Research and Learning Officer (Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning)

London, U.K. or Washington, D.C., U.S. | Full-time, permanent

Position Summary

The Research and Learning Officer (Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning - MEL) leads Malala Fund’s advocacy MEL function and supports country partners in the preparation and implementation of surveys and associated data analysis and reporting in support of MEL and wider primary research objectives. As a core member of the Advocacy department, the Research and Learning Officer (MEL) will contribute to the enhancement and measurement of the organisation’s advocacy impact through: supporting the development and implementation of advocacy MEL processes and tools; guiding internal learning on advocacy approaches and supporting the effective use of primary data to inform Malala Fund’s advocacy.

Salary range: £49,000-£52,000 for UK-based role; $70,000-$74,200 for US-based role

II. Responsibilities

Development and Implementation of MEL Processes and Tools

  • In close collaboration with Malala Fund’s Strategy and Learning Unit, designs MEL frameworks for Malala Fund’s global and national advocacy initiatives, aligned with wider organisational and Programmes MEL frameworks.
  • Develops and provides orientation on a suite of tools to support advocacy MEL data collection by Malala Fund staff, consultants and grantees.
  • Supports Malala Fund grantees in populating and using the MEL data management system for advocacy initiatives, troubleshooting and providing technical support when necessary.
  • Designs and implements After Action Reviews, quarterly reviews and annual reviews with staff and grantees to capture major global and national advocacy achievements and facilitate learning for future advocacy initiatives and Malala Fund’s overall advocacy approach.
  • Supports colleagues in the Strategy and Learning Unit with implementation of external evaluations and internal assessments as needed.
Using Primary Data for Advocacy Impact
  • Working closely with the Research Officer, assists country partners and grantees in undertaking primary research to inform advocacy products and messaging, including: survey preparation, survey implementation and data analysis.
  • Works closely with colleagues in the Policy and Research unit and Communications department to present primary data in reports and other products that further Malala Fund’s advocacy objectives.
  • Assesses and articulates progress towards advocacy objectives to internal and external stakeholders through regular reports and other platforms, presenting MEL data to Malala Fund staff and grantees in accessible and visually appealing ways.
  • Creates and implements advocacy performance dashboards for Malala Fund management to use for decision-making.
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. Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or demonstrable equivalent professional experience.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading qualitative primary research and confidence with research and fieldwork techniques.
  • Significant experience in advocacy MEL within a social development context.
  • Skills in data collation, analysis, visualisation and creation of internal and external reports.
  • Experience supporting teams in implementing advocacy MEL tools and processes.
  • Solid problem-solving skills with high attention to detail, accuracy and quality.
  • 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.
  • Experience with feminist MEL and/or particpatory research.
  • Experience in designing and implementing MEL plans, tools and processes for global and national advocacy initiatives highly preferred.
  • Experience in designing and managing advocacy performance dashboards.
  • Experience with advocacy implementation in the Global South, with a special emphasis on candidates with lived experience in one of Malala Fund’s programme countries.

Note: This position is eligible for immigration sponsorship in the U.K.

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 for 12 years and lead without fear. We advocate 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 developing country education leaders and frontline organizations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We amplify girls’ voices. Malala Fund is building a movement of young education activists who, like Malala, speak truth to power around the world.

V. How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the application link by 5 May 2021.

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’s deadline for internal applications is 10 days from a vacancy’s posting date. If an internal applicant is selected, this position may close prematurely.

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.