Monitoring, evaluation and learnings (MEL) officer

Monitoring, evaluation and learnings (MEL) officer

February 1, 2019    

We’re recruiting a highly-motivated Monitoring, Evaluation and Learnings (MEL) Officer, with extensive experience in designing and overseeing monitoring, evaluations and learning frameworks for development assistance programs, particularly in the financial sector and other macro-level interventions.

The selected candidate is expected to lead all MEL work for Cenfri’s two largest programmes:
  • The insight2impact (i2i) facility. i2i is a global resource centre that supports policymakers, FSPs and development partners to harness and fully capitalise on the power of data to advance financial-sector development and generate better financial inclusion and welfare outcomes. Launched in 2015, i2i is jointly hosted by Cenfri and FinMark Trust and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation. Learn more here.
  • The RRI programme. The five-year RRI programme is a partnership between FSD Africa and Cenfri. Its aim is to improve welfare and boost investment growth in sub-Saharan Africa. To achieve this, it works to strengthen the integrity and risk management role of the financial sector and to facilitate remittance flows within and into the continent. Learn more at here.

The i2i and RRI programme are entering their last 18 and 24 months, respectively. This will put heightened emphasis on the MEL component.

He or she he will work with the Cenfri Director of Knowledge Management and i2i and RRI programme Lead, as well as the various component Heads, assisting project teams within Cenfri to monitor and review their work, report results internally especially in line with the work plan, and manage all external results reporting related tasks. External M&E expertise can be drawn upon for critical M&E activities, including development of the M&E strategy, the programme mid-term review and final evaluation.

Reporting line:

The position will be based in Cape Town, overseeing work conducted by i2i and RRI’s team in Cape Town and i2i’s team in Johannesburg based offices, and relating to operations in its focus countries primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The MEL will be accountable to the i2i Facility Lead and RRI programme lead but will be a part of the Knowledge Management Team and will be supervised on the day-to-day by the Director of Knowledge Management (also based in Cape Town).

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manage the implementation and further development of the monitoring, evaluation and learning framework for i2i, building on the approach outlined in the proposal to MCF and subsequent setup of i2i.
  • Support project teams in recommending appropriate and realistic monitoring frameworks and processes – including baselines – for their projects at concept approval stage and support quality control of data capture.
  • Develop quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, and data approaches to analysis which enable comparisons and benchmarking.
  • Ensure that evaluative approaches such as regular review cycles are embedded into projects from their inception.
  • Support project specific evaluations, developing TORs and selecting consultants for evaluation work. Hands-on supervision of consultants, through accompanying them on selected field missions, reviewing deliverables and managing consultant contracts.
  • Define/refine the measurement questions for the overall programme and ensure that work stream level MEL indicators are designed to support them
  • Support preparation of quarterly and annual reports for respective donors and programme hosts as needed.
  • Develop and lead the implementation of the program-level learning program, which may include regular participatory workshops with i2i team.
  • Develop and maintain good working relations with donors, colleagues, and i2i partners and direct beneficiaries (financial service providers, policymakers, international organizations, researchers, and other private sector actors).

The following degrees are a requirement for this position:

  • A qualification in Monitoring and Evaluation is preferred, or alternatively:
  • Master’s Degree in Finance, Economics, International Relations, or related social sciences, with solid training in quantitative and qualitative methods
  • At least 6 years of operational experience in non-profit, international development, or other related fields, with at least four years of experience in designing and managing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for donor funded technical assistance programs, preferably with some experience in the financial sector.
  • Experience in designing, managing and carrying out a broad range of monitoring and evaluations work, preferable experience/skills include developing M&E Plans, developing theories of change, facilitating group discussions around M&E, implementing M&E systems with a focus on capturing learning, qualitative research, theory-based evaluations.).
  • Knowledge of current debates and issues in the M&E and evaluation disciplines is a must.
  • Successful record of implementing new systems and processes with measurable results.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams
  • Excellent communication and writing skills. Ability to communicate ideas clearly and confidently, articulate issues and recommend solutions.
Personal Attributes / Criteria:
  • Desire to make a difference in the lives of the poor and developing countries, and a keen interest in development finance.
  • Self-motivated and ability to operate flexibly and balance data gathering needs with sensitivities of working with public and private sector actors.
  • Ability to balance pragmatism with rigor will be an important personal attribute.
  • Detail oriented, with excellent writing and verbal English skills.
  • Analytical and systematic thinking.

i2i is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and cultural background. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. This is a full-time opportunity, open to candidates who are legally allowed to work 40 hours per week in South Africa.


Shortlisted candidates will also be required to undergo a technical assessment.

Applications are open until 01 February 2019.

Please apply online here.




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