MEL Manager

Job Title:       Monitoring Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Manager

Reports to:   Senior MEL Manager

Location:      Singapore, Hong Kong, or Rosslyn, VA

Note: At this time, GFEMS is only able to consider candidates who are legally authorized to work in any of these locations without sponsorship for an employment visa.

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.

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 the MEL Manager, 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, 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 Senior MEL Manager, you will need to work closely with our grantees to help them refine their theories of change and prioritise indicators.  You will also be responsible for leading knowledge dissemination for the Fund, translating data into actionable insights for external circulation.

This role will require travel, up to 30% of time.

Position Responsibilities

  • Support the design and development of effective systems for data collection, monitoring, storage, analysis, and reporting across multiple donors

  • Provide project management as it relates to M&E including the oversight of research firms, external evaluators, and other 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

  • Provide leadership on data quality control and assurance

  • Compile multi-country data for donor reports

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

  • Support the R&D team in building diverse research and evaluation partnerships at the local level

  • Take a leadership role in understanding and developing research strategies to understand the influence of GFEMS R&D activities

  • 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

Experience/Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree -- or equivalent experience -- required. Graduate degree in relevant field preferred

  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in relevant project management, grant implementation, social science research, and/or impact measurement

  • Relevant global experience; experience and networks in high prevalence regions (e.g., South Asia, South East Asia) considered an asset

  • Familiarity with theories of change and M&E systems

  • Must be highly collaborative and a proven relationship-builder

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

  • Ability to communicate effectively across sectors and cultural backgrounds

  • Experience with and an understanding of statistics and data visualization preferred

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org. Please title document [firstname lastname] - MEL Manager and use subject line MEL Manager.

Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.


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