Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant with Quantitative Specialisation

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant with Quantitative Specialisation
London, UK
The Agricultural Learning and Impacts Network (ALINe) is looking for a full-time Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Consultant with strong quantitative skills. As a Consultant, you will scope, negotiate and provide high-quality and collaborative data-driven MEL assistance to a wide range of clients across Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia. You will also provide quantitative methods advice and support across the ALINe team.
ALINe designs and implements innovative, robust and user-friendly Monitoring Learning and Evaluation systems. The results build an increased capacity for evidence-based learning and impact across a global network of partnerships in the agricultural sector. ALINe draws on and develops the best technical expertise from the North and South. The initiative was conceived at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) and in 2012 the core team spun out to join the strategy consulting company Firetail Limited complementing their work with a dedicated new practice stream.
ALINe is committed to building the capacities of individuals and institutions to make better and smarter choices so that they are empowered to make a difference in their contexts and communities. Firetail brings together the analytical capabilities of the private sector with the values of civil society and social impact.
ALINe has a network of partners with extensive, proven experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning in multiple countries with knowledge of the local context and technical expertise in implementation. In collaboration with its network of partners, ALINe works with a number of intermediaries, (INGOs, NGOs, multilaterals, government agencies, private sector and farmer organizations). Our clients are supported to use effective monitoring and evaluation strategies; plans that support evidence based decision-making and underpin improvements in their learning processes.
A core competency is ALINe’s unique role in developing opportunities to include Voice in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEE) by bringing stakeholders and farmers closer together to balance their perspectives and enable a focus on people-centred performance and impacts in the sector. ALINe’s approach recognises the interconnectedness of donors, implementers, and beneficiaries such as farmers. It identifies and generates evidence that is of value to all stakeholders.
The ALINe approach is deliberate in seeking to build mutual accountabilities and create new tools and approaches for others to adopt. Working hand in hand with implementers and funders, ALINe and its network of partners believes that embedding the resulting data in performance management systems can drive significant improvement and results, particularly for smallholder farmers in the South.
Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.
  • Develop comprehensive, tailored MEL frameworks for a wide range of clients in the agricultural development sector.
  • Design and implement robust quantitative and mixed-methods evaluations, research and monitoring systems to promote learning within and across clients.
  • Provide ad hoc statistical support to colleagues and clients.
  • Plan and deliver well-structured oral and written communications.
  • Build the capacity of clients to conduct their own MLE activities.
  • Ensure clear management of budgets, time tracking, invoice schedules and re-budgeting required before, during and at the end of assignments.
  • Pursue business development opportunities in line with the ALINe strategy.
  • Work constructively with feedback from clients and managers.
  • Work collaboratively with team members, sub-contractors and clients, often across multiple countries.
  • Travel extensively to Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and/or South-East Asia.
Skills and experience

  • A master’s degree in economics, statistics or a related subject.
  • 3 years’+ experience of applied econometrics and/or statistics in a development, social policy or private sector context.
  • Strong knowledge of statistical methods, including regression analysis, sample size calculations, missing data, statistical experiments and hypothesis testing.
  • Confident using statistical software packages such as Stata or R.
  • Knowledge of study design, including experimental, quasi-experimental and mixed methods.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience of report-writing for senior audiences, presentation delivery, and delivering content to a wide range of audiences across cultures and literacy levels.
  • Experience of project management – including clear management of budgets, time tracking, invoice schedules and re-budgeting required before, during and at the end of assignments.
  • Business development skills – including identifying relevant business development opportunities, and scoping and developing proposals or tender responses.
  • Experience or understanding of different approaches to MEL employed in the development sector and how quantitative methods can be integrated into organisational learning processes.
  • Familiarity with qualitative and mixed methods approaches to MEL.
  • Experience in building organisational MEL capacity and skills.
  • Facilitation of participatory, multi-stakeholder workshops.
  • Experience of working in Sub-Saharan Africa, and/or South and South-East Asia.
  • Knowledge of African or Asian agriculture.
  • Knowledge or experience of how ICT can be applied to MEL, or development more widely.
  • Language skills relevant to ALINe’s areas of operation (Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South-East Asia).
How to apply

To apply, please send your CV, covering letter and answers to the below application questions by email to by Friday 15th April.
Why do you want to work for ALINe?
What relevant skills and experience will you bring to the role?
Under what conditions do you think RCTs may not be the most suitable approach? Provide an example of how a mixed methods approach could help to address this. (In no more than 500 words)
Further information

Interviews are likely to be held during week commencing 2nd May.
An offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory references. We require two references, one of which must be from your present or most recent employer. Unless your permission is granted, your present employer will not be approached until after an offer of employment has been made. Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.
The first three months of your employment will be counted as a probationary period. During this time Firetail Limited will make an assessment of your suitability for acceptance to a full fixed term position.
Firetail is an equal opportunities employer.
No agencies please.


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