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Evaluation Specialist - International Development


Location: Central London
Salary: Up to c. £60,000 depending on experience
Job type: Permanent
Reference: CR166


We are looking for an experienced Evaluation Specialist to join this small and growing consultancies evaluation unit. This individual will be responsible for leading evaluations across a range of thematic issues, in fragile and conflict affected settings. If you have demonstrated experience conducting evaluations, or other MERL activities, are proactive and team oriented and committed to producing sound, objective research and analysis then this could be a great opportunity for you.

This role will:

  • Have ample opportunity to build diverse experience across thematic and geographic contexts
  • Have the opportunity to develop research ideas, with the flexibility to pursue your own research interests
  • Improve your research and organisational skills
  • Conduct substantial fieldwork, with the opportunity to improve your foreign language skills, or learn a new one
  • Have the flexibility to schedule and manage your work as tailored to your needs

You will manage all stages of monitoring and evaluation projects, leading design, implementation, analysis, and reporting, ensuring that deliverables meet expectations and deadlines and we require candidates who are familiar with donor evaluation policies. You will manage multiple concurrently-running projects, balancing competing deadlines and internal resource requirement, identifying appropriate research designs to understand questions of interest and developing tools and approaches and engage with, and adapt, new research practices and approaches, and participatory research tools and methods applied in development research

Person Specification

  • Qualification and experience

○         Masters degree in Development Studies, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, or a related discipline

○         Thematic interest and experience in conflict, climate change, food security, governance, economic development, and/or youth and gender

○         At least 3 years of experience conducting evaluations or other MERL activities

○         Demonstrated fieldwork experience

○         Good knowledge of data collection software and analysis packages (e.g., SPSS or NVivo)

○         Fluency in English, fluency in French and/or Arabic and Swahali all desirable

○         Ability to cope well under pressure, and to occasionally work irregular hours to meet tight deadlines

  • Core competencies

○         Research skills: Advanced analytical and conceptual ability, ability to distil information for relevance and context, excellent report writing skills and ability to write in a lucid accessible style

○         Attention to detail: A commitment to high quality deliverables and reports, meticulous in approach to research and report writing.

○         Initiative and flexibility: Must be able to work independently, show initiative towards completing goals and objectives, but also have the flexibility to adapt and answer to different demands necessary to fulfill assigned tasks

○         Teamwork: Openness to ideas and input from others on team, ability to work collaboratively, have strong listening and interpersonal skills

○         Organised: Must have a systematic approach to work, with the ability to multitask and manage time efficiently, meeting deadlines under pressure

○         Integrity: Must have a strong sense of research and professional ethics, be conscientious in approach to work

○         Communication: Ability to communicate (verbal and written) confidently in English and to adapt to different audiences and cultural contexts


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