Position Description

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, LAC
Work Location Washington, DC - US
Requisition Number 1237
# of Openings 1
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Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Freedom House is founded on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where: governments are accountable to their people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of women, minority communities, and historically marginalized groups are guaranteed. Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline human rights defenders. We are a leading organization in supporting the right of every individual to be free and in identifying and mitigating threats to freedom worldwide.

Freedom House’s Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) team seeks a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer provides technical support for LAC monitoring and evaluation efforts, including assisting and advising program staff—both in D.C. and in the field— with monitoring and evaluation (M&E) related aspects of proposal development, project start up, reporting throughout implementation, and end-of-project reviews.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Creation, Maintenance, and Implementation of M&E systems
    • Responsible for all aspects of M&E for the LAC Program: designing and updating M&E plans; operationalizing M&E systems; and creating data collection tools, processes and methodologies to meet best practices and standards, including in insecure environments and/or with vulnerable populations.
    • Manage databases of each project in the LAC portfolio, and plan and implement regular improvements to the database design and entry processes.
  • Analysis and Reporting – 
    • Conduct quality spot checks and regularly analyze data results and trends for internal and external reporting.
    • Assist program staff in meeting reporting requirements, including M&E narratives, indicator tracking, data visualization, social network analyses of local partners, end-of-project reviews, and other products for both internal and external use.
    • Respond to data requests from Freedom House staff, donors, and others in a timely manner.
    • Provide reporting support and compile data needed for both grant closeout and business development.
  • Training and Support for LAC Program Staff and Partners
    • Support program staff facilitating project design sessions to develop theories of change, logframes, and logic models, and identify expected results and benchmarks to track during project implementation.
    • Lead development of pre- and post-workshop evaluations to gauge participant learning and identify improvements for future sessions.
    • Train and advise program staff in the use and implementation of M&E tools and processes, including the efficient use of Excel and other M&E programs.
    • Assist program staff in briefing sub-grantees and partners on evaluation processes.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, research methods, international affairs, international developments, or a related field.
  • Master’s degree in related field or its equivalent preferred.

Experience

  • At least four years of directly related experience in developing, implementing, and managing M&E activities of international development programs, preferably in Latin America.
  • Familiar with human rights and/or democracy-related issues in Latin America .
  • Experience conducting Social Network Analyses research is a plus.
  • Experience working with US government grants, cooperative agreements and similar funding mechanisms is preferred.

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English and Spanish, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skills with MS Excel/spreadsheet functionality (e.g., pivot tables, vlookup, charts/graphs) is required. Familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative data analysis software, such as SPSS, STATA, R, NVivo, or Dedoose, preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods, and with data visualization.
  • Familiarity with responding to donor and funding agencies’ evaluation policies and reporting requirements.
  • Capable of being the primary M&E technical expert for multiple projects.
  • Familiarity with advocacy evaluation, participatory research methods, network analysis, or mapping/geographic information systems.
  • Experience supporting staff to achieve programmatic results, including ability to coach and mentor team members, and provide leadership to collaborative teams.
  • Proven outstanding project management skills from design through implementation, evaluation, and close-out, including work planning, process management, budget management, staff management, and donor relations.
  • Interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to interact effectively and diplomatically with individuals at all levels of the organization, as well as externally both domestically and internationally.
  • Ability to create, adopt and implement M&E guidance and protocols to apply in complex environments.
  • Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, and multi-task to meet tight deadlines.
  • Superb attention to detail and propensity to complete work accurately with a focus on quality.  

Attributes and Characteristics

  • Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to Freedom House’s mission.
  • Show good stewardship in use of Freedom House resources.
  • Respond promptly to stakeholder needs and solicit stakeholder feedback to improve service quality.
  • Demonstrate sound skills in ethical discernment, confidentiality, analysis, and action.
  • Exhibit professional conduct at all times, with a pleasant demeanor, good humor, positive attitude, adaptability to change, and ethical conduct.
  • Consistently use good judgment in all circumstances.
  • Exhibit high work standards, adherence to procedures, attention to detail, and responsibility for assigned tasks.
  • Demonstrate strong desire for excellence, and desire to inspire others to attain professional excellence.
  • Assess own strengths and weaknesses, pursue training and development opportunities, and strive to continuously build knowledge and skills.
  • Work as an effective team member and successfully balance individual and team responsibilities.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Applicants are required to complete our online application form and to submit a resume and a cover letter that outlines interests and qualifications for this position.

  • Diversity makes our work stronger. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all background to apply.
  • Freedom House provides a strong benefits package, including a 403(b)-retirement account, commuter benefits, flexible hours, floating holidays, high employer contributions to medical, dental, and vision premiums, basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending account, and more.
  • Staff members are currently working remotely or partially remotely due to Covid-19, and Freedom House is continuing to evaluate when and under what circumstances staff will return to the office. This position will start completely or partially remote and will require mandatory relocation to Washington DC once circumstances allow (no earlier than July 1, 2022).
  • Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States.
  • Physical requirements: Sedentary, regularly required to sit for extended periods of time; constantly talk, hear, and understand speech at normal levels using a telephone. Occasionally required to stand, walk, and bend over, reach overhead, use hands, wrists, and fingers, to grasp, push, pull, move, handle, feel, and type. Constantly required to use close vision and distance vision for regular computer work. Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. to waist height.
  • General working conditions: General working office environment. Some long hours, including evenings and/or weekends as reasonable, to complete essential tasks or attend important events and to be responsive in a timely manner to emergency assistance requests. Travel to event and meeting sites. Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to attend event venues or travel.

Disclaimer : This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job. It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.

EOE M/F/D/V

Diversity makes our work stronger. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. 

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