The Accountability Lab is building a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders in 6 countries across West Africa and South Asia. We train, mentor and resource change-makers to strengthen systems of accountability and integrity.

As a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer you will be responsible for supporting the Lab to design, build out and implement a new monitoring and evaluation plan as we move through an exciting period of organizational growth. This plan and agenda will be matched to the 2017-2020 strategy, and integrate adaptive learning into all aspects of the Lab’s work.

Working out of the Lab’s headquarters at the OpenGov Hub in Washington, DC, you will balance MEL activities at the strategic level with programmatic support around these issues and pragmatic problem-solving with our country teams to help us improve.

More about You

You have a passion for monitoring and evaluation, collecting data and designing/using systems to gather information. You are primarily an M&E specialist but are also interested in building an understanding of adaptive learning.

You are dynamic and excited about  rolling up your sleeves and executing on deliverables in a young organization that is open and excited about your inputs.  You approach M&E problems with flexibility, resourcefulness, and a positive attitude.

You thrive in a fast-paced environment where you can work independently, play a senior leadership role in terms of the MEL needs and activities of the organization, and interact with a variety of stakeholders. You are an extremely well-organized individual, with attention to detail in your writing and the ability to prioritize effectively, and you are excited about shaping the organization’s path significantly as it grows and evolves.

You see yourself as a sponge and jump at the opportunity to learn from and with your teammates. You’re energized by the start-up work environment and are excited to be surrounded by the diverse perspectives of our global team. You are able and willing to travel as needed to parts of Africa and South Asia.

More about the Team

While our organization is headquartered in Washington, DC, our team is spread across the globe. We have local offices in Kathmandu, Islamabad, Abuja, Monrovia, and Bamako. We are all tied to a common goal of enabling people to use information and knowledge to hold those in power accountable and creating lasting social change.

We embody our values of integrity, innovation, humility, practicality, and collaboration in all that we do. We strive to reinvent the way that development organizations operate through radical transparency, creative awareness campaigns, cross-sector collaboration, and a culture of continual learning. We seek to invest in our people as much as we possibly can- with an emphasis on personal growth, learning, and collaboration. 

Success Factors:

Above all, this position requires a robust understanding of qualitative monitoring and evaluation tools, processes and approaches. We are primarily looking for the right person, somebody that can develop knowledge of adaptive learning issues- knowledge around learning at the outset is a plus. We seek a demonstrated record of assuming professional responsibility and delivering on MEL goals with integrity and humility.


Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Design, build out and implement a new M&E plan for the Lab to support the organizational strategy and operational plan;
  • Identify and implement goals for success and work with the team to design or modify monitoring and evaluation instruments to assess these metrics of success;
  • Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts and external partners to strengthen the quality, accuracy and consistency of data to build an evidence base for the Lab’s work;
  • Explore and pilot alternative MEL approaches, tools and techniques such as social network analysis and complexity aware monitoring approaches;
  • Support project and communication teams to enable effective use of findings in the formulation of policy, training or communication materials;
  • Encourage evidence-based decision-making within the Lab and among its partners;
  • Review, support and give technical feedback on monitoring and evaluation plans for programs developed in country offices.


  • Link adaptive learning approaches to the new M&E plan to ensure that data is systematically integrated into the Lab’s work to help us learn and improve;
  • Train and build capacity of all Accountability Lab staff on MEL issues;
  • Follow-up on monitoring and evaluation findings to ensure that corrective actions are taken and/or adjustments are made to program responses;
  • Support the Lab’s internal learning and evaluation processes including annual impact and learning reporting;
  • Support the Lab’s engagement in learning communities through organizing and hosting events, speaking and participating in relevant workshops and other network-building efforts, and developing partnerships with like-minded organizations.
  • Liaise with other M&E practitioners to keep on top of global trends in data and evaluation;
  • Monitor and support the development of evaluations, research, and studies across program countries.


  • Develop indicators, logical frameworks and impact measurement tools to support country teams in collecting data against agreed goals on an ongoing basis;
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information and data on the Lab’s work;
  • Direct timely MEL compliance reporting for all grants, ensuring the accuracy, integrity, and quality;
  • Liaise directly with the Accountability Lab Executive Director and Board of Directors on all matters relevant to MEL.


Required qualifications:

  • 3+ years’ experience in developing, designing M&E processes, teams, and studies in similar contexts/within an international development organization;
  • Advanced degree in International Development, Social Sciences, or related field, especially with a strong qualitative focus;
  • Resourceful and able to work independently, organized, detail-oriented and committed to accuracy;;
  • Proficient in Word and Excel;
  • Previous experience working in various contexts and with colleagues from different countries, especially to show demonstrated skills in creating relationships, building capacity, and empowering locally-based staff

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong facilitation skills;
  • Field experience;
  • French;
  • Operational knowledge of databases (MySQL, access)


We are a start-up organization and still growing. Depending on skills and experience our offer starts at $60 000, with some flexibility. We have a very generous leave and personal development package with plenty of opportunities to travel to our international offices, access to incredible networks across the international development and social entrepreneurship communities, and a fun work environment at the OpenGov Hub with over 40 other organizations.

Application Instructions

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Jean Scrimgeour [email protected] before 6pm ET on FEBRUARY 16, 2018. Qualified candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis and will be required to complete a written competency evaluation. The position will begin ASAP.