Friday, 28 December 2012

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist

Creative Associates International (Creative) is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm has field presence in 20 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Project Description:
Creative seeks a qualified Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist for an anticipated education project in Malawi. The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) aims to assist the Government of Malawi (GoM) to improve the reading abilities of Malawian learners in Standards 1-3. The overall objective of the program is to support the Government of Malawi to improve quality and relevance of education and thus reduce dropout and repetition and promote effective learning. Activities are designed to: (i) provide quality reading instruction for early grades students; (ii) institutionalize provision of teaching and learning materials on reading; (iii) increase parental and community engagement to support student reading; and (iv) improve policy environment to support early grade reading.

Project Duration:
3 years

Position Summary:
Based in Lilongwe, Malawi, the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist (M&E Specialist) will be responsible for establishing and implementing an effective system to monitor progress, impacts and successes of project activities and performance at all levels. The M&E Specialist will ensure that the project complies with USAID performance reporting requirements. S/he will conduct impact assessments, baseline studies, surveys and need assessments to identify changes in learners ability to read.

Reporting & Supervision:
Reports to the Chief of Party.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Makes operational decisions and manages the various components of the program dealing with M&E;
• Manages data collection, analysis and reporting on performance indicators by project team members and project counterparts;
• Develops the Project Management Plan setting out specific quantifiable performance indicators and targets for overall objectives and activities and establishing monitoring systems to measure project progress; and
• Utilizes critical inputs, feedback, and assessments from evaluation partners to inform changes in program approaches and scale-up.

Required Skills & Qualifications:
• Minimum of a Master’s degree in economics, evaluation research, statistics, or a related field;
• At least 5 years of experience with both qualitative and quantitative statistical processing and analysis packages;
• Experience designing, managing and implementing results-based M&E activities in Malawi a plus;
• Proven track record of producing monitoring and evaluation reports of high quality;
• Experience working with an international development organization and knowledge of reporting procedures, best practices, guidelines and tools for monitoring and evaluation, especially impact evaluation;
• Knowledge of USG and other donor contract, cooperative agreements, and grant regulations. S/he should be resourceful through technology, research skills, and relationship building and, with minimal supervision, be able to manage high volume work flow;
• Proven experiences in presentation of results to a variety of stakeholders;
• Proven experiences managing learner achievement studies; and
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and relevant computer software skills with proficiency in Excel and other data management systems.

Creative Associates International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. AA/V/D.
How to apply:
To apply, please visit the Careers section of our website.

Closing date: 30 Jan 2013

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