Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist (Clean Energy & Water)

Arlington, VA, United States 🇺🇸

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for the position of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialist to support M&E and Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) activities within the Clean Energy and Water (CEW) Unit, predominately supporting the water group and the USAID-funded Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP). Winrock’s water portfolio includes a range of small and large, complex, internationally funded projects undertaking a wide range of activities, including water resource management (WRM), water security, WASH, water governance, and Multiple-use Water Services (MUS) programs at the community, basin and national levels. The responsibilities, duties and qualifications for this position are described in the attached position description.


Winrock is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social and environmental issues. As a mission driven, field-based organization, we believe that sustainable development is inclusive and that complex challenges require integrated solutions. Winrock embraces continuous quality improvement and a culture of impact, accountability and entrepreneurship.

Salary and Benefits:

The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent benefits include but not limited to: life, disability, medical insurance, dental and vision and retirement.


Applicants should go to Jobs page at to submit their application, cover letter and current resume by November 4, 2016. Winrock International is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Position Description

Position Title: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist

Department: Clean Energy and Water (CEW)

Location: Arlington, Virginia           

Reports to: Project Director, Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP)

Position Summary:

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist will support the CEW Unit in the implementation of USAID and other donor funded Clean Energy and Water Programs by providing technical support in M&E and Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) Approaches. Duties which include: preparing the PMP and data management plan, designing the Sustainable Water Partnership M&E system, facilitate stakeholder participation in development of a learning agenda, creating data collection instruments and schedules, conducting impact assessments, and ensuring compliance with USIAD’s open data policy and M&E system requirements.

Essential Responsibilities:

Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) up to 60%

  • Support the implementation of USAID-funded SWP program:
    • Oversee the design and implementation of project M&E systems and develop plans of action for their execution.
    • Provide technical expertise in the development and revision of Performance Monitoring Plans (PMPs) and Data Management Plans
    • Monitor data collection, data analysis, data quality checks, and lead the process of adaptive management through analysis and discussion.
    • Train technical staff on M&E plans, data collection tools, and methodologies for collecting accurate, quality data, and:
      • Provide formal training to project staff and grantees on project M&E systems, policies, procedures, templates, and forms;
      • Ensure that all staff, partners, data collectors and survey enumerators are trained in gender sensitive interview techniques; and
      • Provide informal training as necessary;
  • Lead Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) activities including the process of adaptive management through analysis and discussion of activity monitoring data for relevant programs.
  • Ensure compliance with USAID’s open data policy and M&E system requirements.
  • Provide inputs, including M&E measurement metrics and M&E narratives for:
    • Quarterly, Semi-Annual and Annual Reports; and
    • Project briefings and reports, on an as needed basis
  • Develop a system for aggregating results and impact of CEW work
  • Perform other duties reasonably assigned by the Deputy Project Director or Project Director

Other Responsibilities:

Project Implementation Responsibilities (up to 15%)

  • Provide technical expertise on an as needed basis to Clean Energy and Water programs, including:
    • Developing and revising Performance Monitoring Plans (PMP) and Data Management Plans
    • Designing M&E systems and data collection tools.
    • Providing M&E training for project staff and partners.
    • Ensuring compliance with USAID’s open data policy and M&E system requirements.
  • Develop a system for aggregating results and impact of CEW work

New Business Responsibilities (up to 25%)

  • Strategically support the expansion of Winrock’s CEW Unit by contributing technical assistance in proposal development and recruitment, including:
    • Development of proposal M&E plans and framworks

Other Assigned Duties/Tasks

  • Represent Winrock at local, regional and national external events, as needed.
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal and external audiences. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications and Background

Education: Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences or education / certification specializing in M&E preferred.


  • Minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in the monitoring & evaluation of donor-funded international development projects. 
  • Knowledge of USAID reporting requirements, including experience designing and implementing M&E Plans and working with external consultants for third party evaluations.
  • Experience designing qualitative and quantitative data collection tools and conducting data collection.
  • Experience related to fieldwork in rural areas, including strategic planning, performance evaluation, selection of indicators, collecting quantitative and qualitative data, and database management.
  • Experience with training and capacity building in M&E skills among project team members, partners, and stakeholders preferred.


  • Ability to demonstrate the highest level of ethical standards at all times
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, database set-up and utilization, data processing software, data visualization, mobile data collection, and presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written) required


  • Ability to travel up to 10% as needed
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. for any employer