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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Director

19 February, 2019

Thank you for your interest in joining Investing in Women.

Since April 2016, we have been trialing innovative ways to tackle one of the most critical economic and social issues of our time: gender inequality. An initiative of the Australian government, we partner with businesses in the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia to influence workplace equality; with impact investors to expand women’s access to capital; and with a wide range of partners to change harmful social norms and gender stereotypes.

Our mission—to catalyse inclusive economic growth through increasing women’s economic opportunities in South East Asia—is at the heart of everything we do.

If you are interested in joining our small, dynamic team and applying your skills, experience and passion to this mission, we want to hear from you.

The Opportunity

The MEL Director will be the principal liaison point between DFAT, Investing in Women and program partners on MEL activities. The successful candidate will demonstrate both technical M&E skills and the ability to work flexibly with implementation teams in rapidly changing environments. S/he will be responsible for:

  1. Implementing the activities which comprise the IW MEL System (either directly, through the MEL team or via management of technical advisory inputs);
  2. Ensuring the System is efficiently meeting the program’s information needs; and
  3. Ensure MEL planning and execution is well coordinated with the component teams

Key Duties

Specific duties of the MEL Leader include:

  • Ensure all aspects of MEL System design and delivery are underpinned by robust conceptual frameworks for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment;
  • Ensure the MEL system’s key questions, performance indicators, and focus of data collection aligns with the (evolving) information needs of the Program;
  • Work with DFAT (GEB) in relation to MEL and to ensure that the MEL provides data that is relevant to DFAT’s reporting requirements
  • Work collaboratively with program staff and partners to develop and agree data collection, reporting and dissemination approaches that are technically robust, fit-for-purpose and efficient;
  • Work collaboratively with partners and ensure the MEL team supports adaptive learning and capacity building with the IW implementation team and partners;
  • Guide, coordinate and provide technical leadership on all MEL designs, methods and outputs – either directly or via oversight of short-term technical specialists;
  • Oversee reporting and dissemination of MEL results (in collaboration with other parts of IW); and
  • Ensure effective planning and team and budget management.

Key Requirements

  • Masters or Post Graduate studies in social sciences, demonstrating use of M&E methodologies and/or applied research methods
  • Demonstrated technical capacities in quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies such as design and implementation of focus group discussions, semi-structured interviews, survey design, data analysis and reporting, with proven experience using MEL as a tool for social change, advocacy and knowledge building; especially in the issue of gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience demonstrating strong leadership skills as a senior manager in overseeing, managing and/or leading teams in the implementation of MEL systems for complex international development / aid programs (including collection and analysis of large dataset)
  • Strong stakeholder communication and facilitation skills and ability to work flexibly with internal and external stakeholders, including DFAT and private sector entities
  • Demonstrated flexibility working with implementation teams in rapidly changing environments
  • Understanding of DFAT’s Monitoring and Evaluation Standards

Further Information & Application

Further information in regards to this opportunity can found in the Position Description available from the Careers page of Abt Associates’ website.

Applications should be submitted online via the Careers page of Abt Associates’ website and MUST include a CV and covering letter addressing the key requirements listed above.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from experienced and capable women.

Applications close: Monday, 18th March 2019 – midnight (AEST)

We welcome and thank all applicants, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.



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