Position: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager
Organisation: AHP Support Unit, Alinea International

This is a high-level specialist role. The MEL Manager will lead on and/or manage all monitoring, evaluation and learning activities and interventions to support analysis and understanding of the collective impact and change resulting from AHP emergency responses, protracted crisis responses and long-term resilience work.

The MEL Manager will have a high level of technical capacity and the ability to work with multiple and diverse stakeholders to drive unified strategies for improved monitoring, evaluation and learning across the Partnership. The MEL Manager will build on the lessons and successes of AHP Phase 1 and lead any update of MEL systems and processes for AHP Phase 2.

In particular:

  • Adopting a stronger focus on whole-of-program outcomes at the partnership level (relating to the EOPOs and Intermediate Outcomes included in the AHP Logic)
  • Promoting and enabling Partners to use MEL systems in order to support communities and affected populations to engage in and make decisions that improves implementation
  • Ensuring that basic minimum data is available, so that reporting and information can be utilised by different stakeholders as required, and
  • Reinforcing the inherent incentives for strong performance of individual ANGOs to meet the expectations and requirements of good M&E practice, underpinned by international humanitarian and DFAT accreditation standards.

With a focus on outcomes and collective impact, a key deliverable will be the design, maintenance and ongoing systematic review, through participatory approaches, of a robust AHP Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (MELF) that provides balance between quantitative and qualitative data collection; enables analysis and synthesis of data to provide a clear picture of AHP strengths, challenges and learning points; and measures the growth and maturation of the Partnership. The MEL Manager will provide technical support, as required, to the Pacific MEL Coordinator who in turn provides day-to-day support to partners implementing the long-term Disaster READY resilience program and emerging Pacific humanitarian responses.

The MEL Manager will coordinate and manage independent evaluations and utilise relevant tools, methods and approaches to capture learning for continuous improvement to AHP program implementation and the achievement of outcomes. The MEL Manager will manage annual AHP reporting processes to ensure that the collective effectiveness of AHP partner programs is measured and that implementational successes, risks and challenges are highlighted. The MEL Manager will work with AHP partner MEL focal points, creating opportunities for collaborative learning and standardised MEL approaches (where practical). The MEL Manager will develop, maintain and manage an AHP learning strategy / agenda that promotes learning within the Partnership as well as the humanitarian sector more broadly.

The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional MEL technical capacity, strong management and mentoring skills and robust partnership brokering and relationship-building qualities.

Please download to the full Terms of Reference below.

Selection criteria

Required

  • A minimum 15 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation or research (or equivalent experience in the international aid and development sector).
  • Formal qualifications in monitoring and evaluation or in research or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing fit-for-purpose monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks with a particular focus on complex programs and initiatives.
  • Experience in building capacity in M&E, ideally with smaller resource-strained organisations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Evidence of strong cross-cultural awareness, and proven ability to build relationships with and support (through mentoring, training etc) key partners, including in the Pacific and in other countries where AHP partners are operating.
  • The ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a small team, work independently as required, and to meet deadlines.
  • Experience working with NGOs and/or with the Australian Government (DFAT).
  • Demonstrated experience managing support staff.

Desired

  • An understanding of Australia's humanitarian sector and/or aid and development programs and policies.
  • An understanding of disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and resilience.
  • Experience working in Pacific contexts.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of key cross-cutting issues such as GEDSI, climate change, localisation etc.

About the organisaiton

Alinea International is an international development consulting firm dedicated to quality contributions towards sustainable futures with empowered communities.

We are committed to supporting economic, social, and political development that leads to positive, inclusive, and sustainable impacts. We provide a range of technical, advisory, facilitation, and managerial services tailored to the needs of our clients, including the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Alinea International proudly sources the best people from around the world to deliver progressive ideas focused on positive change and consistently high-quality results.

About the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP)

The AHP is a humanitarian response and disaster management partnership between the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and six leading Australian humanitarian NGOs - CARE Australia; Caritas Australia; OXFAM Australia; Plan International Australia; Save the Children Australia; and World Vision Australia. These ANGOs have comprehensive consortium arrangements and extensive local civil society networks in the Asia-Pacific and globally.

The AHP is entering is entering a second five-year phase.

The AHP Support Unit

The AHP Support Unit (AHPSU) was established at the outset of the Partnership. It is funded by DFAT and managed by Alinea International. The AHPSU represents a compact, agile and responsive team that works closely with all AHP NGO partners and local partnerships and networks, DFAT humanitarian and disaster risk reduction sections within the Humanitarian, NGOs and Partnership Division and other humanitarian stakeholders.

The AHPSU consists of a number of key positions including Partnership Director, Operations & Grants Manager, MEL Manager, Disaster READY Coordinator, Communications & Visibility Manager and supporting staff.

Remuneration

  • The AHPSU MEL Manager is a specialist full-time position.
  • Salary range will be $175,000 to $190,000 per annum (inclusive of superannuation) depending on skills and experience.

Diversity and Inclusion 

  • Alinea International is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • We encourage applications from Aboriginal Australians, people with a disability, people of all genders, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • All candidates must have the right to work in Australia.

How to apply

Please submit your CV (no more than 4 pages), and a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) specifically addressing the selection criteria.

Deadline: 27 September 2022

 
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