Senior Evaluation Specialist, USAID/Ethiopia Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Platform Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Senior Evaluation Specialist, USAID/Ethiopia Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Platform Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Proposal Summary:

MSI is preparing to bid on the USAID/Ethiopia Collaboration, Learning and Adapting Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Support Platform contract, expected to be competed in the Summer of 2021. This anticipated project will serve as a follow-on to a current contract that supports the achievement of USAID/Ethiopia's Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and its development objectives. The contract will support the Mission in planning, designing, conducting, disseminating and learning from rigorous monitoring and evaluation of its development activities; and with the strengthening of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems at USAID/Ethiopia. It will focus on deliberate learning, with the intention of driving program results faster than traditional MEL activities. The contract will also enhance the institutional capacity of host country and local partners to improve the MEL capacity, their accountability and their use of evidence for programming, learning and adapting. This contract is expected to support a 5-year project scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2021.

****Please note: Only Ethiopian citizens are eligible for this position. **

Position Summary:

The Senior Evaluation Specialist will have primary responsibility for delivering the evaluation services needed for the USAID/Ethiopia CLA Contract. S/he will oversee design and management of all evaluations.


  • Lead all evaluation/research assignments conducted under the contract, to include:
    • Work with the client to refine scopes of work for evaluation and research assignments
    • Recruit, orient and oversee work of short-term consultants to support evaluations and research.
    • Oversee the design of evaluations, including details of data collection protocols for surveys, focus groups and key informant interviews.
    • Ensure all analysis and reporting comply with USAID and industry best practices.
    • Ensure all evaluation and research assignments are completed in accordance with USAID policy as delineated in ADS 201.
    • Troubleshoot assignments while they are underway and regularly liaise with USAID and the COP on progress.
  • Ensure the quality, timeliness and technological sophistication of evaluation services.
  • Ensure evaluations support USAID/Ethiopia's learning and adaptation objectives.
  • Strengthen USAID/Ethiopia's efforts to draw contextual, programmatic and operational learning from its monitoring, evaluation, analytical and assessment efforts.


  • Master's degree in a social science, development studies, economics or related field preferred.
  • Eight (8) years of direct experience developing and managing evaluations, monitoring systems and/or conducting social science research.
  • Strong technical background in designing, managing and/or carrying out performance and/or impact evaluations.
  • Experience integrating USAID's CLA initiative into MEL programming preferred.
  • Five (5) years of experience managing staff conducting MEL and/or research efforts.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in statistics and computations analysis preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (including report writing) in English and Amharic required.
  • Strong skills in providing robust and easy-to-understand data visualizations.
  • Quality past performance references

MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.

We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants' and employees' religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.

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