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Associate Global Practice Specialist, Global Practice Specialist I/II, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) (7-9)

Location: North America
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Job Code: 3631


Job Title/Grade:      Associate Global Practice Specialist, Global Practice Specialist I/II, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) (7-9)

Department:            Technical Services

Reports to:              Global Practice Leader

Date:                        May 7, 2018


Function of the Position:

The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Associate Global Practice Specialist will be responsible for providing monitoring, evaluation, and learning expertise across project delivery, new business, and knowledge management efforts. S/he will support DAI’s efforts to improve the way data are collected, managed, used, and shared to achieve project outputs, outcomes, and impacts through short term technical assignments, proposal writing, and knowledge management. S/he will be responsible for finalizing outstanding MEL plans, coordinating MEL activities with USAID and local partners, and build capacity of DAI field staff to manage MEL activities in the future. The MEL Associate Global Practice Specialist will have a focused responsibility to provide technical support to USAID projects primarily in Europe, Africa, and Asia. This is a full-time professional position on the Managing for Development Results (MfDR) Team within DAI’s USG Business Unit, with travel up to 40% time. 


Roles and Responsibilities:

The percentages below are notional and may change depending on business needs.


Technical (50%)

  • Work with home office and field staff to support MEL needs during start-up, including participation in rapidly assigned STTA, recruitment of local MEL staff, and managing MEL expectations of the client.
  • Support project DQA activities and advise teams on best practices for performance audits
  • Develop competencies in new MEL approaches, including CLA and complexity aware monitoring

New Business (20%)

  • Support business acquisition activities by reviewing MEL requirements in proposal documents and contributing written content to MEL sections of DAI proposals.
  • Identify and work with MEL partners and subcontractors as needed.

Knowledge Sharing & Learning (30%)

  • Support technical sectors to revise and improve commonly used custom indicators
  • Write and create new tools and templates for DAI projects to use for MEL.
  • Support the DAI MEL community of practice through MEL thought pieces and resource sharing.

Additional responsibilities as deemed necessary.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Grade 7: Minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree; or 2 years of relevant professional experience and a master’s degree.
  • Grade 8: Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience and a  bachelor’s degree; or 3 years of relevant professional experience and a  master’s degree
  • Grade 9: Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience and a  bachelor’s degree; or 5 years of relevant professional experience and a  master’s degree
  • Excellent communications skills – particularly in writing and relationship building.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, take initiative and accomplish work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong critical thinking capabilities with an ability to rapidly assess situational needs, develop problem solving strategies, and implement sustainable solutions.
  • Experience writing MEL Plans, drafting indicators and indicator reference documents, and surveying plans.
  • Experience with statistical analysis, qualitative and quantitative methods, and applied research and learning through development projects.
  • Experience using digital technology for data collection, management, analysis, and reporting.
  • Able to travel internationally up to 40% of the time.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in supporting USAID projects.
  • Interest in learning and expanding technical skills in MEL
  • Experience working successfully and respectfully in local communities in developing world setting.
  • Fluency in additional language (Arabic, French, Portugese, Russian, or Spanish) preferred


Supervisory Requirements:  None.


DAI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. EOE - Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

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