Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager (part-time position)

Zinc Network


About Zinc

Zinc Network is an ISO certified international development company headquartered in London and with offices in Washington, D.C., Tbilisi and Warsaw. We’re on a mission to achieve meaningful, measurable change in international development and security through the application of behavioural science and strategic communications, technology, and human-centred design (HCD).

We have 100+ team members from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds, including, behavioural scientists, creatives, diplomats, digital experts, and campaigners. We work with a broad range of governmental, NGO, and private sector clients, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the U.S. Department of State (DOS); the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO); and UN agencies and missions.

Introducing the role

Zinc seeks a MEL Manager for a forthcoming USAID-funded program that will strengthen information integrity and resilience across the Sahel by investing in key local actors such as fact checking organizations, investigative journalists and data scientists at the country and regional level. The program will operate in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Mauritania. This position is contingent upon award.

The MEL Manager will be responsible for the implementation of all program MEL activities, including data collection, monitoring, analysis, reporting, and providing additional support as needed. The MEL Manager will be responsible for drafting, managing, inputting into and reporting using a Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (CMEP). They will support information management, including developing program indicators, capturing data and results, and will help the Chief of Party (COP) report on the status of the program and progress toward achieving key results. Additionally, the MEL Manager will ensure accountability of project and capture and share data-driven learnings.

The MEL Manager should have demonstrated experience working with civil society and independent media, preferably on topics related to information integrity, civil society and media strengthening, and combatting corruption in at least one of the countries named above.

In this role, we are looking for a core team member who is constantly curious, driven, and able to adapt and overcome to deliver results in challenging operating environments. We value individuals who can live and breathe the subject matter, the strategy, and Zinc’s methodology while learning to navigate complex multi-stakeholder environments and mobilize networks on the ground to deliver meaningful, measurable change.

Responsibilities include

  • Designing and driving MEL system for the project, ensuring data is used for adaptive management
  • Implementation and regular updating of project data and MEL systems and processes
  • Ensuring that MEL protocols are in place and adhered to for all program activities, effectively measuring agreed outputs, outcomes, and the project’s impact
  • Closely coordinating with the larger Zinc MEL team of experts based at HQ
  • Overseeing engagement with project beneficiaries and partners to ensure that the project is collecting feedback and accountable to those it serves – ensuring feedback loops are integrated into the project through establishing processes and systems for accountability
  • Overseeing data collection, management, analysis, and reporting for inclusion in quarterly reports and other project documents
  • Ensuring information is collected and entered accurately into relevant databases
  • Analysis of indicator results and provision of advice on strategies to improve project performance
  • Developing learning agenda and ensure ongoing capturing and sharing of learning
  • Updating data and documents within Zinc’s internal systems for project planning, reporting, and knowledge management
  • Providing ongoing MEL training for other project staff, including on data collection, survey protocols, data quality, etc.
  • Supporting the COP to facilitate internal and external communications about project results against agreed indicators
  • Alerting the COP in the case of concerns regarding the integrity of project data or practices
  • Ensuring the project meets high standards for performance and integrity that comply with Zinc Network’s processes, policies, and procedures


What we need from you:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least seven (7) years’ experience leading monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning activities on international development programs
  • Deep knowledge of USAID’s MEL requirements, frameworks, and approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with civil society, media, government officials, influencers, the private sector, donors, and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Professional level of oral and written fluency in the French and English languages
  • The right to work in Senegal, where the project will be based.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates who receive a job offer will be required to:

  • Disclose any previous disciplinary action against them resulting from a substantiated safeguarding (including any breaches involving trafficking- related activities) or workplace investigation.
  • Undergo background checks including employment verification, sexual offender registry (as available), identity confirmation, and anti-terrorism vetting.

How to apply

Please include a CV showcasing how your background meets the position requirements.

If you require an accommodation to be made at any point throughout the recruitment process, please let us know when contacted.

Area of Selection

We’re committed to hiring a diverse workforce from different professional and cultural backgrounds, and to that end we encourage a variety of people to apply to join our company to represent the diverse range of subjects associated with our projects.


What we can offer you

The opportunity to work with colleagues from a diverse range of professional and cultural backgrounds including the very best ex-diplomats, television producers, digital media strategists, linguists, researchers, and behavioral scientists from both the public and private sector.

Across Zinc Network there’s a commitment by everyone to deliver meaningful, change across all the subject areas, social challenges, and policy goals we’re striving to achieve.

Lastly, we’re committed to hiring a diverse workforce from different professional and cultural backgrounds, and to that end we encourage a variety of people to our company to represent the diverse range of subjects associated with our projects.

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