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(DDI) Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Research Specialist

Washington, D.C.

The Kenya-Trusant Group (KTG) is hiring a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Research Specialist to join our team. This position is located in the Learning and Knowledge Management (LKM) Division in the Program Office (PO) within USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI). DDI serves as USAID’s leader for technical assistance in democracy and governance, economics and market development, education, energy, environment, human rights, and infrastructure. DDI also provides expert guidance and training on cross-cutting development priorities, including women’s empowerment and gender equality, innovation, technology and research, private-sector engagement, while increasing USAID’s partnerships with diverse organizations, such as local and faith-based groups. The DDI Program Office manages the core program functions for the DDI Bureau to operate effectively, including but not limited to monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL).

Job Description Summary:

  • The MEL Specialist will support MEL efforts within DDI by providing technical advice and guidance to DDI offices/centers/hubs, implementing partners, and missions to improve the way that they conduct program design, performance monitoring, learning, adaptive management, required reporting, and accountability of programs.

  • The MEL specialist will also be responsible for working with the team to ensure that MEL data is utilized for decision-making.

  • The MEL specialist will also be responsible for supporting efforts to develop succinct guidance documents, templates, training materials, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

  • The MEL specialist will also be responsible for working with the team to support efforts to improve USAID information management systems that house MEL data.

  • The MEL Specialist should have strong stakeholder engagement skills and be able to work effectively in a team.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the efforts of teams across the Bureau to collect and report on data that feed into reporting requirements such as the Performance Plan and Report (PPR), the Annual Performance Plan and Report (APP/APR), and the OMB Strategic Review.

  • Support the M&E team in the development and implementation of high-quality, succinct guidance documents, Frequently Asked Questions, training, and job aids for MEL-related tasks and reporting requirements.

  • Support the M&E team in the development of MEL guidance, templates, tools, and best practices for project/activity-level MEL such as logic models, monitoring plans, monitoring checklists, Data Quality Assessments, and evaluation use plan templates.

  • Provide advice to DDI stakeholders based on guidance developed with the MEL Team Lead as they develop their M&E systems, including advising on program design, results frameworks, performance indicators, data quality, and data use

  • Support MEL team efforts to institutionalize the use of M&E findings in decisions by program managers and in strategic programming, policy and budgeting decisions by DDI Support MEL team efforts to pilot USAID staff and implementing partners in USAID’s new database for performance data.

Experience Level:

  • 3-10 years of relevant experience and a B.A/B.S. or M.A./M.S. degree required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3-10 years of experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning (preferably for a U.S. government agency implementing foreign assistance or an implementing partner that has performed this work for the USG)

  • Familiarity with USAID or U.S. Department of State-funded foreign assistance programs

  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment

  • Strong communication skills, including ability to write succinctly

  • Attention to detail

  • Strong time management skills and ability to manage competing priorities

  • Strong Excel and data management skills

  • Familiarity with strategic planning and budget processes preferred, but not necessary

 Clearance Level:

  • Current and/or Active Secret Clearance

  Estimated Schedule:

  • Full-time - 40 hrs./ week

  Place of Performance:

  • Washington, DC - Ronald Reagan Building (RRB). Remote status possible (subject to change).

  • Travel - Limited to No International and Domestic Travel

THE KENJYA-TRUSANT GROUP, LLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that was established in 2015 as a merger between The Kenjya Group, Inc. and Trusant Technologies, LLC. Our mission is to implement, support and protect the nation’s advanced technology systems, business processes and high-technology facilities. Working with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, the Intelligence Community, state and local governments, and commercial clients, Kenjya-Trusant provides cyber protection, information technology, engineering, construction management and acquisition support services. We are a small company with big company benefits, including Health, Dental, Vision, 401K, Flexible Spending Account, Life Insurance, Short- and Long-Term Disability, Paid Time Off, and a culture of teamwork and continuous learning. Come grow with us!
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