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Association for Asian Studies
Indian, Maine
Closing date
May 29, 2022

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Full Time
Area Studies, Asian Studies
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The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is a non-profit academic
association dedicated to the advancement of the field of Asian
Studies through international exchange, networking, publications,
research support, and career development.
With the support of
the Swedish Government, AAS is launching a new project focused on
"Developing the Humanities and Social Sciences and Supporting
Under-Represented Scholars of Asia", which aims at developing the
research capacity of local institutions located in post-conflict
and conflict areas of Southeast and South Asia. In collaboration
with four main implementing partners based in Cambodia, Thailand,
India and Pakistan, this project will enhance the academic
knowledge, research skills and resources in the humanities and
social sciences of South and Southeast Asian scholars and students
from less economically advantaged regions.

As part of this project, we are seeking a values-driven
consultant to conduct the project's Monitoring, Evaluation and
Learning (MEL) work. This is a position requiring outstanding
communications skills, extensive experience developing MEL
framework successfully and a nuanced understanding of South and/ or
Southeast Asian cultures. The Association is located in Ann Arbor,
Michigan, but the MEL Facilitator will be based in Asia with a
preference for a Southeast Asian or South Asian country.

Main objective of the
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
The consultant will develop the Monitoring, Evaluation and
Learning (MEL) framework to be used for assessing the project's
performance, outputs, outcomes and impact. The MEL's framework will
serve as a management and assessment tool, assisting in the regular
collection, analysis and use of information generated by the
project's activities. The MEL Facilitator will serve a crucial role
in monitoring the project's accomplishments in line with its

Role Description
Directly responsible for:

Developing a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
framework and manual in consultation with the AAS Director of
Special Initiatives that will enable the project to reach its
capacity-building goals in the selected South and Southeast Asian
Working closely with the four implementing partners (or
regional Hubs) to implement a coordinated, effective and mutually
beneficial MEL mechanism.
Providing the regional Hubs and their local partners with the
necessary trainings and follow-up (both in-person and online) on
issues related to MEL, anti-corruption and women's
Coordinating and supporting the work of the four-person MEL
teams assigned to assess the work of the regional Hubs as they
implement their capacity-building training workshops.
Preparing Action Learning Case Studies (ALCS) to gain an
in-depth understanding of the work implemented at the Hubs/ country
Monitoring the activities carried out by the regional Hubs,
reconciling with M&E framework, distilling lessons and planning
future work.
Attending AAS-in-Asia conferences and participating in the
meeting of the Collaboration and Coordination Committee (CCC) to
inform the decision-making process of its members, who will review
the project's progress and plan for the next scheduled
Preparing recommendations for Phase II of the project and
providing input for the project's final evaluation.
Any other responsibilities, which may arise in the course of
the project as assigned by the CCC and/ or the AAS Director of
Special Initiatives.


The MEL Facilitator will report to the AAS Director of Special
Initiatives and to the project's Collaboration and Coordination
He/ she will prepare bi-monthly and annual reports to the AAS
Director of Special Initiatives, AAS Executive Director, and to the
Collaboration and Coordination Committee that will oversee the
project in South and Southeast Asia.

Qualifications and Experience

A master's degree or Ph.D. in development studies, political
science, anthropology or relevant disciplines
At least 5 years working in the non-profit sector and with
international partners
At least 3 years' proven experience with Project/Program
Monitoring and Evaluation
At least 3 years' proven experience in grant management and
Experience of working in the academic sector in post-conflict
areas of South and Southeast Asia


Personal integrity and transparency
Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written
Strong technical and analytical skills and demonstrated ability
to collect, analyze and interpret data
Quantitative and qualitative data management skills
Excellent ability to synthesize, understand and communicate
complex MEL issues effectively to non-English speakers
Ability to work in a team, develop synergies and establish
effective working relations

Excellent organizational skills and proficient time management

AAS offers competitive consultancy remuneration package
commensurate with experience and skill

Application Process
Send complete application to: with
‘MEL Facilitator' in the subject line, and include:

A cover letter describing why you are interested in this
position and why you feel you are well-suited to support the
Association for Asian Studies' mission
An up-to-date CV
The contact details of two professional references

Deadline: 15th May 2022. Shortlisted candidates
only will be contacted in advance of the deadline. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Learning Specialist, Location: Washington, DC - 20037
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