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Senior Evaluation Methodologist

Senior Evaluation Methodologist

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a Senior Evaluation Methodologist to work as part of a small, DC-based Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team to support NDI worldwide. Under the guidance of the MEL director, the Senior Methodologist will provide technical advice and methodological consultations to NDI's regional program staff and Consortia partners in designing, implementing and/or managing sound program evaluations and end-of-project reviews. The position will liaise with other institutional units and consortia partners to ensure that programs meet Democracy, Rights and Labor (DRL), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USAID and other donor requirements for program evaluation, evidence-based decision-making and collaborative learning and adaptation. This position has some supervisory responsibilities of staff.


Work as part of the MEL team to build a body of evidence for a portfolio of complex democracy assistance programs:
  • Lead the design and implementation of sound internal and external performance evaluations
  • Provide assistance to regional teams in developing evaluation SOWs, recruiting external consultants and reviewing the quality of external evaluation products
  • Collaboratively design and implement joint baseline and midterm evaluations with regional teams and consortium partners
  • Coach program teams in end-of-project reviews and cumulative assessments of multi-year interventions
  • Design and implement survey and focus group research as well as impact evaluations using experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation designs
Build NDI staff capacity in M&E across the Institute:
  • Work with Human Resources and regional teams to define core MEL competencies at different institutional levels
  • Develop and implement key components of a MEL certification training program
  • Engage in and provide inputs on evaluation methodologies to M&E practice groups in DC and the field
  • Create/refine MEL tools, manuals and guidelines for rigorous qualitative and quantitative research and evaluations
Promote evidence-based learning for programs, the institute and a consortium of democracy practitioners:
  • Design and implement evaluative learning events and processes for knowledge generation and documentation within the institute
  • Provide methodological guidance to evaluative practice groups within a consortium of leading democracy and human rights practitioners
  • Collaborate with academic researchers in the development and implementation of a research, evaluation and learning agenda

  • Master's degree in social science and/or applied statistics, or related subject with training in field research methodologies required; Phd preferred
  • A minimum of nine (9) years of relevant work experience designing, managing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on domestic and/or international development programs
  • Advanced knowledge of research design, research bias and mitigation strategies for both quantitative and qualitative program evaluation
  • Experience in designing baselines and midterm evaluations for democracy, human rights, and/or governance projects in line with donor requirements
  • Experience in creating relevant metrics, qualitative and quantitative methods and instruments (surveys, semi-structured questionnaires, focus group protocols, key informant interviews etc) for monitoring and evaluating programs in challenging contexts
  • Advanced knowledge of the principles, processes and methods for statistically based survey research, including knowledge of routine sampling and statistical weighting procedures
  • Experience in managing diverse assessments and evaluation teams in challenging context
  • Experience in leading evidence-based collaborative learning processes within an institutional setting a plus
  • Experience with programs and/or initiatives relevant to NDI's work in elections, political parties, legislative affairs, technology for democracy, citizen participation and excluded groups (women, youth, minorities, disabled people) a plus
  • Familiarity with donor M&E requirements, including USAID, NED, DOS and non-federal donors
  • Living and working experience outside the U.S. in countries where NDI works
  • Demonstrated ability to use computer software (e.g., SAS, STATA, SPSS) for applied statistical analysis including: multiple regression analysis, matching and weighting, and regression discontinuity
  • Demonstrated ability to design and fully implement descriptive, normative and causal evaluations including: defining conceptually valid questions and lines of inquiry; identifying metrics and data needs; designing data collection and analysis methods and instruments; creating sampling strategies; and planning and budgeting for data collection in challenging contexts
  • Demonstrated experience in rigorous qualitative and quantitative data collection, management, analysis, triangulation and visualization methods
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and/or oversee the implementation of baseline assessments and midterm evaluations with cross-disciplinary teams, including guiding regional staff in data collection and enumeration; data analysis and utilization, report writing, actionable recommendations, and dissemination of findings
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate groups in online and face to face learning fora for evidence-based learning
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills and ability to draw evidence-based conclusions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, US and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers
  • Ability to lead, inspire and motivate staff in the use of new concepts, tools and processes
  • Ability to provide hands-on guidance and technical assistance
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively present information and respond to questions
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Smooth multitasking among multiple responsibilities
  • Working knowledge of PC-based and Google word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Foreign language ability applicable to one of the regions where NDI works; French or Arabic prefered
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 35% of time to regional locations, which may be remote and difficult to reach


All applicants must have the right to work in the U.S without employer sponsorship.

NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees. NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related condition.

To apply, please visit NDI's website at:

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Organisation National Democratic Institute

Country United States