Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer (Sabbatical cover)

Reporting to:              Head of Projects

Key relationships:   Projects Team, Fundraising Team, Project Managers, Communications                                     and Information Team, Global Management Forum (GMF)

Contract:                    9 months Sabbatical cover

Working hours:          Full time (37.5 hours per week)



ARTICLE 19 works to protect and defend freedom of expression and information (FoE/I), particularly individual advocates of these rights. Our goal is that those at the front line of defending freedom of expression and information are supported by effective networks of institutions and activists at the local, regional and global levels, and by strong legal frameworks and mechanisms, thus ensuring that violations are known, perpetrators held accountable, and effective relief or redress is secured. 

The protection of these rights requires a holistic approach encompassing physical, digital, psychosocial and legal security. ARTICLE 19 works to improve the security conditions and protection tools and mechanisms for journalists, media workers, human rights defenders (HRDs), bloggers and others engaged in defending human rights, particularly freedom of expression and information, and exposing corruption. We work to systematize our global monitoring and reporting methodologies, linking them to international and regional mechanisms, as well as specific governments, to raise cases of violations.

ARTICLE 19 focuses in improving access of women and sexual and gender minority journalists, HRDs, media workers and other communicators to specific tools and knowledge to protect themselves online and offline from physical, digital and legal risks or threats. Protection mechanisms and support networks are nuanced to effectively mitigate risk and threats for women and sexual and gender minorities.



The Senior MEL Officer’s primary responsibility is to implement effective MEL practices and processes at ARTICLE 19. This will be achieved through close consultation with a range of stakeholders and ongoing mentoring and support of relevant team members. The Senior MEL Officer will also lead the evaluation of the organisational strategy, overseeing learning and providing support for project proposals.



Organisational MEL systems and strategy:

  • Lead organisational MEL including development and oversight of MEL strategies, methodologies and tools.
  • Manage external strategic evaluations including design and budgeting.
  • In partnership with GMF and Project Managers, ensure MEL is effectively embedded within ARTICLE 19’s PMC, projects and programmes .
  • Draw on best-practice approaches to innovate ways in which ARTICLE 19 conducts MEL.
  • Manage and oversee a simple but effective internal reporting system by utilising ARTICLE 19’s online strategy and project management platform (AIMS) and other tools and resources. 

Learning and knowledge management:

  • Lead creation of a strong learning culture within ARTICLE 19.
  • Strengthen capacity of ARTICLE 19 teams and project partners in MEL, accountability and demonstrate impact.
  • Develop mechanisms to maximise opportunities for cross-organisational learning.
  • Guide ARTICLE 19 teams to link results with activities, quality of evidence, project performance and provide recommendations for improvements or adjustments.

Evidence and Evaluation:

  • Lead ARTICLE 19’s efforts to evaluate its global strategy and assess progress.
  • Mentor and build capacity of ARTICLE 19 teams and project partners to collect evidence and evaluate project progress. 
  • Ensure strategic complex and other major grant reports are evidence based and of high quality .
  • Source evidence for high profile publications and other communications materials.

MEL Management:

  • Develop and expand ARTICLE 19's MEL capacity via funding opportunities.
  • Manage the MEL budget, and maintain due-diligence for individual projects and/or grants, as required.
  • Represent ARTICLE 19 at meetings and in networks and help build connections with partners, donors etc.
  • Motivate and mobilise a pool of internal key stakeholders essential for the delivery of MEL, in close collaboration with their respective line-managers.

Proposal Development and project design:

  • Mentor and support staff to develop theory of change, project frameworks (as per bid requirements) and incorporate lessons learnt.
  • Mentor and support staff to develop MEL plans and related documentation where required.
  • Work closely with fundraising to design and deliver major proposals where required.
  • Lead on MEL for strategic and complex project proposals including theory of change and results framework design and development. 

Contribute to the overall work of ARTICLE 19:

  • To participate in wider organisational planning and review work and undertake follow up tasks as directed.
  • As required, feed into ARTICLE 19’s discussions; participate in team meetings and other internal and external organisational and decision making groups.
  • To represent ARTICLE 19 in external events, as agreed.
  • Other tasks that may be from time to time requested by senior management.






  • Educated to degree level, or
  • Substantial work experience demonstrating graduate level ability. 


  • Relevant experience in the design or development of MEL methods and systems within the INGO or human rights sector.
  • Proven experience with results frameworks using global and/or programme level indicators.
  • Strong experience in working within partner networks or consortia to implement MEL system. 
  • Experience in implementing and managing a project management or information sharing platform. 
  • Strong experience in facilitating and promoting learning across teams and organisations.
  • Experience in creating or managing processes to engage stakeholder feedback for improved programming.
  • Experience in organisational representation, coordination and liaison.
  • Experience in managing external evaluations of complex or consortium-led programmes.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent planning, organisational and leadership skills.
  • Ability to rapidly assimilate and digest large volumes of information.
  • Strong quantitative and data analysis skills.
  • Strong experience to report/present quantitative information in narrative form.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to negotiate and maintain good relationships with external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and to handle large workloads within set deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Other Requirements:

  • Must already have the right to work in the UK.  
  • Commitment to work within ARTICLE 19's vision, mission, core values and objectives, as well as human rights values. 
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural work environment and commitment to equal opportunities and non-discrimination. 
  • Strong desire to contribute to the effectiveness of the organisation in project management.  



  • Experience of working with large institutional donors such as DFID, the EC, SIDA, etc. 
  • Proficiency in one other major relevant language (Spanish, French or Portuguese) highly desirable.


Please note: this position is to cover Sabbatical leave for approx. 9 months from June 2019.

Application deadline: 30 April 2019