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Principal Project Specialist-Monitoring and Evaluation

Organization: American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Job ID: 6816

Location: US-DC

Overview:

AIR’s International Development Program seeks to enhance the capacity of developing countries to improve their quality of life through education and social development. In partnership with others, we seek to: ensure children’s equitable access to all levels of education; improve the quality and relevance of education; and empower individuals, communities, and institutions as agents of social and behavioral change.

AIR’s monitoring and evaluation work in developing countries involves carefully collecting information about a project or program in order to assess effectiveness and make decisions. The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will oversee implementation of AIR projects’ monitoring and evaluation strategies and requirements.

Responsibilities:

The selected candidate will provide intellectual, technical and managerial leadership to AIR’s Monitoring and Evaluation in Developing Countries practice and within the field in general. The essential functions of the position include:
•Assure the quality of the Program Management and Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation aspects of all IDP projects from design to implementation to reporting
•Support research efforts and activities
•Support development of IDP staff in home office and field to development their monitoring and evaluation skills

Responsibilities:
•Lead the growth and development of AIR’s International Development work and Monitoring and Evaluation practice through business development, client relationship and capacity building activities
•Expand and coordinate international Monitoring and Evaluation practice and policy work at AIR.
•Lead proposals to build AIR’s Monitoring and Evaluation in Developing Countries practice.
•Provide technical expertise to clients, AIR staff, partners and policy makers.
•Provide overall technical guidance for Monitoring and Evaluation and Program Management and Planning development.
•Effectively manage complex projects, resources and staff.
•Monitor the compliance with M&E plans.
•Utilize entrepreneurial, creative thinking and problem solving skills in leading the practice.
•Participate in professional and staff development activities, especially in Monitoring and Evaluation work and International Development-related topics.

Qualifications:

•Master’s Degree in Economics, Sociology, Education or similar social science, preferably in an international context with an emphasis on quantitative methodology, evaluation, measurement, statistics, or related substantive area. Ph.D. preferred.
•At least 7 years of related experience in Monitoring and Evaluation in Developing Countries.
•Demonstrated leadership and recognition in Monitoring and Evaluation in Developing Countries.
•Proven success in the development and management of large or complex development projects and provide consulting or technical assistance to clients in developing countries, including budgets, staff and deliverables.
•Demonstrated interest and capacity to lead proposals and other development work to support AIR’s growth in Developing Countries.
•Strong leadership, management, organizational, and interpersonal skills with the ability to manage, mentor and grow staff.

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