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Monitoring & Evaluation Research & Learning Coordinator

Date: 06-Apr-2021

Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone

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 Sierra Leone is seeking to recruit top-notch professional to fulfil the position of Monitoring Evaluation and Research Learning Coordinator (national position) based at the Country Office-Freetown to deliver the tasks outlined below:



The purpose of this role is coordinate monitoring and evaluation activities of Plan International Sierra Leone’s programmes in line with international best practices and relevant guidelines.


The role contributes to strengthening the MERL function of the country office by monitoring all field activities and providing relevant support to the MERL Manager for effective and efficient monitoring. The position is crucial to programme quality and effectiveness.



The position is to ensure:

  • That sound monitoring and evaluation systems and procedures are in place for the smooth implementation of all field activities.
  • Monitoring data is collected by appropriate staff and monitored for timeliness and to ensure weekly, monthly and quarterly targets are met.
  • That monitoring and evaluation reports are accurate and prepared on a timely manner in line with donor requirements.
  • All M&E issues are dealt with in a timely and accurate manner as per PISL policy and procedure and in compliance with donor requirements.
  • That gender sensitivities are considered at all levels of implementation.


  • Provide support to the implementation of Plan Sierra Leone M&E methodologies and tools for monitoring and evaluation of projects.
  • Work closely with the PISL MERL Manager to develop and/or review monitoring and evaluation tools for projects.
  • To build the capacity of M&E Officers and project staff on the use of monitoring and data collection tools.
  • Provide updates to the MERL Manager and Head of Programmes on findings from weekly/monthly monitoring visits.
  • In collaboration with PISL MERL Manager, develop working documents (e.g. logframes, indicator tracking tables, etc.) to measure and document progress and performance on indicators and achievement of milestones, targets, outcomes, as well as lessons learned and good practices.
  • Coordinate and lead the revision/adjustment of indicators and activities.
  • Participate in programme review and learning sessions that provide opportunity to the MERL team and Technical Specialists to reflect and learn from experiences and the best practices on M&E in order to improve the M&E system as well as strengthen the capabilities, systems and processes that relate to M&E in all PISL interventions and initiatives.
  • Support the development and periodic review of project work plans, monitoring plan and M&E framework.
  • Ensure production of timely (monthly and quarterly) and high-quality programme monitoring and evaluation reports that demonstrate evidence-based accountability, capture key learning and meet donor requirements.
  • Support the generation of timely and quality monthly and quarterly donor reports
  • Support the documentation of case studies and lessons learnt.
  • Conduct regular field visits for timely and quality monitoring of the activities and effective use of the monitoring tools.
  • Escalate to the MERL Manager any issues related to monitoring in the field in a timely manner.



Internal contacts

  • Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning Manager as the direct supervisor
  • Head of Programmes
  • Business Development Manager
  • Technical Specialists
  • Programme Implementation and Influencing Area Managers, Programme and Project Managers
  • Members of the programme units to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery 
  • M&E staff

External contacts

  • Implementing Partners
  • Consultants



Essential Skills

  • University degree or its equivalent (from a recognized institution) in Social Sciences, Economics, Development, Statistics, Mathematics, Evaluation or other fields related to education.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in M&E designs, tools, systems and methodologies
  • Experience working in a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research designs and analysis.
  • They should be able to communicate to a fairly diverse audience
  • Excellent skills in information management including recording, analysing, reporting and review methods.


  • Innovative and field oriented with good communication skills
  • Previous experience in using online data collection/monitoring apps.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to deliver to tight deadlines
  • Good writing skills.



  • Travel to Programme units and activities is required as necessary to ensure that programmes are effectively monitored.
  • The post holder has medium contact with children. It is expected that children shall be protected at all times.



Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.


Ensure staff understand Plan International’s commitment to driving a feminist agenda within the organization, and the ambition for gender equality and gender transformative leadership is embedded in our value-based leadership framework.


Plan International’s Values


To apply for this job, kindly click on "Apply" Your application should include: 

  • A cover letter
  • A comprehensive CV including details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent supervisor

    Only short-listed candidates shall be contacted. References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People’s Policy.
    Plan International follows an equal opportunity policy and actively encourages diversity welcoming applications from all especially women and people living with disability.
    Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Location:                   Country Office / Freetown

Type of Role:            Evaluation and Research Learning Coordinator (national position)

Reports to:                Evaluation and Research Learning Manager

Grade:                           D1

Closing Date:           20th April, 2021


Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.


Equality, diversity and inclusion is 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 organisational 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.