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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist

Location: North America
Location: United States of America
Job Code: 4760


Digital Strategy Roll-out

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist


USAID is in the final stages of finalizing their Agency-wide Digital Strategy. This strategy will further USAID’s objectives to (1) improve development and humanitarian assistance outcomes through the responsible use of digital technology; and (2) strengthen the openness, inclusiveness, and security of country digital ecosystems.

Digital Frontiers has played a key role in supporting the development of the Digital Strategy and will continue to play an integral role in its launch, roll-out, and implementation. With USAID’s Center for Digital Development (CDD) leading the process, Digital Frontiers will work closely with the CDD team to ensure a thorough, thoughtful, and consensusā€led process. At the end of this activity, CDD will have launched the Digital Strategy, developed and piloted the newly designed ecosystem assessment, and designed, tested, and iterated on the newly formed funding mechanisms. These activities will continue to engage and create support for the Digital Strategy across USAID.


The USAID Digital Strategy team will be leading all efforts related to the announcement and roll-out of the Digital Strategy. Digital Frontiers will provide support to this team during the first year of roll-out activities and the development of the Digital Ecosystem Country Assessment (DECA) and Fund.

The MEL Specialist will support the advancement of USAID’s Digital Strategy implementation across all initiatives. Duties include:

  • Set up templates, systems, and other necessary structures for the MEL plan
  • Coordinate with Missions and other USAID staff to establish indicators and collect data
  • Compile data from Missions into singular metric and appropriate dis-aggregations
  • Create new data sources, including working with OAA and others to track digitally-supported programming awards including reporting at predetermined intervals on associated indicators
  • Baseline data collection, organization of existing data, and quarterly data reporting
  • Continuous tracking of milestones and timelines
  • Track DECA countries and associated implementation of applicable metrics
  • Serve as helpdesk for USAID staff in early years to improve implementation of new Digital Strategy indicators and successful data calls
  • Compile M&E component of Annual Digital Strategy Report
  • Work with Learning Advisor for additional data collection efforts and integration of performance monitoring and learning
  • Assist Learning Advisor with Year 1 MEL Plan revisions and any subsequent refinements
  • Create stories and learning products that outline the success of the Digital Strategy work within the first year


In order to build and capture evidence, do performance monitoring and learning for an initiative with the breadth, depth, and complexity of the Digital Strategy, this position needs to be full-time. The position will have 260 days of LOE for the period of October 15, 2019 – October 14, 2020 to complete the above deliverables.


  • 5+ years working on monitoring, evaluation, and learning with a focus on data analysis
  • Masters in a related field: International Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics, Public Policy, etc. preferred
  • Ability to capture data for decision-making through data visualization, strategic communications, and utilization-focused deliverables
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to forge effective working relationships with peers
  • Attention to detail and ability to balance competing priorities
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English
  • Previous work on data collection and data analysis
  • Familiarity with data processing in Excel and a qualitative data analysis platform (NVivo, Dedoose, etc.) or other analysis software preferred
  • Familiarity with USAID program cycle and programming; familiarity with USAID digital work preferred

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