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Monitoring Evaluation Research & Learning Officer

JSI and World Education

Last Updated: 5/09/23

Job Description


The Asia Resilient Cities (ARC) Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), with partners DevTech Systems, Inc., BRAC, and ICF. Over the course of five years, ARC will address cross-cutting urban development challenges in select cities in Asia by promoting sustainable urban growth; supporting resilient, low-carbon urban infrastructure; and integrating climate change and environmentally-conscious approaches.

The ARC Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Officer will support all aspects of ARC’s MERL Plan. This position reports to the ARC Project Director, who also serves as Project MERL Lead. This position is full time and can be remote, but candidates located in the EST time zone are preferred. The hiring organization for this position is JSI.


The ARC MERL Officer is responsible for a range of activities related to MERL, publication, and knowledge translation. The MERL Officer responsibilities and title can be adjusted to skill level but fundamental activities would include:
  • Compilation and synthesis of information from published literature on selected topics.
  • Analyzing data to be put into tables and graphs for internal reports and external publications. Depending on skillset, higher-level analysis of quantitative or qualitative data will be included.
  • Supporting routine monitoring by cities, including helping to develop indicator reference sheets, tracking tools, data quality procedures, and training materials.
  • Providing bibliographic support for any ARC publications.
  • Supporting ethical review board applications.
  • Depending on skillset, support the design and execution of ARC research activities in partner cities.
  • Documenting datasets for submission to the USAID Development Data Library.
  • Co-writing research results into social media, blogs and news articles.
  • Co-authoring journal publications.
  • Supporting additional project research, knowledge management, and technical activities as needed.


Education : Masters degree preferred, Bachelors degree required. Degree should have strong research fundamentals (statistics, economics, sociology, or anthropology) with a preference for topical work to be related to resilience, urban planning, environmental health, public policy, climate change, or similar.
Required Skills:
  • Strong foundational training in statistical research methods and/or the same for qualitative research methods.
  • Demonstrated commitment to upholding ethical best practices for research.
  • Excellent technical writing abilities, with experience in writing for academic journals.
  • Fluent in Microsoft suite including higher level data visualization skills, Stata user preferred.
  • Detail oriented, with good time management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people representing a wide range of personal and organizational cultures, and with a largely remote team.

Language : English fluency required, fluency or proficiency in another relevant language preferred (Hindi, Bahasa, Bangali, Kyrgyz or Russian).

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Company Details

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
John Snow, Inc., and our nonprofit JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., are public health management consulting and research organizations dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world. Our mission is to improve the health of underserved people and communities and to provide a place where people of passion and commitment can pursue this cause.Our sis...