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Solidarity Center

Senior Advisor for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

PQLC – Washington, District of Columbia
Department PQLC
Employment Type Contract Employee
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor



Title:                   Senior Advisor for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Location:          Washington, D.C.

Reports to:      Director of Program Quality, Learning and Compliance


The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job and greater equity at work and in their community. Its programs are based on the fundamental principle that working people can, by exercising their right to freedom of association and forming trade unions and democratic worker rights organizations, collectively improve their jobs and workplaces, call on their governments to uphold laws and protect human rights, and be a force for democracy, social justice and inclusive economic development.  Founded in 1997 and allied with the U.S. labor movement, its programs in more than 60 countries focus on human and worker rights awareness, union skills, occupational safety and health, economic literacy, human trafficking, women’s empowerment and bolstering workers in an increasingly informal economy.


The Solidarity Center has prioritized enhancing monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) as a strategic objective and seeks a Senior Advisor for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning to lead the organization’s efforts in developing a MEL strategy, promoting a MEL culture within the organization, building staff capacity in Washington, D.C. and the field, strengthening monitoring systems, and driving knowledge management and organizational learning.  International travel may be expected for this position. This is a management position and, as with all positions at the Solidarity Center, is contingent upon continued grant funding.

Areas of Work:

MEL Strategy and Framework

·       Assess (within first three months of hire) organizational capacity and needs in MEL, and, in consultation with Regional and Country Program Directors, and M&E Specialist, develop five-year MEL strategy and framework that includes a learning agenda with a focus on updated strategic directions

·       Review and update, as necessary, theories of change and indicators, and make recommendations to capture measurable progress and the changes the programs seek to influence

·       Establish framework and guidance to ensure proposals include M&E plans that are consistent with MEL strategy, are responsive to program rationale and can be operationalized

·       Conceptualize and lead development of toolkit of MEL resources for use throughout project life cycle that can be accessed by field staff through online portal

·      Provide regular updates at managers’ meeting  

Knowledge Management and (KM) Organizational Learning

·       Lead and engage program and technical staff (within first year) in designing knowledge management strategy

·       Assess organizational knowledge sharing practices and identify gaps, and establish systems, tools and processes to enhance KM and organizational evidence-based learning

·       In collaboration with technical specialists (migration, rule of law, trade union strengthening, and equality and inclusion), develop online resources and lead efforts to incorporate their use

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning System and Data Management/Analysis

·       Establish/enhance MEL systems to generate evidence that can demonstrate impact and also be used for accountability, organizational learning and decision making

·       In collaboration with M&E Specialist, assess the existing monitoring database (within first three months), make recommendations on revisions, as necessary, and provide direction to ensure the systematic collection and reporting of quality data across programs

·       Conceptualize new ways of collecting, analyzing, using and reporting on qualitative and quantitative data

·       Make recommendations to ensure sustainability of monitoring system, and data management and analysis

 MEL Approach/Plan for Global Labor Program (GLP)

·       In conjunction with M&E Specialist, assess (within first three months) M&E requirements of USAID-funded, five-year $50M GLP as well as the measures taken to date, and develop plan to meet obligations

·       In collaboration with M&E Specialist, design training curriculum for field offices to ensure data collection, documentation and reporting are in accordance with both the award and the SC’s information needs to demonstrate progress and impact

 Staff Development and Mentoring

·       Guide workload, mentor and foster the professional development of the M&E Specialist, and guide workload and provide direction on organizational data needs to Information Systems Program Officer

·       In collaboration with M&E Specialist, design MEL training for HQ and field staff that can be replicated by M&E Specialist and field M&E experts independently

·       Lead efforts to establish and grow an M&E community of practice within the organization that builds capacity and supports MEL implementation

·       Make recommendations to ensure organizational capacity is sustained beyond contract term

 Community Engagement

·       Remain up-to-date on trends and advancements in MEL, and participate in community discussions 

·       Serve as MEL team lead with partner organizations and donors, particularly USAID, DOS, DOL and the National Endowment for Democracy

·       Collaborate with program and technical staff, and present lessons learned and/or evaluation findings in such venues as the AEA conference

 Research and Evaluation (as opportunities arise)

·       Conceptualize areas for research and evaluation that further the MEL strategy and learning agenda, and collaborate with colleagues on the design and implementation

·       Serve as lead on the design/conduct of internal evaluations and oversee evaluations conducted by external researchers, partners or consultants


·       Master’s degree in social science, social justice, human rights, international relations or related field

·       Minimum of 15 years of experience, including in developing and implementing organizational MEL strategies, establishing MEL systems, designing quantitative and qualitative tools to collect data and delivering training

·       Minimum of 5 years of experience mentoring and managing staff

·       Fluency in English (verbal and written)

·       Previous experience working in a non-profit organization that focuses on labor, social justice, human rights or civil society strengthening preferred

·       Previous experience building a MEL community of practice preferred

·       At least 2 years of living and working overseas preferred

·      Proficiency in a second language preferred

 Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·       Significant experience in designing M&E systems for labor/social justice/human rights/civil society programs

·       Expertise in monitoring and evaluating labor/social justice/human rights/civil society programs

·       Familiarity with MEL requirements from USAID, DOS, DOL as well as foundations and European donors

·       Strong skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis

·       Familiarity with participatory approaches, paper and mobile data collection, Excel and cloud-based data management and analysis, and integration of data visualization

·       Experience in designing and delivering in-person and on-line workshops on M&E topics

·       Experience in designing and developing M&E strategies and plans at proposal development stage

·       Experience in designing and implementing research projects

·       Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with host country-based, HQ and donor staff

·       Strong skills in mentoring staff with programmatic and managerial responsibilities

·       Excellent writing skills in English

·       Excellent analytical, oral communication, teamwork and people skills

·       Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills

·       Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities

·       Ability to work independently and in a team environment

·       Demonstrated ability to foster a MEL culture within an organization

·       Good sense of humor a plus

 This job description is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities associated with the position.

 No phone calls please.

The Solidarity Center is an equal employment opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other status protected under applicable law.

 This position, as with all positions at the Solidarity Center, is contingent upon continued grant funding.

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