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MEL Specialist - Jordan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity

About The Kaizen Company

The Kaizen Company (Kaizen) is an international development consulting firm and an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Our proven solutions catalyze locally driven organizational and institutional performance improvements and establish communities of practice that facilitate peer-to-peer learning and the achievement of shared goals. We aspire to transform the nature and impact of development assistance and work to strengthen organizations and institutions through innovative approaches to organizational development, reform, and change.

Jordan Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity (MELA)

MELA is designed to ensure USAID’s activities in Jordan achieve their intended results through monitoring and evaluation, strategic assessments, and USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting approach (CLA). Kaizen will help USAID/Jordan create a dynamic learning environment among development actors, focused on innovation, quality, and knowledge sharing. Through the Kaizen Accelerator, a rapid procurement mechanism, a cohort of Jordanian firms will work with Kaizen's MELA team to successfully deliver activities while simultaneously strengthening their management and compliance systems. The Kaizen approach will provide USAID with high-quality MEL services across its portfolio, build the capacity of local MEL institutions, and ensure programs meaningfully incorporate local participation. The MELA team will ensure program sustainability by building the technical and institutional capacity of one or more local firms that can manage the follow-on MEL Activity in the future.  

Responsibilities and Tasks

The MEL Specialist will report to and work closely with the Senior MEL Specialist overseeing activities in the work plan. S/he will support the Senior MEL Specialist in developing and sequencing evaluations and assessments. S/he will oversee subcontractors and consultants who carry out the work as designated by the Senior MEL Specialist. This position is open to those already based and eligible to work in Jordan.

Responsibilities and tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of specific USAID/Jordan programs and Development Objectives (DO) and work closely with USAID DO teams.
  • Interact with USAID and other MEL staff to design assessments, evaluations, surveys and special studies, and develop or refine statements of work (SOWs) in accordance with USAID’s Evaluation Policy and operational guidelines
  • Support the planning, budgeting, and logistics for assessments, evaluations, surveys etc.
  • Develop SOWs for consultants, and work closely with MELA PMU team to identify, interview and select suitable short-term consultants.
  • Whenever required as part of an evaluation/assessment, develop SOWs for outsourcing sample surveys and qualitative research, and supervise the sub-contractor’s work to ensure the satisfactory completion of the task.
  • Conduct technical review of assessments, evaluations, surveys design etc. as well as related deliverables including but not limited to inception report, data collection instruments, analysis, presentations, draft and final reports.
  • Ensure the deliverables are of acceptable quality as per USAID evaluation policy and operational guidelines and report regularly on the timely and satisfactory completion of assessment, evaluations, surveys etc.
  • Facilitate co-creation workshops with various stakeholder to validate findings at the end of evaluations and assessments.
  • Participate in CLA activities to ensure evaluation and assessment data and information contributes to learning and adapting.
  • Conduct technical review of Activity MEL Plans of USAID’s implementing partners. This includes review of Theory of Change, Results Frameworks, Performance Indicator Reference Sheets (PIRS) etc.
  • Support the development and implementation of the USAID/Jordan Performance Management Plan (PMP), as well as PMP indicator data system
  • Collect, analyze and report data against MELA MEL indicators assigned to MEL team
  • Work closely with multiple stakeholders including the USAID MEL team and MEL platform on the technical level, ensuring that MEL workplans, indicators and information are reported as needed by USAID/Jordan
  • Other duties, as necessary and assigned by the Senior MEL specialist.

Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree (MA or above) in social sciences, preferably in economics, business administration and other fields closely related to MEL.
  • At least 7 years of experience in MEL, including 4 years in senior leadership positions focusing on MEL.
  • Strong background in MEL processes and knowledge of MEL tools
  • USAID knowledge strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with the MEL ecosystem in Jordan is preferred
  • Familiarity with DevResults and EvalJordan
  • Strong proficiency in written and spoken English and Arabic

At The Kaizen Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. The Kaizen Company is an equal opportunity employer.

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