Humanitarian and DRR Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager


London, , GB

Project Overview and Role

Palladium is looking for a monitoring, evaluation and learning specialist with experience in humanitarian assistance and disaster resilience to be based in either the London or Bristol offices.

This role will be at Manager Level and will sit within the Research, Monitoring & Evaluation (RME) team in London while working closely with the Environment & Natural Resources (ENR) team in Bristol. This position will support the design of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) components of humanitarian and disaster resilience programmes, and support stand-alone evaluation and research initiatives. This role will also include support to business development, project management and technical expertise.


The primary responsibilities of the Manager, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, include:

Providing Technical Input/Sector Expertise:

  • Provide technical inputs related to MEL for the planning, design, and delivery of humanitarian and disaster resilience projects
  • Lead the design and delivery of specific humanitarian and disaster resilience MEL projects
  • Provide short term inputs or lead consultancy assignments.
  • Provide support to monitor and quality assure Palladium?s services.
  • Contribute to research, analysis and publication of technical studies, case studies, policy and programme approaches and results.
  • Identify, build and maintain relationships with consultants and partners who can provide technical expertise.
  • Work with the RME Director and ENR Director to promote and build Palladium?s technical capability
  • Design and implement original research to support programme improvement or donor requests with the goal of publishing findings.

Project Management:

  • For assigned portfolio of projects, interface with clients and other project stakeholders to plan, implement, review and report on projects as needed and requested
  • Provide support to project work planning, budgeting, progress and financial reporting
  • Provide technical support to projects at all stages
  • Support Project Directors in the programme performance management
  • Liaise with and manage partner organisations on the contractually compliant delivery of agreed inputs and achievement of agreed outputs and outcomes
  • Identify project performance and contract issues and support their timely resolution
  • Keep abreast of political, social, economic and security developments in project countries and regions
  • Assume management responsibility for these tasks when delegated to do so.

Business Development:

  • Support and/ or manage the identification, assessment and pursuit of new business opportunities, contributing to the analysis of our prospects for winning opportunities
  • Contribute to the development of the RME strategy and that of the ENR Practice Area
  • Support business development through coordination of research on issues and trends, countries, clients, partners and competitors and market intelligence gathering
  • Support and/ or manage the development of new and maintenance of existing client relationships through interactions with clients at a technical level during the business development cycle
  • Contribute to the planning of pursuits and bids
  • Contribute to and/ or manage the preparation of capability statements/expressions of interest, technical and financial proposals
  • Contribute to and/ or manage partner and expert team selection and pre-bid negotiations
  • Support and/ or manage post-submittal follow up with clients
  • Assume management responsibility for these tasks when delegated to do so.


Minimum education and experience required

  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline. A combination of additional experience and a first degree may exceptionally be considered in place of an advanced degree
  • Minimum of 6 years relevant work experience
  • Minimum of 4 years of technical monitoring, evaluation and research experience or MEL for humanitarian assistance, disaster resilience, and business development experience that includes developing, implementing and managing field-based research and monitoring and evaluation systems in a development country setting
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience working in a developing country or in a project based environment
  • Proven track record in commissioning, designing and delivering MEL and adaptive programme management
  • Project management experience
  • Experience leading successful bid processes would be an advantage.

Key competencies and professional expertise required

  • Technical expertise and experience in planning, monitoring, evaluation and/or learning, including one or more of the following –
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Disaster risk reduction / resilience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Strong technical writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to conceptualize and write a bid proposal or project report
  • Sound business development and client relationship management skills
  • Experience leading and managing teams
  • Sound problem solving analysis and decision making skills
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad including in developing countries
  • Fluency in other languages an advantage