MEL Specialist

Closing date

USAID/Philippines Better Access and Connectivity (BEACON) Activity’s primary goal is to promote better access and connectivity in the Philippines by (a) improving the quality of its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and logistics infrastructure; (b) improving the enabling environment and regulatory governance for ICT and logistics investment; and (c) strengthening cybersecurity protections.
To support the associated MEL services on the BEACON activity, SoCha seeks a full-time, qualified MEL specialist.

Scope of Work:
The MEL Specialist will work with USAID/Philippines’ program and technical offices to:

  • Plan and coordinate implementation under the oversight of DCOP;
  • Develop data collection tools and integrate reporting system into adaptive program management cycle;
  • Train grantees and other relevant stakeholders on M&E data collection and reporting protocols; oversee data quality;
  • Coordinate semiannual learning activities, including Pause and Reflect sessions, with activity personnel, counterparts, private sector, and other stakeholders;
  • Contribute to Data Quality Audits on ad hoc basis; contribute to quarterly and annual reports;
  • Facilitate CLA activities and provide other MEL support as needed, assisting to embed CLA throughout the project cycle; and
  • Provide other MEL technical support as needed.

We are actively seeking a MEL Specialist with Experience in One or More of the Following Areas:

Performance Monitoring, including:

  • Developing performance monitoring plans
  • Designing and optimizing quantitative and qualitative indicators for international development projects


  • Designing or conducting performance or impact evaluations
  • Mixing qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Applying evaluation results to inform future programming

Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting

  • Coordinating with stakeholders
  • Hosting learning events for international development partners
  • Building institutional capacity and memory
  • Incentivizing learning and sharing
  • Facilitating learning events

In addition to the categories above, subject matter expertise in the following sectors is required:

  • ICT, logistics and infrastructure
  • Digital economy regulations
  • Cyber security
  • Telecommunication policy

Minimum qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor degree in ICT, telecommunications or similar field;
  • Prior MEL experience on USAID projects;
  • USAID CLA experience is preferred and will be given priority;
  • Five (5) or more years of MEL experience on donor projects; and
  • Prior experience assessing impact of ICT and logistics reforms strongly preferred.

*Filipino nationals and residents are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a dedicated local hire position.**

Manila, Philippines.

How to apply

To lodge an application, please lodge CV highlighting your experience in qualitative research via: