Program Officer

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 13

Position description

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer will join the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young Africa Leaders Initiative to support a coordinated monitoring and evaluation effort for the program. They will oversee data collection and analysis to develop reports and data visualizations that communicate impact and progress towards programmatic and organizational goals to a variety of internal and external stakeholders. The position will also collaborate with colleagues in IREX’s Center for Applied Learning and Impact (CALI) to enhance knowledge sharing and help identify best practices and learning throughout the organization.


  • Support Deputy Director in managing all aspects of the program’s MEL plan and ensuring timely, accurate, and thoughtful completion of deliverables;
  • Responsible for the collection and management of Fellow evaluative data;
  • Oversee the design and development of data collection instruments and provide support to team members to deploy and gather data;
  • Oversee project data analysis and lead the report design and writing/editing process;
  • Collaborate with team to ensure findings from impact data analysis are effectively communicated through social media, the new Fellowship website, impact one-pagers and other forums;
  • Develop learning strategy and contribute to organizational indicators and lines of inquiry, including drawing on resources from CALI to promote best practices;
  • Lead trainings and impact sessions with program and IREX staff, Institute Partners and other stakeholders;
  • Contribute evidence to IREX’s organizational leadership and youth approaches;
  • Supervise subcontractors and consultants, and provide direction to program junior staff;
  • Represent IREX and Leadership Practice interests both within and outside of IREX;
  • Liaise with funders upon request and assist with business development efforts as assigned, including assisting in proposal design and development.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, international education, business, political science, organizational development, or similar;
  • Three to five years’ experience managing international education or development programs demonstrating relevant progressive experience, with a focus on monitoring and evaluation and data management work; or equivalent preferred;
  • High-level proficiency in Excel, including use of pivot tables, formulas and charts, required;
  • Strong analytical skills and experience with statistical analysis software, required;
  • Experience working in and/or interest in developing capacity for qualitative analysis tools including Dedoose, NVivo or similar;
  • Experience working in and/or interest in developing capacity for project systems including SalesForce, Survey Monkey, Mailchimp, Jotform, Oba, or similar;
  • Experience working in and/or interest in developing capacity for data visualization tools, such as PowerBi, Tableau, Google Data Studio, or similar;
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically and creatively to meet specified objectives with strong ability to anticipate challenges and generate solutions;
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Demonstrated writing and document proofing skills; able to produce near final draft quality communication and documents;
  • Professionalism in written correspondence and report writing, excellent presentation and oral communication skills, and professionalism in senior level client or partner relations;
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, including the ability to prioritize;
  • Demonstrated capability to work independently and as a team member to consistently take initiative, meet deadlines within strict time constraints, and maintain positivity and flexibility;
  • Training and facilitation skills, preferred;
  • Experience in mentoring, coaching, or other relevant leadership development work with young professionals, preferred;
  • Familiarity with Department of State grants and regulations, preferred;
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of sub-Saharan Africa and recent developments in the region, preferred;
  • Availability to support scheduled program activities in the evenings and on weekends.

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