USAID Tanzania Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Support Platform – Youth MEL Specialist at NORC

USAID Tanzania Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Support Platform – GESI Specialist at NORC


NORC at the University of Chicago is one of the largest and most highly respected social research organizations pursuing high quality social science research both in the U.S. and internationally.

NORC is seeking a Youth MEL Specialist for the anticipated USAID Tanzania monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) Support Platform. The Youth MEL Specialist will work full-time over a 5-year period based in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The MEL Support Platform activity aims to assist the USAID mission with strategy – and activity-level performance monitoring, evaluation, and
learning, including conducting data gathering and verification, data visualization (including Geographic Information Systems), data quality assessments, impact and performance evaluations, assessments, organizational learning, and collaboration among USAID’s implementing partners and
Development Objectives teams. The MEL Support Platform will also implement a capacity building agenda for the mission, developing a baseline of M&E knowledge within the mission and tailoring a curriculum to provide skills development to mission staff. All individuals should have strong English reading and writing skills. Tanzanian nationals are preferred. These are full-time positions contingent on funding.

This activity is expected to support Tanzanian youth in advancing long-term prosperity through building capacity of USAID and its implementing partners, including other donors, private sector actors, and non-governmental/civil society organizations in developing critical monitoring and evaluation skills. These skills will enable various actors in Tanzania to learn from various development activities and adapt programming to best meet the needs of youth across Tanzania.

The Youth MEL Specialist position would assist USAID Tanzania Mission and implementing
partners to incorporate youth-related analyses and findings into programming.


  • Support USAID/Tanzania’s learning agenda by helping to answer questions specific to youth engagement and development opportunities that achieve the most impact in young Tanzanian lives.
  • Integrate a youth lens into MEL and CLA activities and approaches leveraging data and evidence for decision making and USAID programming;
  • Lead evaluation, assessment and study designs (e.g., sampling design, data sources and collection methods), data collection, analysis and reporting;
  • Serve as a technical advisor on current and future MEL, knowledge management and/or collaboration, learning and adapting (CLA) activities to ensure programming is adapted to best meet the needs of youth across Tanzania.
  • Develop and facilitate youth-focused trainings, and support capacity-building of youth-organizations;
  • Collaborate on youth-related analyses and reporting;
  • Meaningfully contribute to the development of contractual deliverables such as annual reports and work plans;
  • Support the development and implementation youth-responsive MEL systems


  • Master’s Degree in one of the social sciences or international development with evidence of in-depth technical training in youth;
  • Minimum 8 years of professional experience;
  • Thorough technical knowledge and experience in performance and impact evaluation designs, methodologies and practical applications, including baseline data collection methodologies.
  • Experience in the design, testing, and deployment of data collection instruments (e.g., questionnaires and interview guides);
  • Experience working with youth organization or building the capacity of youth in one or more of the following sectors: health, economic growth, education; democracy, rights and governance.
  • Experience facilitating trainings for implementing partners, donors and local-organizations;
  • Experience with one or more of the following sectors: health, economic growth, education democracy, rights and governance;

How To Apply

If interested, please send your CV with Youth MEL
Specialist in the subject line.

More Information

  • Job City Dar es Salaam
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