9 Apr 2024

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Lead at Options Consultancy Services

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Job Description

We are a global team of experts and innovators tackling some of the world’s most pressing health challenges. We work with leaders and change makers around the globe to bring health strategies to life. We provide ideas, advice and technical know-how that enable our partners to build a path to lasting change.

With 30 years’ experience in global health, we collaborate with our partners to explore existing evidence, combine expertise, scale up ideas and co-create solutions that accelerate change. This includes collaborating on policy design, managing initiatives, building powerful coalitions and galvanising social movements. Our impact is felt across whole communities, with a focus on women, girls and those who have been marginalised.

As part of MSI Reproductive Choices, all our profits go back into supporting MSI’s own mission of children by choice, not chance.

We believe in a world where everyone can access the high-quality health services they need, without financial burden.

Options seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Lead for the anticipated WISH Policy and Systems TA component (WISH P&S) of the FCDO-funded Integrated Sexual Health Dividend (WISH Dividend) programme.

The MEL Lead will provide flexible, demand-led technical assistance on demographic transition (DT) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to countries in sub-Saharan Africa, prioritising need and countries not supported with service delivery under WISH Dividend.

Summary purpose and objective of role

The MEL Lead will work closely with the project team to:

Design and implement the project’s monitoring, evaluation, adaptation and learning framework and plan, to assess and track project activities, and to report on outputs and outcomes.
Contribute to adaptive management across the programme, to drive programme quality, efficiency and effectiveness.
Lead development of and reporting against the project results framework.
Lead the design, and support the delivery of a strong learning agenda, to build evidence of what works in delivering effective technical assistance in sexual and reproductive health and rights and demographic transition.
Minimum of ten years’ experience in MEL, in a large scale, multi-country development programme that includes a significant technical assistance component
The ability to design and lead implementation of a bespoke and innovative MEL framework for a complex, multi-country technical assistance programme
Deep and up-to-date understanding of programme evaluation and learning cycles, data analysis and presentation of results
Experience using major evaluation methodologies (qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods) and data collection and analysis methodologies
Experience working with consortia and with a dispersed team and network of consultants
Experience of working in the programme’s technical areas (demographic transition and SRHR) or a closely aligned technical area
Previous experience in MEL for programmes funded by UK aid or other major donors
Excellent English verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to synthesise, present and draw meaning from complex data and evidence for a variety of different audiences (from civil society organisations to FCDO officials and Ministries)
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Teams
Ability to multi-task and cover multiple work streams simultaneously, to work independently, and as a team member, under pressure and to deadlines
Degree in a relevant discipline.

Options offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous annual leave allowance, medical insurance and 13 month pay.

Other information

Options is dedicated to equal opportunity for all and recognises that every individual is unique. Whilst we always seek to embrace individual differences and celebrate the diversity of our workforce, we also want to ensure that every team member is suited to their role and that they are given the best opportunity to succeed*.*
Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.
We seek people who are pro-choice, promote diversity and inclusion, are energetic and enthusiastic about Options’ vision.
Applicants must have the right to work in either Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda or Sierra Leone.

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Closing Date : 15th April, 2024.

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