Social Impact

Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Lead (USAID/Sahel Monitoring, Reporting, and Capacity Strengthening Project)

Social Impact

Job Description

Social Impact is a Global Development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity Building Services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and Economic Growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral Development Banks, foundations, and nonprofits.

Proposal Objective:

SI is pursuing a bid for an upcoming Request for Task Order Proposals (RFTOP) under the EVAL-ME II Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for the provision of monitoring, reporting, and capacity strengthening services through the USAID/Sahel MRCS project. The activity will aim to verify and report on activities carried out by Implementing Partners (IPs) across the Sahel region through the delivery of timely, analytical, qualitative, and quantitative information through visits to USAID/Sahel Regional Office (SRO) supported activity sites. The findings derived from monitoring and verification information must be backed with evidence and reported to USAID in a manner that allows activity managers to quickly understand the successes and challenges on the ground, and to take prompt action, if needed. In addition, this activity will aim to provide extensive MEL capacity strengthening support both to USAID/SRO and IPs throughout the region.

Position Description:

Social Impact is seeking a full-time Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Lead who will lead learning, knowledge management, and adaptive programming activities under the anticipated USAID/Sahel MRCS project. This would be a full-time position based in Dakar for the five-year period of performance, contingent upon contract award.


  • Facilitate strong CLA management practices in USAID/SRO business processes and throughout the program cycle.
  • Foster strong, collaborative relationships with key Mission stakeholders, serve as a convener for dialogue and learning around emerging issues, assist in identifying and responding to key learning issues, and coordinate efforts amongst implementing partners (IPs) working on common Development Objectives (DOs).
  • Develop and implement a learning plan for the Mission and IPs that outlines key learning questions, stakeholders and their roles, and broad stakeholder engagement at multiple levels.
  • Support strategic communications, including producing publications and organizing public events with partners and other stakeholders.
  • Conduct business process re-engineering, including assisting in negotiating Change Management around monitoring, evaluation, and learning related issues.
  • Lead facilitation, including facilitating processes and workshops; facilitating learning, collaboration, and Coordination among implementing partners and other collaborators with the greatest impact on results; producing reflections on the implications of new learning; developing product plans for adapting programs accordingly; and establishing a network of key stakeholders.
  • Support USAID/SRO’s CLA Community of Practice in identifying needs and providing evidence-based MEL solutions.
  • Ensure that monitoring and evaluation information is shared and fully utilized through knowledge sharing and strategic learning processes to speed innovation and improve upon and bring new innovations to the Mission’s programmatic work throughout the Sahel region.

  • Master’s degree in field related to organizational learning or Development Assistance such as public, business, or development Administration; knowledge management; political science; economics or development studies.
  • Minimum of eight years of demonstrated experience in strategic planning; monitoring and evaluation; project Design; facilitation of learning; and knowledge management, including experience in applying learning to improve international development programs and systems change for adaptive management of development organizations or agencies.
  • Previous experience supporting USAID Missions or USAID Implementing Partners in a similar capacity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID Evaluation Policy, CLA Framework, J2SR and other initiatives.
  • Oral and written fluency English and French.
  • Experience working in countries of the Sahel region is preferred.
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