Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning Specialist (Transforming Higher Education Systems)

Local Position
  • Local Position
  • Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba or Mzuzu
  • Salary Range: $20,000 - $23,000 annual / Year
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  • Salary: Salary Range: $20,000 - $23,000 annual

World Learning

Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning Specialist (Transforming Higher Education Systems)

Reports to: THES MEL Project Director

Salary Range: $20,000 – $23,000 annual

Anticipated Start Date: November 13, 2023

Term of Employment: Full-time

Apply by: September 25, 2023

Base of Designation: For this role, successful candidate will be based in either Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba or Mzuzu.

Remote Eligible: No

Conditional on Funding No

World Learning seeks applications for a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist position supporting the USAID-funded Transforming Higher Education Systems (THES) project in Malawi. The program focuses on improving higher education outcomes, with an emphasis on increased student access for vulnerable populations and strengthened capacity in research and innovation. The MEL Specialist will help implement the project’s MEL system and Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) processes in close coordination with technical and programmatic staff. This position will report to the THES MEL Project Director.


  • Oversee data collection (Quantitative and qualitative, Project progress monitoring, establishment of evaluation findings, and development of data presentation pieces shared with USAID, THES program partners, and other external stakeholders.
  • Support development data collection tools and data management systems to facilitate data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Support data quality assurance for the project data; contribute to periodic evaluations/assessments; help disseminate results to internal and external audiences.
  • Support establishment of a baseline on project indicators, including review of tools and survey methodology; and review of data quality and analysis.
  • Design data analysis in line with the projects Theory of Change and conduct impact data analysis on program outcomes for their respective regions
  • Manage routine project monitoring, including learning activities such as “pause and reflect” forums.
  • Support the development of program evaluations, including the design of evaluation studies, data collection, and analysis.
  • Prepare data reports, work plans and semi-annual reports, and other data analysis
  • Ensure data is cleaned, labelled, coded, and in a usable format for data analysis, and that data abides by and is maintained in accordance with World Learning’s data security policy.
  • Support MEL Project Director in building the capacity of THES partners through training and other educational opportunities that facilitate high quality performance monitoring and evaluation.
  • Coordinate with the MEL Project Director and THES project staff to analyze data and create data visualization to demonstrate program impact.


  • Degree in social science or related field, with emphasis on research design and analysis. Master’s
  • At least 5 years of experience supporting the implementation of MEL systems for USAID or other international donor-supported projects in Malawi or in neighboring countries.
  • Experience implementing, Collaboration, adaptation, and learning (CLA) approaches.
  • Experience in working with databases, various data management and data analysis software.
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and management methods.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build consensus and navigate complex operating environments.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, managing multiple tasks and deadlines effectively.
  • Understanding of the principles of inclusive approaches to programming that encourage full participation of individuals regardless of gender, disability status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other marginalized status.
  • Malawian nationality and verbal and written fluency in English required.

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World Learning provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, vision, FSA/HRA, Life/AD&D, Short Term/Long Term Disability, EAP, Parking and Transit, 403 (b) retirement plan for full-time and eligibile part-time employees.

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For more than 90 years, World Learning Inc. is a thriving global organization made up of The Experiment in International Living, the nation’s most experienced provider of international education through exchanges for high school students; School for International Training, offering accredited undergraduate study abroad programs through SIT Study Abroad and internationally focused master’s degrees through SIT Graduate Institute; and World Learning, a global development and exchange nonprofit organization.

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The Experiment in International Living is the nation’s most experienced provider of international education through exchanges for high school students. For more than 90 years, The Experiment has empowered young people to step off the beaten path, experience the world as a classroom, immerse themselves fully in another culture, and build the knowledge and skills needed to confront critical global issues.


School for International Training (SIT) was founded in the early 1960s as a training center for the first Peace Corps volunteers. For nearly 60 years, SIT has prepared students to be effective changemakers and global citizens through experiential education focused on the world’s most critical global issues. SIT Study Abroad offers accredited summer and semester undergraduate programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs on multiple continents. SIT Graduate Institute offers global and hybrid certificates, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

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