MEL Specialist [Anticipated], USAID Digital Strategy Implementation & Programs Activity, International Development

October 18 2021
Arlington, VA , United States


Nathan is a leading provider of analytic and economic consultancy services worldwide. In the past decade, we have implemented more than 120 projects in more than 50 countries leveraging our global presence in Washington DC, London, and India. From improved transparency and deeper stakeholder engagement to more effective policies and more resilient businesses, we deliver results that impact economic growth, human development, and poverty reduction. We are passionate about applying our deep analytical expertise and advanced proprietary tools to generate economic solutions tailored to our clients’ unique challenges. Nathan focuses on a range of economic development subject matter areas including Trade & Logistics; Economic Policy & Governance; Private Sector Development; Women’s Economic Empowerment; and Financial Solutions. 


Nathan is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist for the anticipated USAID funded Digital Strategy Implementation and Programs Activity. The activity advances the research, training, strategic thinking, digital-sector partnerships, and behavior change that will equip USAID for the digital age. The activity fosters the effective and responsible use of digital technology across all technical and regional sectors, and supports the growth of open, inclusive, and secure digital ecosystems in partner countries.

Position Summary:

The MEL Specialists shall, at a minimum, have ten (10) years of experience working on MEL under USAID awards. S/he must have experience with collecting, analyzing, and reporting key reporting data, including Performance Plan and Report (PPR), context indicators, and other key annual foreign assistance programming and budgeting reporting requirements. Experience in research methodologies, research partnerships, and translating evidence is preferred. The MEL Specialist will advise buy-in clients and USAID on its research and collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) agenda. S/he will also manage the activity’s MEL plan.


Job Description:

·      Provide information management and design of the monitoring and reporting system, including developing program indicators to inform activity staff of status and progress towards achieving the activity's key results;

·      Maintain the activity’s M&E system, including the development of performance indicators, milestones, and baseline conditions;

·      Assist with the collection, analysis, and reporting on performance indicators by other team members and activity counterparts;

·      Advise partners and clients on activity’s CLA agenda;

·      Work with senior management and activity staff to ensure that activity learnings are applied, and activities are adapted, as needed, for innovative and effective programming;

·      Develop monitoring activities that capture necessary data to report on program results;

·      Prepare data tabulations, reports, and presentations to support the program’s activities;

·      Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports on the status of activity implementation;

·      Manage activity results reporting and management with input from the COP and technical staff;

·      Design and carry out evaluations to assess activity impact;

·      Develop and implementations activity’s M&E system to measure specific activity targets; and

·      Analyze monitoring data to derive lessons for improvement and provide recommendations to senior management.  


·      Bachelor’s degree in international development, international economics, or technology related disciplines or related fields is required. Master’s degree preferred.

·      10+ years of experience supporting and/or leading MEL and CLA efforts on USAID international development and/or digital transformation activities of similar scope and scale;

·      Experience with collecting, analyzing, and reporting key reporting data including Performance Plan and Report (PPR), context indicators, and other key annual foreign assistance programming and budgeting reporting requirements;

·      Experience in research methodologies, research partnerships, and translating evidence is preferred;

·      Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; and

·      Excellent written and spoken English.

Nathan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. EOE Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.

Nathan complies with the Executive Order that mandates Federal contractors enforce Covid-19 vaccination for employees. If  you receive a conditional offer of employment from Nathan, you will be required to prove  that you are fully vaccinated for  COVID-19  or  receive approval from Nathan for a waiver due to a valid religious or medical reason prior to your start date.  Applicants should not disclose their vaccination status or need for a waiver before receiving a conditional offer of employment.