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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist – District Governance Strengthening Activity



Tetra Tech International Development Services ( headquartered in Arlington, VA is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified candidates for a potential Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist position on an anticipated USAID funded project in Zambia.


The overall scope of the District Governance Strengthening (DiGS) project is to help Zambian citizens and the Government of Zambia strengthen the sub-national system of governance for devolved service delivery that is more responsive to citizen needs. The program will engage national and sub-national authorities to expand the capabilities of district-level governance bodies to deliver sustainable development outcomes, increase effective citizen and private-sector involvement in development planning and monitoring, and improve public financial management and local revenue generation.


Position Description/Summary: The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist will manage all Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activities of the DiGS project. On the one hand, the M&E Specialist will lead in formulating, implementing and updating the DiGS project’s MEL Plan in collaboration with project leadership and the client. The MEL Specialist will ensure the quality, integrity and security of project-generated data and oversee Data Quality Assessment(s), evaluations and other audits. On the other hand, the MEL Specialist will support DiGS project activities for learning and problem-solving in support of a strengthened and effective sub-national governance system. The MEL Specialist will help design evidence-based research and data collection activities, and will engage and collaborate with relevant government, academic and policy-oriented organizations, interested in learning and problem-solving for decentralized governance and devolved service delivery that is responsive to citizen needs.    This is anticipated to be a five year role.


Key Responsibilities:

* Collaborate with the Chief of Party, the Deputy Chief of Party and technical team members on annual planning, definition of outputs, outcomes and results and coordinate the preparation of quarterly and annual reports, as well as other deliverables involving data and indicators;

* Ensure compliance with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (MELP) and rigorous review and update the MELP each year;

* Ensure data quality, rigor and relevance for all approved indicators and preparation/validation of detailed indicator reference sheets;

* Support formulation and implementation of project-level learning and adaption efforts;

* Collaborate with the Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party and technical team members in the design of evidence-based research and data collection activities focused on decentralized governance and devolved service delivery;

* Engage professionally with relevant government, academic and policy-oriented organizations in support of evidence-based research and data collection concerning decentralized governance and service delivery;

* Support creative and high-quality project communications;

* Support staff, partners and grantees in collecting reporting, and verifying that data and indicators meet Tetra Tech and USAID quality standards.



* Bachelor’s Degree in related field, Master’s Degree highly preferred;

* At least 5 years of leadership of MEL tasks and teams.

* Familiarity with academic research methodologies and data collection, as well as theory of change;

* Demonstrated ability to make recommendations and provide guidance to senior management through holistic analysis;

* Experience with organization development, performance management strongly preferred;

* Experience in MEL with donor funded projects; USAID funded project preferred.

* Demonstrated ability to generate creative and impactful data displays preferred;

* English language fluency (oral and written) is required;

* Zambian Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.


To be considered applicants must submit the following as part of the online application process:

* Cover Letter

* CV in reverse chronological format


Please ensure that all necessary documents are uploaded, as incomplete applications and/or corrupt files may delay processing of your application or remove you from consideration. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered. No phone calls will be accepted.



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