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Director of Evidence, USAID/Ethiopia Integrated Learning Activity, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

International Development
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Management Systems International (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area management consultancy with a 40-year history of delivering results for our clients. Our expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation; democracy and governance; peace and stability; rule of law and accountability; education; gender and inclusion; strategic communications; and leadership and organizational development. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Ukraine, and works domestically. We support clients ranging from the U.S. Government (e.g., the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Departments of State and Labor, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation) to large bilateral and multilateral donors (e.g., the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program). We also work with national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.


Proposal Summary: 

MSI is bidding on the USAID/Ethiopia Integrated Learning Activity (formerly called the Collaboration, Learning and Adapting Platform), with bids due in mid-September 2022. This project will provide advanced, cutting-edge CLA support for USAID/Ethiopia’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and its development objectives. The contract will support the Mission in planning, designing, conducting, disseminating and learning from evidence on its development activities. It will focus on deliberate learning, with the intention of driving program results faster than traditional MEL activities. The contract will also enhance the institutional capacity of host country and local partners to improve CLA capacity, their accountability and their use of evidence for programming, learning and adapting. This contract will support a five-year project anticipated to begin in late 2022/early 2023.


Position Summary: 

The Director of Evidence will oversee and coordinate all monitoring, evaluation and research services needed to provide evidence for learning under the USAID/Ethiopia ILA Contract.



  • Work with evidence specialists to compile evidence across a wide variety of sources on the performance of USAID projects and the development environment in Ethiopia. Evidence sources will include: analysis of USAID implementing partner performance metrics; compilation of studies from other donors/sources; implementation of research and evaluation studies and assessments, particularly with rapid, non-traditional approaches; analysis of datasets sourced from government and other sources; and any other sources of evidence the team can find.
  • Work with USAID to design scopes of work for rapid research projects, mini-evaluations, traditional evaluations, and other evidence creation efforts.
  • Supervise team of evidence specialists.
  • Oversee recruitment and provide orientation for research and evaluation team members.
  • Collaborate with research and evaluation teams to design approaches that are more rapid than traditional MEL efforts while still rigorous. Supervise teams during data collection and analysis phases. Review and comment on draft research/evaluation reports. Ensure final research evaluation reports are of highest quality and presented in a way as to facilitate learning by USAID and its implementing partners, including through the preparation of summary briefs and infographics.
  • Work with USAID and the evidence specialists to ensure that performance monitoring data provided to USAID by implementing partners is optimized to support learning.



  • An appetite for innovating new approaches to generating evidence.
  • Master’s degree in a social science, development studies, economics or related field preferred.
  • Ten (10) years of direct experience developing and managing monitoring and evaluation systems for international development organizations.
  • Experience working on program evaluation teams and/or overseeing evaluations, preferably for USAID.
  • Experience designing and implementing performance monitoring systems for international donor projects.
  • Experience integrating collaborating, learning and adapting into MEL programming.
  • Five (5) years of experience managing staff carrying out monitoring and evaluation efforts.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (including report writing) in English and Amharic required. 


At MSI Tetra Tech, health and safety play a vital role in our success. MSI Tetra Tech’s employees work together to comply with all applicable health & safety practices and protocols, including health orders and regulations related to COVID-19 that are mandated by local, state and federal authorities.MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work. 


MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.

We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants’ and employees’ religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.

MSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities/Veterans Employer.


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MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please visit Tetra Tech’s Disability Assistance Page. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.

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