Monitoring & Evaluations Advisor
Mercy Corps - Portland, OR

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In 2012, USAID and the Skoll Foundation partnered to launch the USAID-Skoll Innovation Investment Alliance, to influence systems-level change by supporting proven, transformative, and innovative organizations to reach scale. With the support of Mercy Corps, the Innovation Investment Alliance (IIA) will invest in up to ten organizations across a range of sectors and geographies by providing grants and other forms of financing. The Innovation Investment Alliance will invest in social entrepreneurs aiming to solve pressing global challenges by helping to take their models to scale, effect systems change, and more rigorously measure their impact. The Alliance made their first investment into Imazon in April 2013.

Mercy Corps works closely with USAID and Skoll to select, analyze, design, fund, and manage innovative programming with social impact. Given the critical role that measurement plays through this process, we are seeking a dynamic, creative, and analytic M&E Advisor to join our team and to contribute to Mercy Corps’ ability to deliver and learn from high impact programming.

This team member will provide both support to the Innovation Investment Alliance Program and to the Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Unit.

For the Innovation Investment Alliance, the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Advisor ensures that we are making the right investment decisions using evidence-backed analysis, and informing the design of M&E systems to measure progress towards impact. This will include performing the M&E due diligence related to potential investments, providing technical support to organizations to improve their M&E plans, managing and tracking portfolio level investment indicators in complex and fluid environments, and coordinating impact evaluations as required.

This team member will also be a part of Mercy Corps’ Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Unit, working with MEL team members in Portland and DC to support the design and implementation of, and learning from, high quality, innovative M&E practices across the agency.


Innovation Investment Alliance (75%)

Perform due diligence and technical analysis of potential organizations and their programs related to their prior work, potential to scale, proposed program logic model, M&E capacity, potential for impact, and cost effectiveness

Provide technical assistance to organizations to improve monitoring or indicator plans and/or M&E strategy

Verify/advise on subgrant organization’s baseline data collection process, tools and analysis

Advise on appropriate impact evaluation methodologies and guide the selection and recruitment of external evaluators

Collect, analyze, and oversee regular reporting of indicators from organizations within the investment portfolio and ensure data is used for adaptive learning and adjustment

Perform relevant research related to M&E

Perform aggregated analysis on the performance and impact of investments

Identify appropriate data management systems or software for tracking and housing all program related data

Provide in-country M&E program support as required

Participate on panels or write blogs related to M&E work in the Alliance

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Unit (25%)

Provide technical M&E support to field programs such as reviewing logframes, providing input on M&E plans, tools and systems, assisting with M&E and survey implementation

Help field manage external evaluations, including writing scopes of work and evaluation design plans

Contribute to MEL team resource development, including tipsheets on M&E-related best practices in the field

Share learning from Skoll grant program innovations, evaluation practices and results, etc. with MEL team and wider DM&E community of practice

As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.


Reports Directly to: The Innovation Investment Alliance Program Director and the Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.

Works Directly with: Other IIA team members, Mercy Corps M&E staff, Social Innovations team members.

M.S. in statistics, economics, or related field

3-4 years as an M&E specialist in a consulting /professional services firm or an M&E Advisor within an organization

Project experience leading, designing and implementing monitoring & evaluation systems

Experience performing quantitative and qualitative research, collecting and analyzing data

Ability to present measurement findings to inform policy and program decisions

At least 1 year of relevant international development program experience, ideally in a field location

Experience managing client relationships

Proficiency in MS Office, data analysis/statistical software, and data management/information systems required

Creative thinking and comfort with uncertainty

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

The M&E Advisor is a critical translator within the team. S/he will need to balance the constraints and realities of program implementation with an eye towards measurement and rigorous evaluation techniques. The Advisor needs to be adept at engaging both with very technical and non-technical audiences. The Advisor should be comfortable applying creative thinking in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. In addition, the Advisor should have a strong professional network of other M&E Advisors who could provide guidance and/or offer evaluation services as needed.

This position is based in Portland, OR or Washington, D.C.

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