DT Global Seeks Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Manager for USAID/Civic DEFENDERS in Arlington, USA

DT Global Monitoring Evaluation Research Learning Manager USAID Civic DEFENDERS job Arlington USA, apply now.

Be at the forefront of sustainable development with DT Global! We are actively seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Manager for the USAID/Civic DEFENDERS project in Arlington, USA.

As a key player in shaping a future where development and innovation empower communities, DT Global is dedicated to fostering inclusive prosperity and social equity.

This role offers a unique opportunity to work with a global team of experts, solving complex problems in peacebuilding, governance, economic development, environment, and human development sectors.

DT Global Monitoring Evaluation Research Learning Manager USAID Civic DEFENDERS job Arlington USA, apply now

With over 60 years of international development experience, DT Global delivers transformative solutions. If you’re ready to drive impactful change, apply now and be part of our mission to transform lives.


DT Global is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Manager for the anticipated USAID-funded Civic DEFENDERS (Digital Freedom Enabling Networks to Defend Rights and Security) Activity.

Civic DEFENDERS will be a global program that supports local civil society, independent media, and human rights defenders to better prevent, mitigate, and respond to digital repression in their own contexts, particularly in closed and closing spaces.

Civic DEFENDERS will focus on building long-term, local resilience among civil society and independent media through a networked approach involving global, regional, and local actors.

The activity will likely provide technical assistance on digital security, digital governance advocacy and engagement, and censorship circumvention and anonymity tools.

Position Summary

The MERL Manager will be responsible for day-to-day oversight and management of project MEL staff, as well as ensuring consistent learning, knowledge sharing, and results coordinating throughout the activity cycle.

The MERL Manager will have demonstrated ability to work in complex environments, remote operating contexts, and management of diverse teams, with a demonstrated commitment to quality, compliance, and timeliness.

The MERL Manager must possess the intellectual, communications, leadership, and managerial skills necessary to develop, articulate and assist implementation of the program.


  •  Design and develop the project’s MERL systems including establishing a learning agenda, refining indicators, setting targets for all indicators, planning of all necessary data collection and analysis.

  •  Oversee and directly contribute to the development and implementation of MERL tools and systems to improve ability to collect, interpret and aggregate data that track tangible, measurable progress toward project results and the attainment of project objectives.

  •  Support data analysis and data use to promote evidence-based programming and provide timely feedback in relation to project targets, work plan activities and objectives, and address gaps in programming.

  •  Develop and adapt MERL tools to meet program needs, which may include observation tools survey instruments.

  •  Liaise with USAID on the design of MERL tools and on modifications to the MERL system.

  •  Oversee one or more MERL officers and provide training to staff, primary stakeholders, and implementing partners on MERL components in project design, such as the monitoring plan, assessments, reviews, surveys, and evaluations.

  •  Oversee the application of Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) principles to inform program adaptive management, for innovative and effective programming.

Minimum Requirements:

  •  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience required in economics, management, public policy and administration, finance, development administration or any related field.

  •  S/he has at least eight years of relevant professional experience in monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning.

  •  Experience managing and executing MERL activities for donor-funded programs, including experience leading MERL teams in large international development programs and prior experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research in field-based positions.

  •  Demonstrated ability to use MERL findings to inform adjustments to program in order to maximize project effectiveness.

  •  Demonstrated understanding of CLA and USAID evaluation policy and reporting guidelines.

  •  Experience coordinating with governments, ministries and/or local NGOs, as well as local communities, for design and implementation of surveys and other data collection techniques, including those that address capacity weaknesses, preferred.

  •  Experience with all necessary computer, database, statistical software, and analytical skills, particularly in issues related to monitoring and evaluation.

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