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Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Manager

Date: 03-Aug-2022

Location: Makati 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 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.





Plan International Philippines is looking for a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning Manager who will support Plan International Philippines (PIP) to effectively manage and demonstrate the results of its programs and Influencing work that addresses the issues critical to children and youth especially girls and young women, their families and communities in the development and humanitarian contexts.


Further, as the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Manager:


  • You will be responsible for the overall monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning initiatives as defined in the country's programs and strategy.
  • You will support high-quality data collection, storage, analysis, and reporting on our program work across the organization.
  • You will ensure the consistent application of MERL in terms of standards, processes, and capacity.
  • You will coordinate quarterly and annual reporting processes and ensure quality data are available for reporting and sharing internally and externally.
  • You will serve as the country focal point for Safeguarding Children and Young People in all MERL initiatives.
  • Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization. In exceptional cases, you will be asked to support emergency response activities in the communities covered by Plan International.





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


  • Bachelor or post-graduate degree in statistics, data science, social research methods, or humanities/development studies. In absence of the degree, at least five (5) years of experience in MERL, in development, and in humanitarian organizations.
  • Good analytical skills, facilitation, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to train others, ability to provide technical guidance and support to others.
  • Ability to identify and plan work strategically and to work to deadlines.
  • Willingness to continually improve and upgrade technical knowledge.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience in INGO work is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be based in the Philippines and a Filipino national.
  • This role is primarily office based but will require fieldwork in various program areas.



*This is anticipatory hiring. Target onboarding is within October 2022.



Location: Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Reports to: Head of Program Quality and Effectiveness

Flexible working arrangements

Competitive compensation package (local T&C)


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.

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