Manager-MEL & Research

Role Profile

About The Role

The Manager-MEL and Research will play a leading role establishing a standard M & E L system across the organisation, strengthen development focused research skills among staff in contracts/awards and facilitate a learning adjusting process. The MEL & R Manager will focus more on execution of MEL framework, Research & Development, application of both qualitative and quantitative approaches for measuring change, and facilitating learning and setting a research eye in development.


Title Manager - Monitoring Evaluation, Learning and Research
Reporting to Head Business Development & Quality Assurance
Direct reports Officer-MEL, Officer-MIS, Sr. Officer-Research
Groups Bangladesh Management, M&E and research unit of other countries
Relationships Matrix with Project M & E staff, Heads
Location Dhaka
Nature of contract Regular
Grade D
Travel Frequent travel to project areas


  • Incorporate and roll out a new systemic change perspective in M & E process, assess contract based, goal based theory of change and theory of action
  • Set common and specific indicators ( or issues/focuses) for an effective M & E and change measurement frame work
  • Take lead in measuring internal, external factors and uptake process of interventions
  • Support program delivery team and thematic team in identifying researchable issues, development of quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, writing quality reports
  • Facilitate the quarterly progress report preparation process and work in a team to prepare the report
  • Measure most significant changes, biggest impact, assessing success and failure of a project, analyzing our investment efficiency and replicability of actions.
  • Assist Head of BDQA in Annual Review and planning process management.
  • Capture on going changes, innovations and support Managers to adjust action and business cases in programme delivery
  • Oversee contract/project management system (other related system), share point, project site ensuring consistent beneficiary facts and figure across the programme
  • Guide and contribute to project mid-term, final evaluation and impact assessment process of selected projects as prioritized by the program
  • Support partners to ensure standard M&E system in place
  • Build team capacities related to monitoring, participatory action research, various approaches of measuring change and evaluating projects
  • Support business development team in donor research, proposal writing
  • Support generating critical evidence 

Experience, Knowledge & Skills

  • At least 10 years’ experience in M & E of which a significant proportion of engagement in research (preferably PAR), learning and capturing innovations
  • Education: Masters degree in Social Science/Economics/Statistics/Natural Science/Development/ any other relevant subject. Degrees from the reputed foreign universities will be appreciated   
  • Knowledge and understanding on grass root, national and regional context in at least two thematic areas – Agriculture and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Sound analytical (both quantitative, qualitative, applying theory of change) and interpretation skills and English writing skill
  • Good attitude in team building cross functioning with programs/awards

Duration of Contract: Initially for 02 years, renewable upon satisfactory performance.

Salary & Benefits: Monthly Gross BDT 1,08,000 – 1,20,000 and other benefits i.e. Festival Bonus, Gratuity, PF, Insurance coverage as per organisation policy, subject to qualification and experiences.

About us

Practical Action is a global innovator, inspiring people to discover and adopt ingenious, practical ways to free themselves from poverty and disadvantage. We are a registered charity.
Improving harvests through planet-friendly farming innovations. Transforming lives through affordable, renewable energy. Reducing vulnerability created by climate change or disaster. Demonstrating sustainable ways to improve clean water access and sanitation. Unlocking economic opportunities that allow whole communities to thrive.
Just a few of the ways we help people unleash their potential and protect our world for future generations.

How to apply

Please apply online through uploading your CV mentioning two referees by 23 June 2019

We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for interview.

Practical Action are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.