Monitoring and Evaluation Learning Advisor

Posted 6 months ago by Sesame Workshop
Location Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector Education

About Sesame Workshop 

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re active in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit

About the project 

Launched in 2018 across Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria and beyond, Sesame Workshop’s (SW) Ahlan Simsim   program   provides   displaced   and   crisis-affected   children   with   critical   early   childhood  development  (ECD)  services,  strengthens  national ECD  services,  and  influences  the  global  humanitarian  system  to prioritize ECD  in  emergencies  using  a  unique  combination  of  educational  multimedia  content  and  direct  services.1 Featuring  original  Muppet  and  animated  characters,  the  Ahlan  Simsim  television  show  is  broadcast  across  more  than  20  countries  in  the  region and engages children through joyful and culturally relevant storylines while teaching the social and emotional skills they need to overcome adverse experiences, such as displacement, and that all children need to succeed in school and in life. This role will be based in New York or Erbil and iis anticpated to be a 24 month project. 

In partnership with USAID/Iraq, over the course of the 3-year activity starting July 1, 2021, SW will  implement  Ahlan  Simsim  Iraq.  Ahlan  Simsim  Iraq  will  leverage  Ahlan  Simsim’s  unique approach  that  combines  locally  driven,  crisis-sensitive  and  age-appropriate  interventions  to  increase resilience capacities among children, families and communities impacted by conflict and violence.  Using  a  combination  of  original  multimedia  that  promotes  inclusion  and  reflects  the  diversity  of  Iraqi  society,  direct  services  that  reduce  the  vulnerability  of  children,  and  youth  engagement  programming  that  lays  the  foundation  for  self-efficacy  and  participation,  Ahlan  Simsim Iraq will help USAID reach its goal to contribute to a stable, sovereign Iraq that is able to respond in a timely and transparent manner to the needs of its citizens. 

The overall goal of the project is for families and communities impacted by conflict and violence to create and participate in inclusive ECD opportunities and have increased resilience capacities that help to counter malign influences. This will be achieved through four strategic objectives, as follows:  

  • Strategic Objective 1: Children have improved foundational skills including learner readiness, social and emotional learning, and mutual respect and understanding  

  • Strategic Objective 2: Facilitators have improved effectiveness 

  • Strategic  Objective  3:  Youth  have  increased  assets,  agency,  contributions,  and  access  to  an  enabling environment. 

  • Strategic Objective 4: The project has improved quality and relevance through the use of data and evidence 

This position will be responsible for delivering on Strategic Objective 4 in particular.  

Who we are looking for 

Sesame Workshop seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, Adaptation, and Learning Consultant to plan and deliver monitoring and collaboration, adaptation, and learning activities and deliverables for a 3 year, USAID-funded early education and social cohesion program in Iraq. The Consultant is responsible for creating the systems that will enable efficient, effective monitoring, evaluation, collaboration, adaptation, and learning.  They will provide relevant technical leadership and support to other colleagues as needed as part of project start up. They will work with the Senior Education Advisor to ensure the quality of procured needs assessments and conflict analyses. Specific deliverables are outlined below.  

The Consultant can be based anywhere, though significant preference for an Iraqi national, based in Iraq (or the region). We encourage women or other people who have been historically excluded to apply. This is likely a full-time consultancy. Depending on performance, the Consultant may become the full-time hired staff person.  

The Consultant will report to the Project Director.  


The following two deliverables are due by September 30, 2021, to USAID. Each of the deliverables below will received review and feedback or comments from USAID and will subsequently be updated by October 15, 2021. Sesame Workshop assumes that each of these deliverables will be reviewed at least once by the project team prior to submission by USAID, and will require significant collaboration and coordination with project staff and partners to be successful. 

  • A Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan (see USAID Guidance here). The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan must include a list of indicators that the project will use for monitoring, initial commitments to learning or evaluation activities, a collaboration, adaptation, and learning plan, data storage and management requirements, and other details that the project will need in order to create a system.   

  • Final list of activities for the project’s collaboration, learning, and adaptation objective. The current program description lists illustrative activities only. Finalizing the list of activities will require coordination and collaboration with the Senior Education Advisor, the Project Director, and consortium partners.   

Other deliverables include: 

  • Launch a monitoring and collaboration, learning, and adaptation system by October 1, 2021.  

  • Write relevant sections of the Quarter 1 report (narrative only), due by October 20, 2021. 

  • Write indicator reference sheets for all indicators that will be used by the project, due by October 31, 2021. (see USAID template here). 

  • Review and provide feedback on the rapid education risk and needs assessment (done by a third party contractor) during inception, implementation, and at the reporting writing phase.  

  • With the Senior Education Advisor, draft the Conflict Sensitivity Plan (submission to USAID by December 31, 2021). This Plan will have a strong link to the MEL and Collaborate, Learn, and Adapt program activities. 

  • Train partner staff on the M&E Plan, indicators, associated tools; activities linked to collaboration, learning, and adaptation; expectations around data security and management or other ethical issues; project reporting requirements.  

  • Provide review or input into the budget, staffing, partnership, or operational approaches for collaboration, learning, and adaptation approaches.   


  • 7+ years of experience managing monitoring, evaluation, collaboration, adaptation, and learning aspects of early childhood projects (from an education, health, protection, or multi-sector perspective), including 3 years of experience working in crisis settings 

  • Prior experience with the development and implementation of monitoring, evaluation, collaboration, adaptation, and learning systems in crisis-affected contexts  

  • Demonstrated understanding or experience with the most common challenges and solutions in monitoring, measuring, or evaluation topics like early childhood education or development, social cohesion, youth-led stabilization, or early childhood education and peacebuilding 

  • Able to communicate, train, and present in Arabic strongly preferred, Iraqi Arabic preferred 

  • Proficient in written and spoken English required 

  • Experience with USAID-funded projects (development or stabilization) preferred, but not required 

  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in the workplace. 

  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with partners, donors and other stakeholders in a sensitive environment 


Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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