Institutional Learning – Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, MENA Region

Search For Common Ground


Search for Common Ground (SFCG) believes that strong Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation systems are crucial for enabling the organization to learn and adapt in the complex environments in which it operates. The Regional Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist is a key role in Search’s Institutional Learning Team, focused on maintenance and quality of M&E and research systems and processes. This support includes training, document review, knowledge management and sharing evidence in the peacebuilding field. The Specialist will also build bridges between members in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region and support cross-regional learning in collaboration with the Regional Program Manager. The MENA portfolio captures results across a dynamic set of activities and approaches, such as religious engagement, community dialogue, transforming violent extremism, social stability, and media programming.


The DM&E Specialist reports to the Director of the Institutional Learning Team, coordinating with the MENA regional team. The position is based in Amman, Jordan.

Key Priorities

  • At the country level: build skills and cultivate talent of MENA DM&E Coordinators and team staff in implementing SFCG M&E standards around project design, monitoring, evaluation, research, reflective practice and learning.
  • At the regional level: Work hand-in-hand with the Regional Program Manager and Regional Director to align M&E support with regional priorities and incorporate existing evidence into peacebuilding strategies

Country-Level Responsibilities

  • Support quality, conflict sensitive, innovative and effective DME process across MENA region
  • Lead teams to innovate strategically for data collection methodologies and strategies to evaluate peacebuilding
  • Support recruitment and management (if needed) of external consultants for specific projects
  • Enable country programs to utilize evaluation findings and communicate results effectively
  • Conduct internal evaluations when appropriate based on SFCG Evaluation Guidelines and Policies

Regional-Level Responsibilities

  • Facilitate evidence-based decision-making processes, cross-country learning, and regional exchanges.
  • Develop and communicate work plans for support to all teams
  • Maintain a commitment to transparency and institutional knowledge: regional evaluations, research and resources are shared and uploaded into Search’s database and website
  • Manage interns supporting learning and sharing in the region


Organization-wide Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Director of ILT based in Washington DC to set priorities and review quality of the work undertaken
  • Contribute to developing organization-wide DM&E tools, systems, and processes
  • Participate in Program Quality initiatives led by Program Support Team under the Vice President of Programs
  • Attend DM&E events, conferences, and meetings to keep up to date and maintain relationships
  • Be directly engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its staff, through the sharing of experience and knowledge, particularly contributing to its Institutional Learning efforts
  • Actively participate in the platform and create important literature on M&E for peacebuilding

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.



  • Masters Degree in Conflict Studies, International Relations/Affairs, Global Studies, Political Science or related degree, with M&E related coursework



  • Highly effective working in a cooperative, collaborative manner to foster positive organizational change
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage teams effectively in using data for learning, decision-making, and program adaptation
  • At ease combining deep technical expertise with flexibility and creativity in solving monitoring, evaluation, and learning challenges
  • Demonstrated capacity to coordinate evaluations, including experience developing evaluation terms of reference, recruiting and managing consultants, data analysis, and presentation of results
  • Extensive knowledge and application of proposal design principles
  • Excellent written communication skills, particularly in enabling utilization of learning products
  • Spoken fluency in both English and Arabic, excellent English writing skills and proficiency in Arabic; proficiency in other languages spoken in the MENA region is an advantage
  • Ability to travel for extended periods of time within the MENA region (up to 30%)
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft systems and data management and analysis systems
  • Self-starter requiring minimal supervision to achieve goals with attention to detail



  • At least 5 years of experience working in design, monitoring and evaluation methodologies
  • More than one year of multi-country and cross-cultural experience related to program or DM&E implementation.
  • Experience working with research and evidence in academic, practitioner and donor spaces.
  • Experience in peacebuilding programming; particular experience with media programming, is an advantage
  • Experience in either coordinating or leading program evaluations, and producing utilization-focused learning products
  • Experience in hosting reflective sessions to enable learning and curating of best practices
  • Experience in using or improving knowledge management systems

How To Apply

To apply, interested candidates should send the following items to

  • current resume
  • cover letter

Include the following in your cover letter:

  • Minimum salary requirements (or current salary)
  • Projected start date,
  • Where you found this posting.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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Type: Full Time

, Amman,Jordan