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Senior Manager, MERL

Vienna, Virginia, US
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Jan 26, 2022

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About Us:

We are International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a global consulting firm working some of the most complex and impactful development problems worldwide. We work on programs that help government agencies, private companies and donors improve the lives of others. At IBTCI you will be part of an inclusive team that provides expert solutions and advice to understand and address critical problems while giving you opportunities to succeed and grow.

Job Title: Senior Manager, MERL

Department/Location: Crisis Conflict & Governance Practice, Vienna, VA

Reports To: Director, CCG

Type: Regular Full-Time

Classification: Exempt


IBTCI is seeking a motivated Senior Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) for our CCG Practice to support its international development work. CCG current priorities include work in Humanitarian/ Disaster Assistance as well as Conflict Prevention and Stabilization. The position tasks include technical delivery, program management, and business development, with an emphasis on MERL. This position will be based in our Headquarters in Vienna, Virginia. The Senior Manager is expected to proactively contribute to the management and ongoing success of IBTCI.


Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:

Technical Work:

Participate as a mid-level team member on projects for monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning and related scopes of work. With minimal supervision, perform tasks that may include:

Design and review of MEL Plans;

Research Design;

Development of research and data collection tools;

Development of work plans;

Management of evaluation/survey teams;

Data quality analysis;

Strategic advice; and

MERL training.

Project and Staff Management:

Collaborate with Project Directors on mid-level tasks on existing projects such as:

Review of technical deliverables;

Performance of administrative, recruitment, logistical and operational tasks; and

Carry out periodic field visits.

Direction of small projects (of no more than $800K). Tasks could include:

Manage contract implementation including research/technical, logistical, budgetary and operational aspects of contract;

Initiate development of consultant and sub-contractor contracts and purchase order agreements;

Manage relationships with client, field and U.S. and internationally-based consultants and sub-contractors;

Manage consultant recruitments for short and long-term positions;

Ensure submission of high quality, timely reports and deliverables (from staff and consultants) to clients and guarantee the quality of the final output; and

Monitor project budgets and realign when necessary.

Supervise home office and field staff (including Evaluation Team Leaders, Program Associates, etc.), and consultants.

Business Development:

Collaborate with senior staff on larger business development initiatives/proposals.

Serve as technical lead/writer on small proposals (no more than $800K). Tasks could include:

Initiate and follow through on new business development opportunities;

Participate in proposal preparation activities;

Collaborate on technical and non-technical sections of proposals;

Represent IBTCI in business development or project implementation meetings with partners and/or clients;

Manage consultant recruitment for proposals and short-term technical assistance activities; and

Serve as point of contact on the technical side for partner organizations.

Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements:

Ten (10) years of relevant experience with an advanced degree; fifteen (15) years of experience with a bachelor's degree;

Four (4) years of experience in monitoring and evaluation;

Technical experience in more than one technical area prioritized by CCG with a priority given to the Humanitarian / Disaster Assistance (food and no-food aid);

Demonstrated experience supporting and managing government-funded contracts;

Demonstrated familiarity with MERL-related activities such as performance monitoring, evaluations study design, sampling, qualitative and quantitative analysis, instrument design, field survey management and authoring reports;

Experience in several business development functions: capture strategic bid design, bid management, teaming/partnering, research, recruitment, proposal writing, proposal review, and providing technical input for costing, staffing, etc.;

Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues;

Strong oral and written communication skills;

Proven ability to meet deadlines;

Willingness and ability to travel to fragile and conflict-affected areas; and

Oral and written fluency in English.

Education: Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs, Social Sciences or other related fields required; Master's degree highly preferred.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

In-depth knowledge of USAID's evaluation policy and Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) requirements;

Experience with non-USAID donors, including DOS, MCC, and/or other international and domestic government donors preferred;

Experience in working in different implementing mechanisms including contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants.

Experience working with a diverse group of stakeholders including donor/development organizations, government officials, civil society leaders, community leaders and project beneficiaries;

Experience leading teams and/or clients in planning and project design; and

Experience in/knowledge of data collection tools and processes, to include use of mobile technologies and GIS mapping.

Fluency in languages with priority given to Spanish and French.

Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment.

COVID Vaccine status: As a condition of employment, IBTCI requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Candidates should be prepared to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon hire or request for an accommodation with HR that is consistent with our COVID-19 safety protocols and policies.

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 does have supervisory responsibilities.

Travel: International travel may be required and may include travel to fragile and/or conflict-prone zones.

Work Authorization: Candidate must be authorized to work in the U.S.A. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

About the Organization:

IBTCI has been in business since 1987. We specialize in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL), Institutional Support (IS), Financial & Risk Management (FRM), Supply Chain Management & Procurement (SCMP); Social & Behavior Change (SBC) and Capacity Building. We provide these services across many sectors including, but not limited to, agriculture, resilience & food security, conflict & crisis, democracy & governance, economic growth & trade, education, energy & Infrastructure, environment & climate change, global health & WASH and humanitarian and disaster assistance. At IBTCI, our colleagues are encouraged to collaborate and be part of the solution while getting the tools and guidance needed to grow and support our clients' missions.

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.

IBTCI is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identification, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable anti-discrimination laws. We prohibit and do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

If you are an applicant with a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability, or unable to use the online application system and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact the Talent Acquisition team at (url removed) (Do not send your resume to this account, for consideration please apply in our career page).
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