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Research Analyst
Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact Support Specialist

at Arizona State University

Location: Scottsdale, AZ or Washington, DC


The ASU International Development Initiative, part of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise, enables a whole-of-university approach to international development across multiple fields, including K- 12 and higher education, sustainability, public health, economic growth, gender equality, and promoting democracy and the rule of law. This work builds on many years of systematic efforts to grow ASU’s capacity for global development, including implementation of over $200 million in international development awards.


The ASU International Development Initiative (IDI) uses a hub and spoke model to work across ASU colleges, schools, academic units, and administrative support units to identify and implement international development projects, primarily those funded by the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under administrative direction of the Senior Director of Global Implementation and Impact, the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact (MELI) Specialist is a member of the IDI Global Implementation & Impact (GI&I) Team that provides leadership support and direction to project initiatives and operations for ASU’s international, multimillion dollar funded projects including strategic planning, coordinating complex projects and implementation, overseeing operations/administration and overall delivery of ASU’s international projects.


The MELI Specialist will collaborate with and support project teams to develop and implement MEL plans, as well as support planning, quality assurance methods, evaluation, learning and impact measurement efforts for projects that are coordinated by ASU’s International Development Initiative (IDI) Team. This position will be 50% dedicated to ASU’s Young African Leadership Initiative Legacy and Localization Project, YALI L&L. The remaining 50% of his/her time will support other International Development (ID) projects and the GI&I team.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance and develop and set up systems for the timely collection, management, analysis, and reporting of valid and reliable data that meet reporting requirements.

  • Review and edit activity reports.

  • As needed, depending on capacities at field office project level, ensure accurate data uploads to USAID.

  • Provide support to field teams to ensure inclusion of gender equality and inclusive development sensitive (GESSI) indicators into MEL plans.

  • Ensure that Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) principles and approaches are embedded in MEL plans, including the establishment of project participant and partner feedback loops to assess progress and adapt programming as needed.

  • Support with the identification and systematic capture of common impact indicators across all ID projects.

  • Support the development and testing the efficacy of data visualization tools, methods, and analytics to foster learning and capture impact.

  • Focus on strengthening the monitoring and evaluation system, building the capacity of partners and staff, and improving alignment and support to host-country M&E systems.

  • Plan and host MEL and MEL Community of Practice meetings across ASU projects.

  • Support and manage resources on the IDI shared drive.

  • Conduct semi-annual reviews of project M&E systems and plans and implements M&E system strengthening actions. 

  • Coordinate the consolidation and dissemination of information on successful and promising approaches, lessons learned, impact and other project results to ASU, USAID, project partners, and other stakeholders as appropriate.

  • Support project teams with learning events as needed.


  • Advanced degree preferred in international relations and/or development, economics, statistics, data analytics, or a related field of study.

  • Minimum of five years of experience conducting and coordinating monitoring, evaluation, and data analysis efforts for projects. Required skills include data management and analysis and collecting and reporting performance metrics. 

  • Minimum of three years of experience in monitoring and evaluating youth, higher education and/or capacity strengthening activities; prior experience with MEL in USAID-funded projects.

  • Demonstrated expertise in qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and management methods using technology and known software packages, such as SPSS, STAT, NVIVO or others.

  • Knowledge of USAID Evaluation Policy and requirements.

  • Progressive professional experience in MEL positions.

  • Experience training partner organizations and/or staff in MEL concepts and activities.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English, additional fluency in French is a plus.

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to articulate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills.

  • Extensive database management and analysis experience. 

  • Computer skills, including MS Office, Google Workspace, and mobile/internet data collection software (Google Forms, or an equivalent such as Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, etc.).


Arizona State University is a public learning enterprise, and our mission is no less than transforming the model for public higher education. We call the model the New American University, and we began our transformation in 2002, led by President Michael Crow. Six years later, Newsweek hailed ASU as “one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning since the modern research university took shape.” By 2016 and again for the following six years, U.S. News and World Report has named ASU the #1 innovative U.S. university. ASU ranks #1 in the U.S. and #2 globally for university impact on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Times Higher Education, 2022). ASU is eager to collaborate with and learn alongside higher education systems in emerging economies to meet shared and escalated expressions of challenges educators face globally. Since 2010, ASU has successfully implemented projects in the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean for USAID, the State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, and private sector donors including foundations such as Mastercard and Gates. Through its University Design Institute, ASU is partnering with 90 institutions in 20 countries to assist universities that are transforming themselves into powerful engines of social and economic impact.


This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. ASU reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

ASU is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


How To Apply: Qualified applicants should submit a CV and cover letter highlighting fit for the position to with the subject line "ASU MELI”

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