Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist IV - USAID Global

PQLC · Washington, District of Columbia
Department PQLC
Employment Type Full-time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $92,825

Please Note: With a vaccine mandate and safety protocols in place, staff have returned to our office in Washington, with options for part-time telework. The MEL Specialist is a headquarters role; as such this individual will be expected to work on site at least three days per week.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Deadline: Until filled


The Solidarity Center has prioritized enhancing monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) as a strategic objective and seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist to contribute to the organization’s efforts in developing a MEL strategy, promoting a MEL culture within the organization, building staff capacity in Washington, D.C. and the field, strengthening monitoring systems, and driving knowledge management and organizational learning.  Specifically, the MEL Specialist will collaborate with HQ and field staff in the design and implementation of M&E plans; develop resources and provide technical guidance and training on methodologies and data collection tools; contribute to strengthening SC’s MEL community of practice; and advance knowledge management efforts across the organization.  International travel is expected for this position. 


Project Design, and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Provide technical assistance to Country Program Directors and program staff on the design of programs by facilitating discussions using such tools as problem tree analysis and the logical framework approach, and selecting appropriate methodologies and tools to gather baseline data and to measure progress and impact
  • Contribute to the development of key M&E documents (logical frameworks, performance monitoring and evaluation plans, M&E narratives, etc.), including the identification and use of appropriate indicators, and ensure compliance with funder requirements and SC needs, as well as consistency with technical approach in proposal and/or work plans
  • Review and provide feedback on M&E data reports (e.g., PMPs) prior to submission to funder, and support quantitative analysis and visualization of data with an eye for highlighting results and impact
  • Review any data sets required to be submitted to funders
  • Provide guidance throughout program life cycle on monitoring efforts, data quality and collection protocols, documentation of results, as well as on data quality assessments and external evaluations of programs 
  • Serve as team lead for MEL on NED cumulative assessments, providing guidance on design and implementation
  • Support the establishment and enhancement of performance monitoring systems in the field

MEL for Global Labor Program (GLP) 

  • In collaboration with senior management, assess M&E requirements of USAID-funded, five-year $50M GLP as well as the measures taken to date, and develop plan to meet obligations
  • Design and conduct training for field offices to ensure data collection, documentation and reporting are in accordance with USAID’s requirements and the SC’s information needs to demonstrate progress and impact
  • Serve as team lead for MEL for the GLP with USAID
  • Foster community of practice among GLP M&E field experts, capture best practices and contribute to organizational knowledge management and learning
  • Ensure data quality of information in monitoring database and contribute to any necessary redesign to ensure the systematic collection and reporting of quality and relevant data across programs
  • Collaborate with technical specialists (e.g., migration, equality and inclusion, and rule of law) on the design, reporting and evaluation of GLP learning activities, and on development of methods to assess overall progress and impact in three technical areas across GLP projects.

MEL Resources 

  • Design or adapt quantitative and qualitative data collection tools for use in SC programs, and provide training and guidance to staff on their use to build field capacity
  • In conjunction with senior management, develop toolkit of MEL resources – data collection tools, training manuals and guides, etc. – for use throughout project life cycle that can be accessed by field staff online
  • Support adoption of innovations, such as mobile data technology solutions
  • Collaborate with program staff, specialists and senior management to document and share best practices, lessons learned and success stories across programs to foster organizational learning and capture impact
  • Contribute to discussions on knowledge management and make recommendations for system improvements
  • Develop and maintain roster of technical experts who can provide as-needed short-term assistance to programs (baseline assessments, mid-term or final evaluations, etc.)

Research and Evaluation 

  • Assist with the design and implementation of research and evaluation, as required 
  • Review and provide feedback on final research reports, and internal and external evaluation reports, as required 

Community Engagement

  • Represent SC and participate in working groups and community discussions on MEL 
  • Engage with counterparts at funders and peer organizations, particularly with democracy, rights and governance groups

Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience strongly preferred, including designing M&E framework and plans for labor/social justice/human rights/civil society programs, developing MEL resources, providing training and guidance throughout program life cycle, and fostering organizational learning
  • Master’s degree in social science, social justice, human rights, international relations or related field
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written)
  • Previous experience working in a non-profit organization that focuses on labor, social justice, human rights or civil society strengthening 
  • Previous experience developing M&E plans for USAID-funded programs; familiarity with NED, DOS/DRL and DOL M&E requirements, as well as other non-USG funders, preferred
  • Previous experience contributing to a MEL community of practice preferred
  • Previous experience working overseas preferred
  • Proficiency in a second language preferred

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of programs related to worker and human rights, civil society strengthening, equality and inclusion, labor migration and human trafficking, safety and health, trade union strengthening and/or informal economy 
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating labor/social justice/human rights/civil society programs, and in providing guidance on the design and implementation of research projects
  • Familiarity with participatory approaches, paper and mobile data collection, Excel and cloud-based data management and analysis, and integration of data visualization
  • Demonstrated ability to use qualitative and quantitative data and findings to improve programs and knowledge management
  • Experience in designing and delivering in-person and on-line workshops on M&E topics 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact and collaborate with host country-based, HQ and funder staff
  • Experience and presence necessary to represent the Solidarity Center effectively in public fora and in private meetings with funders, partner organizations, and national and international organizations
  • Excellent writing skills in English to effectively create clear and concise documents and/or guidelines
  • Strong oral communication skills to effectively present information, respond to inquiries and conduct training
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility in responding to changing work priorities
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Willingness and ability to travel overseas to conduct training or assessments, or participate in program monitoring and evaluation efforts
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Good sense of humor a plus

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. This position is classified as Key Personnel, so anyone hired is subject to donor approval.

This is a collective bargaining unit position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary starting at approximately $93,000 USD. A robust benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, a retirement plan and pension, life insurance, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical leave. We also offer opportunities and funds for professional development.

The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Please be advised that we will inform the AFL-CIO when any of its current employees apply for positions with Solidarity Center. This notification is a matter of policy for all candidates, regardless of each individual’s qualifications and competitiveness for a specific opportunity.

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