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Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Adviser (two positions; preferably Canberra, Australia-based and/or Manila-based)

14 June, 2021

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.


The Opportunity

The Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Adviser (two positions) 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.


Key Duties

  • 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


Key Requirements

  • 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
  • Highly competent in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, with competency in other software such as SPSS and Strata also desirable
  • Flexible and a team player, experienced in working effectively with a range of stakeholders. Experience with private sector stakeholders highly desirable

Candidates should also be reviewing the Key Selection Criteria listed in the Information for Applicants document in the ‘Position Description’.


 Further Information & Application Details

Further information regarding this opportunity, including how to apply, can be found in the ‘Position Description’.

Applications should be submitted online via the Careers page of Abt Associates’ website and MUST include a CV and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria listed in the Information for Applications document.

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

Applications close:  Sunday, 4 July 2021 – midnight (AEST)

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


Abt Associates – Who We Are

Abt Associates is a recognised leader in the international development sector. Working with our many partners, Abt Associates implements bold innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Operating in remote and challenging environments, we offer innovative solutions, extensive experience in the region, strong technical capacity, and a proven project management track record. We are committed to gender equity in our employment strategies and encourage applications from capable women. Abt Associates is a child safe organisation and promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.

For more information about our company and what we do visit our website


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