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Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Eastern and Southern Caribbean
Job SummaryRTI is currently accepting applications for a Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist for an anticipated USAID-funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions project that will focus on ten countries in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) region.
~~RTI International is an independent nonprofit research institute and leading development organization headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. Since 1958, RTI has worked in over 150 countries and designed and implemented cutting-edge solutions in the sectors of economic growth, governance, education, and health. A cornerstone of RTI’s work is strengthening the capacities of local partners and systems in order to increase local ownership and ensure that host country individuals and organizations have the skills and resources to achieve their missions and sustain their services in the long term.
RTI is currently accepting applications for a Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist for an anticipated USAID-funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions project that will focus on ten countries in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) region. These countries include: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago. The project office and staff will be based out of Bridgetown, Barbados. The project will be four years in duration and is expected to commence in April 2017 and will require travel. This position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding. Nationals of Barbados are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for collecting data on key performance indicators that illustrates RTI’s impact in boosting the institutional capacity of NGOs throughout the region. The M&E Specialist will also be expected to collect other qualitative data that helps the project to tell the story of impact. The M&E Specialist will work closely with the Capacity Development and Grants Manager as well as the Communications Specialist in order to track results, understand the quality of our work and make adaptations as needed, and communicate the success of our work using qualitative and quantitative data.
Specific responsibilities of the position include:
• Establish a baseline of NGO capacity across the region, in tandem with the team, that will be based off of a market assessment and institutional capacity assessments of NGOs;
• Track progress of NGO grantees in meeting milestones, as identified within their institutional strengthening plans;
• Look at overall connectivity of grantees and increased connections utilizing our online platform;
• Track and analyze nuanced changes in organizational culture, behaviors, and practices;
• Maintain a database of indicators and create online dashboards for all NGO grantees that show their progress in real-time;
• Help to build the capacity of NGO grantees to monitor and evaluate their performance;
• Create and follow the project’s monitoring and evaluation and learning plan;
• Verify and analyze data in order to help the project team to assess performance and adapt accordingly;
• Perform other tasks as assigned by Supervisor.
Required Skills and Qualifications
The successful applicant will be a proactive person that has exceptional verbal and written communication skills. She/he will also be able to multi-task and work under tight deadlines. She/he will also have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work well in a diverse team across multiple countries. Moreover, she/he will understand that monitoring and evaluation is not simply tracking activities or output-based indicators, but will have the ability to examine complex changes in behavior and more nuanced qualitative changes that are occurring within NGOs as a result of capacity strengthening assistance.
Required skills also include:
• A Master’s degree with at least 3 years or a Bachelors’ degree with at least 6 years of experience (preferably in the field of monitoring and evaluation).
• Successful experience in collecting, verifying, and analysing qualitative and quantitative data in a clear format that will help to guide decision-making.
• Experience in utilizing databases and maintaining data.
• Experience in conducting focus groups and surveys in order to collect information.
• Experience in collecting and consolidating large amounts of data from NGOs.
• Knowledge of the NGO and civil society sector in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.
• Candidates with experience in working on USAID-funded projects and that are familiar with USAID monitoring and evaluation requirements are highly desired.
Application Instructions: Qualified candidates are invited to apply for this position and submit their CV and cover letter to LC4LS@rti.org . Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.