Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change


Principal Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager, UK or US

London, UK or Washington, DC, US
Closing date: 
Until filled

We are seeking a Principal Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager to lead the development and implementation of a global  Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) strategy across IWPR, improving the identification and use of evidence to inform learning and change across the organisation. 

The role, which can be located either in the UK or US, will involve leadership oversight of MEL colleagues across the organisation to enable IWPR to learn and continuously improve its planning, programmes delivery, processes and systems, working with a range of stakeholders including programme and development staff, the Executive Management team and partner organisations.   


  • Championing a vision for MEL and a learning culture within IWPR, driven by data.  Advising senior management and contributing to organisational operating plans and approaches.
  • Strengthening IWPR’s organisational MEL framework (approach, principles and tools) and coordinating with program teams to ensure its integration across all areas of IWPR’ work.
  • Leading the design of MEL work plans and providing accountability for delivery of agreed activities and outputs 
  • Leading capacity building and training in MEL best practice, tools and techniques, providing technical support and contextually relevant capacity building to programme staff and partners
  • Overseeing the measurement, tracking and documentation of organisational impact
  • Staying abreast of the best pragmatic approaches and practice in MEL in the sector, reviewing IWPR’s work against these and bringing in new ideas and practices

MEL Delivery

  • Lead on the development and adoption of an effective MEL framework and resultant systems and tools across IWPR’s programmes, media outputs, and work, building on existing systems and developing new ones as appropriate
  • Improve and increase the identification and use of evidence to inform learning and strategic adaptations across the organisation. Share learning and insights from the data with programme staff and senior management teams on a regular basis. 
  • Draw out narrative reports and stories from field programmes to contribute to IWPR communications/outreach
  • Undertake project-specific MEL work such as reformulating a project’s logical framework, coordinating a mid-term evaluation of a project or improving accountability to communities and stakeholders
  • Principal responsibility for the management of mid-term and end-of-project evaluations in collaboration with the Programme Managers
  • Contriute to the development of high-quality proposals, with a particular focus on the design of the project theory of change, monitoring frameworks, log frames and other MEL components of proposals.
  • Ensure that collection and storage of MEL data is compliant with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), IWPR data protection and safeguarding policies.


  • Degree level education in a relevant field.


  • Proven experience of successfully leading the MEL function within an international NGO or relevant environment, designing and implementing effective MEL systems and tools. 
  • In-depth knowledge of USG, UK, EU and other donor requirements. 
  • Qualitative and quantitative social research. In-depth experience in data collection, statistical analysis and reporting, including computer-based statistical packages and databases.
  • Substantial experience developing, implementing, and supporting a range of MEL systems and tools with communities and implementing partners and building partners’ capacity in such systems and tools.
  • Designing and delivering evaluations of complex development programmes
  • Significant experience collating, analysing and presenting evidence using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Working in media development and/or media for development (preferred), understanding media impact and influence.
  • Working with development teams and contributing to new proposals.


  • Adept decision maker and problem solver with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively influence at all levels, both within and outside the organisation.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to facilitate effective discussions and maintain productive relationships with a broad and diverse group of colleagues, donors and partners.
  • Knowledge of academic best practices for MEL, and a good critical grasp of the latest thinking in the sector, tools, codes, standards and practice.
  • Advanced computer literacy in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and applications relevant to MEL
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally as required.


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Principals only. No calls please. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

This position description is not an exhaustive list of all functions that the incumbent is expected to perform, but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included in this position description. IWPR reserves the right to revise position descriptions at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities. Staff will be informed of any changes to their job responsibilities. 

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