About Evidence Action
Our organization was founded in 2013 to address a big gap in the fight against global poverty–many of the most promising interventions are either implemented at a very small scale, or not at all. We set out to address this gap by building programs that would scale evidence-based and cost-effective interventions, leading to significant improvements in quality of life for hundreds of millions of people.
Our model worked. In less than a decade, our two flagship programs, the Deworm the World Initiative and Dispensers for Safe Water, have grown to measurably impact over 280 million people each year. This success is achieved through the dedication and talent of our staff, the hard work of our partners, and the commitment of our supporters.
By 2024, we seek to double our impact. We are strengthening and expanding our existing programs, and working to identify a new generation of evidence-based and cost-effective interventions that we can scale to reach millions more.
The Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE) Strategy team supports Evidence Action’s programs through the design and development of monitoring, research, and evaluation systems and timely access to useful and insightful data analysis for evidence-based decision-making. The MLE Strategy team provides these services to Evidence Action’s flagship programs, Deworm the World and Dispensers for Safe Water, as well as early-stage and scaling programs in Evidence Action’s Accelerator, such as Maternal Syphilis Testing and Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation.
The Senior Associate, MLE Strategy is an important member of the Global MLE team and supports the design and development of program monitoring frameworks and MLE plans; ensures research and evaluation studies are designed to fit program MLE objectives; conducts rigorous analysis of program and monitoring & evaluation data; conducts desk research into MLE best practices as per program goals; and effectively communicates MLE designs, KPIs, and results to programs. The Senior Associate is also responsible for ensuring there are quality MLE processes to meet program deadlines and MLE standards in the team’s deliverables. As such, the Senior Associate must be highly motivated and flexible to adapt to MLE and program team needs.
This position will work closely with the Associate Director and Manager, MLE Strategy. Depending on program and MLE team priorities, the Senior Associate will primarily support one-to-two flagship or Accelerator programs.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Associate, MLE Strategy is responsible for providing high quality MLE design, analysis, and communication support to ensure program objectives and goals are met. This support may include the following duties, but the exact responsibilities will ultimately be determined based on program needs.
Design program monitoring frameworks and plans for Accelerator programs
- Support drafting of program theories of change, recommend key performance indicators, and develop overall MLE plans.
- Participate in drafting and enhancing relevant monitoring plans including monitoring frameworks, sampling plans, survey designs, monitoring protocols, analytical frameworks, and reporting templates.
Design program monitoring frameworks and plans for flagship programs
- Maintenance of existing MLE frameworks, plans, analyses, and reports, such as updating KPIs, drafting and reviewing monitoring reports, and enhancement of MLE systems.
- Participate in review of relevant monitoring systems including monitoring frameworks, sampling plans, survey designs, monitoring protocols, analytical frameworks, and reporting templates.
- Assist in adaptation of program monitoring frameworks for the purposes of program expansion and/or program sustainability efforts.
Support technical projects including research and evaluation
- Provide design input and management support to research and evaluation projects including contributing to technical project plans, drafting protocols, providing oversight of data collection, and drafting research and evaluation plans.
- Draft comprehensive and well-designed quantitative and qualitative data collection tools to capture relevant and reliable data as defined in individual research plans.
- Assist in technical tasks including but not limited to power calculations, qualitative and quantitative data analyses, and data quality assessments.
- Draft research and evaluation reports describing the objectives and methodologies, synthesizing key results, and recommending actionable next steps for changes to program design and/or monitoring.
- Support IRB processes for research and evaluation as per organizational and country protocols.
Effectively communicate and engage with program teams on MLE work
- Support Associate Director and Manager, MLE Strategy with coordination between MLE delivery and strategy teams for program scope of work deliverables.
- Collaborate with and seek inputs from program and MLE delivery teams in designing monitoring, research, and evaluation projects.
- Engage with program teams to ensure data-driven decision making using M&E data.
Support administrative and coordination tasks for the MLE Strategy team
- Coordinate and organize MLE strategy work plan and ensure work plans are streamlined across the MLE team
- Facilitate team meetings and workshops by generating agendas and ensure proper record keeping
- Support management of and compliance with M&E quality requirements and guideline documents to ensure MLE deliverables are high-quality.
Other duties, as assigned
- Effectively support internal partners and technical experts in the design and execution of monitoring, research, and evaluation;
- Conduct informal or formal internal training on monitoring and evaluation concepts for program staff when new concepts are introduced;
- Prepare MLE presentations or reports for internal and external audiences, including donors and partners;
- Support the Associate Director and Manager in identifying gaps in current M&E systems to recommend improvements and/or additional areas of M&E support to program teams.
Washington, DC (Remote flexibility for up to 1 year)
- Master’s degree in economics, public policy, statistics, international development or any other relevant quantitative field, and a minimum of 1 year in support of design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation projects
- Knowledge of M&E design concepts and methodologies, and experience designing and managing M&E plans
- Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity using statistical software like Stata, R, and Excel; experience managing, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data
- Ability to translate technical concepts to effectively communicate technical concepts to both technical and lay persons
- Strong writing skills to deliver high-quality deliverables to international program teams and donors
- Previous experience working with an international organization and supporting work in international settings
- Demonstrated ability to self-manage and prioritize assignments in an efficient manner and in alignment with program deadlines
- Willingness to travel to program locations in countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Malawi India, Nigeria, Liberia, and Pakistan; travel is likely to be up to 20% of the year, pending travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19
- Interest in the design and development of monitoring frameworks to be implemented by programs
- Knowledge and experience using softwares such as Tableau, PowerBI, R Shiny, ArcGIS, QGIS.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain effective working relationships with a team that is geographically dispersed, and willingness to work in a global matrixed work setting
- Flexibility to adapt to shifting priorities and timelines according to requirements of program teams
- Familiarity with the evidence base for leading global health interventions
- Familiarity with health data, research, and surveys