Chemonics Iraq seeks applications from qualified candidates for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer (MEL Officer) for a USAID sponsored project. This position will be based in Erbil Iraq. The MEL Officer plays a central role in developing the project’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems, ensuring appropriate data capture, and reviewing the collection of data and quality of reports as it relates to programming. S/he will consolidate findings, produce reports, and incorporate M&E priorities into activities. The MEL officer will provide guidance to staff and lead all program efforts in these areas. S/he will participate in all phases of project strategy development and planning, providing input and advice on the evolving political economic and legal context to inform decisions and programming. S/he will work closely with grants management unit (GMU) members, as well as with the donor in-country representatives as needed.
Draft monitoring and evaluation plans for grants in coordination with team members.
Develop and test information flow mechanisms, and data collection and analysis tools for profiling, assessment, monitoring, and evaluation purposes as necessary and per direction of supervisor.
Support MEL Assistants 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.
Upload MEL data and maintain online database records on project activities in an organized and timely manner.
Work with the team members and Reporting and Communications Officer to analyze and report on emerging program trends, lessons learned, and other factors that should better inform program development and reporting and create a robust feedback loop.
Conduct grant evaluations, identify lessons learned, and share with the broader team to support team-wide learning.
Conduct and document periodic site visits and attend grantee events and activities to collect data for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
Work with the program team and other relevant staff to monitor and provide analysis of emerging political events in Iraq and recommendations to senior leadership on how the project could address these events with grants or other activities.
Assist Program Development Officers, and others as needed, to review Activity Database entries during activity development.
Contribute to the capacity building of partners and grantees on monitoring and evaluation topics.
Liaise with field program assistants (FPAs) to ensure consistency of qualitative and quantitative information being collected and captured for database entries.
Attend and contribute to weekly concept review meetings.
A Bachelor's degree or advanced degree in a relevant field.
At least one year of demonstrated experience in the analysis and reporting on program impact and implementation is highly desirable. Experience with donor-funded organizations is preferable.
Prior experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, and/or related functions, experience working on USAID projects preferred.
Strong organizational, management and administrative skills, preferably with respect to research, analysis, and Monitoring and Evaluation.
Demonstrated analytical ability and understanding of the local and regional political context, with the ability to think creatively in conceptualizing relevant grant activities.
Proven knowledge of local and international NGOs and community-based organizations implementing relevant activities and programs in country, as well as key opposition institutions, actors, and stakeholders.
A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) is required. Experience working with data collection software favorable.
Ability to work in a professional and cordial manner with fellow staff members, visitors, the general public, and partner institutions including international and local NGOs, governmental entities, and support organizations.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to prioritize multiple work assignments in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines, and exercise good, professional judgment.
Good analytical ability and knowledge to develop appropriate monitoring and evaluation plans, identify clusters, and analyze monitoring and evaluation data.
Employee will be required to travel, sometimes extensively, within Iraq.
Fluency in written and oral Arabic and English is required; Written and oral fluency in Kurdish, and other local languages is a plus, but not required.