Senior MEL Associate

Sep 14, 2023
Oct 14, 2023
Full Time
Chemonics International is a major international development consultancy, with a 46-year history and a track record for delivering integrated solutions across multiple sectors and geographies to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals. With experience in over 150 countries and global network of over 5,000 technical specialists, Chemonics is recognised as one of the world's leading partners for international development.

Chemonics UK was established in 2019 and has quickly developed a strong and diverse portfolio of UK Aid-funded programmes. Chemonics UK works with government and development sector counterparts across three continents to deliver programmes in sectors including climate action, education, governance, peacebuilding, stabilisation, social cohesion, and research.

Main Purpose of the Role:

The Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning (MEL) Associate will provide support to the design and delivery of mixed-methods MEL and provide Information Management Systems (IMS) support for Chemonics UK's portfolio of active projects, working closely with the Junior Systems Architect and MEL specialists. The Snr Associate will be working with our IMS platform, Aktek iO, and will need to provide system structuring and design, as well as quantitative and qualitative analysis, services. The Snr Associate will also contribute to the management, centralisation, and visualisation of programme knowledge, learning, data, and information on the Aktek iO platform to support our lesson learning process, and to generate insights in support of new business and client reporting activities. The Snr Associate will also have opportunities to support proposals for UK funded opportunities, and to support broader capacity building and thought leadership engagements. A particular focus will be on the continued maintenance of linkages with the wider MEL and Knowledge Management teams across Chemonics International.

Main Responsibilities:

Programme Support
  • Support the MEL and IMS functions on current Chemonics programmes. Includes, but is not limited to: supporting Results Framework and Theory of Change development, MEL plan development, IMS structuring, data cleaning, data analysis, data visualisation, results reporting, workshop facilitation support, adaptive management support, and learning activities.
  • Support the MEL team in workshop facilitation and capacity building on an as-needed basis.
  • Support project management staff with broader MEL and IMS needs.
  • Support project and Chemonics staff in their use of the Aktek iO platform, including training and ad hoc issue troubleshooting.
  • Contribute to the development of MEL and knowledge management efforts and worksplans, coordinating with technical teams for consistency in approach and content.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required.

Knowledge Management
  • Support the MEL team and Junior Systems Architect in developing capacity building, guidance, and templates for MEL and IMS approaches, tools, and methods for Chemonics UK.
  • S upport the MEL team and Junior Systems Architect in developing technical MEL tools, products, and other outputs.
  • Support the MEL team and MEL Director in thought leadership activities, including preparing materials for public dissemination and conference.
  • Support cross-programme learning efforts across the UK Division, leading on developing or coordinating usable learning libraries and repositories in the Aktek iO platform.
  • Assist in managing knowledge, data, and learning from Chemonics programmes, and take responsibility for seeking relevant learning from comparable programming efforts.

Business Development
  • Support new business development for donor programming (with particular emphasis on UK donors) by providing coordination or MEL input into proposal efforts, preparing theories of change and results frameworks, supporting integration of the Aktek iO platform into proposals, and building and maintaining records of relationships with MEL-relevant candidates and partners within the industry.
  • Direct line roles for capture and proposal development efforts in MEL technical sectors, may include but not limited to: CV writer, researcher, partner liaison, cape-writer, recruiter and coordinator.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Person Specification:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The qualifications listed below are representative of the required knowledge, skills, and/or abilities needed to perform the principal duties.

Essential Skills:

  • Experience with using mixed-methods MEL approaches, experience with complexity-sensitive methods desirable but not essential;
  • Comfort with interpreting and designing Theories of Change for programmes, experience with using the Useful Theory of Change (Mayne, 2015) model desirable but not essential;
  • Experience with or understanding of theory-driven evaluation approaches;
  • Experience with using information management systems and software to house and analyse data, familiarity with data visualisation tools such as Power Bi desirable but not essential;
  • Qualitative and quantitative data interpretation skills and ability to condense, refine, and tailor large amounts of qualitative and quantitative data for external audiences;
  • Experience supporting facilitation of workshops and training;
  • Experience working with donor government departments or multilateral donors, FCDO or HMG ODA department experience preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad for some periods (including in fragile and conflict-affected environments), experience living or working in developing countries an advantage;
  • Strong analytical skills, demonstrated soft skills, and ability to take initiative;
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team;
  • Foreign language proficiency in a region in which we operate preferred but not essential;
  • Degree in relevant subject or equivalent work experience required;

  • UK work authorization required or ability to obtain it.

What we can offer

Chemonics' culture of collaboration and creativity is a place where everyone can grow and thrive. We believe in giving our employees the tools and resources to keep them healthy, financially rewarded, and continuously developed, supporting everyone in the pursuit of greatness. Our package offering consists of the following:
  • We offer a competitive starting salary and benefits
  • Annual leave 25 days + bank holidays, increasing to 30 days + bank holidays with service
  • Pension scheme
  • Private medical cover, with additional dependants' cover offering and life insurance
  • Excellent family-friendly benefits (Maternity/Paternity/emergency childcare schemes)
  • Enhanced sick pay and insurance cover
  • Learning and development training offerings and funding
  • EAP and well-being benefits

This position is located outside the U.S.