USAID Malawi M&E Vacancy






Depending on qualifications and experience incumbent may be hired at a trainee grade (one or two grades lower than the position grade.) 



OPEN TO:                             All Interested Candidates – Malawian Nationals


POSITION:                           Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist


OPENING DATE:               March 7, 2014


CLOSING DATE:                March 20, 2014


WORK HOURS:                  Full-time; 40 hours/week


POSITION GRADE:           FSN- 10




This position is located in the Office of Health, Population, and Nutrition (HPN) Team of USAID/Malawi. The HPN offices implement one of the largest Presidential Initiatives, the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEFAR), a component of the Agency’s Global Health Initiative (GHI). PEPFAR has its own unique indicators and reporting requirements that need to be coordinated with USAID/Malawi’s overall monitoring and evaluation plans. The USAID HIV portfolio has grown and the need for appropriate data and strategic information management has also grown. The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) specialist will support the Strategic Information (SI) Advisor and be responsible for ensuring the availability of high quality data for the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of USAID PEPFAR projects.


The ME&L Specialist will serve as a focal point and resource person in HPN’s HIV Team to support USAID project managers, otherwise known as Contracting/Assistance Officer Representatives (COR/AORs), to work with implementing partners in both the design and implementation of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plans.  The ME&L Specialist will also support the Mission’s efforts to report annual targets and data for the semi-annual and annual PEPFAR Country Operational Report.  In collaboration with the Program Design and Analysis (PDA) Office, the ME&L specialist will also assist in designing Scopes of Work for both impact and performance evaluations of activities supported by HPN’s HIV Team.


The incumbent may serve as a COR/AOR for one or more activities, and may provide supervision and oversight to staff and the programs/projects they manage.  While the incumbent will serve on HPN’s HIV Team, the ME&L Specialist will work closely with the HPN M&E Specialist, and with others in the Mission, especially the PDA Office, which serves as the lead office for overall Mission ME&L coordination and activities.  As part of a larger Mission ME&L, the ME&L specialist will support Mission-wide ME&L objectives as outlined in the 2013-2017 Country Development Cooperation Strategy.  /S/he will be expected to participate in key Mission ME&L activities on strategy, planning, reporting, monitoring, and evaluations as articulated in the Mission ME&L Team Charter.


A copy of the complete Position Description listing all duties and responsibilities is available in the Human Resources Office.  Contact the Human Resources Office on 01-772458 Ext. 5112 or 5114.




NOTE:  All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. 


a.       Education: Masters degree or equivalent qualification in monitoring and evaluation, health information systems or public health.


b.      Prior Work Experience:  Five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in the health field, with preference for experience in HIV/AIDS monitoring and evaluation.


c.       Experience: Should include analysis and interpretation of data and the presentation of findings in written and/or oral form.  Experience with health-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in HIV is desirable.


d.      Language Proficiency:

Level IV (fluent) English and Level IV (fluent) Chichewa ability is required. Excellent written and oral English skills are required. Ability to write technical documents in English, to concisely summarize complex ideas, and to edit work is required.


e.       Job Knowledge:

A comprehensive knowledge of collection and analysis of strategic information. A broad knowledge of public health care, comprehensive knowledge and experience in HIV/AIDS in Malawi is required. The incumbent must have knowledge of the different branches in the Malawian Government, particularly the Ministry of Health.  Thorough knowledge or potential to acquire such knowledge of U.S. Government legislation relating to development assistance and USAID programming policies, regulations procedures and documentation is essential.


f.       Skills and Abilities:

The incumbent must have superior data collection, analysis, and presentation and communication skills.  The ability to obtain, evaluate and interpret factual data and prepare precise, accurate and complete reports is required.  Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships across government entities, donor organizations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and private-sector organizations.  Skills in conceptualizing project programming, policies and plans and developing strategies for their implementation is required.  Ability to work effectively in a team environment and proactively work to achieve consensus on policy, project and administrative matters is required.  Strong computer skills and knowledge of software program applications authorized for USAID use, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint or other database software, and word processing programs are a must.




1.  Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.

2.  Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.




Interested applicants for this position must submit the following:


1.      Current resume or curriculum vitae accompanied by a cover letter


2.      Any other documentation (e.g. certificates, awards earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.


We strongly encourage that potential candidates obtain a copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities. The full copy is available in the Human Resources Office.  Contact the Human Resources Office by email at; in person at USAID offices or by phone at 01-772458 Ext. 5112 or 5114.




Applicants must meet ALL minimum requirements above to apply. 


Please send applications to: or the following address:


Supervisory Executive Officer


P.O. Box 30455

Lilongwe 3


Fax: (265) 01 773-181



Human Resources Office

Telephone No. 01772458, Ext. 5112 or 5114


An Equal Opportunity Employer


Reference the Vacancy name on the subject line of your application: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – MONITORING, EVALUATION AND LEARNING SPECIALIST (ME&L)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 8:00am

Last updated: March 05, 2014