Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Advisor – Niger – USAID Increasing Pathways to Learning

  • Full-time

Company Description

Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.  

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work.   

Job Description

Project Description

The purpose of IPL is to increase safe and equitable non-formal learning opportunities for out-of-school youth, with a tailored approach for girls, to develop the foundational or vocational skills needed to transition into formal education or employment. The Activity will accomplish this through three objectives:


Objective 1: Increased access to safe, quality, flexible learning opportunities that strengthen youth participation in education and improve learning outcomes


Objective 2: Educators are trained and equipped to deliver quality, safe, equitable and contextually relevant learning opportunities.


Objective 3: Parents, caregivers, and community leaders can better support, value and ensure safe, equitable and contextually relevant learning opportunities.

Position Description

The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist will lead the monitoring, evaluation, learning and research efforts. They shall develop/design, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) systems,

evaluations. This person will ensure that systems include appropriate indicators, baseline data, targets

and a plan to evaluate performance and produce timely, accurate and complete reporting. The

specialist has the responsibility for information analysis and must be able to develop monitoring, evaluation and learning plans.



Master’s degree in education, economics, social sciences, statistics or a related field.

Skills and Experience:

  • At least 7 years of demonstrated experience supporting and/or leading MEL and CLA efforts on USAID international development or activities of similar scope and scale
  • Deep knowledge and expertise in monitoring and evaluation systems, data collection and reporting with knowledge of education system in Niger preferable.
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and reporting key data, context indicators, and other
  • annual foreign assistance programming and budgeting reporting requirements is highly preferable.
  • Knowledge of education system in Niger is preferred;
  • Previous experience in Niger or West Africa preferred.


English is required and French is highly desirable.

Additional Information

Due to the volume of applications submitted, only finalists will be notified.  No phone calls, please.

EDC is committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.