The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist (MELS) is responsible for overall Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) responsibilities in their assigned portfolio. This includes writing appropriate MEL plans for each activity in their region, ensuring the collection of output and outcome data for each activity, and conducting regular MEL tasks for each activity such as key informant interviews, focus groups discussions, and similar actions. The MELS will support the MEL Manager in the development of additional MEL tools to conduct cluster evaluations and higher level MEL tools
Support the programs MEL efforts to ensure that M&E is fully integrated into the projects activity development cycle, including design of activity M&E plans, leading the collection and analysis of M&E data, and reporting M&E results.
In collaboration with senior management and program staff, develop individual M&E plans for each activity inclusive of:
Output and Outcome Objectives
Output and Outcome Indicators
Means of Verification
Work closely with Program Development Officers (PDOs) to ensure that M&E plans are executed in a timely manner and on regular basis. Collect, analyze, and systematize feedback on individual activities or clusters of activities. Ensure that consistent monitoring and relevant reporting are taking place in appropriate sections of the database at each stage of project development, implementation, and closeout. Assist project staff in drafting impact and result summaries for active grants. Assist program staff, and grantees if necessary, with report preparation to ensure that reports capture results and impact, not only volume of activity.
Support the collection of all data required within the activity MEL plans, inclusive of conducting key informant interviews, focus group discussions, circulating questionnaires or other relevant activities
Request the support of the program staff to collect data required by the MEL plans when needed inclusive of photographs, attendance sheets or other items
Responsible for seeking assistance from the MEL Manager on a regular basis when developing plans, to seek input on any complex or unusual activities
Ensure all MEL products maintain a level of quality consistent with USAID expectations
Assist the PDO in the submission of the final evaluation report (FERs) for activities.
Support the MEL Manager as requested in the development of additional MEL tools including the MELP; cluster evaluations or other qualitative tools; baseline surveys; program indicators
Support data collection on the ground for any cluster evaluations or baseline, mid and final surveys as requested by the MEL Manager; inclusive of helping coordinate logistics required
Contribute to learning processes at the regional level, including leading discussions at the conclusion of individual activities to discuss lessons learned and potential follow-on activities
Provide recommendations to program teams on how to improve or build-on completed activities
Contribute to communications products, from weekly reports, to snapshots, to targeted presentations and reports.
Travel to projects areas of operation as needed.
Other tasks as assigned by supervisor.