Monitoring and Evaluation Learning Officer/Senior Officer

Natural Resource Governance Institute
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Background/NRGI Summary:  

The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) helps people to realize the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals. We do this through technical advice, advocacy, applied research, policy analysis, and capacity development. We work with innovative agents of change within government ministries, civil society, the media, legislatures, the private sector, and international institutions to promote accountable and effective governance in the extractive industries. For more information, please see

Funded by philanthropic organizations and national governments, we are headquartered in New York City with further offices in Accra, Beirut, Dar es Salaam, Jakarta, Lima and London, and staff presence in Bolivia, Cameroon, DRC, Guinea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Uganda, and Tunisia.

Job Overview/Summary:

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer leads on the implementation of NRGI’s MEL strategy. This includes progressively implementing and updating our MEL strategy, evolving NRGI results frameworks, maintaining and improving NRGI’s monitoring system, overseeing internal reporting processes (working directly with, and supervising a MEL associate in charge of day to day management of the system and reporting), and generating rigorous analysis from MEL data to assess progress in our annual plans and strategy and to inform learning. The MEL PO will also finalize and implement NRGI’s learning strategy working with managers and staff at large to instill a culture of critical reflection across our programs. Finally, the MEL officer will also support staff in implementing program evaluations and develop a stronger approach to guide the use of evaluative activities to inform the organization’s work. The MEL officer will manage a MEL associate. He/she will report to the Chief Operating Officer.

Major Responsibilities:

Strategy and work plans:

  • Provide support to NRGI’s ongoing strategy refresh process, including by identifying objectives and metrics for the new organizational strategy and country strategies
  • Progressively refine and update the MEL strategy to ensure it track with evolutions in organizational, strategies, ongoing lessons and the latest thinking in MEL practice.
  • Define, implement and progressively adjust annual MEL team workplans.
  • Build a strong MEL culture at NRGI, including through orientation, training, ongoing advice and coaching of staff.
  • Integrate NRGI’s planning body as an observer to draw linkages between NRGI strategy and plans, on the one hand, and MEL priorities, on the other.

Results frameworks development and tracking:

  • Working with relevant program staff and NRGI’s leadership, lead in the development and annual updating and measurement of a host of organizational results frameworks to track NRGI’s progress at the global, country and organizational effectiveness levels
  • Where needed, provide responsive support to staff in developing program-specific results frameworks.
  • Undertake an end-of-year and a mid-year tracking of progress against indicators, leveraging information from monitoring systems and coordinating with relevant staff for quality assurance.

Monitoring systems:

  • Working with the MEL associate, refine and improve NRGI’s existing monitoring systems towards continual alignment with shifting strategic priorities and organizational results frameworks and facilitating use by staff and managers for project management, development, learning and accountability
  • Working with the MEL associate, overseeing internal quarterly reporting processes.

Analysis and reporting:

  • Write NRGI’s end of year review, an internal annual report that documents progress against organizational indicators, and provides an overview of key achievements and lessons for use by NRGI staff, board and core donors.
  • Coordinate the development of monitoring analyses that underpin reflection by staff, teams, and leadership. This includes analyses that inform strategy and planning processes as well as responsive analysis to support team learning and reflection.


  • Assist staff and managers in building a stronger reflection practice in NRGI’s teams and programs. This will include distilling the findings of a learning baseline survey into a strategy, implementing its tenets, in partnership with staff and managers, and regularly reviewing progress. 
  • Identify opportunities and modalities for NRGI to share lessons, and learn from, the broader transparency accountability and participation (TAP) field. This may include the development of learning case studies or evaluations.
  • Participate in initiatives and communities of practice that aim to share lessons and good practices in the TAP field.


  • Develop NRGI’s approach to evaluation, to identify when and how NRGI should leverage evaluation to support learning and accountability, in a way that adds to ongoing NRGI monitoring and reporting practices.
  • Provide responsive support NRGI staff in designing and implementing program-specific evaluations.


  • Assist NRGI’s development team in integrating MEL frameworks into donor partnership agreements, with a view to minimizing deviation from, and misalignment with NRGI’s core frameworks and tracking systems. Where needed, tweak internal monitoring and reporting systems so that they generate information that is needed for accountability to donors.
  • Provide inputs to donor reports, especially in as far as metrics are concerned. Over time, build the capacity of the development team to use the organizational reporting systems to generate reports and information for donors independently.
  • Input into the development of NRGI’s impact stories, to showcase insights and instances of success in NRGI’s work for sharing with donors and the field.


  • Manage NRGI’s MEL associate
  • Manage consultants to undertake relevant evaluation and analysis as may be needed from time to time.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Chief Operating Officer 
Position directly supervises: one staff

Indirect Reporting: N/A 
Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Senior management, leadership team, program staff, development team, Research and Data Committee, Strategic Program Committee, communications team.

External: MEL staff at peer organizations in the TAP field; other MEL practitioners.

Job Requirements:

  • Relevant university degree plus master’s degree in social sciences.
  • At least 5 years of directly relevant work experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning. Exceptional candidates with fewer years of experience will be considered.
  • Experience designing and implementing MEL within the international development sphere, including overseeing monitoring systems and reporting processes, designing and tracking results frameworks, implementing activities to deepen critical reflection and managing external evaluations.
  • Experience of leading MEL in organizations that promote policy reform through analytical and applied interventions targeting the capacity and incentives of a variety of stakeholders such as governments, the private sector, civil society and other accountability actors.  
  • Knowledge of social science methods, research study design, evaluation methods, and statistical analysis is desirable.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience in analysing and presenting data effectively for a wide-range of audiences, with attention to detail and user profile.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment, as a team player.
  • Desirable experience and skills include: facilitation and capacity building, management, fluency in foreign languages and professional certifications in evaluation.

Alignment with NRGI Culture and Mission:

  • All staff uphold the following organization-wide culture and values:
  • Commitment to furthering NRGI’s mission and core values of integrity, impact, collaboration, passion and rigor.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a professional, productive member of a diverse community of people at work, working toward shared goals, with mutual respect and accountability in a fast-paced environment.
  • Personal qualities of capacity for learning, reflection and self-criticism, humility and sense of humor.
  • Working Environment:  Standard office work environment, some travel may be required (1 week every quarter)

Start date: As soon as possible

How to Apply:

To apply for the role, please submit CV(s) and a covering letter. The deadline for applications is 3 May 2019. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and early applications are strongly encouraged

NRGI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NRGI considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.