Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Program Officer , Economic Justice Program

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 24

Position description

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Program Officer , Economic Justice Program. New York. Posting Date: 05/24/2019. Deadline: 06/14/2019

The Open Society Foundations' Economic Justice Program launched in 2019, bringing together the work of the Economic Advancement Program and the Fiscal Governance Program, and focuses on promoting equity, openness, and accountability in fiscal and economic systems around the world.

EJP is looking for a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Program Officer to provide significant leadership to its MEL practices, systems, and efforts. This role will report to EJP's Director of Strategy & Impact. The role will be based in New York and require international travel. The individual would provide expert technical guidance to EJP team members, grantees, and investees in MEL and research practices, oversee a small grant-making portfolio related to MEL and evidence building, and design and implement major components of EJP's MEL system and practice.


Internal MEL adviser to EJP

  • Co-create theories of change, goals, and related indicators for EJP work at grant, portfolio, and strategy levels; support implementation of these tools and processes
  • Partner with colleagues on individual grant/investment design and evaluation, as well as portfolio design, review (OSF-wide learning practice) and evaluation
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for evaluation of grants/investments, grantees/investees, portfolios and/or EJP's overall strategy in consultation with colleagues; lead implementation of evaluation at the portfolio level
  • Support content and processes for strategy development at portfolio and program level
  • Build capacity of EJP team members across offices to understand and deploy MEL tools and approaches
  • Support development of EJP's grant-making and investment practices, especially those aspects related to MEL and organizational health

Managing EJP MEL processes and practices

  • Lead the development and implementation of M&E tools, templates, and methodologies for EJP
  • Review outcomes and indicators for individual grants and investments (at times, working with colleagues and/or grantees to redesign them) and ensure linkages to overall EJP MEL framework
  • Design, oversee, and/or monitor special studies, evaluations, and research experiments to advance EJP learning and mission
  • Co-design MEL framework with EJP MEL team in consultation with program colleagues and partners
  • Oversee (and at times directly implement) efforts to configure MEL database and dashboards for optimal use by program colleagues [coding background not needed]
  • Curate and analyze results and progress of EJP work in key areas for internal review and learning moments
  • Champion use and uptake of internal MEL database including via training sessions and hands on support to colleagues

External MEL adviser to EJP grantees and OSF network

  • Oversee and implement EJP's efforts to assess and help strengthen grantee's MEL capacities
  • Liaise and exchange with other colleagues in the OSF network on MEL tools and approach
  • Engage with EJP external partners, other funders, and external experts to continue learning and growth of MEL expertise

Other duties

  • Design and manage a small set of grants related to research and evaluation
  • Provide technical supervision and guidance to other colleagues on MEL team including interns and consultants
  • Other duties as requested by the Economic Justice Program


  • 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning in not-for-profit organizations especially in fields related to economic justice
  • Experience in designing and leading theory of change and indicator development, independently leading evaluations and research, and database and data quality management essential
  • Knowledge of design thinking, prototyping, fail-fast, and demonstration experiments ideal
  • Familiarity with impact investments, especially MEL related to investments, is a strong asset
  • Experience of regions such as Africa, Latin America, or South Asia would be preferred
  • Strong sense of adventure, creativity, and possibility in pushing forward boundaries in institutions, organizations, and industries on MEL
  • Complex project management experience;
  • Excellent written and oral English is required; knowledge of French or Spanish is an asset;
  • Ability to grasp and work within a complex organizational environment, to show sensitivity and respect for people working in different programs and departments, and to empathize with different points of view;
  • Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy while contributing to strong and effective cross cultural teams;
  • Willingness to undertake regular international travel (20-25%).

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
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