Category: NGO/Development

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager

Development Alternatives Inc (DAI)



Job Context

  • Project Background
  • The five-year (2019 - 2024) Feed the Future Policy Leadership, Interactions, Networks and Knowledge (Policy LINK or LINK) project will strengthen the capacity of local actors and institutions to lead and manage the agricultural transformation process and contribute effectively and collectively to improved, broad-based food security policy outcomes. Specifically, the program aims to strengthen food security policy systems by investing in and reinforcing productive human and social capital and developing strategic partnerships that help bring these innovations and capacity investments to scale in order to achieve a critical mass of local actors with the ability and opportunity to effect positive policy change through collective action. LINK`s general approach is grounded in facilitative leadership and collaborative governance, which emphasize engaging stakeholders from civil society and public and private sectors in consensus-oriented decision making, collaborative problem solving, and adaptive learning.
  • Policy LINK in Bangladesh
  • DAI Policy LINK will implement a five-year USAID Feed the Future Bangladesh Agricultural Policy Activity with the goal of "strengthening the capacities of Bangladesh`s key agricultural actors and institutions, improving the policy environment and cultivating the policy-making processes that will enable inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, strengthen resilience among people and systems, and create a well-nourished population, especially women and children."
  • Launched in fall 2020, the Activity is focused on addressing the following interrelated objectives:
  • 1. Enhance Food Security Leadership and Management Capabilities;
  • 2. Strengthened Communication, Coordination, and Cooperation for More Effective Policy Implementation;
  • 3. Increased Influence of Local Actors and Communities to Affect Food Security Policy and Governance Decisions; and
  • 4. Increase Excellence and Collaboration in Participatory Policy Learning and Knowledge Sharing Practices.
  • The Activity builds on 10?years of policy formulation, analysis, and national level dialogue implemented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). It will strengthen capacity and participation of a more diverse set of agricultural stakeholders and institutions in Bangladesh, contributing to improved governance, greater private sector engagement, trade and competitiveness, and market system linkages, consistent with the Indo-Pacific Vision (IPV).
  • The Activity will employ a collaborative governance approach to leverage the resources of Bangladesh`s committed public and private institutions as they seek to address both development challenges and ongoing crises. Using tested tools and approaches, the Activity will build a shared understanding and commitment among stakeholders as a foundation for collaborative action. To implement this collaborative governance approach, the Activity will also apply a facilitative leadership approach in which the facilitator-the Bangladesh Agricultural Policy Activity team-helps stakeholders identify and work toward a common purpose, ensures all partners contribute to and have ownership of the activity, and develops and maintains open lines of communications. Specifically, the Activity will identify and strengthen the capacity of a diverse set of key agriculture actors and institutions in the policy and regulatory processes around four key pillar areas, namely the seed sector, food safety, social safety net system, and nutrition.
  • The Agricultural Policy Activity will establish a main office in Dhaka and four regional offices in the USAID Feed the Future Zone of Influence (ZOI) and Zone of Resilience (ZOR). This operating model will maximize engagement with a diverse set of key agricultural stakeholders and institutions at the national, regional, and community levels.

