Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager
Job Title: MEL (Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning) Manager
Reports to: Director of Research & Development
Location: Major Asian metropolitan hub (location TBC) with significant travel (up to 50%)
About the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery
The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold public-private partnership that seeks to catalyze and coordinate a coherent global strategy to end modern slavery. Our mission is to end modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable.
GFEMS will make grants across sectors and geographies with a focus on three core funding themes: rule of law, business engagement, and sustaining freedom. The Fund’s strategy also includes the development of public-private investments across key industries and innovative approaches to evaluating what works in reducing the prevalence of modern slavery. We invite you to read more about the fund’s strategy and early investment priorities at www.gfems.org.
GFEMS’ approach to research is highly action-oriented and data-driven. The Fund’s research efforts will identify what works (and doesn’t) to sustainably reduce the prevalence of slavery. These lessons will be shared with the field but also applied internally to inform bigger bets towards large-scale prevalence reduction in specific industries / geographies.
A major barrier to attracting the scale and type of investment needed to fight slavery is the lack of actionable and insightful prevalence data. Specifically, the Fund needs to be able to measure prevalence of slavery at a granular enough level (i.e. the total number of people in a form of slavery in a given industry and/or geography) to influence decision making, and to monitor and evaluate the progress of its programs.
As MEL Manager, you will be at the heart of our learning on what works and doesn’t work. You will drive the insights we use to make future investments and help us to course-correct programs based on that learning. You will need to be able to quickly assess industry-level and programmatic-level theories of change, develop clear indicators, oversee a system for data collection and monitoring, and deliver clear insights and implications of the research. You will need to work closely with our grantees to help them refine their theories of change, prioritise indicators, and translate data into actionable insights. You will also need to manage local evaluation partners who will conduct independent evaluations at the program and industry level.
You will be responsible for a core component of successful implementation of the Fund’s strategy to understand “PROI” -- Prevalence-reduction & Return-on-Investment -- which encompasses 3 key questions:
- What is the absolute and relative baseline prevalence in a target community or industry, and the reduction in prevalence over time?
- What are the key drivers of prevalence (e.g., vulnerability factors and economic profit factors) and what approaches are most effective to leverage these drivers?
- Which strategies and programs yield the greatest value-for-money and return on investment?
- Deliver expertise in developing and assessing theories of change for individual programs and broader sector strategies
- Translate theories of change into priority indicators to maximize learning
- Develop effective systems for data collection, monitoring, storage, analysis, and reporting
- Develop clear hypotheses and methods to test hypotheses on the drivers of prevalence and its reduction in specific industries/geographies
- Project manage monitoring and evaluation plans to results, including overseeing research firms, external evaluators or partners
- Build trust with grantees and long term relationships to support and shape their learning and ability to change based on that learning
- Identify ways to provide low-cost, high-value technical assistance on M&E to grantees
- Support Director of R&D in building relationships across potential research and analytics firms and individuals, to ensure GFEMS leverages optimal partnerships, including building coalitions across diverse partners where necessary
- Support broader coordination across teams to ensure 3 key PROI questions are infused throughout the fund’s broader strategy, and that grantees are getting the guidance they need to execute their part in it
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in relevant project management, implementation, research and analysis, impact measurement, consulting or similar function; additional years preferred
- Strong preference for candidates who have not only designed theories of change and M&E systems, but have also been accountable for successfully implementing them
- Exceptional project management across complex workstreams, including external partners
- Skilled in partnership brokerage and co-creation across lines of difference; must be highly collaborative and a natural relationship-builder
- Efficient multi-tasker and able to coordinate people at all levels of an organisation
- Ability to communicate effectively across sectors and stakeholders -- between academia, nonprofit implementers, corporate and government stakeholders -- and cultural backgrounds
- Relevant international experience; preference given to those with experience and networks in high prevalence regions (e.g., South Asia, South East Asia)
- Track-record of entrepreneurial approaches and aptitude
- Excellent analytical skills (financial, planning, operational) and an understanding of statistics
- Undergraduate degree -- or equivalent experience -- required; graduate degree in relevant field preferred
Email cover letter and resume in a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title document [firstname lastname] - MEL Manager and use subject line MEL Manager. In a max one-page cover letter, please recommend at least one approach to analyzing they key drivers of prevalence you would advocate trialing, and why.
Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.
Compensation and Benefits
This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a fast-growing, highly respected initiative. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. GFEMS is prepared to offer a competitive benefits package.
GFEMS provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
GFEMS is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We take all possible measures to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us.