Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist - Education

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 2 July 2018

Job Description

  • Opportunity for an experienced MEL specialist to support development of the education sector in Fiji
  • Short term periodic inputs up to a total of 120 days over a 12 month contract period
  • Inputs based in Suva, Fiji. Some travel within Fiji may be required

The Program
The Australian Government has established the Fiji Program Support Facility (the Facility) to implement its education, health and scholarship aid programs in Fiji and its scholarship and education programs in Tuvalu. The Facility will also support the delivery of Australia’s emergency response efforts following natural disasters, and governance sector support when requested by the Fiji Government.

Australia’s Support to Fiji’s Education Sector is a key component of the Facility. The focus of the support is on systems strengthening, in particular in literacy and numeracy, inclusive education, Fiji Education Management Information System (FEMIS), and teacher preparation and development.

The Position
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist – Education will have overall responsibility for managing and implementing the MEL requirements for the Education Program, including developing the MEL implementation plan and ensuring the program is guided by timely and accurate information on progress towards program outcomes. The MEL Specialist will provide hands-on support to ensure systems are in place for the collection and analysis of evaluation data and that program reporting is of a high quality and meets DFAT requirements. The MEL Specialist will work closely with colleagues in the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts to strengthen education information analysis to inform decision-making. This position will also work collaboratively with all stakeholders to build understanding of the MEL approach and will work closely with the Facility MEL Leader to ensure all Facility MEL requirements are applied consistently across the Education Program.

The Person
Are you a highly qualified MEL professional with experience in applying your MEL expertise in the education sector in developing countries?

We are seeking applicants with considerable practical experience developing and implementing large-scale, complex monitoring systems and evaluation plans; ideally in the education sector. Experience also in education research or evaluation including the development of fit-for-purpose methods and tools, which are gender appropriate and inclusive will be required. Candidates will need to demonstrate excellent reporting skills and the ability to facilitate learnings from MEL findings, as well as a strong ability to coach and mentor colleagues from different social or cultural backgrounds. Previous work experience in the Pacific is desirable.

This position is classified Category C, Level 4 (short term) under the DFAT Adviser Remuneration Framework. Please visit for further detail on the DFAT Adviser Remuneration Framework.

How to Apply
For a detailed position description and to apply for this position please visit and search for the job reference number 497212

For further enquiries please contact us at

Applications close 6.00pm (Fiji time) 15th July 2018

This Facility is being administered by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company on behalf of the Australian Government.

Coffey is an equal opportunity employer of choice and is committed to child protection.

About the Organization

Coffey has a 40 year history in successfully delivering international development projects on behalf of donors right around the world, including Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, USAID and the UK's Department for International Development. Our people work side by side with local partners to support stability, economic growth and good governance, positively changing people's lives.

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