New Project: USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) in El Salvador

Written by: Beeta Tahmassebi, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

EnCompass is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning in El Salvador platform. Through this 5-year, Eval ME II Task Order, our team will serve to enhance USAID’s regional MEL capacity and evidence base in order to guide activity design; facilitate learning and adaptive management for USAID and its partners; and contribute to achieving the goals and objectives of the bilateral Country Development Cooperation Strategies (CDCSs), Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS), and the U.S. government’s interagency Root Causes Strategy (RCS) and Collaborative Migration Management Strategy (CMMS).

We look forward to drawing upon our expertise in performance monitoring, impact evaluation, knowledge management and learning, as well as geographic information systems (GIS) and urban hub coordination, and expect that the work done under this contract will play a pivotal role in measuring and understanding the effectiveness and impact of USAID’s programming on the drivers and overall reduction of irregular migration to the United States.

EnCompass currently leads platforms in Senegal, LebanonPeru, and Ukraine. El Salvador’s MEL platform is now our second platform in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and our fifth country-based, Mission-specific MEL platform overall.

This project will continue our longstanding, successful partnership with Management Systems International (MSI​​​​​​​) and together we look forward to collaborating with USAID staff and partners to support the Mission in El Salvador.


Photo by: Adriana Abreu Combs

Beeta Tahmassebi

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Beeta Shadman Tahmassebi, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, oversees EnCompass' knowledge management and communications teams, manages enterprise risk management, and is Executive Director for the EnCompass Learning Center (ELC). From 2017 to 2020, Ms. Tahmassebi was also Director of Operations for The Evaluators' Institute. She has managed evaluation and development programs for a range of clients, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Institutes of Health, USAID, Save the Children, Lutheran World Relief, IREX, American Library Association, Institute for Museum and Library Services, U.S. Department of Labor, World Food Programme, International Fund for Agricultural Development, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Marriot International, and Daimler AG. With many years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating capacity strengthening and learning programs, Ms. Tahmassebi is excited to provide high-quality professional development in evaluation, management, and international development to a global audience of learners through the ELC. She is a champion for young and emerging evaluators, bringing a strong commitment to lifelong learning to EnCompass' clients. Ms. Tahmassebi serves on the Board of Directors (2020 President-Elect and 2021 President) for Washington Evaluators, the largest local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She is a frequent presenter at special events and conferences, serves on the AEA Working Group for Evaluation Professionalization, and is an active member of the AEA local affiliates collaborative. She has an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDounough School of Business and is proficient in Farsi.

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