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MEL Senior Advisor

04 March, 2022

Thank you for your interest in joining Investing in Women (IW).

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.

Investing in Women 

Investing in Women (IW) is a multi-country Australian Government initiative in Southeast Asia that seeks to improve women’s economic participation as employees and as entrepreneurs and influence the enabling environment to promote Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE). It commenced in April 2016 with operations in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar and is due to run through to June 2023.  It is managed out of the Gender Equality Branch (GEB) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra. The Program is supporting the following outcomes:

  • More businesses achieve improved gender equality in their workplaces
  • Intentional impact investments in women’s small and medium enterprises (WSMEs) increase
  • Positive shifts in gender norms related to workplace gender equality

For more information, see www.investinginwomen.asia

About the Opportunity

The MEL Senior Advisor will assist the MEL Director to track IW progress and implement the IW MEL system, through design, managing and reporting on MEL activities across IW pathways. With the support of the IW MEL Coordinator and short-term advisors as needed, the position will play a lead technical role on one or more selected program pathways (Workplace Gender Equality; Impact Investment for Women’s SMEs; Influencing Gender Norms). This includes responsibility for primary and secondary data analysis and user-appropriate reporting. The position will contribute to the production of MEL reports and dissemination of analysis and findings around progress towards program outcomes

Specifically, the MEL Senior Advisor will:

  • Support the Program in implementing, monitoring, and reporting against program activities, tracking results and lead outcome evaluation activities for Pathways
  • Design and implement quantitative and qualitative data collection (surveys, interviews, focus groups, case studies), analysis, research and reporting for review of Pathways’ progress against their Theories of Change
  • Work with IW pathway teams and counterparts within partner organisations (where appropriate)
  • Support the MEL Director to recruit and manage short term advisors carrying out MEL activities, research or analysis
  • Liaise and meet regularly with IW Pathway team members and relevant IW partners to ensure the MEL team is up to date on program activities and challenges
  • Provide written and verbal reporting of MEL findings to key IW staff and stakeholders, including through PowerPoint presentations and infographics
  • Lead pathway learning agendas, including through internal consultations and learning events, analysis of available evidence, and dissemination of learning products for internal and external audiences
  • Support periodic review and update of the IW Theory of Change and MEL system
  • Track progress against workplans ensuring efficient, effective and timely delivery, and report these to the Director, identifying any potential risks and areas requiring further support

Location of work:  Canberra or Makati City is preferred.  Remote working from another location in Australia may be considered.

About You

We are seeking an individual who has:

  • Tertiary qualifications (or equivalent experience) in social sciences, preferably with a focus on quantitative and qualitative MEL, data collection/research and analysis of data
  • Ability to present findings clearly and concisely (in writing and verbally) and to target communication to meet the needs of different stakeholder groups and end-users of information
  • Experience engaging with senior counterparts and stakeholders to coordinate and execute evaluation activities, disseminate findings, and build knowledge capacity
  • High proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, with competency in other software such as SPSS and Strata also desirable
  • Flexibility and team-work approach; experience in working effectively with a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience with private sector stakeholders highly desirable

The successful candidate will have flexibility with working from IW office and from home.  Engagement period will commence ASAP up to 30 June 2023.

How to Apply

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

Please submit your application online and attach your resume/ CV and a cover letter addressing how you meet the each of the above job requirements.

Application close:  27 March 2022, Sunday

This is an urgent requirement.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  The position will close ahead of closing date, as soon we have found the right candidate who may be able to commence immediately.

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About Us

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader with a proven track record in complex program implementation in the international development sector. We offer bold solutions and technical excellence in Health, Economic Growth, Governance, Research & Evaluation, Environment & Energy, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion. Working with our many partners, we have driven measurable social impact for more than 55 years, to achieve our mission of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. We operate in remote and challenging environments and employ more than 3,700 staff in over 50 countries. For more information about us and what we do, visit our website at www.abtassociates.com

Equity

Abt Associates values individuality and celebrates difference with a strong commitment to diversity, equality, racial equity, gender, and disability inclusion. We strongly encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this position. We offer flexible work arrangements and a culturally safe environment for staff members from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Safeguarding

We are deeply committed to safeguarding, to protect and prevent harm and abuse to individuals we work for and who work for us. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. We will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, child abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation in any form, and expect everyone to be treated with respect and dignity.

About Us

Abt Associates a mission-driven, global leader with a proven track record in complex program implementation in the international development sector. We offer bold solutions and technical excellence in Health, Economic Growth, Governance, Research & Evaluation, Environment & Energy, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion. Working with our many partners, we have driven measurable social impact for more than 55 years, to achieve our mission of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. We operate in remote and challenging environments and employ more than 3,700 staff in over 50 countries. For more information about us and what we do, visit our website at www.abtassociates.com

Equity

Abt Associates values individuality and celebrates difference with a strong commitment to diversity, equality, racial equity and inclusion. We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, skills and knowledge, so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

Safeguarding

We are deeply committed to safeguarding, to protect and prevent harm and abuse to individuals we work for and who work for us. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. We will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, child abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation in any form, and expect everyone to be treated with respect and dignity.


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