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Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Location:
London
Careers Site Advertising End Date:
17 Dec 2018
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 Governance pillar supports the governments and leaders of fragile, developing, and emerging states to enhance their effectiveness. We are focused on helping governments and leaders make their vision for the development of their country a reality. We work in the centre of government and key line ministries and our work is shaped by national priorities.

To support this work, we are currently searching for an experienced Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor to shape the approach to monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems and structures across the 14 projects, 5 sectoral practices and the global policy programme of the Governance pillar. As the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, you will understand the big picture and adopt a pragmatic approach to developing adaptive MEL systems. You will  report to the Head of Practices and work to establish a pillar-wide MEL framework to guide systematic MEL processes at the pillar, practice and project-levels; support the development and roll-out of new approaches and tools for capturing our impact in a suitable manner for target audiences; and hold the pillar’s contractual relationship with our external consultancy, Integrity. Throughout, you will place emphasis on building the capabilities of colleagues on MEL and ensure evidence and learning from different projects are disseminated across the organisation.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

You will keep sight at all times of the needs of the primary audiences for MEL, constantly ensuring the evidence, insights and learning that is needed for such audiences is captured and presented in a suitable and adequate form. This is a strategy-focused role and, you will lead and shape the Governance pillar’s strategy for monitoring and evaluation across 14 projects in Africa,5 sectoral practices and the global policy programme Through this role you will support the pillar in the ongoing development of its broader pillar strategy.

During the first Year, you will work with integrity to i) refine the Governance Pillar’s Theory of Change and corresponding results framework at the pillar-level; ii) develop flexible MEL frameworks at a project and practice-level to monitor our impact across countries, and iii) explore different tools and approaches for measuring, evaluating and learning. Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Working closely with Integrity to build in-house technical MEL capacity across our Country Teams, and the capacity of government counterparts where relevant/requested.
  • Collaborating with pillar management and the External Relations and Fundraising Team to integrate results from our work to support policy-advocacy and fundraising functions.
  • Facilitating Country Projects and Practices to align and contribute to the strategic goals of TBI and the Governance pillar’s wider objectives
  • Working with Country Teams and Practices to develop MEL frameworks in line with the pillar’s strategy and ensuring appropriate and timely input into project cycles.
  • Ensuring internal actors that need to have an input to the MEL frameworks and processes are adequately plugged in.
  • Commissioning and overseeing research and evaluation to support MEL design, development, and implementation
  • Overseeing financial monitoring and budgeting processes for pillar’s MEL activities, including project-specific budget expenditure and the contractual management of Integrity.
  • Acting as the focal point on MEL to a large and widely dispersed team.
  • Overseeing the pillar’s Quarterly Reporting schedule with Country Teams.
What We Look For in Our People:

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ideally 7-10 years experience in monitoring and evaluation, with expertise in designing and delivering systems that measure impact in fluid environments and challenging programmes.
  • Experience developing competitive proposals and reports that unlock project funding
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation in the international development sector is preferable

ESSENTIALS SKILLS:

  • A strategic mindset and experience in adaptive management, PDIA, etc.
  • Strong understanding of and experience implementing MEL methodologies, including Theory of Change, logical frameworks, and approaches to capacity building in challenging environments.
  • Strong analytical and management skills, including sound knowledge of strategic planning and project management tools.
  • Effective inter-personal and leadership skills with an ability to develop and foster relationships across a large and diverse organization.

PERSONAL SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Drive, motivation and ability to consistently achieve results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience of living and working in developing countries is desirable but not essential.

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

 

 

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