Job Opportunity: Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
We are seeking a D.C.-based Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor. As part of ACDI/VOCA’s Quality & Compliance department, the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor is responsible for providing leadership within the Africa and Asia Regions to strengthen organizational and staff capacity to design and implement effective monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning systems. S/he provides ongoing on-the-job capacity building, supportive mentoring and coaching for project M&E staff and key partners throughout the region to help them ensure quality data and analysis is available to program managers and donors in a timely manner. The Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor provides guidance on baseline studies, annual surveys, mid-term and final studies and evaluation methodologies and assists in the analysis and building of evidentiary support of programming results.
Primary activities include but are not limited to: assist in an ongoing manner, country office teams to develop and implement project M&E systems that meet ACDI/VOCA and donor standards; support each country office to develop and implement Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plans to include clearly defined indicators that reflect a causal model or results framework, operational protocols for collecting data and a system for the consistent and accurate collection, collation, analysis and use of data as well as clarity on the evaluation approach for outcome and impact level results; provide specific mentoring guidance throughout the project lifecycle, from startup (days 1-90), initial implementation (days 91-180), mid-term, to final evaluations and endline activities; review all M&E related deliverables of the supported projects; build staff capacity in controlling and improving data quality and mitigating data risk--help staff develop data quality standards and implement standard operating procedures to mitigate risk; conduct internal data quality audits of project M&E systems; prepare project teams selected for external audits; help support the establishment of the corporate data management systems within country offices; help define standards, design elements and if need be review or advise on consultants’ scopes and products; support staff in timely and meaningful analysis of any data being collected; ensure each program has a sufficient evaluation system/approach in place that allows the program to determine outcome and impact level results in context and one that maximizes program learning; help projects develop methodologically sound case studies and focus groups; support COP and Project Directors in extracting critical lessons learned and good practices from monitoring and reviewing of progress; ensure that project monitoring, documentation and learning approaches are consistently integrated, aligned, and mainstreamed into project activities and coordinated with stakeholders; help staff mentor partners or sub-recipients/ grantees in collecting critical M&E data; develop and improve upon organizational grant monitoring and survey tools as well as other data collection forms and information tracking tools to realize effective programming; help staff ensure coordination and feedback with communities, service providers, and local governments in the region relevant to project M&E efforts; assist in improving communication and information sharing between different stakeholders and coordinate with other stakeholders and organizations working in ACDI/VOCA’s implementation area to share data management tools, project activity data and lessons learned; forward ACDI/VOCA’s approach to M&E within the Regions – forward the M&E Vision, Policy and Guidance and support the M&E Community of Practice within the region; review program M&E status (across the regions) and provide feedback on needs, trends, best practices, and priorities to help establish regional and global support activities and budgets; coordinate and provide staff training within the region in a broad range of program monitoring and evaluation issues/methods/tools (subjects selected with your supervisor); provide opportunities for staff development within country offices in a broad range of program evaluation issues/methods/tools; represent ACDI/VOCA on external M&E-related working groups, task forces, conferences, publications and panels; identify and participate in regional M&E professional organizations.
In addition, the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor will be responsible for assisting in developing global strategic direction for M&E at ACDI/VOCA; participating in M&E reconnaissance and in specific proposal development; collaborating in the preparation of ACDI/VOCA global or region research agendas and or case studies; providing support and collaboration to new business development efforts; assisting in the design and implementation of knowledge management systems that allow ACDI/VOCA staff to review and analyze data and information on relevant technical areas as a basis for providing up-to-date information on impact, effectiveness, outputs and inputs to programs; collaboratively develop and maintain relationships on behalf of ACDI/VOCA with a priority on partnerships important to Africa region field offices; remain informed of new developments in M&E and in donor regulations regarding M&E; maintain close contact with the Sr. Vice President, Quality & Compliance; may supervise consultants, interns or staff assistants as needed and other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications include a Master’s degree in the fields of M&E, social sciences, demography, agriculture economics or other related field required. Minimum of eight years of experience with Monitoring and Evaluation international development programs, ideally with regional oversight experience. A combination of technical, analytical and managerial capabilities and a proven record of capacity building and team building. Experience in Agriculture, Title II, Food for Peace, and or Feed the Future is desired. Significant experience in the design and implementation of M&E systems for capacity building interventions. Demonstrated experience in data collection; statistical analysis; and reporting; including experience with computer-based statistical packages and databases (R, SQL, ACCESS, EXCELL, SPSS, etc.). Previous experience designing and implementing M&E training for international organizations required. Strong facilitation skills, including the design and management of effective trainings, workshops and meetings with diverse participants. Experience working with international donors, as well as counterparts and beneficiaries (e.g., international and local NGOs and government representatives). Ability to work on a variety of projects concurrently in a fast-paced environment. Excellent communication and coordination skills and cultural sensibility. Experience conducting field research is preferred. Familiarity with USAID rules and regulations preferred. Proficiency in spoken and written English and French required. Ability to travel to remote areas within Africa and Asia.
Additionally, if you know of any other individuals who may be interested in this position, please have them apply directly online at https://uscareers-acdivoca.icims.com.