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We're looking for a MEL Officer to assist with our TEAM Girl Malawi project, aimed at improving learning and life chances for girls aged 10–19 who have never been to school or who dropped out of school without gaining functional literacy and numeracy. The successful candidate will support the effective implementation of this large multi-year programme working with multiple local and international partners

About Link Community Development

Link Community Development is a family of not for profit organisations working together to transform education for children and communities across impoverished rural areas of Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. Since our foundation in 1995 we have worked in 3,000 schools and improved the lives of over two million children through unique and effective school improvement models. We guide governments and educators to adopt low- cost solutions to improve learning and support for children, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and inclusion for the most marginalised children. Through a partnership delivery model which embeds piloting and learning within local systems, we influence changes to policy, practice and accountability on a national scale, and our interventions are regularly adapted and replicated by governments and NGOs in new countries and contexts.

Link Community Development believes that a child, vulnerable adult or person at risk should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to work in a way that promotes the welfare of all and protects them from harm. We have a zero tolerance approach to any harm to or exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult by any of our staff, representatives or partners.


The Transformational Empowerment of Adolescent Marginalised Girls in Malawi project or “TEAM Girl Malawi” will operate in 40 communities in two rural (Dedza and Mchinji) and one urban (Lilongwe) district in Malawi’s Central region. It will improve learning and life chances for girls aged 10–19 who have never been to school or who dropped out of school without gaining functional literacy and numeracy. The project will be delivered by five consortium partners in Malawi, working together to address the multiple and intersecting barriers that prevent highly marginalised girls accessing a quality education. Within the consortium Link Community Development Malawi is responsible for delivering Complementary Basic Education (CBE), raising primary school quality, generating leadership at national, district and local level to support the education of marginalised girls, and providing overall project coordination in Malawi.

Intrinsic to the project’s success, is effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), ensuring robust internal monitoring systems to track and report on: activities and outputs against the agreed workplan, expenditure against the agreed budget, compliance with donor policies, levels of risk and lessons learned. We are looking for an experienced Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer to support the effective implementation of this large multi-year programme working with multiple local and international partners.

You will support in the achievement of programme objectives through ensuring adherence to the project MEL framework throughout the programme duration. Working closely with partner agencies, Project Officers and Managers, Team Leader, Project Director, Project Coordinator, and the External Evaluator; you will support in devising and managing the use of effective methodologies to collect systematic baseline data, tracking and report progress against approved targets and collect data for subsequent evaluation points.

The role requires excellent written and verbal communication and planning skills. You must be organised and detail-oriented, be a strong team player, and able to work effectively within and across teams.


  • Regular monitoring of all project activities in accordance with the established annual work plan
  • Support the MEL Specialist and Project Manager in tracking and measuring progress of the planned and agreed project achievements according to the MEL Frame work.
  • Work closely with the MEL Specialist and project delivery partners to support their effective engagement throughout the baseline, midline and endline evaluations.
  • Support the development of quantitative and qualitative tools to gather accurate data to measure change against the project MEL framework.
  • Support data collection, analysis and utilization, based on the agreed tools developed and approved by the MEL Specialist
  • Support the capacity development of TEAM staff in MEL practices, including analysing and using data, building their ability to draw conclusions and appreciate the learning coming out of the data.
  • Contribute to development of case studies, successful experiences, learning and good practices, evaluations and documentations
  • Follow strict ethical principles in their design, adhering to the ethical guidelines laid out in the MEL guidance.
  • Represent Link Community Development Malawi at external events and meetings as required.
  • Actively participate in staff meetings and internal organisational projects.
  • Any other related tasks as required by the MEL Specialist or Team Leader.
  • Uphold Link’s child protection and safeguarding standards, support training of partners on safeguarding, and facilitate the effective operation of reporting and whistleblowing processes.



  • Experience working inclusively with vulnerable, marginalised target groups - and an appreciation of their complex needs and the sensitivities required in working with these individuals.

  • Extensive and varied demonstrable experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection, management, and analysis – including use of statistical techniques, sampling, quasi-experimental methods, cleaning and quality assurance, and effective storage.

  • Ensure data is disaggregated by age, sex, disability and other characteristics/ sub groups wherever possible to provide clarity on what is working for who within the project.

  • Knowledge and working experience with the ‘Washington Questions’ to determine disability prevalence

  • Experience in building and maintaining relationships with multiple stakeholders to ensure smooth project delivery.

  • Demonstrated track record of mobilising team members and community members to participate in datacollection.

  • Comprehensive understanding and experience of using and managing internal systems and processes.
  • Experience in developing and delivering training as well as supporting with on-going learning needs.


  • Experience and knowledge of the Malawi education sector and use of EMIS data.

  • Experience using the EGRA/EGMA Learning tests.
  • Experience of working in the international development sector, in particular an understanding of education, gender analysis and programming, and the unique education challenges girls face.
  • Familiarity with UK Department for International Development (DFID) monitoring and reporting processes.
  • Experience in writing, editing and preparing communications materials, including layout and design


  • High level of professional and ethical conduct, and awareness and experience of implementing child safeguarding policies and procedures.

  • An excellent communicator – able to establish good rapport and trust, as well as the understanding and reverence to treat sensitive information accordingly (e.g. parental consent to obtain and utilise data pertaining to children).

  • Strong analytical skills particularly pertaining to risk analysis at the project or organisational level.

  • Co-operative and supportive team player with strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills.

  • Excellent organisational skills, with ability to multi-task under tight deadlines.

  • Good resource management and planning skills.

  • Highly articulate in English and Chichewa with demonstrable ability in report writing.

  • Self-motivation and flexible pro-active attitude to meet the needs of the role.

  • Strong computer and IT skills, including basic MS Office applications, internet-based research and navigation, use of databases and/or data entry systems applications.
  • Must be passionate about delivering positive change in the world.

  • Ability to solve basic problems.
  • Familiar with digital data collection methods and tools.

How to apply

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The deadline for application is 12 noon on Sunday 25th August 2019.

To apply, please send your complete the application form above and send to:

Email: with the subject line 'MEL Officer'.

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