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Career Opportunities and Internships
Various M & E career opportunities come in slightly different terms or names but define the work of a monitoring specialist or evaluator.
Being aware of job descriptions, duties, and responsibilities would give you a better insight on how to get the job, assignment, or win a proposal.
M & E Coordinator
M & E Coordinator is the entry-level job in M&E field. This includes tasks on project coordination, multiple project monitoring and evaluation, drafting of reports and implementing the M&E systems.
M&E Specialist (Advisory /Consulting)
Consultants or M&E Specialists have related educational qualifications and extensive experience and exposure to M&E field.
Oftentimes, consultancy positions are not permanent, attached to the organization nor offer the security of tenure. A Consultant works upon a contract and provides service/s to a particular project within an approved contract duration or period.
Their tasks are to provide comprehensive solutions, ideas, advice, and expertise that substantiate project outputs to improve existing circumstances.
Programme Manager in M&E
This is a managerial level position that includes responsibilities for the overall management of M&E activities of a project or multiple projects.
This requires broad knowledge and extensive experience in project and program management or having similar capacities for years.
M & E Officer/Field Staff
M & E Officer/ Field Staff is also an entry-level job in the M & E field. Young and emerging evaluators (YEE) or fresh graduate, if given an opportunity may develop their potential, knowledge, and skills in M& E field.
Tasks include reviewing and revising M & E strategies, monitoring activities on related projects, expenditures, and implementation progress, and review of exiting formulated M & E systems and mechanisms.
Data and Information Management Specialist
An ideal career path for those who possess skills and expertise in Information and Technology, statistics, and analytics.
Sufficient knowledge in M&E coupled with these skills may provide specialization in the M & E field.
Educational qualification in statistics and analytics related to M&E is also essential.
M & E evaluator tasks include conducting different types of evaluations, writing up reports, and validating ongoing M & E activities.
This task is categorized under consultancies by many organizations. These organizations require external evaluators to conduct assessments of different projects for a specific duration.
An evaluator must have extensive knowledge and experience working in the field or be knowledgeable in different types and mechanisms of evaluations.
Researcher or Academic
This requires secondary educational qualifications. Masters or PhD levels with satisfactory experiences, skills, and expertise in conducting research activities and teaching in the fields related to M&E/social sciences are required.