Collaborating, Learning and Adapting Specialist-CLA, (Sudan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning SMEL Platform)
ME and A

ME&A, Inc. is a minority woman-owned international development firm based in the Washington, D.C., area, providing innovative solutions for economic development and social progress in more than 80 countries. ME&A has branch offices in Armenia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Kazakhstan, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, and Tanzania.


Our clients include the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); the U.S. Department of State; the Millennium Challenge Corporation; the World Bank; government agencies at the federal, state, and local level in the United States; and leading corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses.


 Position Type: Full-Time (based on contract award)
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Closing Date: 31 May 2022



ME&A is recruiting for a Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Specialist for the anticipated USAID/Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Contract for the Sudan SMEL IDIQ. The position will a be full-time, five-year position based in Khartoum. The purpose of the contract will be to serve as a central platform for ensuring that development programs funded by USAID/Sudan achieve their intended results through strong performance management of services in an efficient and cost-effective manner, with a focus on monitoring technical services; evaluation of technical services; and learning and adaptive management services. This will be a full-time position based in Khartoum, Sudan and will be contingent on award and funding.


 Duties and responsibilities:

The Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Specialist will be a learning expert and serve as the overall director of collaborating, learning, and adapting activities. S/he will serve as a practitioner of high-level discussions among USAID staff and partners regarding learning and adaptive management. S/he is charged with working closely with and coaching USAID staff so that CLA leadership is fully assumed by mission staff by the end of the Contract. S/he will guide USAID/Sudan staff and senior management team on how to realize progressive, CLA-oriented program supervision practices through USAID's CDCS implementation, primarily by bolstering USAID's evaluation, development and organizational learning practices. S/he will oversee all aspects of the Mission's CLA activities, such as planning and budgeting for each assigned activity. S/he will identify appropriate staffing levels, secure appropriate qualified staff, and provide relevant technical guidance for CLA task requests. S/he will lead consultations with relevant USAID/Kosovo staff and implementing partners. S/he will identify and execute appropriate agreed upon methodology, field work, research, reporting and deliverables.

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  • At least ten (10) years of demonstrated leadership, strategic thinking/planning, and management experience, and a proven track record of programmatic accomplishment, professional achievement, and management competence.
  • Strong proficiency in written and spoken English An advanced degree (i.e. MA, PhD) in international relations, statistics, economics, demography, political science, or other social science field is required.
  • Thorough technical knowledge in concepts such as monitoring, evaluation methods, collaboration and learning, adaptive management, indicator development, data collection and analysis, and performance reporting.
  • Familiarity with Sudan development issues; Strong networks with Sudan's technical experts in learning, monitoring, evaluation, research, economic growth, governance, health, education and environment.
  • The individual must have experience in developing and leading knowledge management programs, facilitating communities of practice, and social networking.
  • The individual must have experience with a wide range of development issues, such as program evaluation, gender constraints to development, agriculture, economic growth, environment, democracy and governance, health, nutrition, and education.
  • The individual must have experience leading or overseeing the work of large teams of individuals with diverse skills and interests.
  • The individual must have demonstrated success in mentoring and/or coaching staff in project development, project implementation, and M&E.
  • Experience working in Sudan is required.
  • A demonstrative passion for facilitating and creating organizational learning, change and advancing foreign aid effectiveness opportunities.
  • The individual must demonstrate conversation and presentation skills that can influence decision makers, foster organizational change strategies, with implementation occurring within a complex organizational setting.
  • The individual must have a demonstrated ability and track record in strategic, systems and holistic thinking, managing resistance to change and understanding of organizational culture, learning and change management.
  • The ability to serve as an effective USAID representative with a wide array of individuals and institutions is essential.


All applications and CVs must be submitted in English.



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