Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist

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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist

  • Post Date:August 24, 2022
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  • Career Level Specialist
    Qualification Master’s Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Job Id: 579
# of Openings: 1

Democracy International (DI) is seeking to hire a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist for the anticipated five-year Young People for Integrity and Accountability activity in Zimbabwe funded by USAID. The activity will focus on three objectives:

  • Build knowledge, attitudes, and capacities of young people to shun corruption;
  • Build and strengthen the capacity of sub-national institutions as champions for anticorruption reform and policy implementation;
  • Increase the efficacy of anti-corruption actors in public and private spheres at sub-national levels to identify, monitor, report, and address corrupt practices.

This will be a full-time position based in Harare, Zimbabwe and will be contingent on award and funding. This position is only open to citizens of Zimbabwe. For more information, please read the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

The MEL Specialist will support DI’s learning agenda and manage all monitoring and evaluation. They will report to the Chief of Party.

Essential Job Duties:

The position’s responsibilities will include:


  • Provide technical leadership to develop the program framework, plans and indicators to capture project performance results;
  • Provide effective, accurate and timely monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the DRG project activities;
  • Supervise the program’s MEL activities, ensuring that lessons learned are integrated into program implementation to continuously improve the quality of interventions and outcomes;
  • Be responsible for documenting and disseminating program successes and challenges to USAID;
  • Be responsible for designing and conducting operations research.
  • Assure that all assistance provided is technically sound and appropriate to meet activity objectives;
  • Develop regular reports and ongoing activity monitoring consistent with the requirements of DI’s agreement with USAID and with internal reporting requirements;
  • Support the preparation of deliverables such as work plans, MEL plans, and reports; and
  • Oversee and support partners’ MEL outputs.


  • Build DI’s local team MEL practices.

Secondary Job Duties:

  • Contribute to ongoing Democracy International business development efforts in Zimbabwe and around the world.


  • A Master’s degree (or higher) and 5 years’ relevant work experience, or relevant work experience of 7 years in lieu of an advanced degree;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with USAID compliance and reporting requirements;
  • Minimum seven years of work experience in monitoring and evaluating complex, large, multi-year, international DRG sector development programs such as good governance, citizen engagement and civil society programming;
  • Strong demonstrated skills in planning, MEL and programming adaptation, inclusion, and budgeting;
  • Demonstrated expertise in youth engagement, anti-corruption, and improving local governance;
  • Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, operations research, governance management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, data analysis and presentation and setting up and managing MEL systems that track performance as per the objectives set forth;
  • In-depth familiarity with, understanding of, and ability to successfully navigate within the Zimbabwean context preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders, and team members;
  • Professional fluency in English is required;
  • Professional fluency in a local Zimbabwean language (please list all languages spoken), desired;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • This position is open to Zimbabwean citizens.


  • This position reports to the Chief of Party.
  • Direct reports may include members of the DI Zimbabwe Team.

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified.

DI will only contact candidates of interest.

About the Organization:

DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 70+ countries.

DI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for DI employees. DI 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 DI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities.