MEL Manager

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 24 June 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 24 July 2020
  • Current

Job Description

Position Summary: The MEL Manager serves as a critical member of the organization’s programs team, supporting learning, monitoring and evaluation activities across all Invisible Children (IC) program areas.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:


  • Lead by example, modeling IC’s culture and values, fostering an environment of teamwork, accountability, creativity, and innovation, and equipping and empowering direct reports and IC teams to do the same
  • Model the highest standards of integrity and communication both internally with IC teams and externally with local and regional stakeholders, partners, and funders
  • Contribute to the development of IC’s strategic priorities and programs, ensuring that program considerations are appropriately built into global plans and budgets
  • Represent IC in regional meetings, conferences, and events as needed to coordinate

with partners, donors, and other organizations

MEL Strategy and Design

  • Work with the Chief Program Officer, Country Directors, and Director of Research & Policy to develop and oversee monitoring systems to track success of program implementation
  • Furnish expertise in M&E planning and methodology, design research, and evaluation efforts to assess the impact of Invisible Children’s programs
  • Provide input to the CPO and other stakeholders related to M&E decisions, such as applicable evidence for project learning; the identification of priorities, needs and indicators; the design, set up and use of M&E systems to collect data; and the design of E&L studies
  • Utilize innovation and knowledge of technical components of programmatic activities to continuously improve the MEL strategy and design
  • Improve data systems - collection, storage, use – to increase effectiveness and scalability of M&E systems
  • Participate in and provide support to project design activities including development of project theories of change and strategic frameworks (Results Frameworks, Log Frames)
  • Develop and empower field teams to follow a Monitoring and Evaluation plan, including helping to determine performance and impact indicators and targets
  • Provide inputs and support to proposal development for M&E components
  • Identify opportunities to provide and present E&L findings and data to contribute to decision-making, program design, and strategic planning, as appropriate
  • Assess need, identify, select, and manage relevant consultants for evaluation and research, as required, including developing scopes of work, reviewing survey design, conducting quality control of the work, and reviewing final reports

Systems and Processes

  • Work with the CPO to design, implement, and improve on MEL systems and processes including a system for mobile data collection
  • Lead data collection, storage, and analysis in support of continually improving upon the services provided by our programs
  • Ensure that IC utilizes the appropriate technology and systems to streamline MEL and improve efficiency of data collection and storage
  • Own the maintenance of the MEL database
  • Work with program staff to ensure M&E tools and processes are understood and used; providing training to relevant staff members as appropriate
  • Review data collection processes on a regular basis, incorporating field visits and data quality assessments, and adjust/update processes as needed

Reporting and Communications

  • Collaborate with CPO and the Director of Development to compile and assist in producing MEL reports and other communications to be used for fundraising, proposal development, or capacity building
  • Provide regular updates on projects progress towards key metrics to the COP for inclusion in donor reports, work planning and learning events
  • Organize regular collaboration, learning and adaption events both internally and externally

Travel: The MEL Coordinator is based out of Invisible Children’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. This position time at Invisible Children field offices and project sites. The exact timing and length of that travel is intended to be outcome-driven and should be structured in order to support the roles and responsibilities outlined above and the successful implementation of IC’s global programs and projects.


  • Graduate Degree in international development or other relevant social science
  • Experience with data collection software such as Formyoula, Ona, Kobo or Magpai; experience with mobile data collection
  • Strong working knowledge of English and French (spoken and written)
  • Minimum two (2) years of management experience, including report writing, and one (1) year of experience managing a humanitarian M&E system
  • Experience designing and implementing MEL systems for US-government funded development projects (USAID, State Department); experience with DFID or EU funded projects preferred
  • Proficiency using SPSS, STATA, and/or EPI-INFO software
  • Problem solving ability, excellent communicator, good numerical and report writing skills
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and evaluation skills
  • Able to develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Good inter-personal, coaching, training, and conflict resolution skills

About the Organization

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Invisible Children (IC) is an international non-profit organization working to end violent conflict and exploitation facing our world’s most isolated and unprotected communities. We partner with local visionaries in volatile conflict zones to build community-led initiatives and drive global policy change to end violent conflict and ensure communities have the safety they deserve. When Invisible Children was founded in 2004, our primary aim was to hasten an end to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) crisis in central Africa and support the lasting recovery of communities in the region targeted by the LRA and other armed groups. Our comprehensive approach to the LRA crisis has integrated every level of intervention, from direct partnerships with local communities to advocacy campaigns targeting international policymakers.

Over the course of 12 years working with remote communities in central Africa, we have contributed to significant progress in ending the LRA crisis, while refining and adapting our programs to address other drivers of violent conflict in the central Africa region. IC’s current work focuses on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to regional insecurity and armed group violence. In recent years, this has included the exploration of community-based initiatives and conflict analysis to address the intersection of human security and wildlife trafficking in the central Africa region.

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