Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Summary:

As the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager, you will lead the monitoring of and reporting related to the Partnership’s M&E Framework. In this position, you will guide Support Unit team members in their understanding and engagement with the M&E Framework. You will support structured internal learning efforts to feed into strategic planning and Support Unit internal learning activities. Your main responsibility will be to lead the design, drafting, and dissemination of the NDC Partnership’s Annual Member Survey, ensuring alignment of Annual Member Survey questions to M&E data collection needs and work to ensure a high response rate from members, working with relevant Support Unit staff. As the MEL Manager, you will report to the Director for Knowledge and Learning within the NDC Partnership Support Unit.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based in Washington, DC once restrictions have been lifted.

Job Responsibilities:

M&E data collection and consolidation

  • Ensure robust reporting against the NDC Partnership’s M&E Framework, including general oversight of the data collection, consolidation, validation, and reporting efforts
  • Provide recommendations for improving data collection methods, especially for indicators assessed through the Annual Member Survey, to ensure data integrity and accuracy
  • Advise on solutions for data collection, validation, or interpretation challenges
  • Manage and continually improve the Support Unit’s M&E Means of Verification document , operational manual and central data repository, including regular updates and training to Support Unit staff
  • Guide the Support Unit team to ensure they share a deep understanding of the M&E Framework and the Partnership’s Theory of Change
  • Advise on and clearly communicate timelines for data collection throughout the year, to align with established reporting efforts
  • Respond to questions and provide support for M&E questions from the Support Unit
  • Directly manage one junior staff member and provide guidance for other team members working with M&E data


  • Lead M&E reporting requirements including development of biannual Progress Reports for the Steering Committee
  • Ensure regular updates are carried out for the M&E dashboard and manage vendors to provide technical updates, including the addition of new indicators or bug fixes
  • Craft clear and compelling messaging around the NDC Partnership’s Impact Pathways, including development of narratives to complement biannual

Progress Reports

  • Provide input into development partner grant reports and proposals, aligning with other data reporting and M&E communication
  • Advise on ways to further promote the Partnership’s impact through communication of M&E data


  • Guide the Support Unit team in the development of annual work plans, aligned with existing strategies and the NDC Partnership’s Work Program and M&E Framework. Consolidate and advise on tracking of annual work plans
  • Lead the NDC Partnership’s mid-term and final evaluations of its Work Program, including drafting of RFP, selection of vendor, vendor management, document collection, coordination of field visits and interviews, timeline management, consolidation of Support Unit comments, etc.
  • Develop an annual internal report to assess progress against M&E indicators and lessons learned to feed into strategic planning
  • Organize workshops and trainings for staff to facilitate better engagement with the NDC Partnership’s M&E framework, and to learn from the results
  • Organize at least one external knowledge sharing event annually to present on the NDC Partnership’s impact and learning from its M&E efforts

Job Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in climate change policy, economics, statistics, computer science, social sciences, etc.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Detailed understanding of M&E data collection systems and processes
  • Experience in data collection and reporting with bilateral and multilateral development partners, including, preferably, climate change-related M&E systems for ODA
  • Advanced understanding of software packages including MS Excel, Alchemer
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate complex ideas efficiently
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • US work authorization is required for this position

Highly desirable skills include:

  • Experience with survey development and management
  • Understanding of the Paris Agreement, NDCs, and climate action
  • Knowledge of OECD-DAC and IATI reporting
  • Fluency in written and spoken French or Spanish

Potential Salary:

$79,000 - $106,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview:

Through the NDC Partnership, countries draw upon members’ expertise and funding, turning their NDCs into actionable policies, programs, and projects. The Partnership’s approach powers a collective response in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The NDC Partnership is currently operating under it’s 2021-2025 Work Program, this includes the Partnership’s Theory of Change and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework. Through the Partnership, close to 80 developing countries are receiving support to implement and enhance their NDCs, with support from over 150 implementing and development partners, including both members and non-members. Monitoring and evaluating the Partnership’s work is critical to ensure its relevance and impact. Moreover, through the M&E Framework, the Partnership can extract structured learnings from its engagements, and better target its services to support countries to implement and enhance their climate ambitions.

WRI Overview:

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,600 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.