Applicants who clearly meet the minimum Education, Experience and basic eligibility requirements will be further evaluated based on scoring of the Evaluation Factors listed below. The highest-ranking applicants may be selected for an interview.
- Knowledge: 10 points
- Skills and abilities: 10 points
- Communication and Language skills: 10 points
- Interview Performance: 70 points
Applications that do not meet the required minimum qualifications will not be scored. Candidates meeting the required qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application. USAID reserves the right to conduct interviews with the top ranked short-listed candidates. If the interview is conducted, the interview will be one of the determining factors in the final selection.
Reference checks will be made only for the successful candidate. If a candidate does not wish USAID to contact a current employer for a reference check, this should be stated in the application letter.
USAID IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will be considered regardless of age, race, color, sex, creed, national origin, lawful political affiliation, non-disqualifying handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, affiliation with an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Management may consider the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
Prior Work Experience: Minimum three years of progressive responsibilities in activity design or implementation, monitoring, evaluation, development research, use of M&E tools, results frameworks, and performance indicators to measure impact. Experience in data collection, synthesis, statistical methods, field research, data visualization, and/or statistical software is required. Professional experience with data quality assessments and organizational learning is required.
Job Knowledge: The MEL Assistant will be required to have a good understanding of USAID or International Donor activity management procedures and guidelines, particularly managing for results, and monitoring and evaluation. The MEL Assistant must have a thorough understanding of administrative operating procedures, database management. A sound knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques, and practices of development assistance is required. A sound knowledge of host-country economic, social, cultural, and political characteristics is required. The MEL Assistant will be required to be proactive in keeping abreast of evolving MEL guidelines and policies which affect Mission activities within the Automated Directives System (ADS), Mission Orders, Mission Notices, USG Procurement regulations, Operational Plan, Foreign Assistance indicators, and USAID Program Strategy and Policy Documents.
Skills and Abilities: Excellent organizational skills are required. Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with other team members and units is required. The ability to establish and maintain contacts with implementing partners is required. The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is necessary. The ability to obtain, evaluate, and interpret factual data and to prepare precise, accurate, and complete reports is necessary. The ability to recognize significant developments and trends reflected from collected data and bring it to the attention of supervisors is required. Proficiency in computer skills is required to effectively operate in this position. The MEL Assistant must be able to draft clear reports and briefing documents in English under short deadlines. The incumbent must also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills in order to: 1) facilitate productive professional relationships within USAID's culturally diverse team environment; 2) work calmly, tactfully, and effectively under pressure; 3) demonstrate extraordinary flexibility; and 4) effectively manage multiple tasks at the same time.
Language Proficiency: Level IV English language proficiency, speaking and writing, is required.