MEL Specialist

Posted 8 months ago by Chemonics International Inc.
Location Iraq Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO

Location: Erbil, Baghdad or Basrah. 


The Iraq Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities (DCEO) is a United States Agency for International Development  (USAID) program implemented by Chemonics International in Iraq. DCEO aims to support vulnerable communities to build community resilience against destabilizing factors by increasing their adaptive capacity and economic well-being. The project consists of two objectives. Objective 1, Adaptative capacity of vulnerable communities increased is achieved through two components. Component 1.1 seeks to mitigate drivers of conflict in targeted communities and Component 1.2 seeks to enhance community leadership of inclusive local development.  Objective 2, Economic well-being of communities advanced, will rest on the assessments, analysis, foundations, and groundwork of Objective 1.


The MEL Specialist(s) will support Objectives 1 and 2. Under the anticipated 100 Solutions for Stability Task Order DCEO will support Iraqi communities to address key drivers of instability through community-based solutions. The MEL Specialists will work directly within target communities. The MEL Specialists will also support the anticipated Iraq Business Competitiveness and Job Creation Initiative (BCJCI) Task Order under DCEO Objective 2 to promote sustainable enterprise competitiveness, increase employment, and expand private sector development working with micro, small, and medium size Iraqi businesses and entrepreneurs.

DCEO intends to hire multiple MEL Specialists and these positions will be based in Erbil, Baghdad, and Basrah with field work and potential travel required to other locations. Applicants from those locations are strongly encouraged to apply.


The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist reports to the MEL Manager.


  • Drafts monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plans for grants in coordination with MEL team members
  • Develops and tests information flow mechanisms, and data collection and analysis tools for profiling, assessment, monitoring, and evaluation purposes as necessary
  • Supports MEL manager to ensure timely, accurate, and reliable high-quality data collection, reporting, and analysis for baseline studies, activity monitoring, surveys, pre/post-intervention assessments, and evaluations using quantitative and qualitative tools, including but not limited to focus group discussions, key informant interviews, qualitative observation, and surveys in addition to performing data collection supervision if necessary.
  • Works with MEL team members and reporting and communications specialist to analyze and report on emerging program trends, lessons learned, and other factors to better inform program development and reporting and create a robust feedback loop.
  • Conducts grant evaluations, identifies lessons learned, and shares relevant information with the broader team to support team-wide learning, in coordination with MEL manager in addition to data entry via several established systems such as KOBO, ONA, CC, etc.
  • Conducts and documents periodic site visits and attends grantee events and activities to collect data for monitoring and evaluation purposes in addition to uploading MEL data [including photos, attachments] to DCEO dashboard and knowledge management system.
  • Works with the program team and other relevant staff to monitor and provide analysis of emerging political events in Iraq, and to provide recommendations to the senior management team and USAID on opportunities to address these events with grants or other activities
  • Contributes to the capacity building of partners and grantees on monitoring and evaluation topics
  • Liaises with MEL assistants and other field-based staff to ensure consistency in qualitative and quantitative information collected and captured for reporting purposes
  • Archiving the evidence with supporting documents for the activities and indicators [Hard and Soft copies] across all of the task orders.
  • Travel between the fields/offices and performing any other duties as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required
  •  Minimum three years of prior experience in research, MEL, and/or related functions, with preference given to candidates with experience working on USAID projects
  • Strong organizational, management and administrative skills, preferably with respect to research, analysis, and MEL
  • Demonstrated analytical ability and understanding of local and regional political context, with the ability to think creatively in conceptualizing relevant grant activities
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and prioritize effectively.
  • Proven knowledge of local and international NGOs and community-based organizations implementing relevant activities and programs in the country, as well as key opposition institutions, actors, and stakeholders
  •  Up-to-date understanding and knowledge of the political environment and social conditions in the country and the surrounding region
  • Fluent written and spoken English and Arabic required

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