Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

London, UK | Washington, D.C., US | Full-time; Permanent

I. Position Summary

Malala Fund launched our first strategic plan in April 2020, in which we made several commitments to accountability that we are in the process of putting the systems in place to realize. This includes:

  • Developing MEL frameworks for each area of our work, which helps us aggregate data up to our organizational measurement framework.
  • Investing in organizational MEL capacity by creating dedicated systems, building staff and partners’ skills and using the most innovative tools and technologies.
  • Creating an organizational learning system where staff, partners and programme participants review internal monitoring and data results and adjust programmes accordingly.
  • Commissioning periodic external evaluations of our programmes and initiatives to triangulate our internal monitoring data, fill in the data gaps and reflect on our progress and challenges.
  • Sharing impact and lessons with external and internal stakeholders.

Malala Fund’s MEL systems are overseen and implemented by a dedicated team within our Strategy & Learning (S&L) unit. This unit ensures that all programme and country strategies are collaboratively designed with robust context and gender analyses and have an appropriate measurement and learning system in place. We are also in the process of rolling out a new MEL platform, Impact Mapper, to help us more effectively organize, analyze, learn from and share our MEL data.

The Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Officer provides technical leadership and support for Malala Fund’s MEL function as a core member of the S&L Unit. They will be responsible for developing MEL frameworks for MF’s global advocacy and campaigns and working with the MEL Manager in conceptualizing and rolling out MF’s organizational level MEL frameworks and systems. The MEL Officer will implement and continually improve MEL processes and tools and build the capacities of Malala Fund staff and partners to track, document, reflect on and communicate results to internal and external stakeholders.

Through these activities, the MEL Officer will help to define and contribute to organizational impact and guide internal learning. They will provide technical MEL support that enables Malala Fund to understand and align work in support of its goal of access to 12 years of safe, free and quality education for all girls.

Salary range:

  • UK: £49,000 to £52,000
  • US: $70,000 to $74,200

II. Responsibilities

Development and Implementation of MEL frameworks

  • Designs Malala Fund’s global advocacy and campaign MEL frameworks in alignment with MF’s MEL frameworks at organizational, country, and programme levels, this includes being part of the strategy development process and leading on Theory of Change (TOC) development.
  • Works with the MEL Manager to design and manage the implementation of Malala Fund’s organisational MEL framework in collaboration with all parts of the organization.
  • Provides technical MEL support including TOC development for country strategies in coordination with the other MEL staff in the S&L unit.
  • Builds capacity and supports Malala Fund staff, grantees, and other stakeholders to use global advocacy and campaign MEL tools and processes.
  • Works cross-organizationally with key staff and partners to continually improve the effectiveness of the MEL data collection tools and processes including MEL and TOC/strategy development capacity building and becoming proficient in MF’s MEL platform, ImpactMapper.
  • Coordinates with the Research & Learning Officer to develop appropriate tools and guidance to implement global advocacy and campaign MEL frameworks in alignment with MF’s organisational framework and country strategies.
  • Works with MEL Manager and Development Team to ensure that all Malala Fund’s proposals and strategies incorporate effective monitoring, tracking and reporting systems aligned with the organisational MEL framework, and secure appropriate MEL budgets.
MEL Data Use and Learning
  • Working side by side with all MF MEL staff, contributes to MEL data collection and verification.
  • Assesses and articulates MF’s progress towards impact through regular MEL data analysis and the development of user-friendly MEL reports and products using MF’s new MEL platform and other sources of data.
  • Presents MEL data to Malala Fund staff and partners and externally as appropriate, including conferences focused on MEL best practices.
  • Builds capacity of and supports Malala Fund staff, grantees, and other stakeholders to engage with MEL data through intentional learning and reflection processes.
  • Facilitates learning processes, reflections and After-Action Reviews with MF staff, grantees, and other stakeholders.
  • Manages evaluations and assessments as needed.

Organisational Culture

  • Upholds the values of Malala Fund.
  • Actively contributes to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practice and openness to different perspectives, cultures and ideas.
  • Maintains behaviour and conduct that uphold the highest standards for safeguarding, professionally and personally.
  • Acts as a role model for a ‘learning organisation’ culture by seeking insight and using problems as opportunities to learn.

III. Knowledge, Experience and Behaviours

Essential

  • Relevant education and/or work experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Significant experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning within international development
  • Significant experience in designing and implementing monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks for global advocacy initiatives and campaigns including working with teams to develop Theory of Change
  • Experience implementing feminist MEL principles and tools
  • Strong qualitative research skills as they apply to MEL — coding, analyzing and reporting on narrative data.
  • Solid problem-solving skills with high attention to detail, accuracy and quality
  • Ability to train colleagues and partners in the purpose and use of monitoring and evaluation tools and systems
  • Strong commitment to the Malala Fund’s mission to empower girls through education.
  • Strong commitment to gender equality, racial justice and other social justice issues.
  • Strong commitment to professional development and continued learning
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues at all levels across departments and external stakeholders.
  • Strong commitment to Malala Fund’s mission, purpose and values.
  • Strong commitment to gender equality, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, decolonisation and social justice.
  • Strong commitment to professional development and continued learning.
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues at all levels across departments and external stakeholders.
Desirable
  • Master’s degree in social science, social justice, human rights, international development, gender studies or related field.
  • Working knowledge of any language(s) relevant to Malala Fund’s work
  • Experience living and working in Global South, ideally in one or more of Malala Fund’s programme countries.
  • Experience with programme implementation in the Global South, with a special emphasis on candidates with lived experience in one of Malala Funds programme countries.
  • Experience with education sector MEL.

Malala Fund is committed to racial equity and social justice. We actively seek applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities, to provide a wide range of perspectives, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates who have lived in countries in which Malala Fund is operating.

IV. About Malala Fund

Registered as a public charity in the U.K. and U.S., Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn and lead. With more than 130 million girls out of school today, we're breaking down barriers that hold girls back.

Malala Fund advocates for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. We invest in local education leaders and front-line organisations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We give girls the tools they need to advocate for education and equality in their communities and a platform for the world to hear their voices. We believe girls should speak for themselves and tell leaders what they need to learn and achieve their potential.

V. How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the application link by 31 August 2022.

Please note that due to the very high number of applications we receive when positions are posted, we are only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process.

Malala Fund is an inclusive organisation and welcomes applications from under-represented and intersectional groups including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities. We are seeking people from different backgrounds, cultures, age, experience and identities, to provide a wide range of experience, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund.

Malala Fund is committed to ensuring the safety of those involved in our work. Our first priority is protecting everyone who comes in direct or indirect contact with our organisation. Malala Fund has a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and exploitation by any of our staff, representatives or partners. We commit to ensuring that those who work with Malala Fund or on our behalf are able to work in an environment that is free from harm. To this end, Malala Fund reserves the right to conduct background checks on prospective and current employees.