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.

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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.

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M&E Specialist (Advisory /Consulting)

  • Junior Consultant

  • Senior Consultant

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Evaluator

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.

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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.

International Organizations which offer careers in M&E
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OXFAM International

Oxfam is a British founded confederation of 20 independent charitable organizations focusing on the alleviation of global poverty, founded in 1942 and led by Oxfam International

CARE International

CARE is a major international humanitarian agency delivering emergency relief and long-term international development projects. Founded in 1945, CARE is nonsectarian, impartial, and non-governmental. It is one of the largest and oldest humanitarian aid organizations focused on fighting global poverty.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a merging of the William H. Gates Foundation and the Gates Learning Foundation, is an American private foundation founded by Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates.

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation[3ie]

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) promotes evidence-informed equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. 3ie supports the generation and effective use of high-quality evidence to inform decision-making and improve the lives of people living in poverty in low- and middle-income countries.

UN Agencies

The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization aiming to maintain international  peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations. UN  headquarters is on international territory in New York City and has other main offices in GenevaNairobiVienna, and The Hague.

USAID

The United States Agency for International Development USAID is the world's premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID works to help lift lives, build communities, and advance democracy. USAID's work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity; demonstrates American generosity; and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.

Independent Evaluation Group World Bank

The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) evaluates the development effectiveness of the World Bank Group. IEG provides evaluative evidence to help the World Bank Group deliver better services and results to its clients. The group generates lessons from past experiences and accountability to shareholders and stakeholders at large.

UN Evaluation Group

The United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) is an interagency professional network that brings together the evaluation units of the UN system, including UN departments, specialized agencies, funds and programmes, and affiliated organizations. 

MasterCard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation's mission is to advance education and financial inclusion in developing countries.

JPAL

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of 261 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty.

Independent Evaluation Unit, Green Climate Fund

The Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) ensures the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is accountable and effective. It conducts independent evaluations of the GCF's activities to guarantee its accountability and synthesises learnings from high-quality and rigorous evaluations to support the GCF's effectiveness and efficiency.