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Deputy Chief of Party/Senior MEL Specialist


Position: Deputy Chief of Party/Senior MEL Specialist 

Location: Tegucigalpa, Honduras 

Position Status: Full-time employee   


Background 

LINC is a small business headquartered in Washington, DC dedicated to strengthening local actors and systems. At LINC, we believe that a practical approach to engaging committed, capable local actors increases international development effectiveness and sustainability. The recipient of USAID’s “Small Business of the Year” award in 2017, we are a team of reflective practitioners, passionate and energetic in our work, and committed to locally led development. We have developed ground-breaking tools to map organizational networks, measure social capital, and leverage systems-based approaches to development. We partner with major universities, foundations, local NGOs and consulting firms, USAID, and DFID among others. Our country experience spans Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. For more information on LINC, please visit www.linclocal.org 

Description of Services 

LINC is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party/Senior MEL Specialist for the anticipated USAID/Honduras Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (MELCLA) activity. The MELCLA activity will provide USAID/Honduras with project and activity evaluation, performance monitoring, knowledge management, communications, and performance management support services.

The MELCLA Activity is expected to be a five-year, multi-million dollar activity, and the Deputy Chief of Party/Senior MEL Specialist position is expected to be for the full five years. 

The Deputy Chief of Party/Senior MEL Specialist will support the Chief of Party with leadership, day to day management, and technical support for the activity. He or she will focus primarily on ensuring exceptional technical delivery and building the capacity of local staff and partners.  The Deputy Chief of Party/Senior MEL Specialist will serve as Acting Chief of Party as needed. 

This is a full-time position contingent upon USAID award. 

Responsibilities

  • Support the Chief of Party with overall leadership of the Activity, including program planning, technical execution, financial management, and operations, ensuring seamless coordination between all Activity components. 
  • Oversee the design, implementation, resourcing, and quality assurance of all demand-driven technical assistance provided by the project, including assessments, performance and impact evaluations, and ongoing context and performance monitoring analyses. 
  • Design evaluation methodologies, data collection methods, instruments, and protocols for evaluations. 
  • Oversee data collection and analysis ensuring rigor and quality assurance. 
  • Draft technical scopes of work for and supervise the performance of consultants and subcontractors. 
  • Plan, organize, and facilitate learning activities for USAID staff and partners. 
  • Support the management, training, and mentoring of Activity staff.  
  • Coordinate and provide MEL/CLA technical assistance to USAID implementing partners and Honduran partner organizations. 
  • Coordinate and consult with USAID, the Government of Honduras, implementing partners, and other key stakeholders and audiences as required. 
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable USG, USAID, and LINC rules and regulations. 

Skills and Qualifications 

Successful candidates should have: 

  • A Master’s degree in international development, social sciences, or a related field. 
  • Minimum 10 years of demonstrated experience supporting complex donor-funded activities in a team environment, ideally for USAID. 
  • Prior experience working in Central America required, and in Honduras strongly preferred. 
  • Proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and familiarity with innovative MEL approaches preferred. 
  • Experience designing and leading evaluations and assessments in multidisciplinary settings. 
  • Demonstrated experience managing learning and adaptive management approaches with USAID or other organizations. 
  • Proven USAID and external stakeholder relations, team management, and operations management skills. 
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills. 
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish required.  
  • Understanding of USAID regulations and policies, including but not limited to the Automated Directives System 201, Evaluation Policy, and the Journey to Self-Reliance. 

Application Instructions 

Please send resume/CV to jobs@linclocal.org with the Subject Line “Honduras MELCLA DCOP”. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. LINC LLC is an equal opportunity employer.