Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialists

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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialists

  • Post Date:May 23, 2024
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  • Career Level Specialist
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 3-5 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Location: Harare, Zimbabwe with travel in the country at times.

SoCha LLC is preparing a response to provide Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) and technical services to the USAID/Zimbabwe Mission under an anticipated MEL activity. The anticipated objectives of the Activity will be to assist the Mission with strategy and activity-level performance monitoring, evaluation, and learning, improve knowledge management, enhance the use of data and evidence in programmatic decision-making, and improve the Mission’s and implementing partners’ MEL capacity.

SoCha is seeking qualified individuals to fill different Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) positions. These positions will be full-time and based in Harare. These roles are for a proposal position and is contingent on award and funding.

Scope of Work

The MEL Specialists will work to:

  • Provide MEL support to USAID and its implementing partners.
  • Optimize evaluation statements of work.
  • Select evaluation methodologies.
  • Oversee evaluations in any sector where USAID works.
  • Provide dedicated capacity building assistance in MEL operations and quality assurance.
  • Conduct MEL trainings.
  • Lead data quality assessments.
  • Support Mission portfolio reviews and other Mission learning events.
  • Oversee the advancement of learning agendas and evidence that improves USAID’s programs.
  • Contribute data and insight from evaluations at learning events.
  • Provide other MEL technical support as needed.

We are actively seeking MEL Specialists with experience in one (1) or more of the following areas:

Performance Monitoring

  • Developing performance monitoring plans.
  • Designing and optimizing quantitative and qualitative indicators for international development projects.

Evaluations

  • Designing or conducting performance or impact evaluations.
  • Mixing qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Applying evaluation results to inform future programming.

Data Management

  • Collecting and analyzing performance and financial data.
  • Developing GIS maps.
  • Data visualization.

Capacity Building in MEL

  • Training monitoring and evaluation (M&E) professionals.
  • Coaching and mentoring local organizations in M&E methodologies.
  • Working with country evaluation associations to professionalize MEL.

Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting (CLA)

  • Coordinating with stakeholders.
  • Hosting learning events for international development partners.
  • Building institutional capacity and memory.
  • Incentivizing learning and sharing.
  • Facilitating learning events.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience working in international development or cross-cutting sectors (education, gender, health, youth, governance, etc.)
  • For Senior-level: an advanced degree and more than seven (7+) years of experience in one or more of the areas outlined above (performance monitoring, evaluation, data management, capacity building, and/or learning).
  • For mid-level: a university qualification in a related subject and between three to seven (3-7) years of MEL experience.
  • Strong interpersonal and oral presentation skills.
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English is required.
  • Previous experience working for international donor projects in Zimbabwe strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience working for USAID-funded projects preferred.

Position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.