REL Technical Specialist: MEL

National Democratic Institute

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The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks a full time Research, Evaluation & Learning (REL) Technical Specialist to join the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) DC-based technical team that supports best practice in monitoring and evaluation across NDI's global programs. The role of the REL Technical Specialist is to support two research, evaluation and learning initiatives funded by the Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Labor and Human Rights. Working under the direction of the MEL Director and/or a Senior Methodologist, the REL Technical Specialist will support (1) the design and implementation of a comprehensive REL agenda; (2) measurement strategies for ex post and ex ante evaluations; and (3) grants, contracts and logistics for the REL two initiatives.


Research, Evaluation & Learning (REL) Technical Specialist: Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning


1.Supports a Comprehensive Research, Evaluation & Learning Agenda
• Coordinate and support an internal evaluation advisory committee to develop and implement a REL agenda
• Coordinate and support a consortium of evaluation practitioners to develop and implement a REL agenda
• Review and synthesize relevant literature; scope existing evidence; and provide systematic analyses of program portfolios in democracy, human rights and labor

2. Support Measurement Strategies for Evaluations Under the REL Initiative
• Assess the evaluability of key programs under the REL agendas
• Work as part of a team to develop Statements of Work (SOWs), evaluation matrices, inception reports, instrumentation and sampling strategies for ex post and ex ante evaluations
• Coordinate field-based data collection and data management, including training and overseeing local enumerators to use data collection/recording protocols

3. Coordinate Communications, Grants, Contracts, Logistics and Reporting
• Establish and maintain communication protocols for REL initiatives (agendas, minutes, updates, announcements)
• Track grant activities and budgets; review financial reports of subgrantees, and draft narrative donor reports


Education and/or experience:
• Bachelor's degree in social science research (anthropology, sociology, political science, community psychology); graduate degree strongly preferred
• A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in research and/or evaluations

NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees. NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related condition.

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