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Project Coordinator, MEL

JSI and World Education

Last Updated: 3/22/21

Job Description

USAID Advancing Nutrition is the Agency’s flagship nutrition project, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners. Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements and provides technical support to nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The project’s multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design, implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by building local capacity, supporting behavior change and strengthening the enabling environment to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance development.

The project coordinator will work to keep the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team organized and on deadline through day-to-day administrative support. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, have experience providing administrative support, able to learn new systems and processes quickly, and able to balance multiple tasks/activities and ad hoc requests at once. They will coordinate internal and external meetings, including meetings with USAID. The project coordinator can expect to support operational tasks and deliverables including data/content entry, document formatting, recording meeting notes reviewing budgets, tracking deadlines, and consultant management. They may be asked to contribute to technical activities, including literature reviews, support to research activities, and webinar planning. They are based in Arlington, VA and will report to the MEL Director. The salary range for this position is $47,500 - $53,426. Please note the JSI office is closed due to the ongoing pandemic and that all project staff are working remotely until the office reopens.

Advancing Nutrition is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. RESPONSIBILITIES The project coordinator will:

  • Support the day-to-day implementation of the MEL team activities as assigned, including meeting coordination, note taking and notes dissemination.
  • Assist in coordinating internal and external meetings, conferences, workshops and other technical meetings, including remote participation, venue procurement, vendor relations, payment processing, participant travel, planning coordination, materials support, and calendar management.
  • Conduct content searches and organize resources in support of resource and literature reviews.
  • Provide back-up editing and formatting support as needed.
  • Maintain team tracking documents, including bi-weekly support to update the deliverables tracker, publications inventory tracker, and other tools.
  • Maintain team filing systems by saving and updating necessary documents including: job aids, guidance, curricula, job descriptions, work plans, budgets, strategy documents, and progress reports on the project’s shared Google Drive folder and project Intranet.
  • Coordinate payments to outside vendors and provide financial and budgetary support under the direction of the MEL Director.
  • Perform other related duties as requested/assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The competencies listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned. QUALIFICATIONS Education Bachelor’s degree required.

Experience: Post-graduate work experience preferred, but work experience through school and/or summers accepted. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply!

Required Skills:
  • Excellent communicator, able to synthesize complex information clearly and accurately.
  • Comfortable helping others prioritize and stay organized in a busy, fluid environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently and meet deadlines with quality.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work successfully in a multicultural team environment with linguistically diverse staff, clients, and consultants.
  • Ability to work comfortably in the MS Office Suite applications, specifically MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as Google Workspace (Google Docs, Google Drive, etc.).

Preferred Skills:
  • Experience in planning/coordinating events, travel logistics, and basic financial management.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Exceptionally organized and attentive to detail; able to create and maintain organizational systems for professional collaboration.
  • Confident taking initiative within defined scope and gathering information necessary to drive work and complete tasks independently.
  • Solution-oriented and proactive when faced with problems and gaps in information.

Languages: English fluency required; proficiency in Portuguese, Russian, and/or French highly desirable.


Bachelor’s degree

Salary commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters on the JSI website here by 04/01/2021. Only applicants that apply through the JSI careers page will be considered for this position.

Company Details

JSI and World Education

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...