Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager

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

Position Summary

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager will work closely with key staff at Malala Fund to create a culture of continuous learning based on systematic evidence collected through data collection systems and thoughtful analysis. The MEL manager will embed data collection, assessment, evaluation and learning practices throughout the work of the organisation. Malala Fund has a commitment to measuring progress against the objectives of its new Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and being externally accountable for its effectiveness and impact. The MEL Manager, supported by the MEL Officer who they will oversee, will lead setting up the systems across both advocacy and programmes, creating the process of data collection and analysis, commission necessary external assessments and evaluations, and lead learning events to incorporate the learnings into the programme design and implementation.

I. Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Designs and manages the implementation of Malala Fund’s organisational MEL framework for its five-year strategic plan.
  • Works with key programme and advocacy staff to create effective and efficient MEL systems for each programme, advocacy and campaign initiative.
  • Uses MEL to communicate Malala Fund’s theory of change and impact to external stakeholders.
  • Conducts research and analyses to inform Malala Fund’s strategic planning and learning.
  • Supported by the MEL Officer, works with key staff and grantees to ensure effective and appropriate MEL tools, data collection and use of MEL data.
  • Ensures 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 budget.
  • Designs and facilitates participatory learning and reflection processes to utilize MEL data with staff and partners.
  • Oversees MEL Officer, consultants, research institutes and scholars, as necessary, ensuring these entities conduct MEL work as outlined in specific terms of reference and monitor the quality and timing of deliverables.
  • Builds a culture of learning and conducts periodic trainings or mentoring for staff stakeholders and grantees related to MEL and using data for strategic decision making.
  • Presents MEL findings to Malala Fund staff and externally as appropriate.

II. Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 8 years of related work experience.
  • Masters degree in social science, social justice, human rights, international development, gender studies or related field.
  • Previous management-level MEL experience in international development required, with demonstrable experience in the design and creation of appropriate and effective MELframeworks
  • Experience with advocacy, feminist MEL or education initiativies highly desirable.
  • Experience with MEL implementation in the Global South required, experience in Malala Fund programmatic countries highly desirable.
  • Understanding of rights based approaches and experience carrying out gender-sensitive work in cross-cultural settings.
  • Experience supervising external consultants for assessments and evaluations, ensuring quality and timely delivery of products.
  • Excellent project management skills and experience leading complex initiatives and collaborative efforts.
  • Ability to compile and synthesize data for reflection, evaluation and learning processes.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: demonstrated relationship management experience and high degree of diplomacy.
  • A creative, open and innovative mind energetically searching for new solutions.
  • Passion for Malala Fund’s mission and a proven track record of building and sustaining strong and diverse relationships.

III. How to apply

Before July 1, 2020, please send your resume and cover letter (which should include salary expectations) through the form on this page or to, indicating “Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager” in the subject line of your email.

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 committed to safeguarding children and employment with our team is conditional upon successfully completing a background check.

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. 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 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.