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Project Management, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Internship


  • Internship


Amman, Jordan


CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals & CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes

Application open now until position is filled


Would you like to get experience in Project Management, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)? Do you have a passion for agriculture research for development (AR4D)? We are seeking a young intern who is interested in an exciting MEL internship and a learning-by-doing experience with the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals and the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes to contribute to the enhancement of a web-based MEL platform, and help us document and synthesize global monitoring data for effective evaluation and learning.

Description of tasks and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Research Program Coordinator at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), the intern will be responsible for the following duties: 

  • Document and catalogue existing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning data available on the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals according to specific program guidance and templates.
  • Enter the catalogued data into the web-based MEL platform being developed and tested by the program.
  • Link the data to program outputs (reports, publications, briefs, datasets, photos, tools, etc.) available in the existing repositories of the Programs.
  • Learn about relevant methods, tools and skills used in a web-based information system environment and apply these to program efforts to enhance the web-based MEL platform under close supervision and guidance from experts from the CGIAR Research Program on, Dryland Cereals the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
  • Support the user-based testing and piloting of the above-mentioned web-based MEL platform enhanced with new features to be used in 2017

Required profile and competencies

  • Recently graduated or currently affiliated with an institution of higher education or research in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Statistics, Development Studies, Social Studies, Rural Development or its equivalent experience with a formal qualification of monitoring and evaluation.
  • Strongly motivated, open-minded to learn new knowledge and methods on a practical (learning-by-doing) and research question-oriented basis.
  • Communication skills: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions of clarification, exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 
  • Excellent written and spoken English is required.
  • Advanced computer skills in Excel, Word processing,
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve program goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect their own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. 

Work Experience

Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for this internship. However, the applicant must have academic, technical or hands-on experience dealing with basic information management particularly in the areas of: 

  • data management; 
  • design and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and research; 
  • social research methods; and 
  • data dissemination.

Hands-on experience in spatial database management, application development or GIS programming is an asset.

Good skills in monitoring and evaluation are an additional advantage, but not a critical requirement as the intern will engage in a learning environment about basic and web-based operational skills.

Time commitment

Between 3-6 months to be mutually agreed and with possibility of extension depending on performance.

Terms of Internship

The internship position is based at ICARDA in Amman, Jordan. A small monthly remuneration to cover costs of lunch and daily transportation to office will be provided. The intern is wholly responsible for all costs related to health, accommodation and visa expenses. ICARDA assumes no liability for any accident, ill health or other misfortune that may occur. The winning candidate will report to the Research Program Coordinator at ICARDA.


Candidates should apply by email, sending a letter of interest, CV and up to two academic writing samples and/or published work (master thesis, technical report, articles published in journals) in English to Mrs. Linda Fattal ( The subject line of the email should clearly indicate “Application for MEL Internship: Name, Surname”  

Short-listed candidates will be contacted for the interview and evaluation process.

About Dryland Cereals

The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals (Dryland Cereals) aims at improving food security, nutrition, income and resilience of smallholder agriculture in the dryland regions of Africa and Asia, through collaborative development and deployment of solutions for crop improvement, crop management, post-harvest technologies and market access to dryland cereal crops including barley, finger millet, pearl millet and sorghum. These are highly resilient, climate-hardy, micronutrient-dense crops which are the mainstay of agricultural systems in the dryland regions, where they are primarily used for food, feed and fodder.

Dryland Cereals is a global partnership involving two members of the CGIAR Consortium – ICRISAT (as lead center) and ICARDA, several public and private institutes and organizations, governments and farmers.

For more information, please visit the website of:

CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals:

About Grain Legumes

The CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes (Grain Legumes) is as a collaborative research program that focuses on improving eight priority grain legumes crops – chickpea, cowpea, common bean, faba bean, groundnut, lentil, pigeonpea and soybean – grown by poor smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Western Asia, North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to combat poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation.

The program is a global partnership among four CGIAR Research Institutes: ICRISAT as lead center, CIAT, ICARDA and IITA, along with several public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers worldwide. For more information, please visit the website of:

CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes:

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Platform: