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M&E Specialist, Malawi Higher Education Project  

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M&E Specialist, Malawi Higher Education Project

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting local Malawian applicants for the position of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialist for the anticipated USAID-funded Malawi higher education project. The proposed objective of the project is to improve higher education access and transition rates for vulnerable adolescent girls and young women in Malawi.

The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.


The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.


Applicants should go to the ‘Join Us' link at to access the application or submit a current resume and cover letter referencing Malawi Higher Education M&E Specialist in the subject line by February 15, 2018. Qualified Malawian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Winrock would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.


Position Description

POSITION TITLE: M&E Specialist, Malawi Higher Education Project


DEPARTMENT: Civil Society & Education

REPORTS TO: Chief of Party, Malawi Higher Education Project

Position Summary:

The M&E Specialist will be responsible for implementing and managing the M&E team and activities, including the coordination of an externally conducted impact evaluation, delivering a Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (PMEP) for a high-quality, results-oriented project focused on increasing quality formal and informal higher education and training for vulnerable adolescent girls and young women. The position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


The M&E Specialist will oversee the implementation of the program's M&E activities and data reporting requirements. S/he will also serve as the liaison and point of contact with USAID and any external evaluation contractors throughout the life of the project. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage a rigorous approach to monitoring and evaluation, including mobile and web-based technologies in systems for monitoring performance toward specific goals and objectives.

  • Oversee implementation of a baseline study on activity indicators, including review of tools and survey methodology; training of enumerators and review of data quality and analysis.

  • Collaborate and liaise with the external evaluation contractor to design and carry out mid-term and end-term evaluations.

  • Design and implement a PMEP in coordination USAID/Malawi, including selection and tracking of specific indicators, developing strategies for data collection and regular reporting on approved indicators.

  • Develop criteria for beneficiary selection and tracking.

  • Handle day-to-day tracking and reporting of award activities.

  • Design data collection instruments, schedules, analysis methods, and applied technologies.

  • Develop comprehensive approach to ensuring and monitoring data quality, and lead engagement in internal and external data quality assessments.

  • Ensure reporting requirements per USAID obligations under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).

  • Monitor program activity results and contribute to periodic evaluations/assessments; contribute to dissemination of results to internal and external audiences.

  • Contribute to research design and methodology for project-related research (separate from baseline survey).

  • Contribute extensively to quarterly and annual reports.

  • Other duties as assigned.


    Education: Master's level degree in statistics, public policy, economics or a related field required. Specialized training/certification in monitoring & evaluation a plus. Alternatively, a Bachelor's level degree with five years of relevant work experience beyond the degree.

    Work Experience:

  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in the monitoring & evaluation of donor-funded international development projects. Part of this experience should have been obtained working on education programs.

  • Knowledge of USAID reporting requirements, including experience designing and implementing Monitoring and Evaluation Plans, the USAID Evaluation Policy, rigorous impact evaluation design, and working with external consultants for third-party evaluations.

  • Understanding of impact evaluation methodology and research methodology strongly preferred.

  • Understanding of national-level MIS approaches and existing government databases/data collection preferred.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skill in English is required.

  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet (preferably Microsoft Access and Excel), and presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint).

  • Familiarity with database and statistical applications such as SPSS, SAS or STATA

  • Familiarity with DevResults and/or ARCGIS systems helpful.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, caste, tribe, age (40 or older), disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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