M&E Learning Specialist, IREX (Malawi)

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist, USAID Higher Education Program

Proposals Lilongwe, Malawi

About IREX

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, women and youth. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $70 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.

Summary of Position

IREX seeks a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for an expected USAID Higher Education and Youth project in Malawi. The program is expected to increase equitable access to higher education especially for vulnerable populations, strengthen higher education systems, link education training to labor market and private sector needs, and improve the employment and business skills of youth so that they are better able to contribute to the economic growth of the country. The Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for ensuring robust performance monitoring and evaluation that supports the achievement of the program objectives.

The position is contingent on funding. Citizens of Malawi are encouraged to apply.

Summary of Responsibilities
Develop and implement a monitoring and evaluation strategy across all program components including identification of process, output, and outcome indicators
Develop monitoring activities that capture necessary data to report on result
Ensure monitoring activities are conducted on schedule and participate in evaluations
Communicate information obtained through M&E activities to IREX staff and various external stakeholders, notably donors and partners
Be a primary M&E resource to the field office and field personnel; liaise regularly with IREX’s M&E team in DC
Ensure data collection process is functioning in all activity locations to provide quality data within deadlines
Regularly review data collection processes, perform data quality assessments, and make adjustments as needed
Conduct regular visits to project sites to provide technical assistance and ensure proper monitoring of project activities
Produce M&E reports for the Chief of Party and donors, as needed
Develop annual performance plans

Skills and Qualifications:
Minimum of 5 years of professional experience implementing M&E activities, preferably of international education strengthening projects
A Master’s degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, education or related field. BA degree with 8 years of relevant experience also considered
Proven success in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages in Malawi or Sub-Saharan Africa required
Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans
Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies
Experience in planning and managing surveys, and developing and refining data collection tools
Experience with data quality assessments and oversight
Experience managing and providing ongoing training to M&E field officers
Ability to communicate professionally and provide written reporting in English is required
Must have proven record in the advanced use of modern communications tools, internet, email, social media, and teleconferences

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