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Senior Performance Monitoring Specialist, MEL/Guatemala



Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2024

Position Description

Encompass LLC seeks Senior Performance Monitoring Specialist candidates at multiple levels for an anticipated five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID) monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) support activity to be based in Guatemala.

The Sr. Performance Monitoring Specialist will oversee technical assistance focused on monitoring systems. They will support USAID Mission and implementing partner staff with development of project and activity-level indicators, theories of change, and MEL plans to be incorporated in to Mission performance monitoring plans (PMPs). They may support third-party monitoring activities and coordinate with local organizations. They may be tasked with select monitoring training and reviewing PMP data, including baseline data collection and performance indicator data, and ensuring data quality and utility of all data.

The overall purpose of this position is to enhance Guatemala's and USAID's M&E and learning systems, as well as their capacity for accountability and adaptation within projects and processes. The Sr. Performance Monitoring Specialist will provide demand-driven services including technical, analytical, consulting, training, monitoring, and design.

The MEL activity will provide USAID/Guatemala with strategic and technical support to improve performance management and advance Mission learning. The project will provide comprehensive MEL services, including capacity strengthening and technical support, to USAID/Guatemala, local organizations, and potentially the Government of Guatemala.

The position will be full-time and be based in Guatemala with travel throughout the country.

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years’ experience; Master’s degree and 6 years’ experience; or PhD and 4 years’ experience in a social science, organizational development, development studies or a related field highly preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience in operation and maintenance of data systems, preferably in the context of evaluating program impact.
  • Minimum of 4 years conducting data collection, analysis, performance monitoring, or research

Experience and Skills

  • Prior experience in indicator development (including context indicators), data collection and analysis, data quality assessments, and statistical methods
  • Demonstrated ability in using monitoring data to review programming, trends, and activity needs and willingness to be flexible and adaptable to respond to new information
  • Superior skills in written and verbal English required
  • Proficiency in Spanish language required
  • Previous work experience in Guatemala required
  • Strong communication, supervision, and management skills required
  • Previous experience working with USAID programs preferred
  • Experience finding and collecting appropriate development data from third party sources
  • Experience in the creation and use of spreadsheets and databases is desirable
  • Experience managing complex relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Strong familiarity with USAID’s Evaluation Policy and CLA practices preferred
  • Understanding of knowledge management as it relates to USAID programs an asset
  • Ability to work with host-country governments at different levels
  • Working knowledge of and experience with USG-funded program management, policies, regulations and procedures
  • Familiarity with USAID/Guatemala Mission is preferred
  • Guatemala citizens are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Proficiency in local language(s) preferred

How to Apply

Please submit CV in English (and a second one in Spanish if you would like) and cover letter and complete the application

EnCompass LLC is a progressive Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote, celebrate, and support a diverse and inclusive organizational culture and workforce. We are committed to providing all of our employees with an environment free from discrimination and harassment, where all are treated with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate, and explicitly prohibit, discrimination or harassment of any kind, at any time, in all aspects of employment. This includes recruitment, hiring, promotions, disciplinary measures, terminations, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, and training. EnCompass also does not tolerate retaliation against individuals who report discrimination or harassment. Our continuing commitment to the principle of Equal Opportunity Employment for all means all employment decisions are based only on the job requirements, the candidate’s qualifications, and the needs of EnCompass as a business—not on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, belief, sex (including pregnancy and related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability status, veteran status, genetic information, HIV status, family/marital/parental status, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the jurisdictions where we work.

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

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.

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.

If you require accommodations in line with the Americans with Disabilities Act to complete your application, please call 301-287-8700, provide your contact information and a description of your accessibility issue. We will make a determination on your request for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case-basis, and we will call you back within approximately 3 business days.

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