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American Institutes for Research Senior Evaluation Specialist in New Delhi, India

AIR seeks Senior Evaluation Specialist for an anticipated five-year United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Accelerating the U.S.-India Partnership Platform (APP) Activity to be based in New Delhi, India . The APP Activity will integrate Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) throughout the design and implementation of USAID/India’s activities and ensure that development activities funded by USAID/India achieve their intended results through strong performance management.

The Senior Evaluation Specialist will manage distribution of tasks across available resources. They will lead and collaborate with USAID, project staff, USAID implementing partners, and local actors in the design and implementation of evaluations, assessments, research, and performance monitoring systems and ultimately contribute to strengthening USAID’s APP Platform. They may lead evaluation teams in on-site research. The individual will perform quality control checks on analyses, will review and complete evaluation reports, and will facilitate presentations and dissemination briefings across project stakeholders.

The position will be full-time and be based in in New Delhi, with travel throughout the country. Citizens of India are encouraged to apply. This is a proposal position and is contingent upon award.

About AIR:

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.

AIR’s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone’s unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff by clicking here.

The responsibilities for the position include:

  • Liaise with the Deputy Chief of Party and other stakeholders to manage expertise and resources to ensure high quality evaluations, assessments and studies support country and mission driven collaborative learning and adapting.

  • Support the selection and engagement of local partners and experts for activities, and support team development, training, and execution of activities.

  • Manage evaluation, assessment, and study team leaders to provide quality control in implementation and data management.

  • Lead and manage evaluations and evaluation teams, analysis, and assessment activities, including coordination and oversight of local partners engaged in these activities.

  • Inform the design of evaluation/assessment/study activities and support quality assurance activities throughout each study, including reviewing milestone deliverables and final reports prior to submission to USAID.

  • Design quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analytical methods and tools to support evaluation, assessment and study design and implementation.

  • Utilize CLA practices for evaluations, assessments, and studies with an understanding of the USAID Program Cycle.

  • Establish and ensure adherence to methodological processes and standards compliant with USAID Evaluation Policy.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Master’s degree and 8 years’ experience; or PhD and 6 years’ experience in international development, social sciences, organizational development, or a related field highly preferred.

  • Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated experience managing complex portfolios of evaluation and learning activities for improved development outcomes.

  • At least 5 years of USAID experience designing and implementing evaluations, research, assessments, and performance monitoring systems for USAID-funded programs and activities.

  • Thorough technical knowledge of MEL and CLA concepts including (but not limited to) indicator development, data collection and analysis, data quality assessments, performance reporting, evaluation planning, experimental and quasi experimental evaluation designs, management of evaluations, collaboration, organizational learning, and adaptive management.

  • Strong familiarity with USAID’s Evaluation Policy and CLA practices.

  • Experience designing and implementing various types of mixed-methods evaluations (impact, performance, meta, etc.), analyses, and assessments required.

  • Experience applying systems thinking in evaluation design, participatory data collection methods and protocols, and facilitating participatory data validation and analysis events.

  • Experience in designing and training on Theory of change / logical frameworks and value for evaluation quality and use.

  • Experience reviewing and finalizing final reports and disseminations in English.

  • Experience facilitating and leading presentations, discussions, workshops.

  • Demonstrated experience in supervision, staff development, and mentoring to complete high-quality products on time and within budget.

  • Proven project or program management and successful leadership in a mixed team environment in a development context.

  • Prior experience managing personnel, funds, and resources for multi-year, multi-task projects and overseeing procurement processes.

  • Experience building evaluative and learning capacities of USAID staff, implementing partners, and government counterparts highly preferred.

  • Experience managing complex relationships with diverse stakeholders and demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively interface (and represent AIR) with donor agency counterparts, government officials, partner organizations, and other stakeholders.

  • Ability to work with India government at multiple levels.

  • Knowledge of role of knowledge management in USAID programs.

  • Working knowledge of and experience with USG-funded program management, policies, regulations, and procedures.

  • Deep familiarity with Indian culture, society, and development context.


  • Skills and experience in data analysis and data quality control, statistics, sampling designs and data validation.

  • Excellent communication, supervision, strategic thinking/planning, management, and presentation skills.

  • Proficiency in Hindi and other official languages preferred.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

ID: 12277

External Company Name: American Institutes for Research