Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Manager

Position Title: Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Manager
Location: Indonesia
Period of Assignment: 12 months with possible extension
Reporting To: Head of MERLA

Background:

The Australia-Indonesia Partnership Towards an Inclusive Society, or INKLUSI, is a $120 million, 8-year (2021-2029) Australian Government bilateral flagship program, working to increase the participation of marginalised groups in, and their benefit from, Indonesia’s socio-cultural, economic and political development. INKLUSI works with government and civil society partners to advance their work in gender equality, the rights of persons with disabilities and social inclusion. This work builds on decades of work by Indonesian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and social movements, including the women’s movement to advance Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI). INKLUSI is working to ensure all Indonesians benefit from:

  • Improved access to services.
  • Protection from violence.
  • Economic resilience and livelihoods.
  • Inclusive participation in development.

INKLUSI supports the Government of Indonesia’s agenda for inclusion, including through national development plans and the Sustainable Development Goals. It is aligned with Pillar One of the Indonesia- Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, and the associated Plan of Action, which commits to cooperation to “address poverty and inequality, promote women’s leadership and empowerment on disability-inclusive development; the Stability Pillar of the Australia-Indonesia COVID-19 Development Response Plan; and the GoI Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN IV 2020- 2024). INKLUSI supports the RPJMN agenda of “enhancing the quality and competitiveness of human resources”, and specifically the RPJMN’s Gender Equality and Women Empowerment policy and its Social Inclusion policy direction. It also supports Indonesia’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the call to “Leave no one behind” in development, while responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the disproportionate socioeconomic impacts on women and communities experiencing marginalisation as well as the potential threats posed to democratic spaces.

INKLUSI partners with 11 Indonesian CSOs (“Mitra INKLUSI”), 8 research partner institutions (“Mitra Riset”) and their networks across 32 provinces, 129 districts and 650 villages in Indonesia (as per November 2023). These partnerships are facilitated through the INKLUSI Secretariat, particularly the Partnerships and Policy (P&P) team within the Secretariat.

Duty Statement:

This position will be responsible for managing the quality implementation of INKLUSI’s monitoring, evaluation, learning and adaptation system. This includes supporting the production of quality data by CSO partners and the INKLUSI Team and the synthesis and analysis of this data to inform program reflection, learning and reporting. This position will also commission and oversee evaluations to inform program implementation and develop knowledge products to capture program learning and good practice.

This Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Manager will report to the Head of Monitoring Evaluation Research Learning and Adaptation (MERLA) and work closely with the rest of the MERLA team, broader INKLUSI Team (especially the Partnerships and Program Team) and CSO partners to implement these tasks.  This will be done consistent with the Program principles of collaborative partnership and being flexible, innovative and iterative.

Scope of Work:

Support quality implementation of INKLUSI’s MERLA system: This will include:

  • Supporting the MERLA team, CSO and research partners to deliver quality and on-time progress reporting which meets program needs. This includes supporting the review of partner progress reports to improve the quality of this data.
  • Supporting the INKLUSI Secretariat (especially the Partnerships and Policy Team), CSO and research partners to effectively use MEL tools, including the Change Log/Impact Log tool.
  • Conducting and supporting staff to conduct quality monitoring visits to better understand the progress of CSO partners in the field and capture learning and good practice.
  • Working with the MIS Manager to ensure INKLUSI’s MIS meets the program’s MEL needs.
  • Synthesising and analysing data from the MERLA system and other sources to inform program reflection, reporting and knowledge-sharing.
  • Contributing to preparation of program performance reporting to DFAT and Bappenas, as well as ad hoc information requests.
  • Using MERLA system information to develop selected knowledge products to capture learning and good practice across the program.
  • Procuring and managing quality evaluations to meet program needs. This will include INKLUSI’s Impact Evaluation, cross-program evaluations and smaller studies such as case studies.
  • Procure and manage consultants to support INKLUSI’s MEL work.
  • Supporting the application of ethical practice in all MEL activities.
  • Contributing to the preparation and facilitation of reflection workshops to capture program progress and learning. This includes internal six-monthly reflections with INKLUSI and annual reflections with CSO partners.
  • Contributing to sharing learning generated by the program internally to inform program adaptation and with program stakeholders to encourage cross-learning.
  • Providing strategic inputs to the INKLUSI Secretariat (especially the Program Leadership Team and Partnerships and Policy Team) as to the implications for INKLUSI’s strategic direction of research and learning findings.
  • Working with the Communications Team to support the use of MEL information for communications products.
  • Perform other MEL-related tasks as required.

Team and relationship management:

  • Strategically supervise and manage two Senior MEL officers to support effective implementation of INKLUSI’s MERLA system.
  • Build effective relationships with MERLA Team members, the INKLUSI Secretariat staff (especially the Partnerships and Program Team), CSO partners, DFAT and Bappenas where necessary to ensure effective implementation of the MERLA system.

 

Job Requirements

Qualifications:

A postgraduate degree (or other relevant qualification and substantial professional experience) in monitoring and evaluation, research, international development, GEDSI, social sciences or a related discipline.

Skills & Abilities:

  • 10+ years’ experience working on large donor-funded programs, and working in a diverse team. Prior experience working on DFAT programs is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing monitoring evaluation and learning (MEL) systems for large, complex donor-funded programs.
  • Understanding of and experience in conducting monitoring and evaluation, including qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Experience in procuring and managing evaluations and other studies.
  • Experience in supporting program learning and adaptation.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with team members, CSO stakeholders, the Government of Indonesia and DFAT.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to produce high-quality written products, including contributing to program performance reports for DFAT and Bappenas audiences.
  • Strong organisational and management skills, including experience managing teams.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in Bahasa Indonesia and English.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of GEDSI and MEL for GEDSI programs is desirable.

How to Apply

For your application to be considered:

  1. Please send your application by email to [email protected] as soon as possible or by 31st May 2024, at 5 pm Jakarta Time at the latest.
  2. Please put “Application – Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Manager” in the email subject

Women, people with a disability, or people from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer, basing employment on merit and qualifications as they relate to professional experience and position expectations. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, disability, age, or any other basis protected by law.

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