Job Responsibilities

  • Position Objectives
  • The M&E and GIS Manager will be responsible for providing leadership on issues related to monitoring, evaluation, and geospatial analysis in support of Policy LINK activities in Bangladesh. S/he will play a significant role in helping to manage and strengthen systems to assess and monitor Activity performance across interventions in different regions of Bangladesh, ensuring that data relevant to the Bangladesh context is integrated into country-specific as well as project-wide reporting and analysis. S/he will coordinate closely with the Policy LINK Bangladesh team as well as Policy LINK M&E colleagues located in other geographic locations.
  • The M&E and GIS Manager will also manage the team's approach to the collection and analysis of georeferenced data to help target and more effectively report on the scope and impact of Activity investments. Collecting and analyzing geographic data with GIS technology is integral to achieving the objectives set forth in the USAID Policy Framework (2011 - 2015) as well as increasing aid effectiveness. The Agricultural Policy Activity will collect geolocation data and explore data sharing approaches between FTF Bangladesh activities to maximize utilization of resources, under the guidance of the M&E and GIS Manager.
  • S/he will continually reinforce Policy LINK's agreed-upon core purpose and principles, and ensure all decision-making is rooted in LINK's purpose and principles. S/he will contribute to fostering a learning environment in which personal and team growth is supported, with a shared understanding that the "team" always comes before the "individual."
  • Responsibilities
  • The M&E and GIS Manager will be responsible for the following:
  • • Review and advise on data collection, reporting methodologies, and surveys, supporting the development of systems that produce consistent, cost-effective, reliable, and timely data and inputs for Activity and Policy LINK-wide reporting.
  • o Analyze and integrate GPS spatial data collected by Activity team members into project reporting and communications products.
  • o Conduct research to collect data from existing external databases, satellite imagery, photographs, and maps, appropriately integrating inputs into project reports.
  • o Apply geospatial data analysis to the design and development of Activity-specific custom maps, graphs, and other such products.
  • • Work closely with technical activity teams to develop targets for project indicators.
  • • Manage collection of Activity data in line with overall plan for data collection and reporting.
  • • Support the compilation of performance indicator data to be captured in workplans and reporting.
  • • Conduct data quality assurance activities, including spot checks and data quality assessments (DQAs).
  • • Manage Activity reporting to the Feed the Future Monitoring System (FTFMS) on an annual basis.
  • • Play a coordination role in the compilation and analysis of any shared FTF Bangladesh data among FTF implementing partners, serving as the Activity's M&E representative to external parties.
  • • Coordinate with the Activity's Learning and Knowledge Management Director to identify, analyze, and synthesize lessons learned from Activity implementation and facilitate the incorporation of those lessons into broader Policy LINK MEL efforts and project-wide reports.
  • Reporting
  • The M&E and GIS Manager will report to the Bangladesh Country Buy-in Lead.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities
  • The M&E and GIS Manager may supervise short-term consultants hired to provide targeted support for technical activities relevant to Activity data collection and reporting. S/he will coordinate closely with fellow Policy LINK team members in Bangladesh as well as remotely based Policy LINK colleagues contributing monitoring, evaluation, and learning support to the project.

Employment Status



  • Work from home, Work at office

Educational Requirements

  • Master of Science (MSc), Master of Social Science (MSS), Master of Development Studies (MDS), Masters in Computer Application (MCA)
  • Skills Required: Agricultural Research, Data Analysis, Data Collection, GIS Mapping, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Making

Experience Requirements

  • At least 5 year(s)
  • The applicants should have experience in the following area(s):
    Agriculture Policy, Data Analysis, Data Collection, GIS Mapping, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • The applicants should have experience in the following business area(s):
    Agro based firms (incl. Agro Processing/Seed/GM), Consulting Firms, Development Agency, NGO, Research Organization, Govt./ Semi Govt./ Autonomous body

Additional Requirements

  • Age at least 27 years
  • Education
  • • Master's degree or higher in a social sciences field emphasizing data collection and/or research methodologies.
  • Work Experience
  • • 5 - 10 years of experience providing M&E support to a donor-funded project, with a preference for experience managing M&E on a USAID-funded project.
  • • At least 3 years of experience working with GIS databases/models, cartographic design, and geospatial analysis.
  • • Preference for experience providing M&E and data analysis support to a USAID project focused on agriculture / agricultural policy.
  • • Preference for experience with data coordination between multiple stakeholder groups or across multiple implementing partners
  • Skills
  • • Good understanding of USAID monitoring, evaluation, and data collection policies and principles.
  • • Good understanding of GIS data analysis, tools, and approaches - advanced skills in database cleaning, digitizing, GPS setup, and retrieval of data.
  • • Good understanding of Microsoft Office / Office 365 program suite, including SharePoint, Teams, Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • • Ability to communicate/collaborate effectively across cultures, including with team members based in other countries.
  • • Critical thinker, self-starter, and able to work with minimal supervision and within established deadlines.
  • • Flexible, willing to perform assigned and additional duties and work under unpredictable conditions.
  • • Professional fluency in English and Bengali.

Job Location


Job Summary

Published on: 15 Sep 2020

Vacancy:  1

Employment Status: Full-time

Experience: At least 5 year(s)

Age: Age at least 27 years

Job Location: Dhaka

Application Deadline: 15 Oct 2020

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15 Sep 2020
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Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) Address : 7600 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 Web : Business :
DAI is an international development company. For more than 50 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.