Monitoring Specialist USAID/Iraq Performance Management and Evaluation Services (PMES)

Job Overview

Project Summary: 

Under the recently-awarded Iraq PMES contract, MSI provides USAID/Iraq with utilization-driven support in the areas of project/activity monitoring, evaluation, research, organizational learning, and knowledge management. The primary goal of the contract is to improve performance management at all levels to help the Mission meet Agency requirements, make better informed strategic and management decisions, and advance USAID learning on effective development approaches. The project involves services across four components: (1) Performance Management, (2) Evaluation Services, (3) M&E Capacity Building, and (4) Collaboration, Learning and Adapting. The project will have offices Baghdad and Erbil.

USAID relies on third-party monitoring (TPM) to provide independent monitoring data to inform management decisions and corrective actions. The PMES activity will provide on-the-ground monitoring, verification and reporting services for USG contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements in Iraq. A team of 10 full-time Iraqi Field Monitors (IFMs) will be tasked with providing activity verification, oversight and performance/outcome monitoring for USAID activities across all 18 provinces. In addition to the IFMs, PMES seeks the services of a small cadre of Short-term Monitoring Specialists (STMS) who will provide monitoring services on an as-need basis, usually within their governorate of residence.


**Please note: Only Iraqi citizens are eligible for this position**


Position Summary:

The Monitoring Specialist will assist PMES by undertaking visits to sites of USAID-financed Activities to report on issues such as compliance, infrastructure, governance, stabilization, humanitarian assistance and rebuilding communities. On-site monitoring comprises observing an activity that is being implemented by USAID’s Implementing Partners (IPs), and collecting information for uploading a monitoring report. In addition, monitoring may involve interviews with beneficiaries and stakeholders. The purpose of the monitoring reports is to provide USAID with an objective sense of how the Activities are being implemented on the ground. This is a short-term technical assistance position.



  • Assess implementing partner’s progress against timelines and benchmarks in implementation/work plans
  • Review appropriate internal controls to ensure the delivery of services to intended beneficiaries
  • Review compliance with pertinent USG and USAID regulations, laws and policies
  • Conduct checks of the timeliness and quality of activity inputs and outputs
  • Confirm the accuracy of data reported by partners in the quarterly and annual reports
  • Verify the eligibility of listed beneficiaries for services or programs, ensuring that services are reaching eligible and intended beneficiaries
  • Gather feedback on the quality and relevance of training and technical assistance programs
  • Verify the proper and safe storage of commodities
  • Verify sub-contractor/grantee compliance with sub-contract/grant terms
  • Verify compliance with quality and safety measures for construction and rehabilitation programs
  • Determine whether preliminary outcomes are proceeding as expected
  • Work with local authorities and coordinate with respective IPs to obtain access to sites
  • Prepare site visit reports using prepared monitoring forms, uploading data in a timely manner and in accordance with protocols
  • Collect quality data and meet the assigned site visit targets
  • Help the team develop new and better ways to use MEL to support USAID/Iraq and its implementing partners to improve the lives of Iraqis



  • Undergraduate degree in a related field preferred
  • A minimum of five years professional experience is required, preferably in areas related to project management, performance monitoring, data collection, and evaluation
  • Sector-specific knowledge and expertise in one or more of the sectors that USAID activities support, such as governance and accountability, economic growth, education, post-conflict and resilience, gender and integration, and stabilization
  • Familiarity with USAID M&E procedures and/or experience conducing independent monitoring and verification of USAID activities is desired
  • Experience applying qualitative and quantitative data collection tools and methods, including document review, beneficiary feedback surveys, key informant interviews, focus group discussions
  • Ability to work on a team and effectively with partners and stakeholders
  • Written and verbal communications skills in English required
  • Written and verbal communication skills in Arabic and/or Kurdish required depending on the region



Reasonable Accommodations: MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email [email protected] with “Reasonable Accommodations” in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.


Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.


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