Climate MEL Specialist, TOPS

Rockville, MD, USA

EnCompass LLC is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist to support the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Technical, Operational & Program

Support (TOPS) institutional support contract. The TOPS program provides demand-driven technical assistance to USAID’s Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure (EEI) Center and other operating units (OU) designing and implementing climate, environment, energy, and infrastructure-related activities. The MEL Specialist supports performance monitoring, evaluation, documentation of learning, and reporting for USAID. This role will contribute to outreach, coordination, and capacity building efforts regarding climate metrics and reporting, working across the Agency, including with staff and implementing partners in Washington and the Missions.

This is a full-time position, based at EnCompass headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. The MEL Specialist will be expected to work from client sites in the Washington, DC metro area as needed. Due to COVID-19, the position is expected to be fully remote for the remainder of 2021.


Position Duties and Responsibilities

Essential functions:


  • Provide MEL support to USAID Missions and Washington, and support MEL needs, such as the development and implementation of context-appropriate strategy, office, program, project, and activity level MEL plans
  • Develop meaningful and practical indicators, and associated user-friendly tools for data collection, management, analysis and visualization
  • Support adaptive management, knowledge management, and capacity building by working in partnership with local organizations, Missions, and other OUs
  • Support awardees, Missions, and other OUs in addressing data quality concerns and establishing effective logistical arrangements and systems for capturing and disseminating results and learning
  • Support adaptive management, pause-and-reflect exercises, and other approaches to identifying and making mid-course corrections
  • Develop Frequently Asked Questions documents, guidance, blogs and webinars in support of effective MEL
  • Synthesize and analyze MEL knowledge gained through EEI and Agency programming, through the development of learning and research plans, third party evaluations, surveys, or other approaches



  • Engage fully as a member of the USAID/DDI/EEI/CCS and EnCompass staff teams, including participating in staff meetings and other events, and providing administrative support to other team members as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


Position Requirements


Academic Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, and at least 3-10 years of demonstrated professional experience in Monitoring and Evaluation

Experience and Skills

  • Strong qualitative and quantitative evaluation skills, including sample design, mixed method designs, data analysis and instrument development
  • MEL experience in climate-related programming, greenhouse gas accounting, clean energy and/or natural climate solutions
  • Proficiency in data management, analysis, and visualization best practices and tools, including advanced Excel, general database design, Tableau, ArcGIS, Python or R
  • Ability to think strategically and integrate diverse information from varied sources
  • In-depth understanding of international development processes, factors and cultures
  • Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues in different locations
  • Adept at identifying and framing problems, setting priorities, and making critical assessments
  • Ability to understand the needs of an organization and identify creative solutions. Committed to providing the highest level of service.
  • Excellent management, organization, communication (verbal and written) and problem-solving skills with the ability to prioritize assignments and meet required deadlines
  • Ability to confidently engage with staff at all levels to define needs and expectations, collaborate on projects and communicate results





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