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Principal Project Specialist– Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (Job 6460)

AIR’s International Development Program
Location: USA
Last Date: April 16, 2011


Job 6460: Principal Project Specialist– Monitoring, Evaluation and Research

AIR’s International Development Program seeks to enhance the capacity of developing countries to improve their quality of life through education and social development. In partnership with others, we seek to: ensure children’s equitable access to all levels of education; improve the quality and relevance of education; and empower individuals, communities, and institutions as agents of social and behavioral change.

AIR’s monitoring and evaluation and research work in developing countries involves carefully collecting information about a project or program in order to assess effectiveness and make decisions. It can be used for purposes such as needs assessment, cost/benefit analysis, policy analysis, process monitoring, and formative/ summative evaluation. Impact evaluation work that AIR undertakes is used to attribute changes in the well-being of individuals, communities, or organizations to a particular project inputs, program, or policy. Of particular interest in impact evaluations is whether the beneficiaries have benefited above and beyond what would have happened had there not been an intervention.

The selected candidate will provide intellectual, technical and managerial leadership to AIR’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Research in Developing Countries practice and within the field in general.

The essential functions of the position include:
•Lead the growth and development of AIR’s International Development work and Monitoring, Evaluation and Research practice through business development, client relationship and capacity building activities
•Expand and coordinate international Monitoring, Evaluation and Research practice and policy work at AIR.
•Lead proposals to build AIR’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Research in Developing Countries practice.
•Provide technical expertise to clients, AIR staff, partners and policy makers.
•Effectively manage complex projects, resources and staff.
•Utilize entrepreneurial, creative thinking and problem solving skills in leading the practice.
•Participate in professional and staff development activities, especially in Monitoring, Evaluation and Research work and International Development-related topics.

•Master’s Degree in Sociology, Education or similar social science, preferably in an international context with an emphasis on quantitative methodology, evaluation, measurement, statistics, or related substantive area. Ph.D. preferred.
•At least 7 years of related experience in Monitoring, Evaluation and Research in Developing Countries.
•Demonstrated leadership and recognition in Monitoring and Evaluation in Developing Countries.
•Proven success in the development and management of large or complex development projects and provide consulting or technical assistance to clients in developing countries, including budgets, staff and deliverables.
•Demonstrated interest and capacity to lead proposals and other development work to support AIR’s growth in Developing Countries.
•Strong leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills with the ability to mentor and grow staff.

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, subsidized garage parking, tuition assistance, and more. For more information, please visit our website at  To apply, please go to and conduct a job title search. EOE.


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