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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor, Community-based education project in Afghanistan

at Creative Associates International

Posted: 8/26/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: ca1edbe1-998f-4edd-8bb6-28e82a1e0c9f

Job Description


Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike. 

Project Summary:

Creative Associates seeks a Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor for an upcoming five-year, multi-million-dollar USAID community-based education project in Afghanistan. Enrolling more children in school is one of the Ministry of Education's (MoE) highest priorities given the 3.7 million out of school children.  Over the next five years, the MoE aims to increase low primary school attendance and improve secondary school enrollment, especially for poor and disadvantaged children in rural areas. The challenge lies in that there are simply not enough government schools and teachers to meet the need. Resource constraints have hindered the MoE in establishing an adequate number of public schools throughout the country. Vast gender disparities persist as well, with girls representing 39 percent of all enrolled students. Community-based education (CBE) continues to provide education opportunities to children where formal schools are still non-existent. 

Position Summary:

The Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor will ensure that performance monitoring, action research, and evaluations are consistent with program outcomes and track progress of activities in achieving goals and outcomes. S/he will also manage and coordinate field monitoring and expert assessments, and any other personnel responsible for monitoring performance, monitoring and collecting data and reports. The MEL Advisor will ensure that project methodologies measure the impact of the program on access, retention, learning outcomes, school safety, community involvement, gender, disability, and conflict-sensitive measures, and are consistently and systematically monitored and reported.

Reporting & Supervision:

The Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor will report to the Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party and supervise a team of MEL specialists.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and update the project performance monitoring plan, including review of its results framework, potential indicators, relevant and applicable baseline data collection strategies and methodologies, and the financial and human resources needed to successfully implement the MEL strategy;
  • Develop tools for data collection and protocols;
  • Develop an advanced data management system, with the support of the MEL team;
  • Analyze ongoing quantitative / qualitative data at different points in the program leading to the specific program / contract results;
  • Ensure project data is compatible with the national data collection system (EMIS);
  • Conduct field visits, as necessary, to develop monitoring / performance management plans with technical teams;
  • Supervise technical assistance and training to provincial and district levels of education to support increased use of education data for decision-making;
  • Regularly monitor and update work plans to ensure the timely achievement of results related to USAID MEL;
  • Develop annual plans related to the MEL component as well as budgets for relevant activities;
  • Supervise and help build the capacity of project MEL staff at the provincial level to carry out project activities;
  • Ensure regular communication of MEL activities to all key stakeholders and contribute to the quarterly, annual report and project reporting to USAID, with the support of the Communications Team;
  • Collaborate with the technical team to monitor the progress of the program in terms of the compliance requirements of USAID results and indicators;
  • Work closely with technical staff and institutional partners to explain MEL processes and understand how these processes relate to the project's technical work, and to promote MEL-related training as needed;
  • Manage MEL resources and ensure that MEL information and resources are up-to-date, available to staff and widely disseminated;
  • Liaise with HQ colleagues to ensure data is uploaded into Creative MEDAL system; and
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree is required;
  • Training in qualitative and quantitative analysis;
  • At least eight (8) years of work experience is needed, specifically to improve evidence-based education programming for rural, ethnolinguistic, and underserved populations;
  • Proven success and experience in monitoring results and indicators of access and quality of education, learning outcomes and community involvement;
  • Must have five (5) years of experience in developing and implementing education assessments and classroom monitoring protocols and tests;
  • Previous experience in USAID-funded programs, and a strong knowledge of USAID reporting requirements is an advantage;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and teamwork. Effective communication skills, able to make formal and informal presentations both orally and in writing and produce professional and analytical reports and program documents; and
  • Fluency in English.

Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.