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Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Job Function: Washington DC
Department: Middle East & North Africa
Location: Washington, DC

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist to provide support to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional team by contributing to planning, design, monitoring and reporting for democratic development projects in collaboration with others. The position provides guidance, and liaises with DC teams and field offices to ensure programs meet multiple donors' requirements for program monitoring tools and donor reporting. This position does not have direct reports.


  • Guide the MENA region's DC and field-based teams, including resident monitoring and evaluation (M&E) staff, in identifying, developing, utilizing and systematizing performance monitoring tools and systems to strengthen program management and donor reporting
  • Provide assistance on program proposals, including developing M&E plans, logical frameworks, and performance monitoring plans
  • Spearhead efforts within the MENA team to develop appropriate indicators of success and innovative methods of program impact measurement
  • Work with the MENA and Program Coordination teams to meet donor requirements in performance monitoring and reporting, and effectively convey stories about program results
  • Work with MENA teams to respond to donor evaluations and data quality assessments (DQAs)
  • Act as liaison to the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team, support MENA participation in the Institute-wide Community of Practice for M&E staff and facilitate internal learning on M&E lessons from program planning and implementation
  • Design and coordinate orientations, trainings and mentoring on M&E for NDI MENA staff and partners on M&E practices, data collection tools and protocols and data quality assurance
  • Support MENA team staff in recruiting qualified M&E staff and managing contracts with M&E consultants
  • Guide MENA-DC and field-based teams, including country program M&E staff, in setting up, operationalizing and maintaining M&E systems
  • Engage with external stakeholders and donors and negotiate on behalf of NDI to develop scopes of work and budgets and manage recruitment and contracting of evaluation consultants and contractors for baselines, mid-terms and other evaluative components
  • Travel to the region to provide technical support and training to field-based staff as needed.

  • Bachelor's degree in social science research or related subject; the equivalent combination of education and experience can be considered in lieu of degree
  • A minimum of six (6) years of work experience in the democracy and governance field, with at least two (2) of those years in a professional level role performance monitoring and evaluation work
  • Experience in working collaboratively or developing results-oriented program design, strategic planning and program evaluation
  • Experience in identifying and integrating sound data collection tools and methods (e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups, secondary research data) into performance indicator monitoring systems
  • Experience in using databases to manage, analyze and visualize indicator data for donor reporting and team utilization
  • Strong interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff at DC-headquarters and within the field offices as well as partners and donors
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional analytical skills for interpreting complex program issues
  • Experience in supporting international development programs funded by the US and other donor governments
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach
  • Ability to lead, inspire and motivate staff in the use of new concepts, tools and processes
  • Familiarity with donor M&E requirements, including USAID and US Department of State requirements

Technical knowledge and software applications
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency in program design, monitoring and reporting
  • Demonstrated analytical, critical thinking and data visualization skills
  • Demonstrated technical ability to utilize databases (Access, Salesforce, etc)
  • Ability to provide hands-on guidance and technical assistance to team members
  • Working knowledge of PC-based and Google word processing and spreadsheet applications
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Core hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m however there may be flexibility depending on department needs. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.
There is international travel associated with this role. There may be local travel depending on events and donor activities.


Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide 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.

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Organisation National Democratic Institute

Country United States