Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Specialist (Temp)

World Learning - Washington, DC4.2

TemporaryEstimated: $69,000 - $98,000 a year
World Learning is inviting an enthusiastic and energetic person to join the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) team for temporary coverage during the period of December 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018. S/he will work across various units of the organization by providing technical support to program teams in HQ and in the field. This role will ensure that quality reliable and rigorous data is generated through our programs, evaluation and research work, and will promote use of data for decision making, programmatic improvements, learning and adaptations. S/he will take an active role in program design and development, as well as oversee data management processes throughout the overall program management cycle, including evaluations and exit. This position will also support strengthening World Learning’s global reporting, research and evaluation work, with a primary focus on quantitative and mixed methods.

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) is at the heart of World Learning’s work. The MERL Specialist is expected to support social inclusion, and help programs identify and strengthen the evidence base on the ways our work promotes and improves social inclusion in the contexts where we work.

As a learning institution, World Learning is committed to capturing, sharing and utilizing both individual and institutional knowledge and to developing its staff’s skills in order to improve programming and overall institutional capacity. We seek individuals who will strengthen this commitment to move the organization forward.


Organizational Learning Initiatives

Working with other colleagues, lead and support organizational level initiatives such as articulating thematic theories of change, developing and implementing thematic and cross-thematic learning agendas, developing systematic approaches to acquire, communicate and integrate learning;
Lead and support efforts in collating and aggregating evidence and learning from various programs to articulate the impact of our programs;
Initiate, lead and facilitate learning initiatives across various teams within World Learning HQ and the field offices to promote sharing of knowledge and best practices;
Support the implementation of World Learning’s organizational monitoring software, DevResults, ensuring accuracy and the quality of the reported data;
Use DevResults to produce quarterly progress reports, engage programmatic teams in understanding existing data, and support them in using the data and evidence base for program implementation and improvement.
Program Design and Implementation

Participate in program design, leading on MERL components, including program level theories of change, logic models, MEL plans, indicators, data collection tools, development of Collaboration, Learning and Adaption (CLA) approaches, research, evaluations and other types of studies;
Provide training, coaching and other required capacity building for staff capacity in core MERL skills in order to successfully implement programmatic MEL plans;
Working closely with the programs, ensure quality of programmatic data through implementation of Data Quality Assessments, improving MEL systems, tools, data collection processes as required;
Review existing programs’ MEL systems to help improve indicators, data collection tools, data management and reporting processes;
Design, implement and support the implementation of internal and external evaluations, research and various types of studies using various evaluation approaches, designs tools and methods.
Social Inclusion

As part of World Learning’s commitment to social inclusion, help advance evidence base on the impact of integrating social inclusion methods in programs;
Design, implement, integrate and, if needed, conduct social inclusion analysis, following TAAP Toolkit’s Phase 2 methodology.
Build staff capacity on monitoring social inclusion in programs, develop and roll out effective approaches to monitoring social inclusion gains in programs.

Master’s degree (or higher) or equivalent hands on experience in designing, conducting and commissioning research and various types of studies, with a deep understanding of quantitative and mixed methods;
At least three years of experience in working with qualitative and quantitative data;
Prior involvement in baseline, evaluation and other types of studies;
Familiarity with USAID guidelines and policies on evaluation, CLA, DQA and other relevant areas.
Ability to work across multi-disciplinary teams, with capacity to simplify complex notions, to help teams understand quantitative data and be able to engage with it;
Strong attention to detail;
Critical and analytical thinking habits;
Excellent writing skills;
Punctuality and ability to meet deadlines.
Familiarity with social science research and standardized assessment methods in education desired;
Technical knowledge and skills in quantitative design and analysis desired;
Knowledge of statistics and experience using statistical packages for analyzing datasets (Excel, SPSS, SAS, and other relevant packages) desired.
Why World Learning

For more than 85 years, World Learning has worked to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. Our education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society. With our support, these emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, and inequality.

As a thriving international nonprofit organization with impact in 150 countries, World Learning works across six major program areas. We’re hard at work improving global education to ensure schools and teachers have the tools they need to support students — including English language instruction through our TESOL teacher training. We encourage civic engagement in communities around the world, and we strengthen institutions so that they can best serve their constituencies. Our workforce development programs help people cultivate the hard and soft skills they need to succeed. And we offer people-to-people exchanges for people of all ages who seek professional and academic enrichment.

All World Learning programs are grounded in five key approaches: experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive practices, innovation, and grants management. We believe in partnering with local experts, organizations, and institutions to find solutions that will truly work for each community. Together, we create the foundations for a better tomorrow.

World Learning is a member of the World Learning Inc. Opens a New Window. family, which also includes The Experiment in International Living and School for International Training.

World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.