Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist, Advancing Open Governance and Accountability Activity
In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.
The Asia Foundation seeks an experienced monitoring, evaluation, and learning specialist for the Advancing Open Governance and Accountability (AOGA) Activity funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The program will focus on reducing corruption by increasing transparency in public resource management and strengthening oversight of watchdog institutions and civil society organizations. AOGA is expected to be a five-year project with a budget of $10 – $25 million. The position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
The successful candidate will be based in Dhaka and will work in close coordination with the chief of party to oversee, coordinate, and strengthen the project’s overall monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) tasks, activities, and systems. The ideal candidate will have considerable work experience and networks in Bangladesh and/or the South Asia region. Experience implementing complex and multifaceted projects is required, with knowledge of or experience in MEL activities, political economy analysis (PEA), adaptive management and iterative approaches, and co-design processes with multiple stakeholders. Technically, the candidate should have a strong understanding of open governance, accountability, counter corruption, local governance, social accountability, and civil society strengthening.
- Provide technical support for core program activities, with a focus on MEL activities.
- Develop project MEL tools and strategies.
- Provide leadership and data quality assurance to ensure the project incorporates sound MEL practices.
- Build MEL capacity of staff, partners, and other project stakeholders to develop and implement appropriate MEL frameworks and methodologies.
- Assist with data collection, analysis, and reporting.
- Facilitate the creation of MEL products that communicate findings to a broad audience.
- Ensure compliance with USAID MEL guidelines.
- Relevant degree in international development, public administration, public policy, or a related field of study.
- Minimum of five years of experience working on donor-funded projects, including in developing countries and preferably in Asia; experience working on USAID-funded projects strongly preferred.
- Minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in an MEL position on a program of similar magnitude, preferably in the areas of open governance, accountability, anti-corruption, local governance, social accountability, and/or civil society strengthening;
- A solid understanding of the value systems, traditions, and social norms and practices of South Asia, particularly Bangladesh, is strongly preferred.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Excellent oral and written communication skills in Bangla are a strong plus.
Why work at The Asia Foundation?
You will have the opportunity to contribute to development in Bangladesh and, more broadly, to the development, stability, and growth of the dynamic Asian region. In Bangladesh, other Asian countries, and with headquarters, you will work with and learn from dedicated, smart, and accomplished colleagues, program partners, and local leaders. In the process, you will improve your skills and grow as a development professional.