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Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Officer (Central Mindanao)

Date: 21-Oct-2021

Location: Cotabato City, Philippines

Company: Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


Plan International invites highly competent, experienced, and committed professionals to fill the following position:




The Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Officer will lead the implementation of quality monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) across all the assigned program areas and will influence the work both under the development and humanitarian contexts.


Further, as the MERL Officer, you will:


  • Develop the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for relevant projects and activities within your assigned program area.
  • Develop the terms of reference (TOR) for any evaluation research in your assigned program area.
  • Develop and test the tools needed for data collection.
  • Identify and cost all resources needed to implement the Program area MERL activities.
  • Establish or develop feedback mechanisms to capture, store and respond to feedback from the community and project participants. 
  • Develop recommendations for projects/ program/ strategy or broader operations. 




  • Graduate of Social Science, Statistics, Social Work, Community Development, or other related courses.
  • Relevant knowledge on participatory, gender-sensitive, and inclusive MERL approaches and methodologies with adults and children.
  • Highly familiar with the use of the Theory of Change approach and implications for MERL.
  • Skills related to quantitative and qualitative data collection, are highly desirable.
  • Has the ability to analyze, synthesize, and draw out conclusions and learning from M&E data and processes.
  • Related work experience of at least five (5) years in development work.
  • Has at least three (3) years of experience in conducting research, planning, developing, and managing community development work-related projects.
  • Has good verbal and written communication skills.
  • This role is based in Cotabato City, Philippines. Local applicants are preferred.



Location: Cotabato City, Maguindanao

Type of Role: Fixed-term (10 months, renewable)

Reports to: Program Area Manager

Flexible working arrangements

Competitive compensation package (local T&C)


Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.


We foster an organizational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights, and inclusion.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme, we will request information from applicants' previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.