Monitoring Evaluation & Learning Manager

Canberra, Australia
Apply by 15 July 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 28 June 2018

Job Description

OPM Australia builds on OPM’s work across South East Asia and the Pacific, by deepening OPM’s engagement with public and private sector organisations in the region, including the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New Zealand Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant / Manager (MEL Manager). This is a varied and interesting position for someone looking to join a small but growing team, where they can have a high impact.

You will lead OPM’s MEL work for DFAT and NZ MFAT, understanding these donors’ specific MEL frameworks and requirements. Within this collaborative environment, you will share good contextual understanding and expertise from working in the Pacific and South East Asia that can help OPM unlock opportunities in the region. You will have the responsibility of providing technical guidance on evaluations to OPM Australia’s multidisciplinary team.

Key Responsibilities:

Project Acquisition

  • Track DFAT and NZ MFAT evaluation and review opportunities, identify the critical opportunities in line with OPM Australia’s strategy and pipeline targets, either leading out of OPM Australia or supporting other portfolios to lead.

Business Development and Reputation Development

  • Maintain and expand a network of local external consultants to work on evaluation projects, and cultivate and foster relationships with key experts and contacts in the field
  • Establish strong relationships with other organisations for potential collaboration on future opportunities
  • Build and maintain strong, collaborative, consultative and collegial working relationships with DFAT and NZ MFAT counterparts
  • Lead OPM Australia’s profile-building activities in the area of MEL, including writing blogs, journal articles, presenting at academic conferences in the region and actively engaging in the evaluation community in Australia and New Zealand.

Project Delivery

  • Apply advanced MEL technical knowledge and facilitative methods and state-of-the-art methodologies, analysis and practices to project work through the following project roles: Program Manager; Workstream Leader; Evaluation Specialist/Adviser
  • Ensure DFAT or NZ MFAT and other client satisfaction.

Internal Quality Assurance, Training and Intellectual Leadership

  • Support evaluations and reviews across OPM Australia to help ensure the quality of the work done
  • Provide advice and trouble-shooting support for OPM Australia consultants working on DFAT/NZ MFAT evaluations or reviews
  • Oversee subcontractors on OPM Australia evaluation and review projects
  • Lead internal OPM Australia training sessions as required, and to the wider OPM team on DFAT/NZ MFAT-specific evaluation requirements/frameworks.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent and comprehensive working knowledge of DFAT’s Performance Management Frameworks
  • Degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline (economics; political science; international development; statistics or other appropriate social science discipline) (further postgraduate certificates in M&E qualifications desirable)
  • Specialist knowledge of different types of evaluation and alternative evaluation methods with practical experience of putting these methods/approaches into practice
  • Experience in developing effective impact-focussed MEL frameworks for development programs for DFAT and at least one other donor
  • Experience of major program M&E exercises (design, management, delivery, and review) for DFAT and at least one other donor
  • Ability to communicate results effectively to managers, and non-MEL experts (Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering training on evaluation concepts and methods to non-specialists desirable)
  • Commitment to actively promoting women’s empowerment and equality within MEL engagements, including working in participatory ways where appropriate
  • Good project management experience
  • Demonstrable successful project bidding experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and relationship management skills
  • At least five years’ experience working in the Pacific (including Papua New Guinea) and/or South East Asia
  • Ability and willingness to travel overseas for short-term assignments.

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OPM offers flexibility, however, we do require a willingness to work flexible hours to accommodate international time zones. We offer a collaborative and supportive environment, watch this video to see what our colleagues have to say.

Thank you for considering OPM and we wish you all the best for your application.

About the Organization

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) enables strategic decision-makers to reduce social and economic disadvantage in low- and middle-income countries through a unique combination of high-quality analysis and more than 35 years’ practical experience in over 120 countries worldwide.

Supported by a multinational team of more than 400 specialists on four continents, our success is based on a unique combination of high-quality analysis and 30 years’ practical experience of facilitating positive change in over 120 countries worldwide. OPM’s expertise, which is underpinned by a strong commitment to capacity building, ranges from social and economic policy to public finance and management, political economy analysis and statistics.

Clients range from bilateral and multilateral organisations such as DFID, UNICEF and the World Bank through to governments, NGOs and private-sector organisations.

With offices in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Tanzania and the United Kingdom, we can provide our clients with rapid, local support and context-specific solutions.

If you are interested in opportunities at Oxford Policy Management, please see our careers page or email us at

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