Team: Programs | Commitment: Full-time | Location: Washington DC

Director, Monitoring and Evaluation

Position Summary:

The Director of Monitoring and Evaluation will provide technical direction for all M&E related systems, processes, analysis, and reporting across CNFA’s program portfolio and will contribute to new business development initiatives as necessary. The Director will be responsible for developing in-house tools and data management systems to track M&E indicators across the organization.  Additionally, the Director will provide technical support and contribute to staff training and mentoring in areas of evaluation, data collection and analysis, learning agenda development and other project-level M&E-related deliverables. The Director of Monitoring and Evaluation will represent CNFA to external audiences to showcase project impacts and achievements. The Director will work will be carried out in close collaboration with CNFA’s program division and will require regular travel to the field in support of CNFA’s global project portfolio. This is a position based out of our DC head office. 


  • Provides technical leadership in monitoring and evaluation systems and processes across the organization;
  • Synthesizes historical project successes and finalizes and aggregates organizational M&E indicators across a range of past and ongoing projects;  
  • Provides technical guidance and direction for, and review of, CNFA’s M&E activities and resulting deliverables including reports;
  • Serves on STTA assignments as a technical expert to support field-based projects in the design, implementation, and management of M&E systems to include the development of PMPs, design and implementation of special surveys and studies, and help develop other indicator tracking tools as required;
  • Informs and develops M&E approaches and strategies as required in support of new business development;
  • Develops and/or revises M&E templates as a part of organization-wide effort to improve project reporting capabilities;
  • Represents CNFA and serves as a thought-leader for M&E to external audiences, as well as internally to CNFA staff;
  • Delivers trainings, as necessary, for HQ and field office staff in a variety of monitoring and evaluation, data collection and analysis topics;
  • Supports the systematic reporting of M&E data across CNFA’s programs portfolio; and
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Evaluation, Social Sciences, Economics or equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in designing monitoring and evaluation activities in support of USAID and/or other donor funded projects.
  • Experience supporting business development efforts, including the development of responsive M&E Plans, draft Performance Monitoring Plans (PMP), learning agendas, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with U.S. Government (USAID, USDA) monitoring and evaluation requirements.
  • Strong knowledge of, and first hand familiarity with network of donors and implementers in international development.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Overseas work experience desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to work with large amounts of data;
  • Strong skills related to M&E tools such as SPSS and data management systems (e.g. MS Access)
  • Ability to train others on M&E, data collection and analysis, developing Learning Agendas, etc.;
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines;
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and client focused with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team using a solution oriented approach;
  • Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of a second language is preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a fast-moving team, willingness to contribute at different levels required to achieve success, self-motivated and ability to work independently;
  • Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.

This is an immediate and active recruitment with interviews of qualified candidates conducted on a rolling basis. Please be advised that employment is contingent on your permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S. CNFA does not sponsor work visas.