National Democratic Institute

Washington, D.C., United States

Evaluation & Learning Officer

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) seeks an Evaluation & Learning (E&L) Officer to work with its Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (ME&L) team as part of a small, DC-based program support unit for NDI worldwide. Under the guidance of the M&E director, the E&L Officer will support NDI’s regional program staff and Consortia partners in designing, implementing and/or managing sound program evaluations and end-of-project reviews. The position will liaise with other institutional units and consortia partners to ensure that programs meet Democracy, Rights and Labor (DRL), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USAID and other donor requirements for program evaluation, evidence-based decision-making and collaborative learning and adaptation. This position has some supervisory responsibilities of staff. 


The key duties and responsibilities of the E&L Officer are as follows:

Support the design and implementation of sound internal and externals evaluations of complex democracy assistance programs:

  • Provide assistance to regional teams in developing evaluation SOWs, recruiting external consultants and reviewing the quality of external evaluation products.
  • Support the collaborative design and implementation of joint baseline and midterm evaluations with consortium partners
  • Coach program teams in end-of-project reviews and cumulative assessments of multi-year interventions

Support building NDI staff capacity in M&E across the Institute:

  • Work with Human Resources and regional teams to define core MEL competencies at different institutional levels
  • Develop and implement a MEL training curriculum as part of a certification program
  • Facilitate and manage M&E practice groups in DC and the field
  • Create/refine MEL tools, guidelines and manuals

Support evidence-based programmatic, institutional and consortium learning:

  • Support evaluative learning events, knowledge generation and documentation within the institute
  • Support the development and management of an evaluative practice group within a consortium of leading democracy and human rights practitioners
  • Support the engagement of academic researchers in the development and implementation of a research, evaluation and learning agenda


  • Bachelor’s degree in social science research or related subject; graduate degree preferred
  • A minimum of four (4) years relevant work experience designing, managing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on domestic and/or international development programs. Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis
  • Experience in designing baselines and midterm evaluations of democracy, human rights, and governance projects in line with donor requirements.
  • Experience in managing assessment and evaluation teams in challenging contexts
  • Experience in developing and operationalizing SMART indicators in challenging contexts
  • Experience with quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis and visualization
  • Experience in leading evidence-based collaborative learning processes with teams and diverse partners
  • Experience with programs and/or initiatives relevant to NDI’s work in citizen participation, women’s political participation, youth, political parties, elections and/or legislative affairs a plus
  • Familiarity with donor M&E requirements, including USAID, NED, DOS and non-federal donors
  • Living and working experience outside the U.S. preferred


  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or competency in program design, monitoring, reporting and evaluation
  • Demonstrated ability to design program evaluations, including: defining conceptually valid questions and lines of inquiry; identifying metrics and data needs; designing data collection and analysis methods; creating sampling strategies; and planning and budgeting for data collection in challenging contexts;
  • Demonstrated ability to create reliable qualitative and/or quantitative metrics and methods, including: developing and testing instruments and protocols.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and/or oversee the implementation of baseline assessments and midterm evaluations, including guiding teams in data collection and enumeration; data analysis, report writing, dissemination, feedback and data use
  • Demonstrated ability to write and/or oversee the collaborative creation of baseline and midterm reports with actionable recommendations for continued monitoring and evaluation of programs
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate groups in online and face to face learning fora.
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative analysis and data visualization skills
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills and ability to draw evidence-based conclusions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, US and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers
  • Ability to lead, inspire and motivate staff in the use of new concepts, tools and processes
  • Ability to provide hands-on guidance and technical assistance
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively present information and respond to questions
  • Capacity to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Smooth multi-tasking among multiple responsibilities
  • Working knowledge of PC-based and Google word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Foreign language ability applicable to one of the regions where NDI works
  • Ability and willingness to travel to regional locations, which are often remote and difficult to reach


Applicants applying for this position must possess work authorization that does not require employer sponsorship.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all, NDI bases its employment decisions on merit, qualifications and abilities. NDI is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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