Evidence and Learning Associate

Job Title:       Evidence and Learning Associate

Reports to:   MEL Manager

Location:      Rosslyn, VA, Singapore, or Hong Kong
Note: At this time, GFEMS is not sponsoring applicants for work visas and is only able to consider candidates with existing work authorization in these countries.

About the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold international fund forging public-private partnerships and catalyzing 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.

Position Summary

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 modern 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.

As an Evidence & Learning Associate (E&L Associate), you will be at the heart of our learning on what works and doesn’t work, 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 understand industry-level and programmatic-level theories of change, assist with indicator development when needed, provide support to data collection and monitoring systems/structures, and help the team extrapolate clear insights and implications of the research. In coordination with the MEL Manager, you will need to work closely with our grantees to help them refine their theories of change, prioritize indicators, and translate data into actionable insights.


This role will require travel, up to 20% of the time.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Support grantee-level MEL strategy and execution - including, the design and development of effective systems for data collection, monitoring, storage, analysis, and reporting

  • Provide project management as it relates to M&E including the oversight of research firms, external evaluators, and other technical partners - providing remote and on-site technical support as needed

  • Monitor burn rate of research and evaluation partners, helping to troubleshoot when partners encounter challenges

  • Serve as a liaison between local research and data collection partners and international data collection sub-contractors

  • Assist with data quality control and assurance

  • Compile multi-country data for donor reports

  • Assist with data visualization tasks, taking the lead on this workstream where possible

  • Support the E&L team in building diverse research and evaluation partnerships at the local level

  • Take a leadership role on knowledge management and dissemination

  • Develop research briefs and presentations in support of the Fund’s dissemination strategy

  • Other responsibilities and projects as assigned


  • Undergraduate degree -- or equivalent experience -- required. Graduate degree in a relevant field (international development, public policy, social work, other social sciences) an asset.

  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in relevant project management, grant implementation, social science research, and/or impact measurement.

  • Familiarity with theories of change and M&E systems

  • Demonstrated experience with and a working-level understanding of statistics and data visualization preferred.

  • Relevant global experience; preference given to those with experience and networks in high prevalence regions (e.g., South Asia, South East Asia)

  • Must be highly collaborative and a proven relationship-builder

  • Efficient multi-tasker and able to coordinate people at all levels of an organization

  • Ability to communicate effectively across sectors and stakeholders -- between academia, nonprofit implementers, corporate and government stakeholders -- and cultural backgrounds

To Apply

Email cover letter (max 1 page) and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org. Please title document [firstname lastname] – E&L Associate and use subject line E&L Associate. Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.


GFEMS provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, disability, veteran or military status, citizenship 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.