Monitoring & Evaluation Technical Advisor II
Who We are
At IREX we strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals research their full potential, governments serve their people and communities thrive.
But around the globe, persistent poverty, repression, and injustice prevent too many people form achieving their full potential. To address these problems, we focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities—and to create persons-to person bridges between nations.
IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.
We are doers. Our decades of on-the-ground experience help us create greater impact, practical recommendations, and lasting partnerships.
Are you the next member of our team?
Your Background & Skills
- Bachelor’s Degree in international development or another relevant field; advanced degree with relevance for evaluation preferred.
- 10+ years of progressive job experience managing monitoring and evaluation (including project data management) in international development or exchange programs.
- Experience coaching, advising, or managing diverse range of staff responsible for M&E deliverables.
- Demonstrated background and experience in donor-funded international development programs with a significant portion working with USG funded projects;
- Demonstrated experience with evaluating international development programs, including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis;
- Familiarity with pros and cons of various types of evaluations – e.g., formative, summative, developmental, impact, etc.
- Demonstrated experience with analyzing and visualizing data, as well as relevant software;
- Exceptional communication and collaboration skills and a proven track record of working effectively with partner and donor counterparts;
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with social science statistical software packages – e.g., STATA, SAS, SPSS, etc.;
- Availability for periodic short-term travel, internationally or domestically, as required;
- Professional interpersonal and communication skills in English (written and oral), including a demonstrated ability to convey assessment, monitoring, evaluation and learning concepts to program staff and in-country partners.
If candidates have these skills, they should make this clear on their resume and in their cover letter.
- Advanced degree in Monitoring and Impact Evaluation or other relevant field.
- Progressive years of sector specific expertise within one of IREX’s key practice areas
- Experience training others on USAID or USG MEL frameworks and requirements.
- Experience with Gender and Social Inclusion initiatives/inclusive evaluation tools, techniques, and practices.
- Experience with political-economic assessment and evaluation tools, techniques, and practices.
- Experience coaching others in the use of specific data analysis or visualization software (g.: Dedoose, Nvivo, Salesforce, Survey Monkey, Mailchimp, Jotform, Oba, Power BI, Tableau, Google Data studio, etc.)
- Fluency in Arabic, Russian, Spanish, or French
Your Daily Tasks
- Work directly with program teams to design, manage and lead assessment, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) of projects and initiatives. This may include:
- Conduct impact evaluations, skill assessments, training evaluations, social network analyses and internal program evaluations using (as needed, a mixture) of qualitative and quantitative methods;
- Design surveys, data collection tools and instruments and deploy them; analyze said data to determine trends; and visualize results to promote utilization of key findings;
- Facilitate development of evidence-based program-level and component-level theories of change and results frameworks;
- Assess data quality for IREX programs and identify practical improvements to enable adaptative management decision-making;
- Create presentations and dashboards linking M&E data sources to visualize technical support and results; and
- Work directly with project teams, or coach other M&E staff to support project teams in managing program MEL plans and ensuring timely, accurate, and thoughtful completion of deliverables. This may include:
- Track progress on program indicators -- including monitoring and evaluating, organizational capacity building, media content analysis monitoring, social media analytics, participant self-assessment, and consultant reports – to generate implementation progress reports and briefings on recommendations to improve program performance;
- Propose evidence-based solutions to implementation obstacles in the field or in DC;
- Lead and oversee the development of program material, including assessments or research; draft complex program progress reports, midterm or end-of-project evaluations; contribute/identify content for social media, website, impact one-pagers and other forum; and
- Maintain effective relations and coordination with donors, academic and program consortium partners, and technical experts
- Support the evolution of a cadre of M&E advisors within IREX programs and their ability to consolidate internal best practices and tools.
- Coach, mentor, or advise staff in MEL framework design and implementation, incorporating adult learning and problem-based learning to build global staff capacity that supports learning within individual practice areas.
- Directly support or coach other M&E staff to support program teams ability to execute on MEL plans, including needs and contextual assessments, organizational capacity building monitoring, knowledge and skills-based assessments, participant competencies, reform tracking, and tools to evaluate program impacts such as attitudinal and behavioral change;
- Develop and deploy M&E manuals, training materials and other resources; and
- Facilitate design and implementation of and practice-level learning agendas.
- Participate in and look for opportunities to capture practice specific program data and disseminate results, best practices and lessons learned from program portfolios by preparing and presenting communication materials on evaluation efforts, including blog posts, articles, or presentations;
- Provide updates on new reports, studies and/or trends in international media development that are in line with IREX’s practice areas or organization wide MEL priorities;
- Track emerging trends and concepts in MEL in international development, specifically as it relates to IREX’s 5 practice areas (Youth, Leadership, Information and Media, Education, and Communities and Governance);
- Contribute to new business development efforts, including assessments, technical design and proposal writing.
IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.
Successful candidates are subject to background screenings