Vacancy Alert: Options seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Lead (multiple locations), Apply!!!

Options is seeking a Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Lead for the expected WISH Policy and Systems TA component (WISH P&S) of an FCDO funded programme.





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Options seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Lead for the anticipated WISH Policy and Systems TA component (WISH P&S) of the FCDO-funded Integrated Sexual Health Dividend (WISH Dividend) programme.

The MEL Lead will provide flexible, demand-led technical assistance on demographic transition (DT) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to countries in sub-Saharan Africa, prioritising need and countries not supported with service delivery under WISH Dividend.

Summary purpose and objective of role

The MEL Lead will work closely with the project team to:

  • Design and implement the project’s monitoring, evaluation, adaptation and learning framework and plan, to assess and track project activities, and to report on outputs and outcomes.
  • Contribute to adaptive management across the programme, to drive programme quality, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Lead development of and reporting against the project results framework.
  • Lead the design, and support the delivery of a strong learning agenda, to build evidence of what works in delivering effective technical assistance in sexual and reproductive health and rights and demographic transition.


  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in MEL, in a large scale, multi-country development programme that includes a significant technical assistance component
  • The ability to design and lead implementation of a bespoke and innovative MEL framework for a complex, multi-country technical assistance programme
  • Deep and up-to-date understanding of programme evaluation and learning cycles, data analysis and presentation of results
  • Experience using major evaluation methodologies (qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods) and data collection and analysis methodologies
  • Experience working with consortia and with a dispersed team and network of consultants
  • Experience of working in the programme’s technical areas (demographic transition and SRHR) or a closely aligned technical area
  • Previous experience in MEL for programmes funded by UK aid or other major donors
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to synthesise, present and draw meaning from complex data and evidence for a variety of different audiences (from civil society organisations to FCDO officials and Ministries)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Teams
  • Ability to multi-task and cover multiple work streams simultaneously, to work independently, and as a team member, under pressure and to deadlines
  • Degree in a relevant discipline.


Options offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous annual leave allowance, medical insurance and 13 month pay.

Application process

  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview. Interviews will be held week commencing 06 May.
  • Please note that this role will be subject to full pre-employment background checks including criminal record check, identification check, employment references and right to work verification (where appropriate).
  • In your cover letter, please highlight one example of your recent professional experience that is most relevant to this role, and summarise the key attributes that you brought to that role.

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Other information

  • Options is dedicated to equal opportunity for all and recognises that every individual is unique. Whilst we always seek to embrace individual differences and celebrate the diversity of our workforce, we also want to ensure that every team member is suited to their role and that they are given the best opportunity to succeed.
  • Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.
  • We seek people who are pro-choice, promote diversity and inclusion, are energetic and enthusiastic about Options’ vision.
  • Applicants must have the right to work in either Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda or Sierra Leone.

Supporting Documents

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Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Lead, WISH Policy & Systems (P&S) JD


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