Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager

The Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Location
    Suva, Fiji
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 19

Position description

The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 27 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The Human Rights and Social Development (HRSD) Division has a vision for just, equitable and resilient Pacific societies. It aims to achieve this by advancing human rights, equality and social inclusion for all Pacific people, grounded in cultural values and principles. The work of this Division includes work previously undertaken by the Regional Rights Resource Team in the area of human rights and good governance, and the Social Development Programme in the areas of gender equality and social inclusion, culture and youth development.

In line with its vision, the work of the Division encompasses the following focal areas:

  • Objective 1: Governance for human rights and social development: Strengthen inclusive, transparent and active governance for human rights and social development.
  • Objective 2: Gender equality and social inclusion: Mobilise, empower and build conditions for gender equality, equity and social inclusion in society and development.
  • Objective 3: Culture: Promote, preserve and protect positive expressions of culture.
  • Objective 4: Social innovation and learning: Enhance knowledge, learning and innovative solutions to accelerate impact on human development priorities.

Pacific Women Lead (PWL) is a new AUD 170 million Pacific regional development program, funded by the Australian Government. Commencing in 2021 for an initial period of five years, components of PWL will be managed and delivered by HRSD under its Business Plan and work programme for 2021-2025. The PWL program goal is that Pacific women and girls, in all their diversity, are safe and equitably share in resources, opportunities and decision-making, with men and boys. There are three end-of-program outcomes envisaged: (1) Women’s leadership promoted; (2) Women’s rights realised; and (3) Pacific regional partners increase the effectiveness of regional gender equality efforts.

The role – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager will lead the implementation of the monitoring, evaluation and learning framework and approach for SPC’s Pacific Women Lead program, ensuring alignment with the MEL framework and approach for the HRSD Business Plan and work program 2021-2025, and providing management and technical assistance as required. The MEL Manager is a key role within the PWL programme team and works closely with the PWL Communications Adviser, collaborates with HRSD MEL staff and supervises the PWL MEL Officer, Research Officer and Database Officer. The MEL Manager provides overall quality assurance on reporting, advice, and capacity building to the PWL team within HRSD and several Pacific partners to continually improve data collection, reporting and learning processes. The role will also have responsibilities in risk management for the program and division.


The key responsibilities of the role include:

Lead the implementation (including data analysis and data collection) of the MEL framework (MELF) across the Pacific Women Lead program

  • Oversees the strategic direction and management, including the design and implementation, of the MELF across HRSD’s PWL program inclusive of the Pacific Girl project

Build Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning capacity of PWL team and PWL partners

  • Develops capacity of the PWL team and partners to implement MEL activities, incorporating Pacific MEL methodologies, including to utilise MEL tools to collect and analyse information

Provide overall quality assurance of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning activities and deliverables

  • Supports quality assurance of MEL activities and deliverables in relation to the HRSD work program and SPC results monitoring and reporting

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning strategic planning, policy, and programming advice

  • Leads strategic advice with respect to planning, policies, and programming for PWL Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Leadership and management

  • Supervises, manages, mentors, and supports direct reports to achieve work plan deliverables

Risk Management

  • Develops and maintains the SPC PWL Risk Register, working closely with the Manager Programs (PWL) and the Program Coordinator (PWL)


For a more detailed account of the key responsibilities, please refer to the job description provided.


Key selection criteria


  • A postgraduate qualification in monitoring and evaluation, gender studies, development, social sciences, project/programme management or a related discipline

Technical expertise

  • At least 7 years of experience in a similar role supporting MEL and/or related organisational systems for complex programs
  • Experience undertaking MEL tasks for development programs, particularly in the area of gender, human rights and social development
  • Understanding and experience in a range of MEL methodologies and approaches, including in MEL capacity development
  • Knowledge of organisations (including civil society, government, and private sector) and individual leaders working in various areas of gender equality and issues affecting women across the Pacific
  • Demonstrated capacity to interact with various stakeholders and facilitate linkages between organisations
  • Experience in managing a small team
  • Understanding and knowledge of Pacific cultural values and international human rights principles and standards, and how they apply to MEL

Language skills 

  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) with strong writing ability at a donor project reporting level

Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness 

  • Ability to work in a multicultural, inclusive and equitable environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and representational skills with experience in building and maintaining effective working relationships with a range of different individuals and organisations
  • Awareness of the cultural, political and religious sensitivities across the Pacific region


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