International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over three hundred projects. IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.
Job Title: Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) at SEAD
Department/Location: SEAD/Vienna, Virginia
Reports To: Principal
Type: Regular Full-time
Classification: This is a managerial, exempt-level position.
IBTCI is seeking an experienced and motivated Director of MERL for our Social, Environmental, and Agricultural Development (SEAD) Practice to support its international development work. This position will work with staff in Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Food Security, Infrastructure, Water, and Resilience related disciplines. Responsibilities include technical, program management, business development, and thought leadership, with an emphasis on MERL. This position will be based in our Headquarters in Vienna, Virginia. Currently, all work would be conducted remotely at the successful candidate’s residence due to COVID-19 for the expected future. The Director is expected to proactively contribute to the management and ongoing success of IBTCI.
Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:
Technical responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Serving as technical lead within IBTCI on sector(s) of expertise;
- Serve as technical staff on prime and subcontract awards in either long-term or short-term capacity;
- Providing technical leadership and/or training in support of projects. May include taking lead on and/or providing guidance and training on one or more of the following:
- Development of MERL plans and processes;
- Design of data collection tools and systems;
- Design of evaluations, assessments, policy studies, sector assessments or similar;
- Collection and analysis of data;
- Synthesis of data in compelling reports, dashboard, presentations or as required by client;
- Carrying out data quality assessments.
Program Management responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Manage assigned projects and contracts. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in helping teams identify the best option to execute technical work. To this end, the Director is expected to offer creative and technically sound solutions early in the planning stages of projects, and subsequently work as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team to design appropriate projects, identify and address challenges, and deliver quality products to clients. Responsibilities include:
- Project implementation, management, and project oversight activities, while ensuring highest level of client and corporate satisfaction as per quality, timeliness, cost control, compliance and management;
- Serve in home office-based roles such as Project Director and/or Senior Technical Advisor;
- Assume interim role (to fill temporary gaps) of team leadership/ key positions on overseas projects.
- Provide technical oversight and quality assurance for contract implementation. Will oversee technical, logistical, budgetary and operational aspects of contracts (may include management of IDIQs, task orders, etc.);
- Oversee the quarterly/annual project management cycle (including periodic client communications and meetings, LOE and budget tracking/adjustments, etc.);
- Supervise home office and field staff (including Chiefs of Party, Program Associates, etc.), and consultants;
- Facilitate recruitment and hire of consultants and sub-contractors, and oversee purchase order agreements;
- Carry out periodic field visits;
- Ensure submission of high quality, timely reports and deliverables (from staff and consultants) to clients and guarantee the quality of the final output;
- Manage relationships with client, field and U.S. and internationally-based consultants and sub-contractors;
- Carry out qualitative and quantitative analyses, and providing technical assistance and training as needed to support assigned projects;
- May serve as primary U.S.-based point of contact for the project’s USG COR.
Business Development responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Initiate and follow through on new business development opportunities and leads through market intelligence, solicitation tracking, and development of external partnerships;
- Lead and contribute to submission of high-quality, competitive and well-written proposals. Typically serving as Technical Lead, Lead Writer and/or Reviewer. Activities may include:
- Bid/no-bid vetting, proposal design, proposal writing (including technical and MEL sections), proposal management, participating in the selection of staff and consultants, and budget development, etc.);
- Represent IBTCI in business development or project implementation meetings with staff, partners or clients;
- Responsible for individual and practice/sub-practice business development and growth targets.
Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Represent IBTCI in industry conference and workshops;
- Author white papers or other reports to promote IBTCI intellectual prowess in MEL;
- Provide in-house training to home office and field staff on MEL methodologies and/or sector related subject matters;
- Contribute to development of marketing materials and efforts;
- Attend management meetings and contribute to business plans as needed;
- Other duties/tasks as assigned.
- Fifteen (15) years of professional work experience, predominantly in international development or related work (20 years of professional work experience for candidates with Bachelor’s degree);
- Five (5) years of direct experience in monitoring, evaluation, research and/or learning (MERL) activities for foreign assistance work;
- Five (5) years of project management experience;
- Familiarity with or demonstrated experience in at least one of the following technical areas: Social, Environmental, or Agricultural development;
- Experience in all aspects of the proposal process: capture management, partnering, research, recruitment, writing, etc.;
- Expertise in at least two aspects of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and/or Learning. This may include design of qualitative and/or quantitative tools, statistical analysis, impact analysis, performance and/or impact evaluation design, data quality assurance, facilitating learning events and/or capacity development of local staff and contractors;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills required;
- Demonstrated ability to be a results oriented, flexible, team player with solid problem solving skills;
- Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues;
- Travel is essential, and may include travel to fragile and conflict-affected areas; up to 25% to 35% travel for project implementation or management of business development initiatives;
- Oral and written fluency in English required; working knowledge in another language desirable, especially Spanish. Other desired language skills include French, Russian, or Arabic.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs, International Development, Policy Analysis, Economics or another related field required; Advanced degree preferred.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Experience leading teams and/or clients in planning and project design;
- Experience in design and/or delivery of training and technical assistance, incorporating theories of adult learning and participatory methods;
- Experience in/knowledge of data collection tools and processes, to include use of mobile technologies and GIS mapping;
- Experience in/knowledge of Organization Development principles and models. May include USAID’s Human / Institutional Capacity Development (HICD);
- Knowledge of Learning and Adaptive Management principles and models. May include USAID’s Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA);
- Experience working with USAID strongly preferred;
- Experience with non-USAID donors, including DOS, MCC, and/or other international and domestic government donors preferred.
Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment.
Physical Requirements: This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.
Supervisory Responsibility: This position has supervisory responsibilities.
Travel: Domestic and international travel required and may include travel to fragile and/or conflict-prone zones.
Work Authorization: Must be authorized to work in the USA.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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