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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor

Location:
London
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change we are dedicated to making globalisation work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.
Focus of the Role:
Our work focuses on promoting co-existence and countering extremism by tackling the ideology behind violence, not just the violence itself. We do this by seeking to understand the ideology, then address it through disrupting its spread and reducing its appeal and building resilience to its messaging.

We are currently recruiting a Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Advisor with technical expertise and specialism in measuring the impact of complex social change programmes. This role oversees a small MEL team, working closely with programme and research teams, and reports to the Director of Programmes.

The role is responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of robust MEL practices across the Co-Existence programmes and research projects, including design of tools, quality assurance of processes and capacity development of programme teams and partners. The current programme portfolio includes a global dialogue education programme (Generation Global) that works all over the world with hubs in the USA, Middle East, South Asia and Europe, projects supporting religious leaders in Nigeria and Kenya (Supporting Leaders) and a mentoring project supporting young women in the UK transition from education to employment. The role is also responsible for the management of a MEL consultancy contract.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in designing complex MEL systems and providing high quality technical advice to programme teams including supporting business development through bid/proposal writing. The ideal candidate will have significant progressive experience in MEL advisory work, ideally including designing and undertaking evaluations of programmes that tackle complex social problems. The candidate should have direct experience of working in developing and fragile contexts and should demonstrate excellent understanding of the need for evidence-based policymaking and programming, and of the need to work across the sector to maximise synergies and disseminate lessons. The candidate should also be flexible and adaptable, always open to changing approaches in response to changing situations on the ground, and able to work at pace to juggle competing priorities.

The role will require overseas travel.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Management – management and coordination of effective MEL processes across the programmes and research, ensuring learning is applied across projects, oversight of MEL consultancy contract, and management of the MEL budget
  • Technical – advisory support to the programme team, including designing MEL frameworks, theories of change and evaluation methodologies for new and existing projects, quality assurance of data collection, analysis and MEL activities, and leading on technical proposals and bids
  • Capacity development – assessing varied MEL capability across project teams and local partners, delivering training as required and supporting colleagues’ professional development
  • Leadership – development and effective implementation of MEL strategy and management of MEL team, coordination with colleagues to develop broader MEL approaches and strategies across the Institute, and representing the Institute externally in engagement in the sector
What We Look For in Our People:
 EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

A Master’s degree qualification in a relevant discipline preferably in social sciences, international development studies, political and security studies, or related area, or equivalent experience.
Extensive relevant international work experience and expertise in monitoring, evaluation and learning in a similar working environment.
Experience in designing and implementing complex MEL components of relevant international development projects, ideally on conflict/peace building, counter extremism or governance in fragile states.
Experience in providing high quality technical MEL assistance to clients and supporting business development.
Experience in commissioning and managing external consultancy contracts, including evaluations.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS:

Proven ability to think and plan strategically and collaboratively. 
Strong management skills.
Demonstrable ability to work well as a team player in a large international / split site team, with a proven track record in capacity building and technical MEL excellence.  
Thorough understanding of complex global challenges such as extremism, quality education, social cohesion and conflict, and in particular challenges relating to measuring impact of this work. 
Strong interpersonal skills, well-networked in monitoring and evaluation and development contexts and highly skilled in stakeholder engagement.
Effective verbal and written communication skills and ability to concisely communicate complex information.
Fluent in English. Additional language skills advantageous (Arabic, Hindi, Urdu especially). 

PERSONAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Passion for innovation and producing high quality work.
Creative thinker and problem-solver.
A personable and dedicated team player. 
Politically savvy. 
Adept at building effective relationships and partnerships.
Committed to advancing evidence-based policy and practice. 
Interested in complex social challenges, passionate about educating young people and committed to generating evidence of impact to influence wider social change.
Willingness to travel internationally, including to fragile contexts. 
 
 
VALUES WE LOOK FOR:

• COURAGE… because to tackle global challenges, we must innovate and take smart risks
• COLLABORATION… because when we work together and with external partners, we can overcome even the largest problems
• COMPASSION … because our work is ultimately about improving people’s lives
 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will be interviewed prior to the closing date. please apply as soon as possible if you are interested in this role.

Please note that you must have the right to work in the UK


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