Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor, USAID/West Africa Peace through Evaluation, Learning, and Adaptation 2 (PELA 2), Accra, Ghana

Management Systems International

  • Full Time

Company Profile:

Management Systems International (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area management consultancy with a 40-year history of delivering results for our clients. Our expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation; democracy and governance; peace and stability; rule of law and accountability; education; gender and inclusion; strategic communications; and leadership and organizational development. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Ukraine, and works domestically. We support clients ranging from the U.S. Government (e.g., the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Departments of State and Labor, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation) to large bilateral and multilateral donors (e.g., the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program). We also work with national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information, please visit our website at

Proposal Summary:

MSI is preparing to bid on the USAID/West Africa Peace through Evaluation, Learning, and Adaptation 2 (PELA 2) Project. The purpose of this contract will be to provide collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) and monitoring, evaluation and learning support to USAID/West Africa’s peace and governance initiatives, including those focused on countering violent extremism (CVE).

Position Summary:

The Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor will be the project’s point person on MEL topics and collaborating, learning and adapting. The advisor will provide technical leadership to MEL/CLA tasks, including supporting USAID implementing partners in developing appropriate MEL tools, providing guidance on the implementation of alternative MEL approaches such as complexity aware monitoring, and designing and overseeing evaluations. The position will have the status of Deputy Chief of Party and will manage the project in the absence of the Research Director (Chief of Party).

**Please note: West African nationals are strongly encouraged to apply**


  • Assist Research Director in working with USAID/West Africa to design and implement a learning agenda.
  • Review USAID implementing partner MEL plans and provide guidance to strengthen them.
  • Design evaluation scopes of work; identify and orient appropriate evaluation team members; oversee evaluation data collection and analysis; review and edit evaluation reports. Provide training in complexity aware monitoring methods.
  • Design and facilitate CLA evidence review pause and reflect sessions with USAID and stakeholders.
  • Design and coordinate qualitative and quantitative data collection in support of research projects; ensure conflict sensitive data collection methods are utilized.


  • Master’s degree in international development or a related field.
  • Eight (8) years of experience in research, planning and monitoring of donor-funded projects.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation conflict/CVE related activities or projects.
  • Demonstrated ability in management, analysis and processing of data to inform project planning and MEL.
  • Experience designing and/or implementing learning agendas.
  • Familiarity with USAID CLA approaches.
  • Familiarity with complexity aware monitoring techniques such as outcome harvesting, most significant change and/or sentinel indicators.
  • Familiarity with development assistance programming, experience in CVE or peace promotion preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-country and multi-cultural setting as demonstrated by past experience.
  • Experience in Francophone Africa preferred.
  • Fluency speaking, reading and writing in English and French.

At MSI Tetra Tech, health and safety play a vital role in our success. MSI Tetra Tech’s employees work together to comply with all applicable health & safety practices and protocols, including health orders and regulations related to COVID-19 that are mandated by local, state and federal authorities.

MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.

We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants’ and employees’ religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.

MSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities/Veterans Employer.

Reasonable Accommodations:

MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email with “Reasonable Accommodations” in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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