Associate, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

Program Management Washington, DC, United States

Job Summary

The Clean Air Catalyst (CAC) is a new flagship program launched by The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Resources Institute (WRI) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to accelerate clean air solutions by working with communities around the world to identify and raise awareness of local pollution sources and build focused, robust coalitions to deliver interventions that lead to cleaner, healthier air.

The project will work in three initial pilot cities: Indore, India, Jakarta, Indonesia, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Through these pilots, the project will not only generate new, societally relevant scientific findings, but will also create a practical, field-tested playbook for convening collaboration among key stakeholders, identifying and building awareness of air quality priorities, and leveraging USAID missions’ strengths to deliver and sustain cleaner air. The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Associate is a long-term position which will support monitoring, evaluation efforts for the overall CAC project as well as individual buy-in activities.

The MEL Associate will work with the Project Director to provide support for the project through the project lifecycle. This is a great opportunity for an early career MEL expert to apply their skills in the three pilots of this project. You would be working in a growing practice for WRI and get to work with WRI offices in India, Indonesia, and Ethiopia. This position will be responsible for coordinating the monitoring, evaluation, and learning deliverables within each pilot location. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a strong MEL background that is ready to lead MEL practices for a large grant in multiple countries. WRI has been deepening its MEL practice and the CAC is a vanguard project that will likely influence not only the Cities Program, but also the Institute regarding their MEL resources and practices. If you are passionate about sustainable development and improving air quality this may be the role for you.

Job Responsibilities

Data management, analysis and reporting

  • Provide support for project performance monitoring activities and systems, including necessary data management and visualization software and data collection instruments, to collect, store, manage, analyze and report M&E data on indicators
  • Liaise with multiple stakeholders (e.g. USAID, international partners, sub awardees, WRI colleagues, other organizations and third-party sources etc.) for timely data collection, verification and feedback
  • Conduct regular and ad-hoc data analysis and develop reports (monthly, quarterly, annually) to share knowledge, demonstrate progress and facilitate continuous learning for USAID and project management
  • Ensure timely MEL reporting to USAID, with Project Directors
  • Working with our communications team, translate data into simple, powerful messages that resonate with USAID and other audiences
  • Working with Research, Data and Innovation (RDI), The Data Lab, and Managing for Results (MfR) teams at WRI to ensure that data collection and analysis are of the highest standards Collaborative
Learning and Adaptation
  • Support collaboration, learning and adaptation efforts, to help in the identification, analysis, and synthesis of lessons learned from program implementation
  • Coordinate with buy-in clients, network and implementation partners, WRI project colleagues and other stakeholders to support the development of learning-oriented reports
  • Participate in regular project management planning meetings and provide analytical feedback and support to inform technical decisions
  • Engage the project team in the Learning Plan, leading the writing of the plan and ensuring that the project staff understand their roles, how the project fosters collaborative learning and systematically shares the learning and uses it to adaptively manage the project, especially learning between the pilots
MEL Plan Development
  • Support annual MEL planning process, including engaging partners and stakeholders during annual stock-taking events and other project related opportunities to intentionally and iteratively adapt and improve the ToC and MEL plan; update, annually or as needed, the project’s MEL Plan and Performance Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRs), Context Indicator Reference Sheets (CIRS) and other elements of the MEL plan
  • Support and advise colleagues on activity-level and project-wide monitoring and evaluation efforts, ensuring quality and consistency
Data Quality Assurance
  • Responsible for data quality assurance, including regular data quality assessments and supporting the development of systems to support high quality performance data
  • Ensure MEL procedures support data quality assurances, develop and document the procedures as needed for the project
Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning for international development work or comparable work in another industry
  • Demonstrated experience with USAID project management, including from start-up of project to close- out ($10-20M size preferred)
  • Experience implementing MEL Plans, including both quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and reporting on performance and context indicators through development projects or related industry projects
  • Experience using digital technology for data collection, management, analysis, and reporting
  • Demonstrated experience with M&E lifecycle, including conducting interviews, surveys, and other data collection methods, cleaning data, managing data responsibly, analyzing the data, effectively conveying key insights and contextualizing results, documenting processes, methodologies, managing and/or conducting evaluations, etc
  • Experience with mid-term and final evaluation management
  • Detail oriented, able to manage multiple priorities, ensure highest standards and consistency of work
  • Demonstrated experience conducting formal and informal MEL trainings, mentoring staff and staff from partner organizations
  • Excellent facilitation, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working effectively and respectfully in diverse teams and communities around the globe
  • Ability to meet deadlines, take initiative and accomplish work with minimal supervision
  • Strong critical thinking capabilities with an ability to rapidly assess situational needs, develop problem solving strategies, and implement sustainable solutions
  • Authorization to work in the USA
  • Master’s degree in a related discipline
  • Experience in supporting MEL for USAID projects strongly preferred
  • Experience as at least a Project Coordinator on USAID grants preferred
  • Experience with project start-up, where systems and procedures need to be developed
  • Experience with DevResults, Power BI 
How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Potential Salary: $59,000 - $77,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. 

Program Overview

Air Quality WRI’s air quality program is a global initiative that seeks to identify, build awareness of, and eliminate the root causes of air pollution that damages climate, human, and ecosystem health. The program has three main areas of work: (i) engagement with city stakeholders to use participatory science to diagnose and develop targeted, cost-effective clean air solutions to protect human health and climate, (ii) working with the science community to convert innovative methods into tools and products that communities and policymakers can use to better manage their impact on the atmosphere, and (iii) working with national governments and business networks to design and implement broader regional-to-global air quality governance.

It is a part of the WRI Ross Center on Sustainable Cities, with additional oversight from the Data Lab and engagement with Climate, Governance, Energy, and other programs at WRI. The team is global, with senior experts distributed across WRI’s network of international offices. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities The decisions that national leaders, local officials, developers, and planners make today will determine how billions of people in urban centers will thrive over the next century. Already, half the global population resides in cities. That figure is set to increase to 70 percent by 2050. Traditional models of city development can lock us into congestion, sprawl, and inefficient resource use. However, compact, connected, and efficient growth can help ensure more competitive cities, and provide a better quality of life for citizens. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI Ross Center) works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth. Our analysis and tools allow cities to effectively manage their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Working across our network, we develop and support the implementation of research-based solutions in sustainable mobility, urban development, as well as urban efficiency & climate that reduce pollution, improve health, and create safe, accessible public spaces for all people to thrive. WRI Ross Center builds on WRI’s global and local experience in urban planning and mobility and uses proven solutions and action-oriented tools to increase building and energy efficiency, manage water risk, encourage effective governance and make the fast-growing urban environment more resilient to new challenges. Aiming to influence 200 cities with unique research and tools, WRI Ross Center focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in selected megacities on two continents, and targeted assistance to additional 50 urban areas, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to people in cities around the globe.

WRI Overview 

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, watersustainable cities, and the ocean. 

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect. 

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.  

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.