Project Design, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Officer

  • Added Date: Monday, 15 April 2019
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

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Job Function: Washington DC
Department: Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning
Location: Washington, DC

Project Design, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Officer

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Project Design, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (DMEL) Officer to support its Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team. Under the guidance of the Senior DMEL Officer, the DMEL Officer will primarily focus on the Design aspect of the projects depicted below. The Officer will also support project Start-Up and provide additional support as organization demands require for overflow in the startup, evaluation and learning space.This position does not have direct reports. There is occasional international travel associated with this role. There may be local travel depending on events and donor activities.



  • Provide technical assistance to regional program staff in the design of complex democracy assistance programs using the logical framework approach (LFA) and developing key M&E documents (theories of change, logical frameworks, performance monitoring plans, M&E narratives, etc.)
  • Facilitate program design sessions including sessions on context analysis, stakeholder analysis and problem analysis
  • Facilitate the development of sound Theory of Change
  • Facilitate the development of a problem-driven Logical Framework
  • Facilitate the development of output and outcome indicators
  • Support MEL in the design of inclusive democracy assistance programs using inclusive M&E approaches
    Start-Up & Implementation

  • Support MEL in guiding the design and establishment of performance monitoring systems in the field to enable collection of consistent and accurate data, and analysis, visualization and interpretation of data, for individual and group learning as well as internal and external accountability

  • Support MEL in conducting trainings to build staff capacity in using the M&E tools and guidelines for collecting and analyzing data and creating reports

  • Support qualitative and quantitative analysis and visualization of data

  • Assist in designing internal baseline assessments and midterm evaluations

  • Support the development of tools and guidelines for preparing for external evaluations

  • Support MEL in guiding regional staff in the development of Terms of Reference (ToR) for external evaluations

  • Support MEL in the development of learning tools, guidelines and resources to guide staff in the design of sound and inclusive democracy assistance programs
    Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in social science or related subject, a combination of education and experience in lieu of degree can be considered

  • 3 years of professional work experience with 1-2 years of direct M&E experience preferably with international development programs, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development or legislative affairs

  • Experience designing sound M&E strategies including SMART indicators as part of a competitive proposal development process for the promotion of democracy, social justice, conflict mitigation, gender equity and/or the inclusion of marginalized groups

  • Understanding of the functions of M&E within an implementing organization

  • Experience in developing and operationalizing Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) plan, Learning Agenda and/or Political Economy Analysis (PEA)

  • Demonstrated M&E experience overseas in international development, humanitarian, or legislative affairs program with non-governmental organizations, United Nations, U.S. Government, private firms, or foundations

  • Ability to analyze define problems, collect and verify data, draw evidence-based conclusions, and the ability to think innovatively

  • Demonstrated understanding in establishing performance monitoring systems

  • Familiarity with the process of designing and implementing baseline and midterm evaluations in challenging contexts

  • Familiarity with donors' DMEL requirements, like or similar to USAID, NED, DoS and non-federal donors

  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis and visualization, including use of statistical software (SPSS,STATA, etc)

  • High level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders and policy makers

  • Excellent oral communications skills to effectively present information, respond to questions

  • Demonstrated ability in coaching teams and staff

  • Exceptional writing skills to effectively create clear and concise reports, strategies and/or guidelines

  • Working knowledge of basic budget and accounting procedures

  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach
    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency in one or more of NDI's functional areas (elections; citizen participation; political parties; parliamentary strengthening) and familiarity of the political environment in at least one of NDI's regional areas

  • Foreign language ability applicable to one of the regions where NDI works, French, Arabic and/or Spanish

  • Understanding of innovative evaluation methodologies and approaches for complex programming in democracy, governance and human rights sector

  • Experience and/or knowledge of Social Network Analysis (SNA) methodology

  • Experience with Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, G+, etc.)

This is a union position to be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 2.

Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship.

NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees. NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related condition.


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