Ethiopia: MEL Manager SHARPE (Strengthening Host and Refugee Population Economies)

Organization: Oxford Policy Management
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 01 Nov 2017

OPM is looking for a talented MEL Manager for the SHARPE (Strengthening Host and Refugee Population Economies) programme in Ethiopia.

About the Programme

The programme aims to increase sustainably the net economic returns to refugees and hosts communities through both increased gains and decreased losses.

In doing so the programme has several secondary objectives. In increasing economic returns, SHARPE should mitigate, or at minimum avoid any increase, in conflict between refugees and host communities. The economic returns should be derived from a mixture or formal and informal employment, improved returns to agriculture, and reduced costs of consumption. This is also expected to yield dividends in improved nutrition and reduced vulnerability to shocks for households through increased asset stocks. Finally, the programme should seek to intervene in such a way that results in the gendered benefit of interventions reflecting the gender balance within the target group.

Where possible interventions should also contribute to greater gender equity within the target group by increased opportunities for women and girls or reduction of gender-specific threats or disadvantages.

The ultimate beneficiaries of the programme will be refugees and hosts communities in the areas of Ethiopia which play host to refugees. These beneficiaries will be reflective of the gender balance within the target groups. Of a total target population of approximately two million individuals, the programme will indicatively aim to benefit approximately 200,000 of the target group in this first 3.5 year period.

The programme will follow the making markets work for the poor (M4P) approach. The objectives of this approach are to deliver large-scale, sustained improvements in people’s lives by utilising local systems and facilitating change in those systems to improve outcomes. The approach is characterised by:

  • Focus on the supporting functions and rules which determine the terms of a transaction within a market system as the key area for intervention.
  • Working with and through existing actors to change behaviour.
  • A facilitative approach leveraging the capacities and incentives of partners rather than providing the incentive as a development actor.
  • A focus on the utilisation of data for adaptive management resulting in iterative and flexible intervention design.

About the job

This is a long term full-time role involving extensive internal travel throughout Ethiopia.

The MEL manager will take the lead on ensuring the programme delivers a high standard of M&E, leading the development and maintenance of M&E systems for the collection, management and reporting of data, as well as ensuring a proper learning process is embedded in the management cycle. The MEL manager will have the primary responsibility to enable knowledge capitalisation from lessons learned in interventions, lessons learned in application of systemic approaches in humanitarian settings, and wider lessons in understanding of the microeconomics of protracted and emergent refugee hosting contexts that will inform the programme as it progresses as well as being of relevance to the wider community. The MEL manager will coordinate the Facilitators on M&E issues and lease with the semi-independent monitoring function.

In order to be selected for this role, you would need to demonstrate the below:

  • Experience in M&E, theory of change design with implementing actors
  • Experience in managing M&E system for a large programme
  • Demonstrable success in enabling learning from M&E, creating the full learning pathway;
  • Good understanding of M&E systems in the humanitarian sector ideally working with refugees is desireable
  • Hands-on experience in measuring results and DCED standards is required;
  • Experience of M&E in Ethiopia

In addition, the below would be a plus:

  • Knowledge of the M4P approach;
  • Previous experience working in Ethiopia, especially with government and across regions

About OPM

Oxford Policy Management Limited (OPM) is a leading international development consultancy that is committed to helping policymakers design and implement sustainable reforms for reducing social and economic disadvantage and inequality in low- and middle-income countries. Our core strengths include:

  • A unique combination of analytical and practical support across the policy cycle, ensuring sustainable, integrated solutions.
  • 35 years’ experience of successfully managing more than 1,500 projects, large and small.
  • A multi-sectoral perspective of the complex, interplay of factors that drive social and economic disadvantage.
  • More than 200 highly qualified and experienced full-time staff, supported by over 40 internationally renowned associates.
  • Nine permanent offices in Africa, Asia and Europe, plus project offices in approximately 20 countries.
  • A strong commitment to advancing the lives of the ‘bottom billion’, not OPM’s bottom line.

In order to apply for this role, please fill up the online form and submit your application. For any question about the process, you can email Please be aware that we will not consider any application send via email to this address.

How to apply:

In order to apply for this role, please fill up the online form and submit your application, link below

For any question about the process, you can email Please be aware that we will not consider any application send via email to this address.