Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer


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Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium.

Position Vacancy


Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer  

Based in Kigali, Rwanda

Job Description / Announcement

The Organization

Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, our mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. We seek to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 750 staff worldwide, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with dedicated and enthusiastic staff that loves their work.

Search has been working in Rwanda since 2006, promoting greater cooperation and understanding within and across borders. Under our 2017-2021 strategy, we focus on four themes, namely: 1) Promoting inclusive governance; 2) Strengthening Media and Civil Society as Peacebuilders and Promoters of Dialogue; 3) Supporting Access to Livelihoods; and 4) Promoting a Good Neighborhood (Locally, Nationally and Regionally).

Summary of Position

Search is seeking a Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DME) Officer. Based in Kigali and reporting to Search’s Rwanda Program Manager, s/he will oversee all aspects of monitoring and evaluation, ensuring the collection of accurate and useful data that informs program implementation and results. The DME Officer will work hand in hand with program implementation staff and partners, as well as with Search’s Institutional Learning Team for the East Africa region. This position requires regular travel to project locations for data collection purposes.  


  • Overall responsibility for the quality and timeliness of DME efforts in Search’s Rwanda program, as well as the program’s contribution to regional DME;
  • Ensure the availability and lead the development of strong monitoring systems (e.g. common indicators, M&E plans) and related data collection tools to monitor project activities;
  • Oversee baseline, researches and evaluation processes, developing terms of reference and supporting the data collection and analysis as well as timely delivery;
  • Conduct regular monitoring missions in the project’s target areas and share findings with the program staff as part of reflection sessions to inform programming;
  • Review the quality of the data collected by other staff members and partners during activities and provide them with guidance;
  • Analyze data collected and share findings with key internal stakeholders;
  • Strengthen the capacity of Search’s partner organizations in monitoring and evaluation;
  • Participate in regional DME conference calls;
  • Contribute to the development of project logframes and proposals;
  • Contribute to cross-organizational learning, including providing information, guidelines, lessons learned, and tested tools to the Regional Institutional Learning Team;
  • Be directly engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its staff, through the sharing of experience and knowledge, particularly contributing to its Institutional Learning efforts.
  • Report monthly and annual progress on all project activities to program management;
  • Suggest strategies to the Project Management for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of programming by identifying bottlenecks in completing project activities and developing plans to minimize or eliminate such bottlenecks;
  • Assist the project personnel with M&E tools and in supporting them in their use;
  • Provide input and update information related to results and achievements for SFCG website;
  • Perform other duties as required.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Minimum three (3) years of work experience in design, monitoring and evaluation methodologies.
  • Minimum one (1) year of field-based data collection and analysis experience with a Rwandan or international NGO in Rwanda.
  • Experience overseeing or supporting evaluation processes including the development of terms of reference.
  • Experience working in Early Childhood Development and/or Governance is required.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, Pivot Tables, Access. Knowledge of data analysis software (e.g. STATA, SPSS) is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills including ability to write reports.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism, creativity, and enthusiasm while working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment with minimal supervision.
  • Cultural sensitivity and strong interest in dialogue, peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
  • Fluency in both Kinyarwanda and English is required. Proficiency in French and Swahili is an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel to remote areas in Rwanda.

Please note that:

  • This position is open to Rwandan nationals.
  • This position is available from January 2018.

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements via Please be sure to mention where you found this posting. No phone calls. Closing date for applications is January 26, 2018.

Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Please see our web site for full details of our work.

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