Monitoring and evaluation

Evidence and Learning Manager: Unrestricted & Social Change Approaches: Comic Relief, London (remote atm) – Deadline 1 September

By 23/08/2021

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Evidence and Learning Manager: Unrestricted & Social Change Approaches

Deadline: 12 noon BST, 1 September, 2021
Grade: Manager/ Senior Associate
Location: London (currently remote
Salary: £36,500–£40,000
Other: Must be eligible to work in the UK

The Evidence and Learning Manager is responsible for the design and delivery of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) for selected portfolios linked to our unrestricted and social change approaches (Sport for Change, Social Investment and Social Tech) work. Working internally and with the partners we fund (UK and internationally), the successful candidate will be someone who has experience of commissioning, managing and/or undertaking a variety of evaluations, evidence reviews, research and/or more informal learning projects. You will be familiar with the challenges and opportunities for getting evidence into use. Although you have technical MEL experience, you will also be someone who is interested in understanding sector-level drivers of change, and how the organisations that Comic Relief funds can use MEL to measure social change in a way that is meaningful to their work and which supports learning and adaptation. The postholder is likely to be pragmatic, able to develop practical, accessible support within a restricted budget, and able to adapt to new contexts, approaches and ways of working quickly.

Key responsibilities:

  • Design and manage monitoring, evaluation and learning activities related to issue-specific funding portfolios, with a strong focus on participatory and collective learning approaches
  • Creatively find ways to ensure that people with lived experience are actively engaged in the way evidence and learning activities are designed and implemented
  • Engage with Portfolio Managers to develop and meet learning ambitions for existing funding programmes, ensuring that evidence and learning are used to inform strategic decision making
  • Support Comic Relief’s funded partners (collectively and sometimes individually) to monitor, evaluate and learn from their work
  • Prepare inputs to reports, meetings and strategic planning, ensuring that learning is well documented and shared internally and externally where relevant. Consider opportunities for making learning more engaging for specific audiences, through creative formats and products
  • Support the development of new funding programmes by providing inputs into the overall evidence and learning strategy and advising on MEL options
  • Recruit, guide and closely manage external consultants to deliver specific evaluation and learning projects

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • Experience and a strong understanding of equitable and inclusive processes, approaches, tools and methodologies that facilitate formal and informal monitoring, evaluation and organisational learning practice, in the UK or internationally
  • Understanding and experience of working in one or more of the following thematic areas: early childhood development; and mental health
  • Experience of commissioning and managing external consultants to deliver evidence and learning outputs
  • Excellent facilitation skills, with a proven ability to promote critical thinking and reflective practice and encourage learning at all levels
  • Exceptional analysis and sense-making skills, underpinned with sound judgement under pressure, and the ability to identify solutions to address delivery risks and issues
  • Experience of successfully supporting organisations to plan and implement quality improvements, including through monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Effective relationship builder, with strong emotional intelligence and experience of working in collaborative, multicultural and cross sector environments alongside individuals and organisations with diverse perspectives
  • Strong planner with outstanding attention to detail and the ability to manage and prioritise a diverse workload

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of designing and delivering interventions using any of the following: human-centred design; behavioural insights; adaptive management; and user participation and co-design
  • Experience of working in a grant-making or funding organisation
  • Understanding and/or experience of sport for change/sport for development approaches and MEL in this sector
  • Experience of successfully supporting organisations to plan and implement quality improvements, including through monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Understanding and experience of working in one or more of the following thematic areas: gender justice; housing and shelter; and refugees and people on the move
  • Understanding and experience in collective learning approaches and how to surface and articulate meaningful learning with a ‘community of interest’
  • A track record of producing and sharing learning to target audiences in engaging ways, through creative formats, products and events
  • Direct experience of supporting MEL activities relating to sport for change, social investment or social tech approaches

Travel: Occasional travel may be required within this role.

Salary:  Successful candidates will be made an offer within the advertised salary range. The final offer will be guided by whether the candidate meets some or all of the desirable criteria.

To apply please visit our website via the link and apply online.

Closing: 12:00pm BST, 1 September, 2021

Please note: we are unable to sponsor visas for this role, so please do not apply if you do not have right to work in the UK.

Inclusivity at Comic Relief

We recognise diversity and inclusion are a source of strength in achieving our mission. We therefore welcome everyone, trusting what makes us different brings creativity, styles and experiences to help us collectively do our best work. That’s regardless of your gender, age, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. We especially welcome those from under-represented groups in modern grant-making and fundraising. We are on a journey, but if you join our team you will be part of a community that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where we want you to:

  • Be valued for being yourself
  • Do your best work, and be supported to break down barriers so you can succeed
  • Be heard, respected, and treated as an equal, whatever your level, experience or background
  • Be part of a team that is committed to making this happen – with our colleagues, partners, and contributors.

Comic Relief is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect all those that act in our name to uphold our approach to doing no harm.


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