• Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist I (Internal Applicants Only)

    HQ - Partnerships and Programs
  • Overview

    Global Communities is an international development non-profit organization. Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.


    Global Communities is seeking internal applicants for a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist position at the headquarters in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.


    In collaboration with other Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialists, the MEL Specialist I functions within the Partnerships and Programs Unit. This position is integrated into the Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management team and works on a cross-cutting basis with the Senior Knowledge Management & Learning Specialist to provide administrative support, contribute technical guidance and bring value to three business areas: New Business Development, Program Implementation and Thought Leadership. This position provides independent assistance to Headquarters and field-based staff throughout the program life cycle in guiding the use of quality Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning/Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (MEL/CLA) systems and processes for new business; generates valid data to measure performance and assess/incorporate results into improved programming; strengthens staff capacity in MEL/CLA; promotes collaborative sharing of MEL/CLA knowledge and best practices; articulates broader MEL/CLA standards and ensures these are embedded into departmental processes.


    This position requires domestic and international travel as needed in support of the following responsibilities:


    New Business Development

    • Provide proposal development support including writing, editing, and approving MEL sections of proposals for donor funding, including Strategic Frameworks, Logic Models (e.g. log frames) and MEL Plans (including Performance Monitoring and CLA Plans).


    Program Implementation

    • Provide technical guidance to field programs including contributing to the development of M&E/ CLA processes and systems (finalize and operationalize MEL Plans, determine system set-up and data collection requirements); identifying, drafting and/or reviewing Scopes of Work, research questions, associated surveys and other instruments for use in MEL activities; advising MEL product development (reviewing and editing reports, evaluations and other documents); and providing training as needed;

    • Provide backstopping to field programs. Includes tracking planned MEL efforts as well as anticipated requests for guidance from field and HQ staff; and updating and maintaining the MEL team’s SharePoint site to ensure tools, resources, documents and innovations are uploaded, promoted and maintained;

    Thought Leadership


    • Promote, manage and provide technical assistance through multiple channels in advancing collaborative sharing of organizational and project-based MEL/CLA knowledge, standards and best practices;

    • In coordination with Senior Knowledge Management Specialist, develop standards, a strategy and processes to embed CLA principles into the life cycle of programs, build organizational CLA capacity, and ensure compliance with critical CLA objectives within USAID and the development sector;

    • Manage annual collection of high-level programmatic indicator data, and on an ongoing basis support the collection/ analysis of cross-cutting data and engage in associated research to inform Global Communities’ methodological evidence base (e.g. PACE, CLA) and organizational achievement, and consequently advance learning;

    • Support archiving of all project evaluation and data reports as required (maintain Global Communities’ Evaluation Database on SharePoint);

    • Develop materials and/or trainings to demonstrate utility and efficacy of organizational MEL tools, in coordination with PIL units and other departments as appropriate;

    • Provide support for conferences and other events as requested.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Knowledge of and experience working with M&E for foreign assistance programming including Results-Based Performance Monitoring, tracking foreign assistance indicators, and USG evaluation practices and policies, particularly related to USAID-funded projects;

    • Familiarity with social science research methods and international development MEL practices, including survey design, a plus;

    • Familiarity with statistical analysis, knowledge of STATA, SPSS, or other data analysis software, as well as web-based survey tools and project management software, a plus;

    • Solid organizational skills (flexibility, ability to multi-task), detail-oriented, and teamwork;

    • Outstanding communication skills—listening, speaking, writing. Ability to communicate effectively via multiple channels and build relationships with all levels of staff;

    • High proficiency in MS Office, and knowledge of SharePoint a plus;

    • Ability and willingness to travel with short notice up to 10%.

    • Fluency in English. Abilities in second language preferred.


    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline and 2-5 years of experience, or a master’s degree and 0-2 years of experience.

    • Must have U.S. work authorization.

    Global Communities is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. EOE/AA - Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individual with Disabilities.



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