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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer – Girls First Fund


Location: Greater Philadelphia Area - Paoli, PA, USA

Organization: Geneva Global

You will lead the design and coordinate the implementation of the Girls First Fund’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning processes.

You will bring an enthusiasm for monitoring, evaluation, and learning to the various responsibilities encompassed in this role. You will have masterful organization skills and a keen ability to analyze and synthesize information.

What’s It Like to Work at Geneva Global?

Our everyday work life at Geneva Global is creative, collaborative, fun, and, has a big impact! We are a team. A good team. We care about each other. We respect and honor the work being done, and, appreciate that it takes effort to do it right. Our office is an open environment. The culture is a learning and open-minded one. We care about our professional development. Much is accomplished and you go home feeling that you’ve made a difference. Come join the fun!

Geneva Global, a philanthropy consulting company and certified B corporation, supports the Girls First Fund by providing strategic advice, grantmaking and program management, donor engagement, and operations services. Geneva Global is seeking a full-time professional to join our team and lead the monitoring, evaluation, and learning work for the Girls First Fund.
The Girls First Fund is a donor collaborative supported by leading philanthropic organizations and individual philanthropists who have come together to champion community-led efforts so that all girls can live free from child marriage and create their own future. We focus on girls, families, and communities because we believe they are in the best position to create lasting, local change and address the causes of child marriage at their roots.

In May 2019, the Girls First Fund began a pilot grantmaking program in six countries, which will allow the fund to learn across geographies and contexts. We will use this year as a “learning year” to co-create our 2020-2025 programmatic and learning strategy with girls, grantees, the fund’s board, and local stakeholders. This initial grantmaking year will enable the fund to test grantmaking criteria, structures, and processes; shape the learning agenda in consultation with grantees; plan for evidence generation; and inform evaluation plans.

Your Role

Under the overall guidance and direction of the GFF director, you will work as part of the Girls First Fund Team to design and implement monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans and strategies that will guide the Fund for its duration, building on and adapting the plans that have been developed for the Learning Year to date. This will include:

  • Leading the design and coordinate the implementation of the overarching monitoring, evaluation, and learning strategy.
  • Guiding and supporting the staff and grantees, as relevant and appropriate, to identify, gather, and synthesize key learnings during the remainder of the learning year and throughout the full-term of the fund. 
  • Liaising with representatives of the fund’s core donors and external partners on issues related to MEL.
  • Ensuring that the Fund Director, staff, donors, and grantees (as relevant) are aware of the latest global evidence on the role of community-based organizations in preventing and mitigating child marriage.
  • Where relevant and feasible, contributing to the global evidence base on community-based organizations and child marriage, such as through the development and dissemination of case studies, lessons learned and/or other relevant outputs.
  • Co-creating with staff and country-based consultants to provide technical assistance to, and build the capacity of, grantees related to research and MEL, ensuring the amplification of community-based perspectives and voices.
  • Ensuring that all processes are in line with the priorities and values of the fund, which include being girl-centered, grantee-centered, community-driven, gender-transformative, and aiming to reduce the burden on grantees while generating evidence of the role that CBOs play within the ecosystem to prevent and respond to child marriage.

Your Experience and Abilities Demonstrated

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, public health, international development or a related field
  • 10 + years of professional experience in monitoring, evaluation, research and learning - ideally in an international development context
  • Experience working on gender justice and with community-based organizations and local non-governmental organizations in low and middle-income countries preferred.
  • Experience using multiple database platforms.
  • Topical knowledge of child, early and forced marriage and early unions, as well as the fund’s other priority areas (education, sexual and reproductive health and rights, social norms change, and girls’ leadership) is also ideal.
  • English fluency is required.
  • French, Spanish and/or Hindi proficiency is a plus.

The Details

  • This full-time position will ideally work from our Paoli, PA office (Philadelphia metro area) with international travel up to one-quarter of the time.
  • You must have authorization to work in the United States. Regrettably, Geneva Global cannot sponsor an employment visa.
  • Our Geneva Global Headquarters Team works in a quiet, collaborative environment in which consideration is given to every detail to produce the best outcome.
  • We provide an excellent benefits plan including parental leave, medical, dental, short-term and long-term disability, a 401K program that includes a 3% contribution from day one, 11 paid holidays and 20 paid personal time off days per year.
  • Geneva Global is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. With our commitment to ensure diverse representation, we strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community

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How to apply:

Interested applicants should upload a cover letter, CV/resume (including names and contact information for references), and two writing samples in English (two to five pages each; excerpts from longer documents accepted)

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Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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