Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Associate

Job Type

Full Time




1255 23rd Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


Plan International USA (Plan) is part of a global organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters, and partners to:


  • Empower children, young people, and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.
  • Drive change in practice and policy at local, national, and global levels through our reach, experience, and knowledge of the realities children face.
  • Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity.
  • Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood.


We see clear links between fulfilling children’s rights, achieving gender equality, and ending child poverty. Every girl and boy has the right to be healthy, educated, protected, valued, and respected in their own community and beyond. We support these rights from birth to adulthood, working to ensure that girls and boys know their rights and have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to fulfil them. This approach inspires and empowers children and communities to create long-lasting change.


In 2016, Plan was active in 71 countries, and our programs reached more than 32 million children, directly impacting almost 70 million people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Program activities ranged from training health care workers and constructing health care facilities, to setting up water systems and building latrines, to working with children and families to improve early childhood care and development practices and outcomes. For more information visit,

The Monitoring, Evaluation Research and Learning (MERL) Associate will provide technical support for various Plan International USA monitoring, evaluation, research and learning initiatives throughout the world. The position will be responsible for providing technical assistance to in-country project implementation teams and collaborating with Washington, DC, based technical staff to design and lead high impact programming with rigorous M&E strategies, research and robust learning agendas. 




Business Development

  • Provide support to designing and writing M&E components for select USG and Foundations proposals, including M&E narratives and data tables with baselines and targets


Technical Support

  • Support the development and implementation of the organizational M&E strategy for Plan USA
  • Provide technical support for research and evaluation activities including designing ToRs, planning, and overseeing the implementation of research activities, developing tools, analyzing data, and writing reports
  • Assisting project teams to develop and carry out learning plans 
  • Promote and support the dissemination of best practices among the project teams
  • Contribute to annual work planning
  • Assist with start-up activities for new projects
  • Contribute to timely, accurate and appropriate reporting of program activities and results to the donor, including quarterly and annual reports


  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline such as in the social sciences, public administration, public health, and international studies
  • A minimum of 3+ years of relevant level experience in designing and implementing both project monitoring and both quantitative and qualitative evaluations in a global context 
  • Technical knowledge of at least one of Plan USA’s practice areas: education and child protection, water, sanitation and health, youth and adolescents and gender 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present materials in meetings, at conferences and to write project documents (including research and evaluation design plans, logic models, data collection and data analysis plans, and final reports) and proposals with minimal revisions from the supervisor.
  • Knowledge of research and evaluation (process, outcome, impact) concepts and principles, and the ability to apply them during the implementation of project tasks. Data collection (key stakeholder interviews, focus groups, surveys, and secondary data analysis techniques), data management, and data analysis skills,
  • Experience using Excel and SPSS
  • Good quantitative skills
  • A team player accustomed to building team capacity, delegating working teams, and developing communities of learning among host country partners and counterparts
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills
  • Strong change management, results oriented and decision making skills
  • Ability to work and stay positive in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Fluency in English
  • Experience providing M&E support to USG-funded projects
  • Ability to travel internationally


Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience developing M&E and learning components of successful proposals to USG or other major international donors
  • Expertise in research to practice – identifying best practices and adapting them to program realities
  • Experience living in a country where Plan implements projects
  • Fluency in French highly preferred

Plan International USA has two offices, located in Washington, DC and Warwick, Rhode Island. It is part of the global federation, Plan International, which is comprised of collaborative partnerships between 21 national offices and 51 country offices. Plan International USA is registered 501(c) (3) and has an independent Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors of Plan International USA also participate in global federation governance through membership on the federation’s Members’ Assembly and International Board. 


The Plan USA Program Team works in direct partnership with the Regional and Country Office staff contributing expertise in business development, program design and implementation. The Program Team helps to manage, monitor and evaluate all US-funded programs, as well as reporting back to donors on the progress of program initiatives.


We aspire to five core values that help us define our culture and to inform our business decisions: Accountability, Passion, Integrity, Respect, and Excellence - AsPIRE. Plan expects all staff to exhibit and embrace these values in every part of their work lives.


We are committed to adhering to Plan’s Child Protection Standards and protecting the wellbeing of children in any situation that may arise. The protection of children is everyone’s responsibility.


Plan offers opportunities for growth and development through internal and external training opportunities. We value the ideas and opinions of staff at any level and provide forums in which those can be shared with others.


Plan International is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, national origin, disability, veteran status, and any other classification protected by law.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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