American Institutes for Research

  • Monitoring & Evaluation Director: Improved Basic Education in the Kyrgyz Republic

    Job Location KG
    Job ID
    10897
    Job Location
    Kyrgyzstan
    Alternate locations
    Kyrgyzstan
  • Overview

    American Institutes for Research (AIR), is a not-for-profit company, founded 72 years ago. Our mission is to improve lives, especially for those in disadvantaged circumstances by conducting and applying the best social science and evaluation research. Since AIR’s founding, AIR staff have dedicated their efforts to strengthening education and related systems and developing in-country capacities to sustain programs over time. Complementing integrity and effective management practices, and a commitment to mutually supportive partnerships, AIR brings expert technical skill to address the many in-country factors affecting successful implementation and sustainability of best practices – leadership, linguistic and cultural competence, supportive policies, practitioner professional development, and data for monitoring and evaluation and continuous quality improvement.

    AIR’s International Development Program has worked in more than 80 countries over the past three decades, serving USAID and a variety of other clients. We seek to ensure that: every child has access to all levels of education; governments and civil society have the capacity to provide quality learning experiences and relevant curricula; and individuals, communities, and institutions are linked in and empowered to support efforts, serving as agents of support and change.

    Responsibilities

    AIR is seeking a Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Director for a proposed USAID-funded education project in in the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia. The anticipated project has a heavy focus on early grade reading with activities in improving teacher effectiveness, building assessment capacity, increasing availability and use of reading materials, and strengthening classroom and school management. The M&E Director position will be based in Kyrgyzstan.

    The M&E Director will be responsible for ensuring robust performance monitoring and evaluation that supports the achievement of the program objectives.
    • Develop and manage a monitoring and evaluation system across all program components, including review of indicators and development of monitoring activities that capture necessary data to report on results, ensure monitoring activities are conducted on schedule
    • Communicate information obtained through M&E activities to AIR staff, various external stakeholders, notably donors and partners
    • Be a primary M&E resource to the field office and field personnel; liaise regularly with AIR’s Monitoring and Evaluation team in headquarters
    • Ensure data collection process is functioning in all activity locations to provide quality data within deadlines
    • Regularly review data collection processes, perform data quality assessments, and adjust as needed
    • Conduct regular visits to project sites to provide technical assistance and ensure proper monitoring of project activities
    • Produce M&E monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports to Chief of Party and donors, as needed
    • Develop annual performance plans

    Eligibility: Kyrgyzstan nationals are encouraged to apply.

    Qualifications

    • Minimum of five years professional experience in a senior M&E position responsible for implementing M&E activities of international development projects
    • Bachelors or master’s degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, education, or related field; and an advanced certificate in M&E, statistics, or economics preferred
    • Proven success in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages
    • Experience designing and managing beneficiary monitoring and database systems
    • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans
    • Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies
    • Experience in planning and managing surveys
    • Experience developing and refining data collection tools
    • Experience with data quality assessments and oversight
    • Experience managing and providing ongoing training to M&E field officers
    • Ability to facilitate and serve as a project liaison for externally-managed evaluations
    • Familiarity with the political, social, economic and cultural context of working in the Kyrgyz Republic is also necessary
    • Ability to communicate professionally and provide written reporting in English required

    This position is contingent on funding.

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