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Institutional Learning Advisor (USAID Zambia) MEL



Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023

Position Description

EnCompass seeks Institutional Learning Advisor candidates for a five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Zambia. The monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) Platform will provide USAID/Zambia with strategic and technical support to improve performance management and advance Mission learning. The Platform will provide technical, administrative, and programmatic support services to USAID/Zambia in the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies and programs related to the Mission’s priorities.

The position will be full-time and based in Lusaka, Zambia, with travel throughout the country. Zambian citizens are encouraged to apply.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Essential functions:

  • Provide, supervise and manage MEL services, including effective implementation of the MEL Platform and Learning Hub
  • Lead efforts to support institutionalization of learning, foster collaboration, and facilitate adaptive management for the Mission.
  • Ensure the Mission is supported to continually enhance its strategies and programs based on evidence, feedback, and a culture of learning
  • Ensure that USAID/Zambia's development programs continually evolve and adapt to achieve greater impact and sustainability
  • Management consulting support including but not limited to strategic planning, change management, and process improvement.
  • Support selection of innovative approaches for implementation and learning in activities, including in CLA, problem-driven iterative adaptation, continuous quality improvement, action learning, appreciative inquiry, etc.
  • Contribute to cross-consortium learning as needed
  • Employ strong CLA practices throughout the work

Position Requirements


Academic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and 10 years’ experience in international development, organizational development, or a related discipline

Experience and Skills

  • 10 years of experience in institutional learning, adaptive management, and collaboration within international development organizations, with a track record of driving positive change
  • Demonstrated experience leading adaptive management, performance management, and/or M&E
  • Strong familiarity with USAID’s CLA practices; familiarity with USAID’s Evaluation Policy preferred
  • Understanding of knowledge management as it relates to USAID programs an asset
  • Prior experience in Zambia and/or the region required
  • Strong communication, supervision, and management skills required
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is preferred
  • Citizens of Zambia are strongly encouraged to apply

How to Apply

Please submit CV and cover letter and complete the application

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For US based positions: The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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The incumbent must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands and to seek supervisory assistance as appropriate.