El Salvador

Deputy Chief of Party, USAID El Salvador MEL Project

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Established in 1946, with headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia, AIR is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research on important social issues and delivers technical assistance and capacity building services domestically and internationally in health, social development, education, and workforce to a growing roster of clients and partners. Our mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world.

IMPAQ International (an AIR affliate) is actively seeking a Deputy Chief of Party for an anticipated five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Activity in El Salvador. The Activity will holistically support continued performance monitoring and verification to measure program impact, results and achievements. In addition, the mechanism will be used to contract individual evaluations or longitudinal studies, assessments, surveys or other related services relevant to bilateral and regional programs. The expected result of this contract are to enhance the Mission’s MEL capabilities and to ensure empirical evidence for programming, learning and adapting. The contractor will also provide regular support to encourage and facilitate intentional collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) use among USAID internal and external stakeholders.

The is a full-time, ex-patriot position based in San Salvador, El Salvador with regular travel throughout the country.


The DCOP will play a key technical role in the implementation of demand driven evaluations (performance and impact), assessments and research (quantitative and qualitative), and ongoing context and performance monitoring activities to support evidence-based decision making throughout all stages of the program cycle; the strategic use of CLA for adaptive management at the strategy, project, and activity levels; and the design and delivery of MEL and CLA capacity building activities for USAID staff, implementing partners, local organizations, government counterparts, private sector, and academia. The DCOP will lead and collaborate with USAID, project staff, USAID implementing partners, and local actors across the full range of MEL services, and ultimately contribute to strengthening El Salvador’s MEL community of practice. S/he will ensure innovate and participatory methods across the anticipated components ranging from evaluation, assessment, research, and performance monitoring; the facilitation and intentional use of CLA; and efforts to measurably increase MEL capacity at the Mission, implementing partner, and local institution levels. The DCOP will develop important professional relationships with Activity staff, USAID Mission Staff, implementing partner staff, and some of the country’s most reputable social scientists and development professionals, in support of MEL efforts. Additionally, the DCOP will oversee production and ensure quality of all technical deliverables, including MEL plans, results frameworks, theories of change, evaluation and assessment scopes of work, MEL training curricula, progress reports, and presentations. The DCOP, in collaboration with the Chief of Party (COP), will supervise a team that includes both long-term and short-term MEL staff and subject matters experts.


  • Over ten (10) years of experience managing MEL activities with a proven track record of programmatic accomplishment, professional achievement, management competence, and interpersonal skills.
  • At least eight (8) years of USAID experience designing and implementing evaluations, research, assessments, and performance monitoring systems, CLA activities, and capacity strengthening interventions for USAID-funded programs and activities.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in supervision, staff development, and mentoring to complete high-quality products on time and within budget and ensuring the quality of their products.
  • Thorough technical knowledge of MEL and CLA concepts including (but not limited to) indicator development, data collection and analysis, data quality assessments, performance reporting, evaluation planning, experimental and quasi experimental evaluation designs, management of evaluations, collaboration, organizational learning, and adaptive management.
  • Experience building and maintaining working relations with stakeholders, and demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively interface (and represent IMPAQ) with donor agency counterparts, government officials, partner organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated leadership, strategic thinking/planning, management, and presentation skills.
  • Proven project or program management and successful leadership in a mixed team environment in a development context.
  • Prior experience managing personnel, funds, and resources for multi-year, multi-task projects and overseeing procurement processes.
  • An advanced degree (MA) in management, social sciences, statistics, research or related field is preferable.
  • Deep familiarity with Salvadoran culture, society, and development context or that of other similar countries in the region.
  • Fluency in Spanish is required and excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is required.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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