Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager

Tags: Spanish
  • Added Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2021

The American Institutes for Research's International Development Division (IDD) strives to improve the quality of life in developing countries by using rigorous research and evaluation to enhance education and social development. We work across a wide range of topics including workforce development, agriculture/food/nutrition, early childhood development, education, refugees and migration, social protection, water/sanitation/infrastructure, and women's empowerment in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Central and Latin America as well as the Middle East. The IDD generates policy-relevant evidence through rigorous monitoring, evaluations, and research; helps improve program design through continuous learning and adaptation; and works with local organizations and governments to build sustainable solutions based on evidence.


IDD is seeking an entrepreneurial, highly motivated Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager to play a key technical and management role in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E), collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA), and knowledge management needs to ensure quality and effectiveness of our program implementation. The candidate will assist in the development and growth of our M&E and CLA portfolio and managing existing M&E activities. S/he is expected to collaborate with HQ and field staff in the design and implementation of M&E plans, develop resources and provide technical guidance and training on methodologies and data collection tools, build HQ and field staff capacity, strengthen monitoring systems, and ultimately contribute to developing and strengthening IMPAQโ€™s MEL community of practice, advance knowledge management and organizational learning. International travel is expected for this position.

The MEL Manager is expected to manage the mobilization of awarded M&E contracts and provide backstopping support in the management of existing M&E contracts and deliverables. S/he is expected to oversee the development of M&E resources, such as evaluation designs, sampling plans, survey instruments and protocols, work plans, and conduct literature reviews and other research activities. S/he will also have the capacity to lead research and evaluation, including oversight of data collection, development of data entry templates and final data sets, data entry and coding, data cleaning and other data quality measures. S/he will manage the development of sections of evaluation reports, technical proposals, presentations, and other contractual deliverables.

Ideal candidates for the MEL Manager will have demonstrated leadership capacity and ability to perform BD activities, MEL management, and technical tasks, with specific experience on USAID-funded contracts and/or grants. International travel is expected for this position.


  • At minimum 8 yearsโ€™ professional experience in evaluation, strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, DQA, M&E capacity building, report writing, CLA, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans, especially for USAID
  • A Masterโ€™s degree in international development/affairs, economics, or similar field; PhD preferred
  • Experience with USAID MEL/CLA/implementation efforts as a task or project lead
  • Experience managing/supporting large USAID proposals, including capture and recruitment support
  • Experience leading design, data collection, analysis, and reporting for qualitative research
  • Experience conducting process and performance evaluations of programs in developing countries
  • Past success in designing, implementing, and efficiently operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages at the field-level
  • Experience building and maintaining working relations with stakeholders, and demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively interface (and represent AIR) with donor agency counterparts, government officials, partner organizations, and other stakeholders
  • Prior experience managing USAID-funded contracts highly desired
  • Experience designing qualitative protocols (including those for participatory methods and action research), training enumerators, and presenting results to stakeholders
  • Proven experience in business development, developing proposals for international donors required, particularly with USAID
  • Demonstrated ability to write research articles, proposals, and technical documents
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced, small-team environment
  • Flexible, team-oriented attitude and strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in cross-cultural settings
  • Ability to work well independently with limited supervision
  • Proficiency in Spanish is a plus
  • Ability to travel overseas about 20% time

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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