s needs.

Provide support to conduct up to 5 annual independent evaluations and 3 internal reviews (as needed). Provide additional analytical products on best practices, known methodologies, and current data and methodological trends on development and countries in the region.

Conduct performance monitoring of projects and programs to provide routine feedback on foreign assistance programming

Contribute to and author evaluations requested by the client on select projects, programs, or thematic issues to improve programs and to inform policy

Contribute to efforts to improve program design for projects and programs

Participate in field visits to collect data for both monitoring and evaluation purposes

Identify lessons learned to improve programming

Work effectively and collaborating with fellow M&E team members to deliver high-quality work

Required Qualifications and Experience:
Candidate(s) must have at least 5 years of experience designing, analyzing, monitoring, and evaluating international development/foreign assistance projects for the USG (preferably the Department of State and/or USAID).

Demonstrated knowledge of current social science, evaluation and analytical tools and quantitative and qualitative methods required.

Strong analytical skills, organizational skills, detail-oriented, and timeliness of performance

Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills

Proficient in Excel and working with pivot tables

Understanding of data quality standards and methodologies

Bachelor’s degree required – Master’s degree in international affairs, Middle East studies, political science, Sociology, Social Sciences, or other relevant fields preferred.

The ability to travel internationally on short-term assignments (currently postponed due to pandemic)

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working in the Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) region

Any relevant language skills (Farsi, Arabic, Kurdish, French)

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