Impact and Learning Advisor – Womankind Worldwide
Location: London (Hybrid-working)
Salary: £49,081 per annum
Contract type: Fixed Term Contract (12 months – maternity cover)
Closing date: Monday 21 November 2022
Other: Ideal start date – January 2023
This role is for an experienced Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) professional to lead on MEL and research at Womankind including using, developing and promoting innovative feminist approaches. The role will contribute to quality and effectiveness across our programmes, policy and communications initiatives, working closely with project leads to advise them on feminist MEL approaches and tools. The role contributes to demonstrating impact and facilitating knowledge sharing and learning across Womankind’s partnership network and the women’s rights and international development sectors. This is an opportunity to develop new and distinctive approaches to measure and demonstrate the impact of women’s movements. The role will also represent Womankind in relevant forums, facilitate knowledge/research partnerships and develop and contribute to Womankind’s strategic development and planning.
Although part of the Programmes and Learning team, the Impact and Learning Advisor will contribute to the overall work of the Policy, Programmes & Learning team. This team is multidisciplinary and encompasses programme management (Programmes and Learning team) and policy and advocacy, and communications (Policy and Communications team). This role will also work closely with team members throughout the rest of the organisation, through the ‘whole organisation’ approach we take to our work. The post holder may manage interns/volunteers on an ad hoc basis.
The role reports to the Director Programmes & Learning and has four key areas of responsibility:
Oversight of Womankind’s organisation-wide MEL framework and processes
- Work closely with the Director Programmes & Learning and Director Policy and Communications to strengthen Womankind’s organisation-wide monitoring, evaluation and learning, helping to identify appropriate tools and refine measures to demonstrate impact and support continuous programme improvement.
- Foster a community of learning within Womankind and partners, supporting partners to document and share progress, lessons learned, and success stories and building inter- and cross-regional and thematic bridges between each other via in-person and virtual spaces.
- Oversight of Womankind’s data collection, analysis and management systems, strategies and methods, including use of existing databases and tools. Lead the annual reflection and reporting processes to document annual impact, drawing on partner and project lead insights through collective sense-making workshops.
- Support management of Womankind knowledge building and learning projects related to understanding the organisation’s impact and contribution to change.
- Support recruiting, interviewing, and training MEL consultants including the design of commissioned pieces of work.
Support to project design, donor reports and publications
- Provide technical leadership and support to project and partner staff in planning and implementing feminist MEL systems and activities, evidence-based decision-making and results reporting, develop tools and provide training as needed.
- Lead MEL activities for a five-year feminist consortia project, which will include being the lead focal point to manage an external consultancy team during the mid-term review process, and then support the sense-making and use of findings within Womankind and with partners.
- Work closely with PPL and the Fundraising and Marketing team members to provide high quality, technical input into concept notes and proposals, and ensure that lessons learned through MEL activities shape project design.
- Produce/contribute to project reports illustrating Womankind’s impact (donor reports, blogs/articles).
- Lead on developing and reporting of project reviews, assessments, surveys, and other analytic or evaluation processes and products.
- Create and integrate graphics in proposals, reports and information products to help visualise data in a meaningful way.
- Cultivate and strengthen relationships with partner organisations.
- Work closely with the PPL team staff to design learning visits to projects and partners, and support for partners based on their priorities and project requirements.
Collaborating with sector as MEL expert
- Participate in MEL working groups and communities.
- Represent Womankind at regional or global meetings.
- Lead and author key articles and communication products reflecting on feminist approaches to MEL practice.
The ideal candidate must be committed to the mission, vision, values and aims of Womankind Worldwide as it seeks to support and speak out about women’s human rights. All posts are expected to contribute towards developing a supportive working environment, to demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and respect, transparency and accountability and to uphold quality standards as outlined in policies and procedures, and in compliance with Womankind Worldwide’s Equal Opportunities Policy.
The post holder will be required to travel to London to attend and participate in key meetings in order to fulfill their duties, as the situation allows. This will remain appropriate to constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The role also undertakes other responsibilities not outlined above which are commensurate with a role of this nature and which have been discussed and agreed with the line manager.
This post reports to: Director, Programmes & Learning
Essential Experience and Skills
- Significant experience of undertaking a MEL role including in planning, implementing and managing projects or initiatives related to activism, human rights, gender or development.
- Experience working on women’s rights in the global south.
- Demonstrated experience of feminist approaches to research, monitoring, evaluation, and/or learning in social justice, human rights or international development organisations.
- Experience of and commitment to participatory approaches in MEL and research including use of tools and frameworks relevant to violence against women and girls; women’s economic rights; and women’s participation and leadership.
- Experience of training and capacity building with colleagues and partner organisations.
- Knowledge of institutional donors and experience of developing proposals and reporting.
- Strong attention to detail, organisational skills and ability to multi-task.
- An ability to represent an organisation in front of diverse audiences and situations.
- Ability to take initiative and work efficiently under pressure, both independently and as a team member.
- Demonstrate sensitivity and appreciation for diverse viewpoints and different communication styles in a politically and culturally diverse environment.
- Fluency in English and excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and familiarity with online workshops, database and analysis software.
Knowledge of women’s rights, women’s movements, international development, and the donor environment.
- Understanding of the strengths, needs, opportunities, and challenges of women’s rights organisations in advancing movements and agendas.
- Knowledge of and networks related to feminist activism and / or academia in local, regional, national and/or global contexts.
- Links with relevant academic/research institutions and initiatives.
- Knowledge of database design and use, data processing and analysis.
- Knowledge or experience of consortia working.
Ability and willingness to undertake overseas travel when appropriate (potential 2-4 weeks a year – indicative).
Terms and conditions
Hours 35 hours
Salary £49,081 per annum
Contract Fixed Term Contract (12 months – maternity cover)
Ideal start date – January 2023
Probationary period 3 months
Holidays 28 days per annum plus statutory holidays (3 of these days are to be taken over the Christmas and new year period when the office is closed).
Pension Womankind has a contributory pension scheme in place
We offer a wide range of flexible working options, enhanced maternity leave, group pension scheme and free eye tests
This position is located in the UK with hybrid working including presence at Womankind’s London office and at key events. This role does not comply with the criteria required for visa sponsorship, therefore you must currently possess the right to work in the UK
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