MEL Officer – CSSF GMEL Partnership

  • Development
  • Anywhere
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Organization: INTEGRITY
Closing date: 26 Feb 2021

Project Background

The UK government funds over £1 billion in programming per year through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). Operating in over 70 countries, CSSF is central to the UK government’s work overseas. CSSF has contracted Integrity Research and Consultancy, and our partner LTS-Niras, to deliver the Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (GMEL) contract. Through this contract, we aim to help the CSSF cultivate world-class monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) that meets the demands of programming in fragile and conflict affected contexts and generates and synthesises evidence for policy and decision making.

To achieve this ambition we:

  • Support CSSF to develop and use tools and approaches that are appropriate for the complex environments in which the fund operates.
  • Equip the CSSF network with the confidence and skills to make long-lasting transformational changes that allow evidence-based decision making.
  • Create opportunities for CSSF stakeholders to engage and connect to enable learning and shared understanding.
  • Collaborate with Senior Leadership to build confidence in the value added by good MEL practices.

We are a multidisciplinary team working collaboratively with the Joint Funds Unit (JFU) and CSSF to deliver transformational support. Our team bring together an exciting blend of MEL experts, organisational development specialists, skilled facilitators and thematic specialists. Together, we deliver technical capability, capacity and surge support in an adaptive and highly responsive way.

Scope of Work

We are seeking a MEL Officer, with specific expertise in designing and testing MEL systems and building capacity and ownership to different actors to manage MEL processes. You will work with a multi-disciplinary team to support and deliver interventions. This unique position will include supporting a shift towards more adaptive MEL approaches and methods applicable across a range of GMEL interventions and providing support to prototyping, testing implementing and refining specific GMEL interventions. Support will take many forms, including developing MEL frameworks and tools, enabling others to use existing or new tools, as well as undertaking data synthesis and thematic evaluations. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Support engagement with CSSF stakeholders to understand MEL requirements.
  • Provide technical inputs to interventions (e.g. collaborative design and development of actor-based Theories of Change, MEL frameworks, MEL plans, results frameworks, learning questions, etc).
  • Support the development of or sharing and contextualising of existing adaptive MEL tools, including for information collection and analysis (such as outcome mapping and harvesting, learning logs, most significant change analysis).
  • Support the delivery of thematic and other evaluations and reviews.
  • Support the development and application of MEL capability initiatives, including training, coaching, and peer-to-peer learning.
  • Supporting the MEL and Learning Practice Area Leads in lessons learning, capture and dissemination, and MEL synthesis at portfolio and fund levels.

Your Experience and Expertise

We are looking for a wide range of MEL experience, and while appreciative of the need to have traditional MEL expertise, the Services Manager should have experience delivering adaptive and other innovative approaches to strengthening MEL systems – especially in highly fluid and complex contexts.

In particular:

  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience.
  • Experience of developing and adapting MEL frameworks and tools for complex programmatic environments
  • Experience of utilising and adapting quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed research and analysis methods (depending on specific role).
  • Experience supporting evaluations
  • Experience of working collaboratively within a team and to support others relating to specific MEL technical inputs
  • Experience of working in fast-paced environments with the ability to adapt to new information, constantly reprioritise and work closely with senior government stakeholders.
  • Experience of working on donor government programmes in two or more of the following thematic areas: conflict prevention and peacebuilding, security sector reform, governance and public sector reform, stabilisation, migration, serious and organised crime, gender equality.
  • Experience operating in Fragile and Conflict Affected States and familiarity with the CSSF network desirable.
  • Experience in agile work methodologies and influencing the work of both colleagues and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in providing the right tools to provide a modern and forward-looking working environment.


  • Written and oral fluency in English, with the ability to write clear and compelling narrative.

Security Clearance:

  • This position requires UK Government security clearance. If this is not already held by the preferred candidate, it can be applied for post-recruitment.
  • We are ideally looking to engage candidates with UK citizenship, with at least 5 years residency in the UK in the past 10 years, 2 years of which must be consecutive.
  • We will also accept applications from non-UK citizens, who have resided in the UK for at least two of the past five years, which should include a consecutive 12-month period (short periods outside of the UK such as holidays are not deducted from this 12-month period).

How to apply:

Our offer/Further details

Ideally, the candidate will have easy access to London. The successful candidate will be contracted on a consultancy basis. We are ideally looking for an individual with at least 60-70% availability. However, we are open to receiving applications from those with at least 50% availability.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete the application form at and attach a CV.

Exercise to share along with your tailored CV: In no more than 200 words, please outline your experience in delivering adaptive and other innovative approaches to strengthening a MEL system.

The closing date for applications is 26 February 2021. However, we will review candidates on a rolling basis and the vacancy may be filled before this deadline. We encourage early applications. Please be advised that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

Integrity is an equal opportunities employer. And positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We will respect your confidentiality and abide by UK data protection laws.


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