Monitoring Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Specialist

  • Job Reference: ACASN1712/CC
  • Date Posted: 5 November 2020
  • Recruiter: INASP
  • Location: Oxford
  • Salary: £40,000
  • Sector: Fundraising - Research
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Monitoring Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Specialist
Oxford, Oxfordshire

In support of INASP’s aim to ‘put research and knowledge at the heart of development’ you will provide expert support to Monitoring Evaluation, Research & Learning work in the organisation. Working alongside INASP’s programme teams and partners, you will support the design, development and implementation of high quality and appropriate M&E and learning processes and systems that uphold INASP’s reputation as a strong critically reflective and analytical organisation. You will also support the expansion of INASP’s work into developing and undertaking research projects in key areas of INASP’s work.

The Role

Reporting to the Head of Monitoring Evaluation, Research and Learning, you will:

Support monitoring, evaluation and learning activities:
- Support the monitoring and evaluation of INASP’s programmes
- Support critical thinking and learning processes such as reflection and review processes, TOC development and clarification, log frames and results frameworks
- Oversee internal data collection processes
- Support annual planning of M&E work and budget alongside the M&E officer(s), in conjunction with programme teams

Support programme teams as well as provide MERL support to partners directly as required:
- Develop M&E & learning components for new programme proposals, including M&E budgets
- Manage relationships: your relationship with programme teams to ensure a supportive and collaborative work environment

Support the development and implementation of new MERL funding opportunities for research, evaluations and other areas of MERL.

Oversee the collation and analyses of MERL data.

You will have:

- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Strong knowledge of M&E methodologies both quantitative and qualitative
- Strong experience of data management
- Strong analytical, quantitative and qualitative skills
- Excellent knowledge of various analytical packages, including Survey Monkey, NVivo, Excel or other quantitative packages
- Strong experience in designing and implementing M&E activities in a NGO or research setting
- A positive attitude to working with non-MEL specialists or researchers and appreciation of the contribution others can make
- Strong people skills; considerable experience of collaborative work
- Willingness to travel up to 35 days per year within the UK and internationally


Salary: circa £40,000 (some flexibility depending on skills and experience)
Full-time Permanent Contract
The post is based at our Oxford office.
Please note, you must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. We cannot sponsor anyone who does not already have this right and in order to be considered for this post you will need to provide proof of your right to work in the UK. If in doubt of your status, see the UK Government’s website for clarification.

How to apply

Applications should be made through our websites by selecting the apply button shown and should include:
1. A full CV
2. A personal statement of no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining how you meet the essential and/or desirable criteria in the job description and what you would bring to the role
3. Details of your right to work in the UK: either
a) UK/EEA/Swiss citizen (except Croatian nationals who require ARC documentation); or
b) details of work permit /visa
4. Where you saw the job advert e.g. (INASP website, Third Sector)

Applications will only be considered if they provide all the above.

Successful candidates selected for interview will be notified and sent interview details including advance preparation requirement.

Please note, we reserve the right to close applications early if a large number of applications are received.

We will not accept applications through agencies.


INASP is a UK registered charity, established in 1992 and funded by a range of government and institutional donors. We have 24 staff based in our Oxford and London offices. For more details please go to our website.

INASP is committed to creating an inclusive working environment, promoting and providing equal opportunities in employment, respecting diversity and avoiding unlawful discrimination at recruitment and during employment. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of their race, gender identity, biological sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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