Specialist - Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States



This position will support the monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) activities of emergency and development food security programs within the Department of Hunger and Livelihoods (DHL). The incumbent will support programs by developing and reviewing data collection tools and analysis, building the capacity of MEAL staff in the field, ensuring that programs adhere to Save the Children and USAID MEAL policies and guidance, advising on beneficiary accountability mechanisms, and contributing to the DHL research and learning strategy.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Support Global Programs on Data Collection, Analysis, and Use (50%):

  • Provide technical support to DHL’s emergency and development food security programs to help ensure the reliability, validity, precision, timeliness and integrity of data.
  • Assist program staff in the selection of appropriate indicators to measure progress, and support them in setting realistic yet achievable targets. Review performance indicator reference sheets (PIRS) to ensure that indicator definitions are accurate and in line with program activities and donor guidance, especially that of USAID Food for Peace and OFDA.
  • Support programs with the set up and use of databases for activity and indicator tracking.
  • Work with program staff to create and review data collection tools and analysis for beneficiary registration and verification, market monitoring, post-distribution monitoring, activity monitoring, annual surveys, and baseline and final evaluations.
  • Facilitate the identification and adoption of new and innovative MEAL technologies to improve program data collection, management, and visualization.
  • Provide practical guidance, training, and capacity building to field staff on data collection, analysis, and use of data for adaptive management.
  • Advise on beneficiary accountability mechanisms to ensure that programs regularly communicate information about the program to beneficiaries and communities, and to confirm that feedback and complaint mechanisms are functional and responsive.

Support Global Programs on Reporting (30%):

  • Ensure compliance with donor’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) policies and guidance, in particular USAID Food for Peace and OFDA. Work with program teams to ensure USAID’s requirements are met for data collection, management, indicator reporting, target-setting, assessments, development data submissions, and Theory of Change graphics.
  • Support programs with calculations and narratives for Indicator Performance Tracking Tables (IPTTs) and Detailed Implementation Plans (DIPs) during quarterly and annual planning and reporting periods. Ensure that programs use the correct indicator definitions, formatting, and formulas for these documents, and check the data and reports for quality and accuracy.
  • Clean data for analysis and desensitize data for submission to USAID’s Development Data Library (DDL).

 Program Learning and Knowledge Management (10%):

  • Systematize the identification, documentation, and sharing of program findings in success stories, case studies, assessments, and other research articles and studies. Ensure that these learning products are well-written and formatted for external distribution in accordance with Save the Children branding and communications guidance.
  • Support the development of program learning agendas, contribute to study scopes of work, review study reports, and work with colleagues from other sectors to ensure key findings are used for adaptive management and programmatic improvements. Ensure that all research complies with the Save the Children’s Ethics Review Committee policy and guidelines.
  • Assist in training field staff on quantitative and qualitative research methods.

 Resource Mobilization (5%):

  • Assist in program design and indicator selection for proposals.
  • Identify opportunities to fund specific research projects and write proposals.

 Community of Practice (5%):

  • Participate in technical working groups on MEAL such as:
  • SCUS MEL working group
  • TOPS M&E working group
  • FANTA workshops
  • Save’s Child Poverty Global Initiative

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma.
  • Requires 3-5 years of experience in international development, including at least one year of experience monitoring and evaluation of international programs, as well as practical experience in field research.
  • Strong analytical skills required; high-level proficiency with SPSS or R preferred.
  • Knowledge and practical experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis, including interpretation of program results indicators.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with results frameworks, M&E plans, and program evaluations.
  • Experience in report writing, dissemination and communication.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills in English.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and work with multicultural teams.
  • Willingness to travel internationally up to 40% of the time.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics, international development, public health, or a related field.
  • Foreign language skills (Spanish, French, or Arabic).
  • Experience using phone or tablet based data collection software (Open Data Kit, KoBo Toolbox, etc.).
  • Experience using mapping software such as ArcGIS.
  • Experience working on USAID Food for Peace or OFDA funded programs.
  • At least one year of overseas work experience in a developing country.

 What’s In It for You

  • Meaningful work, with a knowledge that you are changing the lives of children all around the world
  • A family friendly work environment
  • Highly collaborative and innovative teams
  • Generous paid vacation days, holidays, family leave days, and sick time
  • Healthcare plans including medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions
  • Structured and formalized management development and coaching programs for mid and senior level managers
  • Extensive e-learning opportunities on a variety of topics offered through our affiliation with several prestigious universities as well as language learning


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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement