Senior CLAME Specialist

Headlight Organization Overview

Founded in 2018, Headlight Consulting Services, LLC delivers data-driven decision-making to its partners through robust strategy design support, in-depth monitoring, evaluation, and learning technical services, and facilitated organizational change processes. Headlight brings extensive experience in international development and expertise in qualitative methods; systems-thinking; utilization-focused Collaborating, Learning, Adapting, Monitoring, and Evaluation (CLAME); emergent methods such as developmental evaluation; evaluation policy design; organizational development; and much more. Headlight offers fit-for-purpose, agile solutions to improve the efficiency and efficacy of development programs around the globe, focusing on the structures and systems that enable sustainable solutions.

Summary of Position

The Senior CLAME Specialist position is a technical leadership role on Headlight’s long-term contracts, providing strategic advisory support, leading on the design and implementation of CLAME initiatives, tools, and practices, and supporting high-quality deliverables that turn evidence into action. The Senior CLAME Specialist will work with the Director of Strategic Learning to identify and apply the appropriate CLAME best practice, guide CLAME capacity-building efforts, ensure technical rigor across Headlight’s services, and work with clients to build collaborative implementation models to achieve collective impact. 

This position requires a diverse facilitation toolbox, experience with adult learning practices and capacity-building techniques, exposure to different learning approaches, and the ability to ensure strong visualization of utilization-focused deliverables for a variety of audiences. The Senior CLAME Specialist will also contribute to thought leadership to invest in younger practitioners and the CLAME field writ large, as well as support ongoing business development efforts and other responsibilities as assigned. This position can be based remotely between GMT-4 and GMT-6, but would benefit from being located near our Washington D.C. area hub. 


The Senior CLAME Specialist will be responsible for a variety of tasks that are portfolio-dependent and will change based on the projects they are working on, but are likely to include the following outlined responsibilities. 

  • Foster strong, collaborative relationships with key client 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 stakeholders working in common objectives. 
  • Support facilitation, including facilitating processes and workshops and delivering training; facilitating learning, collaboration, and adaptive management of clients and their stakeholders; producing reflections on the implications of new learning; and, developing product plans for adapting activities accordingly. 
  • Develop and test CLAME tools; and, identify and manage contributing or new evaluative or data collection needs and associated teams as they arise.
  • Track and communicate high-quality information to stakeholders to inform timely and data-driven decision-making.
  • Design and manage evaluative and research activities. Coach and mentor junior staff in qualitative and other CLAME tasks. 
  • Conduct qualitative analysis (including data coding) on existing documentation (use-focused literature reviews), provided data sets, and newly collected data. 
  • Manage specific Headlight projects including timely email responses to client needs, invoicing and regular management reports, and support with workplanning and other project management tasks. 
  • Contribute to  Headlight thought leadership, including authoring blogs.
  • Draft various proposal components to support business development.
  • Provide quality assurance of all deliverables.


  • Masters in Political Science, International Relations, or related disciplines.
  • Minimum 10+ years of professional experience in international development and/or CLAME-related roles.
  • Multifaceted facilitation skills, including with multicultural audiences, particularly related to programmatic and organizational learning.
  • Experience designing and facilitating training courses and capacity-building opportunities. Knowledge of adult learning best practices. 
  • Experience working with clients at different levels, virtually, and across different time zones. Excellent client management track record. Experience supporting organizational development/change processes will be considered a significant advantage. 
  • Exceptional writing skills, including technical analytical writing, writing for different audiences, and writing for the web with a track record of deliverables that have led to evidence-based decision-making. 
  • Appetite for building relationships and networking.
  • Experience leading teams or managing people and projects. 
  • High standards of integrity, professionalism, and creative problem-solving.
  • Must enjoy working independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Desire to contribute to the international development community, share technical knowledge, and mentor junior professionals. 
  • Familiarity with USAID’s organizational structure, program cycle, and operating context and experience working with USAID or USAID-funded programs is advantageous. 
  • Familiarity with or experience in the agricultural, food security, or policy systems strengthening fields is advantageous


Headlight offers full-time employees a competitive salary package, vacation, holiday, and sick leave, health insurance coverage, and much more. 

How to Apply

Interested persons should send a CV and Cover Letter that highlights experience aligned with the requirements above to Please include in the subject line of your email “Senior CLAME Specialist.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so apply as soon as possible! Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Headlight Consulting Services, LLP follows all state and federal laws and is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Headlight provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.