COVID-19 Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor

Posting Number: #010-21

Position Title: COVID-19 Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington DC

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FELLOWSHIP TITLE: COVID-19 Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION:  Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research, Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning, United States Agency for International Aid
LOCATION: Washington, DC
POSITION LEVEL: Technical Advisor

TRAVEL: no travel anticipated


Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR is a Global Health talent hub. Through fellowships, internships, and strategic partnerships, STAR supports building the capacity of diverse global health professionals and organizations at all levels to make inclusive, collaborative, and innovative contributions to global health. STAR participants collaborate in the development of systems and tools that strengthen and sustain the local and global health response. Sign up with our listserv.


The STAR Fellowship is a one-year global health and learning opportunity with:

  • Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals
  • Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
  • Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.



Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research within the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL/LER) leads USAID’s efforts to promote learning through evaluation, performance monitoring, knowledge management and research for foreign assistance programs.  As the USAID COVID-19 Task Force stood down in September 2020, PPL/LER has taken on COVID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning responsibilities related to Pillar 4 of the response, or programming aimed at mitigating the non-health secondary impacts of the pandemic. These functions include implementing the COVID-19 response MEL Plan, including designing and managing cross-cutting evaluations, updating and coordinating the reporting of performance indicators tracking progress towards COVID-19 programmatic outcomes, and synthesizing information and learning through analysis.


The COVID-19 Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor (Advisor) will be part of and support the PPL/LER COVID-MEL team. The Advisor will participate in activities and support the planning and implementation of COVID-19 performance indicator data collection and use, evaluation design and management, and conduct analysis to detect trends and gaps in information. The Advisor will also support a quarterly review process designed to meet the White House’s Office of Management and Budget guidance.

Reporting structure:

The Advisor will receive technical direction from the PPL/LER COVID-MEL Team Lead who will serve as their Point of Contact.

Essential Duties and Outcomes:

Strengthen and support the data and information systems and analysis to track progress over time for USAID’s COVID response:

  • Liaise with multiple offices to support the timely reporting and use of performance indicator data (primarily for pillar 4) in the COVID-Info system.
  • Analyze performance monitoring data and write and edit reports.
  • Respond to external and internal data requests.
  • Generate data visualizations and analysis for quarterly progress review reports and presentations.
  • Gain proficiency in COVID-Info data entry and report functions, and, as needed, help train and build capacity of POCs across the agency to use the system.

Support the planning and implementation of one or more evaluations or studies to address questions related to USAID’s programming aimed at mitigating the secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Support development of the technical design for evaluations and studies.
  • Contribute to the design and review of evaluation plans as directed.
  • Synthesize results of COVID-19 evaluation activities.
  • Support evaluation management and logistics.

 Build USAID capacity for knowledge management and learning processes associated with USAID’s COVID-19 Response.

  • Create processes and tools to track and synthesize learning from evaluation, other studies, program monitoring, or other data sources to understand overall results for COVID-19 programming.
  • Support development of accessible learning products, such as infographics, data visualizations, reports, webinars, presentations for knowledge sharing and use
  • Provide communications support for the team.
  • Liaise with Agency-Wide and Sector Learning Agenda teams when addressing questions that link to COVID and agency-wide learning priorities.
  • Liaise with the Agency Evaluation Officer and Agency Knowledge Management and Learning Officer, as needed, to coordinate work.
  • Build the capacity of others to access and use the learning products and knowledge management processes to inform their work.

Anticipated learning outcomes: approximate 10% time

  • Apply technical knowledge in global health programming and MEL to USAID’s programmatic response to address secondary impacts of the COVID pandemic.
  • Identify and leverage a broad network of peers and advisors within USAID to enhance peer support learning and professional development.



  • Minimum 2 years of relevant technical experience with a master’s degree or a minimum of 4 years of relevant technical experience with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience with monitoring or evaluation of foreign assistance programs.
  • Data analysis skills and the ability to use software – such as Tableau, Excel, and google sheets – to analyze and visualize data and create dashboards.
  • Ability to understand and use internal USAID data systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with USAID program, procedures, and systems for program design, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent oral communication and writing skills.
  • Strong teamwork and team-building skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.


All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. The position will be open until filled.

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