Job Title:       MEL Manager, Accountability (Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning)

Reports to:  Director of Evidence & Learning

Location:      Rosslyn, VA

At this time, GFEMS is not sponsoring applicants for work visas and is only able to consider candidates with existing work authorization in the United States.

About the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold international fund forging public-private partnerships and catalyzing a coherent global strategy to end modern slavery. Our mission is to end modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable.

GFEMS will issue subawards or grants across sectors and geographies with a focus on three core funding themes: rule of law, business engagement, and sustaining freedom.  The Fund’s strategy also includes the development of public-private investments across key industries and innovative approaches to evaluating what works in reducing the prevalence of modern slavery. We invite you to read more about the fund’s strategy and early investment priorities at www.gfems.org.

Position Summary

GFEMS’ approach to research is highly action-oriented and data-driven. The Fund’s research efforts will identify what works (and doesn’t) to sustainably reduce the prevalence of modern slavery. These lessons will be shared with the field but also applied internally to inform strategic investments towards prevalence reduction in specific industries / geographies.

As the MEL Manager, Accountability, you will be at the heart of our learning on what works and doesn’t work, with a focus on community engagement, and insights we use to make future investments and help us to course-correct programs based on that learning. You will need to be able to understand industry-level and programmatic-level theories of change, assist with indicator development, provide support to data collection and monitoring systems/structures, and help the team extrapolate clear insights and implications of the research. In coordination with the Senior (Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning) MEL Manager, you will need to work closely with our grantees to help them refine their theories of change and revise indicators as they learn.

The MEL Manager, Accountability, will bring experience in accountability structures in humanitarian and/or global development programming. This will include transitioning MEL systems to MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning) systems, MEAL budgeting, implementation, reporting, and support to proposal writing and logframe development. The position will ensure that all GFEMS grantees are supported to ensure relevance, quality, and effectiveness through timely and meaningful engagement with local communities and stakeholders. The position will also be responsible for significant contributions to the Fund’s implementation of adaptive management principles, particularly as they relate to insights gained from community feedback mechanisms and other accountability structures. This position will lead on building the capacity of staff and partners on accountability and its integration within traditional MEL frameworks.

The MEL Manager, Accountability, will also play a leadership role on the Evidence & Learning team to help the Fund develop an effective strategy for dissemination of knowledge products for broad uptake in the anti-slavery field, to include mechanisms for measuring the influence and uptake of those products.

This role will require travel, up to 30% of time.

Position Responsibilities

  • Lead and execute the Fund’s vision for formally transitioning from a MEL to MEAL framework
  • Support the design and development of effective systems for data collection, monitoring, storage, analysis, and reporting of accountability data across multiple donors
  • Set expectations and provide technical leadership and support to grantees on mainstreaming accountability principles into traditional MEL systems
  • Promote all aspects of a MEAL framework to support an organizational culture of evidence-informed programming, community responsiveness, and program quality
  • Identify and introduce new systems, tools, and/or processes for MEAL to grantees
  • Ensure data obtained from community feedback mechanisms is compiled and analyzed across thematic and operational workstreams to establish coherent narratives on program learning and strategy development
  • Communicate monitoring data and key takeaways from data analysis to leadership to facilitate informed decision-making
  • Ensure that resources for accountability are included within partner budgets and integrated within logframes. Lead accountability training and planning sessions during co-creation.
  • Serve as the Fund’s external representative on accountability
  • Participate in technical working groups including but not limited to METIP
  • Ensure safeguarding and protection principles are integrated within accountability frameworks. Provide leadership on safeguarding/protection and set expectations with grantees.
  • Provide project management as it relates to select MEL projects, including the oversight of research firms, external evaluators, and other partners – providing remote and on-site technical support as needed
  • Monitor burn rate of research and evaluation partners, helping to troubleshoot when partners encounter challenges
  • Compile multi-country data for donor reports
  • Assist with data visualization tasks as required
  • Support knowledge management and dissemination
  • Develop research briefs and presentations in support of the Fund’s dissemination strategy
  • Other responsibilities and projects as assigned


  • Graduate degree in social development or equivalent
  • Minimum of 7-10 years’ experience implementing global development and/or humanitarian assistance programming
  • Direct experience with and understanding of accountability mechanisms
  • Experience with and an understanding of performance monitoring data
  • Experience with adaptive management considered an asset
  • Experience with theories of change and MEL system development
  • Ability to synthesize large amounts of information on complex topics and articulate a proposed path forward
  • Well-developed cultural awareness / experience providing remote technical support
  • Relevant global experience and networks in high prevalence regions (e.g., South Asia, South East Asia) considered an asset
  • Must be highly collaborative and a proven relationship-builder
  • Efficient multi-tasker and able to coordinate people at all levels of an organization
  • Ability to communicate effectively across sectors and cultural backgrounds

To Apply

Email cover letter (max 1 page) and resume in a single PDF to jobs@gfems.org . Please title document [firstname lastname] – MEL Manager, Accountability and use subject line MEL Manager, Accountability.

Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.

GFEMS provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, disability, veteran or military status, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

GFEMS is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We take all possible measures to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us.