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M&E Specialist, Arlington, VA

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Arlington, VA

Practice Area Summary:

Our Strategy, Evaluation and Analysis (SEA) practice area oversees all monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) projects. It is a dynamic unit within the company that strives for excellence and innovation across all activities, encompassing a range of sectors, including education, health, economics, democracy and governance, gender, capacity building and policy reform. SEA has 28 MEL specialists in the U.S. and more than three dozen in our field-based projects overseas.

**Please note: U.S. work authorization is required for this position.**

Position Summary:

The M&E Specialist will work in MSI’s SEA practice area and report to one or more Technical Directors on specific work assignments. S/he will also liaise with MSI’s Operations Division, Business Development Unit (BDU), and other practice areas.

The M&E Specialist’s role is a unique opportunity for professional growth and learning, with potential for increased responsibility over time. The successful candidate should be results-driven, have strong analytical skills, demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills and work effectively in a team environment. S/he plays a key role in technical assignments, business development, and thought leadership. MSI prefers candidates with an ardent desire to learn and explore new evaluation/research and learning techniques. The M&E Specialist will be expected to travel to international locations from 3 to 6 trips per year (most trips average between 2 and 3 weeks). Longer term assignments are possible, including travel to security-challenged countries.



Lead or participate in short or long-term MEL, research, and strategy assignments. Responsibilities could include one or more of the following:

Monitoring and Evaluation

Prepare MEL plans.
Design scopes of work and prepare evaluation/research designs and work plans,
Develop data collection and analysis plans.
Design instruments for qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed-method evaluation/research.
Collect data at US and overseas locations using various methods and instruments.
Design and oversee third party monitoring activities.

Strategic Planning and Analysis

Coordinate strategic planning sessions based on best practices.
Develop country and/or project strategies.
Develop results frameworks, logic models or log frames.
Prepare literature reviews and final reports.

Training and Facilitation

Provide training and facilitation on strategic planning, M&E, or Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) topics.
Develop and deliver workshops.

Management and Consulting:

Maintain effective client relations and coordination.
Manage or participate as a member of a team.
Review and prepare scopes of work for assignments.
Write high quality reports designed to effectively respond to client needs.
Review draft deliverables and provide constructive feedback.

Business Development:

Contribute to and lead planning and proposal writing efforts for new business development opportunities and liaise with BDU to produce technically sound and compliant proposals.
Contribute to the design, writing, and review of proposals.
Conduct reconnaissance trips for upcoming proposals to meet with funding agencies, government officials, and potential partner organizations.



Master’s degree in international development, political science, economics or similar fields.
At least 10 years' of demonstrated experience in M&E and/or social science research.
Familiarity with MEL tools, including qualitative or quantitative methodologies.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to maintain strong client relations.
Ability to work effectively as a team leader or member.
Fluency in English.


Experience working with USAID or other international development organizations.
Working knowledge of excel, SPSS or STATA.
Experience with third party monitoring.
Additional language skills: French, Arabic, Spanish or Portuguese.
Familiarity with Tableau or other data visualization software.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

To apply please use the link below:

Organisation Management Systems International (MSI)

Country United States