Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL)/Knowledge Management (KM)/ Specialist

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
# of Openings
1
Category
Evaluation
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

Opportunity in Washington, DC

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through ZemiTek partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

 

          Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL)/Knowledge Management (KM)/ Specialist

United States Agency for International Development/Bureau of Africa/Power Africa 

 

With more than 30 years’ experience providing information technology (IT) and management consulting services worldwide, Rosa Caldas, formed ZemiTek in 2007. Based in the Washington, DC metro area, ZemiTek delivers solutions to the federal government by supporting agencies such as USAID, US Patent and Trademark Office, US Department of Justice, US Department of Agriculture, and Department of Homeland Security, among others; and internationally to their missions in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

 

CAMRIS International is among the top 20 USAID contractors for the third year in a row. CAMRIS realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective programs and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, CAMRIS combines proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL)/Knowledge Management (KM) Specialist will serve as a vital member of Power Africa’s Program Office, reporting directly to the MEL Unit Chief. The Specialist will dialogue with management at relevant Posts and in Washington on all performance-related issues, including those that may impact policy and programmatic decisions. The Specialist is responsible for assisting, advising and building the capacity of the Coordinator’s Office, the implementing partners (IPs), and other U.S. Government agencies to implement and operationalize the Power Africa MEL system. The individual must possess a working knowledge of USAID policies and guidelines, as well as corporate practices and procedures.


The Specialist will support all data collection and reporting requirements, including the annual USAID Performance Plan and Report (PPR), the Power Africa annual report, and other reporting requirements. The Specialist will serve as a technical advisor and capacity builder on MEL issues to the DC-based team primarily as well as the Pretoria team as needed. In addition, the Specialist is involved in building upon, reinforcing  and enhancing a KM system that includes but is not limited to, organizing and curating tools and resources related to MEL, establishing processes to share lessons learned and best practices across Power Africa, and building the team’s capacity to make data driven management decisions. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 

 

 

Responsibilities

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES – in Coordination with the MEL Team Leader

  • Plan and facilitate a wide range of organizational processes (special studies, after action reviews, Partners meetings, organizational learning surveys, on-line engagements, documenting lessons learned) for integrating USAID’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) efforts into Power Africa’s workflows as well as building a repository of Power Africa management tools.
  • Provide guidance to Power Africa staff, other U.S. Government agencies and implementing partners on technical matters related to MEL in line with Power Africa’s MEL strategy and plan including:
    • Develop language for funding agreements that emphasizes CLA
    • Implement learning aspects of new Program Cycle guidance (Strategic Plans, Road Maps, project design, program performance management, M&E)
    • Implement of the Agency Knowledge Management (KM)/Learning Strategy
    • Work closely with Program Development Officers and technical teams to articulate development hypotheses for activities, plan for testing those hypotheses and contribute to advancing USAID’s Project Design Guidance
    • Work across Power Africa with MEL Team, Program Office and Technical teams to guide iterative course corrections and ensure ongoing and evolving alignment of portfolio with Power Africa’s Roadmap/strategy based on implementation results and new learning and stakeholder feedback
    • Advise USAID program managers on project/activity-specific PMPs for all Power Africa projects and activities
    • Support Data Quality Assessments

  • Liaise with ME&L Points-of-Contact at implementing partners and other U.S. Government agencies to coordinate ME&L efforts, communicate short and long-term results, ensure progress, plan and problem solve for emerging issues, and respond to inquiries from leadership
  • Facilitate the development and dissemination of lessons learned and best practice materials based on evaluations and performance reports
  • Support regular and ad hoc reporting, including the annual PPR, Administrator’s Leadership Council, portfolio reviews, the annual report, and others as may be required.
  • Support the collection, synthesis, analysis, and reporting of data for senior management in the Coordinator’s Office, the Africa Bureau’s Front Office, and the Administrator
  • Provide information and analysis to Power Africa leadership to inform program implementation based on performance management findings and analyses
  • On request, prepare analytical progress reports for Power Africa, USAID and/or U.S. Government senior management, and dialogues on the same. The Specialist is expected to be able to discuss how findings generated from performance data could or should impact U.S. Government policy.
  • Support the development and application of standard templates for presenting strategic performance information to Power Africa, USAID and U.S. Government leadership, IPs, partner-government officials, and other key stakeholders.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

 

  • The knowledge, skills, and/or abilities listed below are desired and preferred:
  • A Master’s degree, and at least 5 years of professional office experience with a significant proportion of it working in a MEL related capacity on development programs.
  • Experience working in Africa, the energy sector, and with USAID is preferred.
  • Facilitating collaborative learning, both within Power Africa Mission and among implementing partners, through partner meetings, peer assists, communities of practice, and other means.
  • Identifying knowledge gaps in respective theories of change and determining ways to fill them in coordination with program designers and technical teams.
  • Engaging in regular opportunities to reflect on progress with implementing partners and stakeholders.
  • Using project and activity MEL data to make recommendations on adapting programming.
  • Planning and facilitating learning activities and processes.
  • Understanding the economic, social, cultural and political characteristics of development dynamics.
  • Ability to quickly acquire a thorough understanding of USAID’s current programming objectives, Power Africa’s Roadmap, results expected, planning and reporting systems and the key lines of sector investigation and learning agendas.
  • Knowledge of the objectives and operations of the U.S. Government, or the program activities of other international donor organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferred.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, using those skills within a complex organizational setting, including conversation and presentation skills to provide decision makers with information to make and foster organizational change strategies.
  • Demonstrated abilities and track record in strategic, systems and holistic thinking, managing change and understanding organizational culture and learning.
  • Strong writing skills and ability to prepare clear, substantive reports and briefing papers in English, in a timely manner.
  • Familiarity with a wide range of issues, such as program evaluation, gender-constraints to development, agriculture, community development, economic and democracy and governance.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

 

Oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Level IV (fluent) English language proficiency, spoken and written, is required.

 

REASONING ABILITY

 

The incumbent works with a considerable level of independence in advancing USAID’s CLA agenda, in close collaboration with MEL team, in particular, and sometimes senior USAID managers. The incumbent uses considerable judgment in developing ideas and proposals, and in determining the appropriate analytical approach to be used for a particular analysis. The incumbent also exercises considerable judgment in determining who to involve or not involve in a particular activity, and proposes teams to accomplish the objectives and analyses agreed to.

 

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

 

None.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

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