Senior Advisor for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, & Learning

December 18, 2018
Washington, DC
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Position Title: Senior Advisor for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, & Learning
Position Status: Full time
Location: Washington, DC
Salary: Commensurate with experience


ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND: PartnersGlobal, which was established in 1989 as Partners for Democratic Change, is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that stands at the intersection of peacebuilding and democracy-building. We work through an international civil-society network to create partnerships with local leaders to transform conflict, strengthen democratic institutions, and achieve sustainable development. We specialize in organizational development and social entrepreneurship for peace and democracy, having provided the seed capital and technical assistance to establish over 20 independent Partners Centers around the world. Together, these Centers comprise the Partners Network, a civil-society platform of NGOs working in Africa, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East.

PartnersGlobal considers the principles of collaboration, participatory decision-making, consensus-building and conflict transformation to be the foundation of a peaceful and democratic society. We integrate these “platform-building” skills into all aspects of our work. Our diverse global team includes facilitators and trainers who apply these skills to achieve results across a diverse range of areas such as human rights, women’s empowerment, access to justice, social accountability, security-sector reform, and natural-resource management. The Partners Network is renowned for cultivating local leaders who convene disparate parties and broker innovative partnerships to address key political, economic and social challenges in conflict-affected and transitional countries.

In anticipation of its 30th anniversary next year, PartnersGlobal has just completed a strategic vision for the next decade. One of the highest priorities of our new strategy is to establish a comprehensive system for monitoring, evaluation, research and learning. Such a system would enable us to be a leading contributor to the evidence base underlying peacebuilding and democracy-building.

Towards this end, PartnersGlobal has created the new full-time position of Senior Advisor for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL). Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Advisor will lead the organization’s efforts to create a cutting-edge MERL system and a vibrant learning culture.

The comprehensive MERL system will include the following elements:

  • Evidence-based Theories of Change at the core of every project;
  • Project-level Results Frameworks (with relevant indicators and targets) that effectively and efficiently test the Theories of Change;
  • Sophisticated quantitative and qualitative methods that capture and assess project results in the context of the Theories of Change;
  • Grouping of project-level Theories of Change into discrete but related parts of an organization-wide learning agenda on peacebuilding and democracy-building;
  • Analysis of project results across countries and regions in order to make more generalizable conclusions regarding specific Theories of Change;
  • Situating of these conclusions within the body of existing evidence and literatures;
  • Dissemination of conclusions across the development community;
  • Annual reports summarizing progress on our learning agenda;
  • Application of new knowledge to inform the next generation of programming; and
  • Partnerships with implementing, research and donor organizations on the above work.

Responsibilities of the Position:

  • Organize and lead cross-team working group on MERL;
  • Assess current monitoring & evaluation efforts in project design and implementation;
  • Based on this assessment, design and implement a comprehensive MERL strategy and system;
  • Train headquarters-based program staff and field-based partners in fundamental MERL methods;
  • Develop an organization-wide research & learning agenda based on current and prospective projects;
  • On a continuing basis, serve as the MERL advisor to headquarters-based program teams and field-based partners on specific projects; and
  • Build MERL strategic partnerships with implementing, research and donor organizations.

Qualifications for the Position:

  • Advanced degree in a social-science field directly related to peacebuilding and democracy-building (Ph.D and relevant doctoral and post-doctoral research strongly preferred);
  • Working knowledge of current social-science literature in peacebuilding and democracy-building;
  • Academic training and professional experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including production of reports and articles based on such research;
  • At least five years of MERL experience in peacebuilding and/or democracy-building within implementing, research or donor organizations (including experience supporting MERL efforts of local NGOs in developing countries); and
  • Experience leading teams and conducting staff training in such organizations.

Application Instructions: Please submit the following by January 4, 2019, by email to

  1. cover letter;
  2. resume; and
  3. relevant writing sample.

The cover letter should be no longer than two single-spaced pages and should detail the applicant’s relevant professional and academic experience. The writing sample should reflect the applicant’s relevant MERL expertise in peacebuilding and/or democracy-building. Please type as the subject of the email: Application: Senior Advisor for MERL

Colleagues who applied to an earlier posting need not submit a new application. No telephone inquiries, please.

PartnersGlobal is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on sex, gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, pregnancy, marital status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

Related Jobs