Interagency Stabilization MEL Advisor

Washington, DC
Work Type: On-Site
  • Job Category: Program & Project Management
  • Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
  • Clearance: TS
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Req ID: TUV02790

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Job Summary:

Company is looking for an Interagency Stabalization MEL Advisor to work in Washington, DC. To join our team of outstanding professionals, apply today!

Job Responsibilities:

  • This position is to provide support for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).

  • Consistent with written interagency Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) guidance for U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability (SPCPS), and in support of the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Advisor and Specialist, provide stabilization expertise to support all aspects of their work, especially:

  • Provide strategic guidance to ensure integration of interagency MEL systems and processes with the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability (SPCPS) MEL system/ process. Advise management on processes and challenges – present solutions.

  • Play a leading role to ensure that the 10-year plans are synced with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) plans for foreign assistance, and global lessons learned are shared across interagency.

  • Integrate other major interagency initiatives (e.g., Stabilization Assistance Review; Women, Peace, and Security; Atrocity Prevention; Performance Plan and Reports; Joint Regional Strategy) into foreign assistance monitoring efforts.

  • Support country-based MEL advisors and National Capital Region-based MEL specialists across interagency.

  • Serve as an authoritative resource to guide the analysis and use of monitoring data and information across the interagency to improve the Strategy, its implementation, and effectiveness, including how interagency efforts have contributed to the effectiveness of foreign assistance.

  • Lead and guide planning, resourcing, and implementation of evaluations of questions spanning two or more of the prioritized countries/regions, to inform improvements to the Strategy, its implementation and effectiveness. Ensure these are coordinated with related evaluations managed by Posts and other relevant actors across the interagency. Advocate, monitor and guide the implementation of evaluation recommendations across the interagency.

  • Develop and maintain key partnerships that are essential to Strategy implementation. Identify opportunities and prepare senior leaders for high-level meetings and briefings.

  • Develop and guide implementation of prioritized strategic learning agenda, in coordination with post-specific learning agendas. Advocate, monitor and guide use of learning products across the interagency.

  • Travel to U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability (SPCPS) Posts or to meet with international partners (including host nation, other donors, and civil society organizations) as necessary in support of these tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • M.A. or M.S. (preferably in Social Science; Ph.D. and field experience preferred)

  • Mastery of the theories, policies, and practices of conflict prevention and stabilization in fragile states, and the major relevant bilateral, multilateral, and nongovernmental partners of the United States Government (USG).

  • Knowledge of U.S foreign assistance processes, policies, and programs.

  • Expert knowledge of MEL practices, regulations and resources in foreign affairs, defense, and/or intelligence communities (ideally all three, but not required).

  • Expert knowledge of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods for MEL suitable to conflict prevention, stabilization, and fragile states.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, and implement MEL for multi-country strategies.

  • Experience leading and conducting evaluations, including of conflict interventions and in fragile states.

  • Significant experience with advocating, monitoring, and guiding implementation of recommendations from MEL products in foreign affairs, defense, intelligence, and/or civil society communities (preferably with the ability to translate expertise, products, implementation, and/or recommendations between or among those communities).

  • Skill at advocating for MEL resources and reforms and translating those recommendations in various settings (foreign affairs, defense, intelligence community, civil society, and/or other countries).

  • Experience developing online data and knowledge management systems.

  • Experience working in or with Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of State and Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID).

  • Skill in briefing senior leaders on MEL and preparing senior leaders to do so, particularly for audiences of multiple agencies (to include defense and the intelligence community).

  • Ability and availability to travel to fragile and conflict-affected states.

  • Active Top Secret Clearance.

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