Research Associate (MEL)

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Last update: May 31, 2022 Last update: May 31, 2022


Deadline: Jun 19, 2022 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: USA USA
Sectors: Monitoring & Evaluation, Research Monitoring & Evaluation, Research
Job type: Contract, up to 4 months
English English
Work experience: <1
Date posted: May 30, 2022
Expected starting date: As soon as possible


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OPM is a development consultancy with almost 30 years’ experience in providing rigorous analysis, policy advice, technical assistance and training services to over 120 national governments, aid agencies and public sector and nongovernmental organizations. OPM employs over 350 technical staff across its global network of offices. Our mission is to help low- and middle-income countries achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage through public policy reform. We support governments in developing, implementing and evaluating policies that reduce poverty, improve livelihoods and create opportunities.

Our US office (OPM US) has an exciting opportunity for a currently enrolled or recently graduated Masters student to join us as a MEL Research Associate (monitoring, evaluation and learning). As a part-time, temporary member of staff, this role will support OPM US to implement its portfolio of MEL projects.

The role will end in September 2022, with the possibility of extension. The role’s various responsibilities across multiple projects and portfolios offer excellent opportunities for personal and career development. 

This role will support the delivery of OPM US MEL projects, including technical work on evaluations, MEL platforms, and research projects from USAID, BMGF, and other donors. The Associate will also have the opportunity to engage with OPM’s globally recognized Research & Evidence team in capacity development and learning opportunities.

Please note we do require applicants to have the current right to work in the United States at the time of applying as we cannot sponsor visas.

Expected day-to-day responsibilities will include (not exhaustive):

Project Delivery

  • Support the Senior MEL Advisor in all aspects of delivery of the OPM US MEL portfolio;
  • Apply MEL technical knowledge and project management to ongoing and new projects, particularly focused on research projects as well as mixed methods and impact evaluations;
  • Design and apply research and MEL technical tools for planning, data collection, and project monitoring;
  • Contribute to evaluation research activities;
  • Provide technical inputs into development of evaluation TORs, methodologies, plans, and reports;
  • Support project-based and US team learning and reflection activities;
  • Conduct quality assurance reviews of technical products and reports;
  • Ensure that outputs are delivered on time and in accordance with OPM quality and report writing standards; and

Learning Opportunities

  • Engage in OPM technical network learning events and technical communities of practice within the Research & Evidence practice area;
  • Take a proactive approach to on- and off-job personal and career development by working on projects in other OPM portfolio areas, keeping abreast of latest developments within the Research & Evidence practice area, and taking opportunities to attend training events as appropriate; and
  • Develop strong and effective working relationships with OPM colleagues based in other OPM offices.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following essential skills, qualifications and experiences:

  • Fluency in the English language.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a relevant Master’s program.
  • A solid grounding in quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients, both verbally and in writing.
  • Exceptional research, writing, and oral communication skills, with high levels of attentiveness to diverse audiences.
  • Proven ability to multi-task, prioritize under pressure, and meet deadlines.
  • Experience working in MEL for MCC and/or BMGF is preferred but is not essential
  • Fluency in a relevant second language is preferred but is not essential.

If you meet the requirements above, we would really like to hear from you. Please apply via the portal with your updated CV by the deadline. We look forward to receiving your application.