Abt Associates Vacancy: Technical Specialist/ Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist - Malawi Early Grade Reading Evaluation, Malawi | UNjobs

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ID: 809 Published: 31 March 2018 10:50 pm


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Technical Specialist/ Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist – Malawi Early Grade Reading Evaluation, Malawi

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Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.

Abt Associates seeks a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for an upcoming U for an upcoming United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded International Development (USAID)-funded monitoring contract in Malawi. The contract will build capacity of Ministry of Education staff for monitoring and evaluation of early grade reading at national, school, and community levels. The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be stationed in Lilongwe, Malawi for a period of 5 years and will provide technical leadership over all monitoring and evaluation responsibilities for this contract, reporting directly to the project Chief of Party (COP). This position will be responsible for guiding the design and implementation of monitoring, evaluations, and research related to early grade reading.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic direction and technical leadership to produce monitoring and evaluation results and deliverables;
  • Designs research and evaluation studies to help determine what works well in early grade reading assessments in schools in Malawi;
  • Ensures the quality of implementing partner monitoring results by helping to set up indicators; train staff on how to collect, analyze, and enter data; and overseeing subcontractor monitoring of the data via primary data collection in the field;
  • Trains enumerators or oversees the training of enumerators, as needed, in order to collect primary data in the field;
  • Identifies secondary data that can be used for analysis;
  • Provides quality assurance over all monitoring, evaluation, and research results;
  • Designs data analysis plans and oversees staff and subcontractors in that analysis;
  • Clarifies roles, delegates responsibilities to senior staff, and clearly communicates expectations for staff contribution to project activities;
  • Maintains productive working relationships with USAID, project partners and key counterparts, and reports to the Project Director in Abt Associates’ home office.


  • Master’s degree with at least 10 years of monitoring and evaluation experience, including experience in designing, implementing, and managing complex monitoring and evaluation frameworks for programs in developing countries, particularly as related to educational data collection.
  • Expertise in early grade reading with preference given to experience with the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA).
  • Strong preference for a Malawian local.
  • Significant experience in East Africa is critical with a preference given to experience in Malawi, including thorough knowledge of specific educational priorities.
  • Expertise in designing monitoring and evaluation frameworks, including setting up theories of change, results frameworks, indicators, targets, and data collection plans is critical.
  • Expertise in experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental designs and qualitative and quantitative methods required.
  • Ability to liaise effectively with and develop consensus among key stakeholders, including donors, beneficiaries, national and local officials, public, private and civil society partners to assure effective collaboration among stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multidisciplinary, multicultural teams, manage complex programs, and ensure that staff and subcontractors adhere to the highest standards of quality, relevance, and timeliness.
  • Experience working with USAID highly prioritized.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fluency in English required.

Minimum Qualifications(10+) years of experience and a bachelor degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits.

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