Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist




ZemiTek, LLC is a Woman-Owned, SBA-certified 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) based in the Washington, DC metro area. We have a strong record delivering innovative and high-quality solutions. Since 2007, ZemiTek has provided technical assistance, project management, information technology (IT), knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, training and learning development, and institutional support services.


ZemiTek has been contracted by the USAID Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization (CPS) to provide institutional staffing support.  ZemiTek, LLC is a Woman-Owned, SBA-certified 8(a) Small Disadvantage Business (SDB) based in the Washington, DC metro area focused on delivering innovative and high-quality solutions and institutional support services.


As part of this contract, the CPS Program Office requires a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist. The MEL Specialist will enhance and expand its monitoring, evaluating and learning capabilities and to support bureau-wide and inter-agency initiatives relating to measuring, analyzing and articulating the impact of the Bureau’s work. Some travel will be required. This position requires an active SECRET clearance, and the start date is immediate.


CPS was launched in July 2020 as the U.S. Government’s technical and implementation lead on peacebuilding, state fragility, stabilization, conflict, violence prevention, and political transition in high-priority countries. CPS partners with USAID Missions and Embassies worldwide, working bilaterally or in conjunction with other Agency counterparts to contribute to peace and stability through programs, funding, and technical services. It comprises five operating units: the Office of Civil-Military Cooperation (CMC), the Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention (CVP), the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), the Office of Administrative Management Services (AMS) and the Program Office (PO),


Specifically, CPS:


  • Leads USAID’s Global Fragility Act and other core policy engagements with the NSC, interagency, and broader communities of practice to strengthen the USG response to conflict, violence, instability, and political transition;
  • Leads the USG and the international community in developing and implementing agile and adaptive programs and policy options for responding to conflict, complex crises and emergent and promising opportunities to reinforce peace, stability and democratic transitions in the field;
  • Works to increase the efficacy of USAID programming in complex, transitioning, and conflict-prone environments by integrating and coordinating CPS programs and programming models within broader USAID efforts;
  • Leads USAID’s efforts to coordinate, advise, and design civilian responses in complex crises and other national security priority missions with Department of Defense counterparts in headquarters and field-based locations.


The work of the CPS Bureau requires dynamic, creative and complexity-aware approaches to MEL and analysis. Measuring the success and effectiveness of the CPS Bureau takes place at multiple levels. The CPS Program Office manages Bureau-level planning, programming, budgeting, policy coordination, communication, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting. Individual office-level systems can inform, but not necessarily fully answer, the broader question of what success looks like as a bureau and how we know whether CPS’ combined approaches are working to address fragility, conflict, violent extremism, and transition challenges. Continued refinements to how CPS defines success, and how CPS operating units capture data against these measures, are part of a longer term effort that will be led by the CPS Front Office and Program Office in coordination with CPS operating units and external expertise. 


CPS Bureau-Level Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

  • Develop, strengthen and oversee implementation of a system to enable CPS to monitor, evaluate and learn from its collective efforts, working closely with other PO staff and CPS offices to define measurable Bureau objectives and methods to gather and synthesize information;
  • Lead CPS engagement to synthesize and analyze data from all CPS offices to help understand the impact of CPS interventions and to inform bureau budget, policy, and programmatic discussions;
  • Provide overall bureau-level leadership, technical expertise and guidance on a CPS MEL strategy and drive the implementation plan from the strategy;
  • Support bureau-wide efforts on digital technology and data, including working with data analytics teams from CPS offices to ensure that bureau and other data and analysis needs are met (e.g., data in support of briefings, reports, etc);
  • Work with CPS staff and other implementing partners and entities to lead and coordinate MEL efforts and working groups across the Bureau and ensure CPS MEL supports and is alignment with Agency-wide policies, strategies, initiatives, and reporting processes;
  • Provide expert advice and technical assistance potentially including indicator selection, monitoring approaches, data quality, evaluation design and leading or participating in program reviews and assessments;
  • Develop MEL resources, guidance, and/or tools for staff implementing PO-managed funds and mechanisms;
  • Provide, as needed, training or facilitation on specific MEL topics on technical areas such as evaluation methods, developing evaluation scopes of work (SOWs), designing performance or context indicators, collecting baseline data, setting targets, analyzing data, conducting data quality assessments, and applying complexity-aware MEL approaches;
  • Contribute to CPS’ capacity to disseminate succinct, digestible information in various formats regarding the impact of CPS efforts to senior Agency decision-makers, and other stakeholders; and
  • Support other Bureau initiatives and priorities requiring MEL and data analytics or related subject matter expertise.


Interagency and Intra-Agency MEL Initiatives

  • Work with CPS offices, other USAID stakeholders, other US agencies, and others to develop and implement a robust interagency MEL framework for informing the implementation of the Global Fragility Act (GFA) and other policies;
  • Provide ongoing MEL and analytics expertise and technical support to ongoing interagency MEL efforts such as Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR) or Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) implementation; support or lead interagency MEL assessments for the GFA, SAR or other initiatives;
  • Provide expert advice on MEL for Agency-wide initiatives such as the USAID strategies on COVID-19 response and climate change;
  • Collaborate with international bilateral and multilateral partners on sharing best practices in MEL for peacebuilding; and
  • Support other priorities requiring MEL and data analytics or related subject matter expertise. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 10 or more years of relevant experience in a professional office setting; 
  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; 
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation in complex environments and dynamic contexts, particularly for conflict and violence prevention, peacebuilding, countering violent extremism, stabilization and/or related programming;
  • Demonstrated ability to advise across multiple offices/divisions and to serve as lead in coordinating a diverse group of teams and projects;
  • Outstanding problem-solving, decision-making, and good judgment skills required;
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite programs (including Excel, Word, and Power Point); and
  • Ability to obtain and keep SECRET clearance required.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a complex context affected by conflict and/or violence;
  • Interest in USAID, DoD, and/or US Government procedures and programs;
  • Highly organized individual who has both attention to detail and ability to influence and manage large projects;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships in a very fast-paced office; 
  • Mastery of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of programs and organization, including working with data analytics;
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team player who can positively and productively contribute to both strategic and tactical initiatives;
  • Ability to produce thorough, high quality work within a tight timeframe;
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, facilitation, and presentation skills; and
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize information to present complex issues clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.

ZemiTek is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.


ZemiTek embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and strives to build and maintain a safe environment where we celebrate diverse backgrounds, treat everyone with respect, and value the unique lived experiences each person brings based on their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, military or veteran status, national origin, age, marital status or family status and related conditions. 

How To Apply

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Type: Full Time

Start date: 01/15/2022

Application Deadline: 12/20/2021

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