Job Description

The USAID/RDMA Networks for Peace project will strengthen Asian initiatives that promote regional security and amplify moderate voices of peace and inclusivity in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, as well as Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, through two central components. The first component will include activities to increase capacities and linkages among key influencers and networks that work to mitigate violent conflict and extremism in Asia, the second component will focus on research specifically aiming to address analytical gaps in understanding trends and attitudes in Asia related to violent conflict and extremism.

Position Description:

The Research, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (RMEL) Specialist will report to the Chief of Party and will be responsible for supporting the design and implementation of a comprehensive monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan for the Networks for Peace project. S/he will work closely with the project team to implement systems to safeguard the collection and management of data and will ensure that project learning is shared with project staff and partners and is used to inform needed changes to Networks for Peace activities. The RMEL Specialist will also play a key role in reviewing, selecting, and designing final research grant activities. S/he will also be responsible for providing technical oversight and monitoring to some of these research grant activities.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Oversees MEL and research activities in close collaboration with the Chief of Party.

  • Develops and directly contributes to the development and implementation of the MEL plan, tools and systems [including a Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) approach] to collect, interpret, and apply data and project learning that demonstrates impact and project accountability and progress, and informs adaptation of project activities.

  • Develops and supports the design and implementation of high-quality quantitative and qualitative surveys and participatory methodologies to monitor program quality for performance and results.

  • Builds upon industry experiences to improve consistency, quality, and practicality of MEL strategies; promotes dissemination and use of lessons learned by the project team and partners.

  • Provides training to staff (including Country Coordinators in other countries) and primary stakeholders on the MEL plan and tools.

  • Contributes to the design of research-related grant solicitations, participates in evaluation committees for research grants, and works closely with selected research grantee to finalize research plan and data collection tools and methodology.

  • Conduct data collection and verification and contribute project performance and data reports as required.

  • Provides technical oversight and monitoring to Network for Peace research grants.

  • Oversees capacity development activities on MEL topics, including the development of relevant workshop materials, development of MEL guides and direct technical support to grantees on MEL.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Experience/Skills:

  • Master’s degree

  • Eight or more years of experience managing and/or effectively implementing research, monitoring, evaluation, and/or learning activities for development activities, especially in the democracy, governance, peacebuilding, social science research, and/or other relevant sectors.

  • Experience designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research and survey methodologies.

  • Experience developing monitoring and evaluation systems and data collection tools.

  • Informed of current program developments in democracy and governance and/or peacebuilding and conflict mitigation programming.

  • Ideally, the candidate will also have worked on USAID or other donor programs and be familiar with USAID’s approach to ME&L and CLA.

  • Fluent in English and Thai (speaking and writing)


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