The Iraq Community Resilience Initiative – Ta’afi (ICRI-Ta’afi) is a United States Agency for International Development Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI) program implemented by Chemonics International in Iraq. ICRI-Ta’afi aims to increase stability in Iraq by supporting accelerated recovery in conflict-affected areas, improvement of the public’s perception of local leadership, and strengthened social fabric of Iraqi communities.
MEL Officer reports to Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager and manages Field Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Coordinator (FMC)
Work Location and Number of Vacancies:
The position is based in Erbil-Iraq. (1) vacancy.
Leads all monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) efforts for a designated portfolio of small grants plans for grants in coordination with program team members
Develops MEL plans and tests information flow mechanisms, and data collection and analysis tools for assessment, monitoring, and evaluation purposes as necessary
Collaborates with FMC to ensure the timely, accurate, and reliable high-quality data collection, reporting, and analysis for pre/post-intervention assessments, activity monitoring, surveys, and evaluations using quantitative and qualitative tools, including but not limited to focus group discussions, key informant interviews, qualitative observation, and surveys
Liaises with FMC, program development officers, communications officer and other team members to collect and ensure consistency in information collected and captured and report on emerging program trends, and lessons learned 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 ICRI Ta’afi team to support team-wide learning
Maintains USAID/OTI Activity Database records on project activities in an organized and timely manner
Conducts and documents periodic site visits and attends partner events and activities to collect data for monitoring and evaluation purposes
Contributes to the capacity building of team members and partners on monitoring and evaluation topics
Other duties as requested
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required
A minimum of two years of demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation or analysis and reporting on program impact and implementation required. Experience with donor-funded organizations preferred
Strong analytical and organizational skills, preferably with respect to research, analysis, and MEL
Demonstrated understanding of the local and regional political context, with the ability to think creatively in conceptualizing project activities and results
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required. Experience working with data collection software preferred.
Experience working with data visualization software well regarded
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to prioritize multiple work assignments in an extremely fast-paced environment, meet deadlines, and exercise good, professional judgment that communicates the established message of the program
Ability to work in a professional and cordial manner with fellow staff members, visitors, the general public, and partner institutions, including local NGOs, governmental entities, and support organizations
Strong understanding of conflict sensitivity and “do no harm” principles
Fluency in written and oral Arabic and English is required; written and oral fluency in Kurdish and other local languages is desirable, but not required
Willingness to travel within Iraq occasionally
Equal employment opportunities:
Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
Contract period: 12 Months with possibility of extension
Salary: The salary of this position falls under band FSN-09
The selected candidates will be vetted.
Chemonics Iraq offers a fair, competitive, and transparent recruitment process. We are promoting the health and well-being of our staff and their loved ones. We are just as committed to creating an environment that encourages professional learning and growth. Our benefits include:
Health insurance for its full-time fixed-term employees and their dependents (spouse and children) at no additional cost. The health insurance Chemonics provides is an exclusive package with wide network in different cities within Iraq. The employees and their dependents can visit hospitals and receive treatments with no payment.
Life insurance for the employee at no additional cost
Resilience Support Program at no additional cost
Annual professional development fund for approved trainings for each employee.
Online platforms for language and technical skills development (Mango Languages and Degreed)