Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Consultant , International Development

June 22 2022
London , UK

Background:

Nathan is a private international economic and analytics consulting firm that works with government and commercial clients around the globe to deliver practical solutions and achieve lasting results. Whether building frameworks for economic growth or navigating regulatory hurdles, securing infrastructure financing or evaluating and assessing disputes, Nathan’s experts serve as trusted partners, offering clients the analysis, technical advice, and strategies they need for sound decision-making. Known for both technical and service excellence and with corporate offices in the US, UK and India and more than 40 programme offices around the world. More information about Nathan can be found at nathaninc.com


WHAT WE OFFER

We offer an exciting work environment based in London where you will be part of a passionate, entrepreneurial, and creative firm culture that has high standards of delivery and an excellent work ethic. You will have the opportunity to work on a portfolio of projects in your area of expertise across Africa and Asia as well as the chance to work as part of multidisciplinary teams. We offer a competitive salary, pension plan, life assurance policy, discretionary performance-based bonus, and flexible working arrangements.


Nathan is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your CV and cover letter to the opportunity on the Nathan careers website: Career Center — Nathan.

Closing date for applications is 21 July 2022 at 12:00 pm.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Job Description:

JOB SUMMARY


An analytical, diligent, and development-committed professional, the MEL Consultant will join our dynamic and growing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team in London. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the wider Nathan London team to win, manage, and deliver programmes. The Nathan London team has an active role in technical delivery of its programmes, and the candidate will have the qualities required to initiate and independently deliver technical MEL assignments as well as manage the work of others, whilst also performing programme management roles and contributing to business development.


RESPONSIBILITIES


Technical consultancy (60-70% indicative input)

  • Provide strategic guidance for the design and implementation of MEL programme frameworks, including survey and sampling methodologies
  • Undertake high quality technical MEL assignments in Nathan’s core technical areas
  • Lead MEL activities on an assigned portfolio of short and long-term programmes and quality assure technical outputs produced by the MEL component
  • Provide day-to-day management of programme MEL teams
  • Work closely with technical and managerial leads across multiple workstreams to ensure an integrated MEL capability
  • Manage analysis of evidence and data for purposes of learning, communications, and outreach strategy with stakeholders
  • Build alliances to deliver existing and future work


Programme Management (10-20% indicative input)

  • Ensure that MEL assignments are delivered on time and within budget
  • Ensure that MEL assignments meet high quality technical standards
  • Manage contractual relationships with consultants and suppliers
  • Perform all necessary compliance functions
  • Identify new consultants and build alliances to deliver work



Business Development (10 – 20% indicative input)

  • Actively network with clients and partners to gather business intelligence
  • Identify new business opportunities for the company, focussed on MEL
  • Collaborate in the identification of potential consultants for assignments
  • Contribute to the preparation of expressions of interest and tenders, in particular for MEL opportunities
  • Undertake business development scoping trips




Qualifications:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS


We are looking for an experienced consultant with a track record of successful delivery of consultancy services to clients in the development sector. He/she will preferably have:

  • 5 years of relevant professional experience
  • Master’s degree or higher in social sciences (economics, statistics, social research, international development)
  • Experience in managing development programmes or projects
  • Experience delivering MEL assignments for development programmes, preferably in Nathan London’s thematic focus areas (economic and private sector development, investment, financial services, girls’ education)
  • Proficiency in Excel and good knowledge of a statistical package like SPSS or STATA to analyse quantitative and qualitative data
  • The right to live and work in the UK


DESIREABLE EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS


  • Experience working in complex and time-pressured contexts
  • Strong attention to detail and proven quantitative skills
  • Excellent analytical, organisational, and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and with multicultural teams to achieve results
  • Field experience working in emerging or developing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, and/or in South and East Asia
  • Experience developing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and indicators, as well as mixed methods approaches
  • Experience working with FCDO Logframes and Theories of Change
  • Flexibility to undertake short term travel
  • Outstanding English written and oral communication skills
  • Experience writing technical proposals