Senior Technical Manager- Evaluation and Research

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Job Summary:

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the core values in their day to day operations.

Excellence- We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom- We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect- We believe in trust, empathy and empowering people. Teamwork- We believe in diversity, inclusion and the power of global collaboration. Transparency- We believe in open communication and clear decision-making. Accountability- We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.

The Senior Technical Manager works within IRI’s Center for Global Impact, in the Evidence and Learning Practice has four main responsibilities. First, the STM provides technical and methodological guidance to MEL and program staff in designing, implementing, managing and using high quality evaluations and research. Second, the STM leads the Institute’s programmatic organizational learning efforts, in coordination with regional and thematic program staff, which includes designing and actioning the Institute’s Learning and Research Agenda. Third, the STM analyzes global evaluation and programming trends within the international development community and the democracy, rights and governance sector, in order to conduct research and evaluation that contributes to organizational learning and program development through business development support. Fourth, the STM oversees the Evaluation and Research team in achieving its goals and manages its team members.

Position Requirements:

  • Graduate degree in political science, international relations, international development or related field

  • Minimum eight years of professional experience in relevant field such as international development, monitoring and evaluation, and government and politics.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the program theory-based approach to program design, monitoring, evaluation and learning for international development projects.

  • Demonstrated experience with evaluating international development programs, including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; additional years of experience working as an internal or external evaluator preferred.

  • Proven familiarity with evaluation and research methodologies, including sampling approaches.

  • Familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative data analysis software, such as SPSS, STATA, R, NVivo, and/or AtlasTI.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English (written and oral), including a demonstrated ability to convey monitoring, evaluation and learning concepts to program staff and in-country partners

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and promote efforts of other professionals

  • Willingness to travel internationally, including to difficult places

  • Experience with democracy and governance assistance programs preferred but not required.

  • Foreign language ability preferred, but not required.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

Develop and Action Learning and Research Agenda - 50%

  • Leads the development and actioning of IRI’s learning and research agenda, an annually-selected collection of priority topics about which IRI will gather monitoring, evaluation, research and other data in order to develop a suite of refined approaches aimed at improving program effectiveness and proposal competitiveness.

  • Coordinates with business development staff to ensure IRI’s proposals demonstrate clear understanding and application of relevant research and evidence in project design and measurement strategies.

  • Builds IRI staff capacity to understand and incorporate the most up to date (IRI and industry-wide) evidence, lessons, and program theories into program design and associated proposal development.

  • For select, high priority bids is substantially involved in program design, including supporting BD to facilitate effective program theory design sessions.

  • Coordinates with business development and program staff to apply IRI learning and research agenda lessons to IRI proposal design and project implementation

  • Lead regular reviews of IRI’s learning agendas to synthesize knowledge developed and determine relevance of learning agenda items.

Evaluation Management and Technical Oversight - 40%

  • Serves as the lead technical expert on evaluation at IRI, maintaining oversight of evaluation methodologies and practices. This includes the development and oversight of IRI evaluation policy guidance for both internal and external evaluations.

  • Oversees the implementation and management of projects and grants managed by the Evidence and Learning Practice, including a portfolio of projects focused explicitly on ex-post evaluation and applied research efforts

  • Oversees mechanism-level monitoring, evaluation and learning for large or high-priority funding mechanisms

  • Supports IRI staff, including ELP staff, program staff, and business development staff, to understand and apply high-quality evaluation methods and approaches to IRI’s work.

  • Researches new and emerging evaluation methodologies and trends as well as DRG implementation and measurement trends and determines their applicability to the IRI context, updating IRI evaluation policy or methods guidance accordingly.

  • Designs and/or manages high priority monitoring, evaluation and learning projects, including those that are components of grants and awards, as assigned.

  • Oversees the Evaluation and Research team to achieve its goals and manages staff within the Evaluation and Research team, as assigned.

External Engagement and Brand Promotion- 10%

  • Engages with the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) community, including through participation in conferences and public events related to monitoring, evaluation and learning approaches and up-to-date research in the democracy and governance field

  • Prepares external communications materials on IRI’s evaluation efforts, including blog posts, articles, presentations, etc.

  • Oversees the organization of public events at IRI for the purposes of highlighting IRI’s monitoring, evaluation and learning initiatives and technical expertise to the broader evaluation and democracy, human rights and governance community.

  • Keeps apprised of publications in the academic, donor and practitioner/policy communities related to evaluations and research of democracy and governance work and relay relevant information

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to IRI's website: