Position Title: Learning & Evaluation Officer
Reports to: Director of Learning & Evaluation
Position Classification: Full time
The Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MEL) Officer is responsible for supporting the monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems and tools across the organization. The MEL officer works with the Director of Learning and Evaluation and with staff across the organization to manage and develop a range of activities to measure progress, promote learning and demonstrate impact. The MEL officer plays a key role in internal learning processes, including developing M&E work plans coordinating internal teams, and facilitating grantee engagement in learning processes.
About the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund
The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) supports the disability rights movement around the world by resourcing organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) to advocate for equal rights and full participation in society. The Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF), DRF’s sister organization, supports advocacy for legislative change. DRF/DRAF currently works across Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean. The Funds are grounded in a participatory and gender transformative approach and follow grant making, technical assistance, and advocacy strategies to support OPDs to advance the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), including in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Disability Summit commitments, and other key international frameworks.
At DRF/DRAF, we believe our people are what make us great. Reflecting our values and participatory approach, persons with disabilities are leaders and decision makers at all levels of our organization – including our staff, Board, and Grant Making Committee. We value teamwork and a supportive work environment. Our goal is to find individuals who are good at what they do and passionate about our mission.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Ensure quality and facilitate collection of quantitative and qualitative data being generated.
- Provide both qualitative and quantitative analyses of data outputs from continuous monitoring tools.
- Organize, plan and prepare materials for engagements with external independent evaluators on key learning processes, such as the annual grantee survey.
- Develop internal M&E calendars and workplans in concert with the Director of Evaluation and Learning.
- Keep monitoring data and information current and within appropriate tracking and storage systems in order to document, share and disseminate program and grantee progress, data and findings with external collaborators and across the organization.
- Provide technical support and assist collection of regular internal monitoring insights from the DRF/DRAF Program team.
- Identify and extract relevant data and information, create data visualizations and provide stories demonstrating progress of grantee advocacy as well as insights into project impacts and lessons learned.
- Provide clear and accessible data, data stories and relevant MEL information to with Programs, Grants Management and Communication colleagues and collaborators for internal and external communications and reports.
- Facilitate knowledge acquisition and engagement in learning projects and activities and to ensure monitoring and evaluation activities are integrated across the organization through development of MEL work plans, cross-departmental meetings and technical support.
- Conceive, develop and lead feedback processes and activities to engage grantees and other members of the disability movement of DRF/DRAF lessons learned.
- Represent DRF/DRAF externally through various speaking engagements and similar opportunities.
Knowledge, Skills, and Capabilities
- Bachelor’s degree in statistics, public policy, international development, economics, or related field.
- Minimum of three years of professional experience in M&E positions, ideally focused on public and private donor-funded projects in global development or human rights fields.
- Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail and ability to prioritize and deliver on multiple assignments.
- Self-driven, team orientation and able to work both independently and in collaboration with partners and colleagues in a mostly virtual context.
- Commitment to the human rights of people with disabilities and the organizational purpose.
- Comfortable with a diverse workplace, ideally with experience in cross-cultural work teams.
- Fluency in written and spoken English (Fluency in additional other languages is desirable)
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), receptiveness to learn new software packages.
- Able to manage, disaggregate and analyze qualitative and quantitative data through content and statistical analysis, identify significant outcomes, and clearly summarize, present and visualize data.
- Curious, open to learning, willing to adapt and provide appropriate accommodations when collaborating and engaging with others.
- Able to build authentic relationships with colleagues and collaborators and take other’s perspectives into account while still meeting deadlines and goals.
- Willing and able to travel internationally, and to rural / remote areas.
- Commitment to upholding ethical principles in evaluation.
- Master’s degree, or equivalent, with minimum 4-7 years of relevant experience, including statistical analysis, rights-based M&E methodologies, and advocacy evaluation.
- A background in working with civil society organizations in the field of international development, human rights, disability rights, advocacy, and/or international grant-making and philanthropy
- Knowledge of disability rights, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and prior experience working with organizations of persons with disabilities.
- Experience with data management/analysis software (i.e. SPSS, Power BI, nVIVO)
- Experience in presenting to internal and external audiences.
Salary, Location & Benefits
This is a full-time, exempt (35 hours per week) position reporting to the Director of Learning and Evaluation. This position is primarily remote but may require domestic and international travel (approximately 10-20% of the time), depending on safe travel. DRF offers excellent benefits (health, vision, dental, life insurance, retirement plan contributions), and generous time off policies, as well as a commitment to professional development and growth. Salary and benefits may be adjusted based on requirements of the locality in which the selected candidate is located. In addition, the structure of the employment agreement will be determined by the geographical location and work authorization of the successful applicant.
How to Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to “Hiring Manager” at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Application”. Please ensure your cover letter demonstrates how your knowledge, skills and capabilities will support DRF/DRAF organisations, staff and purpose. We will consider all applications regardless of whether every knowledge, skill or ability noted above can demonstrated. They are intended as a guide; candidates are not expected to check every box. Please note due to the volume of applications we may receive, we may not respond personally to every application. No phone inquiries please.
The Disability Rights Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to build a diverse team and foster an inclusive, accessible work culture. We prohibit discrimination or harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, genetic information, pregnancy or any other legally protected class. Individuals from historically marginalized communities including indigenous persons, people of color, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. To request accommodations in applying for this position, contact email@example.com.
The application deadline is July 16th, 2023. No decisions will be made prior to application deadline date. Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed but not guaranteed.