Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Officer (Learn and Stay Protected Project)

Date: 24 Nov 2023

Location: Cotabato City, Philippines

Company: Plan International

Plan International Pilipinas Foundation Inc. is a local non-government, non-religious, and non-political development and humanitarian organization committed to enabling children to live free of poverty, violence, inequality, and injustice.


We are committed to gender equality and actively work with and engage children, communities, other people, and institutions in addressing the root causes of poverty and gender inequality. We support children and young people, especially the most vulnerable, to build the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We focus on girls, young women, and other marginalized groups so that they can improve their well-being and achieve their full potential.




According to Plan International’s Child, Early and Forced Marriage study in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) areas, girls in poor households are often forced to engage in child early and forced marriage as a family’s temporary way out of poverty. The study concluded that dowries from these are perceived as a temporary relief from the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19.


The Learn and Stay Protected Project was designed to lessen the impact of economic and inequality challenges brought by COVID-19 on the education, protection, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) needs of married and at-risk girls and young women, so they can participate in rights-claiming and talk about issues where they feel disempowered, in safe spaces, and with the protection of their families and communities.


In line with this project, Plan International invites competent, experienced, and committed professionals to fill the following position. 


The Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Officer will lead the monitoring and evaluation activities as well as the knowledge management of the project. She/he also facilitates the Programme Accountability and Learning System (PMERL) processes and standards. She/he is responsible for developing the project’s MERL plan.


Further, as the MERL Officer:


  • You will facilitate participatory program review with staff and partners.
  • You will maintain a database of relevant data about communities and partners.
  • You will prepare progress reports and provide analysis for informed decisions.
  • You will draft quarterly and final reports in collaboration with the Project Manager.
  • You will facilitate the delivery of training/ development activities for staff, partners, and community on project activity proposal preparation, project management, grant designs and conceptualization, PMERL, and SAP.
  • You will facilitate capturing/documentation, storage, and sharing of best practices and lessons learned.
  • Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization. In exceptional cases, you will be asked to support emergency response activities in the communities in your assigned covered areas. 





To be successful in the role you will need among other things:



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science, Social Work, Community Development, Statistics, or other related courses. An advanced related degree is an advantage.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in conducting research, planning, developing, and managing community development work-related projects.
  • Has hands-on experience in using participatory approaches to data collection and research.
  • Relevant training on Rights-based programming; Community Development; Program / Project Management.
  • Previous work experience working on projects related to education or sexual and reproductive health is an advantage.
  • Very good command of verbal and written communication skills and the ability to relate to people from all backgrounds.
  • Applicants must be based in the Philippines and Filipino nationals.



Location: Cotabato City, Maguindanao

Type of Role: Project-based (until February 2025)

Reports to: Project Manager

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 organization, 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.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates.