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Deputy Chief of Party/Senior MEL Specialist

Position: Deputy Chief of Party/Senior MEL Specialist

Location: Bogotá, Colombia

Position Status: Full-time employee

Apply by: April 10, 2024

About LINC

LINC is a mission-driven US-based small business committed to supporting local organizations leading their own development. We do this by implementing programs and delivering consulting and training in the areas of systems thinking, monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL), capacity-strengthening, and collective action. The recipient of USAID’s Small Business of the Year award in 2017, we are a team of reflective and passionate development professionals. Our country experience spans Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. For more information on LINC, please visit www.linclocal.org.

Position Description

LINC is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party for the anticipated USAID-funded Compass – Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity in Colombia. Compass will provide USAID/Colombia with technical and advisory services related to the monitoring, evaluation, and learning of USAID/Colombia’s strategy and activities. This includes providing monitoring support services; designing and implementing rigorous baseline, performance and impact evaluations, as well as other studies and assessments, and supporting their use and dissemination; developing collaborating, learning and adapting initiatives, and providing data management services. These efforts will inform the Mission’s strategy, learning, programmatic designs, decision-making, and adaptation, and will enable USAID/Colombia to comply with USAID’s Evaluation Policy and USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) 201.

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. The Deputy Chief of Party/Senior MEL Specialist 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.

Colombian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply


  • Support the Chief of Party with overall leadership of Compass, including program planning, technical execution, financial management, and operations, ensuring seamless coordination between all 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.
  • Manage subcontractors to ensure the timely provision of responsive, high-quality deliverables;
  • Draft technical scopes of work for and supervise the performance of consultants and subcontractors.
  • Support the management, training, and mentoring of Activity staff.
  • Coordinate and provide MEL/CLA technical assistance to USAID and its partners.
  • Work with the Chief of Party to coordinate and consult with USAID, the Government of Colombia, 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

A successful candidate 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 programs, ideally USAID. Prior experience as a Deputy Chief of Party strongly preferred.
  • Proven USAID and external stakeholder relations, team leadership, and strategic management skills.
  • At least five years of experience related to research, evaluation, statistics and/or monitoring projects related to development.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills required.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish.
  • Prior experience working in Colombia or Latin America required.
  • Understanding of USAID regulations and policies, including but not limited to the Automated Directives System 201, the Evaluation Policy, and the Local Capacity Strengthening Policy.
  • Proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and familiarity with innovative MEL approaches preferred.

Application Instructions

Please send your resume/CV to jobs@linclocal.org with the subject line “DCOP/Senior MEL Specialist Colombia”. All applications will be reviewed, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. LINC LLC is an equal opportunity employer.