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Manager- MEL (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning), Executive Office

Who we are and what we do?

WRI India, an independent charity legally registered as the India Resources Trust, provides objective information and practical proposals to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable development. WRI India’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, WRI India puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being.

We are inspired by and associated with World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization. Currently over 150 researchers are working with WRI India in our offices at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

About the Role:

To ensure we are equipped to understand how all our programs are contributing to the longer-term impacts of the organisation, and to track how we are delivering outcomes that we have committed in our grants, we are hiring a Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (PMEL) Specialist for WRI India.

Over the next few years WRI India will accelerate a “step change” in Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) practices and culture, to enhance programmatic effectiveness and demonstrate impact. The specific goals of the step change in PMEL are to have:
1. robust, evidence- based theories (ToC) of change for programs and projects that are easily accessible for staff and partners to facilitate shared understanding and learnings
2. intentional pause and reflect cycles to review ToCs and M&E data, discuss the learnings and changes needed to achieve the results in the strategic plan
3. sufficient PMEL specialist capacity in every WRI team to support timely, evidence-based, adaptive management
4. WRI India results that are easily verifiable, where contribution is well understood and WRI India’s commitment to address social inequalities is reflected in the results
5. Iterative cycles of evaluation that support ongoing reflection and learning, systemization and publication of lessons learned

The role will require strong experience with building PMEL approaches in the research and policy action space. A broad understanding of the India development landscape would also be useful.

This position will be housed in WRI India’s Executive Office and have the support of a PMEL Community of Practice in the WRI network.

How your day will unfold:

The role is expected to support the institutional understanding and integration of PMEL principles and approaches to our work, and to establish best practices in MEL. This will require collaboration with all WRI India’s program teams to integrate the PMEL into ongoing and upcoming projects.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Conduct a review of the portfolio (current and new proposals) to assess integration of PMEL principles and approaches, and capacity to implement.
  • Support planning and reporting processes for the India office, that are used to set strategy and recommend actions to better measure and capture impact. Support programs to ensure effective monitoring and evaluation frameworks are adopted to understand the outcomes and impacts of our work, and that there are iterative feedback loops to incorporate learning into the strategic planning process.
  • Offer PMEL support to select program teams, that will include program design, development of theories of change, building measurable indicators, and establishing monitoring (and learning) processes.
  • Support program teams to utilize PMEL systems and create sound data management practices.
  • Develop and offer knowledge sessions, as needed.
  • Track the progression of PMEL for the India office, developing necessary criteria for this assessment, and capturing learnings from implementation of PMEL processes.

Qualifications And Requirements We Seek:


  • 7 to 10 years of full-time work experience with demonstrated involvement in PMEL, project design and strategy development.
  • Master’s degree in public policy, economics, political science, environmental studies, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in program design and monitoring, evaluation and learning, developing theories of change, strategy development, results frameworks, change management or related subject areas.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting gender analyses, political economy analyses, baseline assessments, or other project or program planning assessments.
  • Extensive experience utilizing good practices in identifying the rationale for the research methodology, developing protocols and safeguards for data collection and management, communicating results transparently, etc.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and oral.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience in working on multiple projects.

Demonstrated experience in working with the team and independently.

Duration: Term hire for a period of 1 years which is extendable at the discretion of WRI India

Location: New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai

Salary and Benefits: 15,00,000 INR to 18,00,000 INRCTC Per annum

Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

List of Documents to be attached:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) @WRI India

WRI India values and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion across all areas of our work and workforce. Integrating these values into our actions fosters a progressive and collaborative culture and can also enhance our impact. It is our responsibility to create a welcoming working environment for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experience to learn together. We are responsible for fostering a safe and inclusive workplace where questions, concerns and information about diversity, equity and inclusion are part of our ongoing dialogue and development.

Learn more about WRI India’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Click Here

People-centric to the core:

We keep our people at the centre of everything we do - from a welcoming work environment to benefits and a culture that encourages staff to stay healthy, happy, engaged, and growing.

Some of the non-monetary benefits that our staff get:

Health benefits: We cover health insurance for you and your loved ones for up to INR 8 lakhs

Term Insurance: Our term insurance policy covers life coverage of 50 lakhs per staffmember

Employee Assistance program: Promoting mental well-being and supporting staff in achieving a satisfying work-life balance

Health & Nutrition: Personalized diet recommendation from a certified dietitian based on the physical health condition and lifestyle

Flexible work schedule: Alternative work arrangements for all who are eligible by nature of their job

Learning culture: Workshops and trainings to empower staff, encourage new learning opportunities

Rest and Recharge weeks: We encourage staff to take time off to rest, rejuvenate, upskill, and pursue their interests.

Our leave policy: Avail personal time off at 36 per year, along with public holidays, maternity, paternity, and adoption leaves.

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Equal employment @WRI India

We believe in equal employment, it is our policy to recruit, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to caste, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual preference, parental status, or disability.