SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES
The Senior M&E Specialist is a member of a team implementing the Expanding Monitoring & Evaluation Capacities task order (MECap) for the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The duties range from provision of technical assistance in monitoring and evaluation, to more complex analytical-type tasks such as research on M&E capacity-building. The individual must develop expert knowledge of USAID's policies and guidelines related to monitoring and evaluation.
The Senior M&E Specialist is a member of a small core team managing MECap. MECap will "support the planning, conduct and use of high quality monitoring and evaluation by USAID staff and partners to improve the effectiveness of USAID programs in achieving significant development outcomes. The results of this work will contribute to an increase in the number of evaluations that USAID commissions, improvements in the quality of evaluations as well as greater use of evaluation and monitoring evidence in decision making. This is an institutional support contract that will fill a critical need for technical assistance, guidance and specialized expertise in state-of-the art monitoring and evaluation methodologies and practices as applied in a federal agency and international foreign assistance context."
The M&E Specialist will contribute substantively and significantly to MECap's four objectives:
1) Expand the guidance, tools and conceptual approaches to build capacity for planning, conducting, commissioning and/or using evidence from monitoring and evaluation
2) Provide surge capacity for USAID operating units in need of technical assistance and support for monitoring, evaluation and learning processes
3) Undertake directly or facilitate USAID staff to undertake approximately 24-36 monitoring efforts and/or evaluation studies and subsequent dissemination and follow-up as appropriate to support Agency learning, application and integration of related evidence into policies and programs
4) Advance USAID staff and partners’ knowledge and understanding of current M&E best practices and support cutting edge M&E efforts and organizations so that USAID can benefit from the most forward leaning thinking and novel approaches
As assigned under buy-ins from the Missions, the M&E Specialist may:
Position is highly independent and requires constant email availability and phone contact throughout the day. It requires the ability to travel locally to meetings. Position is full-time and may require additional hours including weekend hours when deadlines loom.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) is a research and evaluation consulting firm dedicated to improving the welfare of underserved populations worldwide. As the prime contractor for MECAP, Social Solutions manages a team of core staff and subcontractors, including CAMRIS International, IMPAQ International, and Iris Group, Inc. It also has partnerships with the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health at Vanderbilt University.
Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Aff