Senior Program Associate – Evaluation and Adaptive Learning – NGO Jobs 2021

Job Title: Senior Program Associate – Evaluation and Adaptive Learning

Countries: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America
Organization: Results for Development Institute
Closing date: 29 Dec 2021

R4D is seeking an entrepreneurial, strategic, and creative individual to serve as a Senior Program Associate (SPA) in its Evaluation and Adaptive Learning (EAL) Practice.

Are you interested in questioning the status quo of traditional monitoring and evaluation approaches? Are you committed to working with local change agents to create improved and sustained impact? Are you energized by activities that scrutinize and validate underlying assumptions to maximize impact? If your answer is yes to those questions, then join us!

This position is based in Washington D.C. or in London once R4D’s offices re-open and reports a Senior Program Officer.


The EAL Practice works with partners to devise new strategies to address problems in health, education, and nutrition, and to generate evidence as they design, test, and iterate on potential solutions. The team conducts targeted research using methods such as randomized control trials, formative research, and lean testing to answer questions relevant to donor and practitioner strategies. We tailor our best methods to partner needs and constraints to fuse evidence with action. We work in partnership with internal and external stakeholders with the goal of using monitoring, evaluation, and learning approaches to inform decisions that can improve performance and accelerate impact.


The SPA will be joining a highly collaborative team that embraces innovation and learning. We are seeking someone who can take ownership over critical elements of our research; who can work well independently and as part of team; and who can be flexible and adaptable to shifting project priorities.

The SPA will aid in research analysis and presentation using quantitative and qualitative methods in all of R4D’s technical areas. The SPA will clean, process, and analyze data gathered on our projects as well as providing research, project management, and administrative support. Additionally, the SPA will support all team members on cross-cutting team initiatives, such as business development, knowledge management, and communications .

This position will be based in Washington D.C. or in London once R4D’s offices re-open. The SPA may be required to travel internationally up to 25% once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.


  • Your work will encompass a range of tasks related to research implementation, data analysis, project management, business development, and communications. Responsibilities may include:

Collect data and deliver quality analysis

  • Support the design and implementation of high-quality monitoring, evaluation, and learning experiments using both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Oversee implementation of learning experiments (such as lean testing, rapid experimentation)
  • Ensure that experiments drive organizational learning and decision-making

Turn evidence into action

  • Deliver high quality presentations internally and externally to implementing teams, partners, and funders
  • Write research briefs, presentations, and papers that effectively communicate results and program/policy recommendations for a variety of stakeholders (such as funders, implementing partners, external audiences)
  • Support outreach activities, including drafting blog posts and coordinating social media campaigns

Program Management and cross-cutting functions

  • Foster current and future collaborative relationships with the implementation team, government counterparts, donors, and other technical partners
  • Monitor and facilitate the execution of deliverables with team leadership
  • Engage with stakeholders at the project development, planning, and service delivery levels
  • Oversee and manage project budgets, contracts, and work plans
  • Work with other senior team members on business development (conducting desk research, drafting portions of proposals, identifying business development opportunities)
  • Actively engaged in cross-cutting functions within the team as-required


  • Minimum BA + 3 years or MA + 1 year of relevant professional experience
  • Strong academic record in public administration, public policy, public health, or related discipline
  • Enthusiastic about joining a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on projects across any of R4D’s disciplines (health, education and nutrition)
  • Have a strong commitment to excellence and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of and experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Excellent quantitative coding skills (R/Stata or similar) or experience with qualitative coding software, such as Atlas.ti or nVivo, preferred, but not required
  • Strong writer and oral communicator in English with a proven track record of preparing presentations and reports, as well as an ability to describe technical problems and solutions to a non-technical audience
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team including researchers, analysts, and programmers
  • Ability to set priorities and handle multiple, competing time and resource demands
  • Prior experience with international government and foundation donors, such as USAID, FCDO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a plus
  • Fluency in a language other than English a plus
  • Willingness to travel internationally up to 25% once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted

How to apply:

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