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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist- HQ

Results Canada


Closing Date:   June 16, 2017
Organization:   Right To Play International
Department/Division:   Headquarters
Work location:   Toronto, Canada



Right To Play is a global organization committed to improving the lives of children and youth affected by conflict, disease and poverty. Established in 2000, Right To Play has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development which focuses on quality education, life skills, health, gender equality, child protection and building peaceful communities. With programming in over 20 countries, Right To Play transforms the lives of more than one million children each week using play and sports, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our work with children, Right To Play advocates with parents, local communities, and governments to advance the fundamental rights of all children.

Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist reports to the Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning and is responsible for supporting the implementation of Right To Play’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework and Systems across the organization. The ultimate goal of this role is to use Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning to ensure that Right To Play contributes to a healthier and safer world through sport and play by facilitating continuous organizational learning, providing credible evidence and improving program effectiveness.
Working in collaboration with MEL Officers in Right To Play’s regional and country offices, the incumbent’s primary focus is to use a participatory process to ensure the implementation of the MEL framework across all regions, to support the development of the necessary systems and processes to carry out this work and to support regional and country teams in using the monitoring and evaluation systems. The MEL Specialist also leads and supports internal evaluations and studies.
The MEL Specialist works within budget parameters and reports monthly on activities, accomplishments, risks and expenses.
The MEL Specialist will be based in Toronto with up to 15% of time travelling to Right To Play program countries.


Job Responsibility #1: Quality Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and Systems (40% of Time):

  • Provides ongoing technical support and oversight to ensure quality implementation of Right To Play’s Measurement Strategy, with a specific emphasis on statistical metrics, rigorous sampling frameworks, and quantitative measurements
  • Works with the IT team to facilitate the development of a global data tracking system
  • Provides statistical support to the MEL and program teams in: updating and maintaining the Quarterly Count system; analyzing global output data, and producing accurate reports
  • Supports the semi-annual outcomes reporting process by coordinating the outcomes report, reviewing reports, providing technical support, and analyzing global data
Identifies innovations and improvements to enhance effectiveness of the Global MEL framework and systems

Job Responsibility #2: Internal and External Evaluations and Studies (25% of Time):

  • Leads internal evaluations and case studies, ensuring collaborative, participatory processes, rigorous design and data collection techniques, and comprehensive analysis
  • Communicates results to various stakeholders
  • Develops evaluation resources and disseminates results throughout the organization

Job Responsibility #3: Regional and Country Office Collaboration and Support (20% of Time):

  • Supports and provides technical guidance to Regional and Country-level Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) staff with the implementation of key measurement activities
  • Engages regularly in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Community of Practice on MEL challenges, solutions and opportunities
  • Supports Regional MEL staff in the implementation of the Global MEL Strategy and related systems, processes and tools
  • Collaborates on and conducts MEL staff training in identified areas of need

Job Responsibility #4: Program Planning and Organizational Support (10% of Time):

  • Provides technical support in evaluation systems, Results-Based Management and project development
  • Collaborates with Right To Play teams to support resource development, effective training delivery, project planning and development, proposal writing program implementation, and communications
  • Reviews annual program plans to ensure adequate and complete monitoring and evaluation plans are included

Job Responsibility #5: Performs Other Duties as Assigned (5% of Time):




  • Masters degree in social sciences or equivalent experience and education
  • Training or certification in statistics and quantitative measurements


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the International Development and/or Humanitarian sector (preferably with overseas experience)
  • Experience in managing program evaluation in the international development context
  • Experience in the preparation of evaluation reports for different audiences – technical, management, government, donors and other stakeholders
  • Experience in application of leading qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and reporting and the creation and sourcing of appropriate tools
  • Experience in the development of measurement frameworks for one or all of the following types of programs: education (pre-primary and primary), gender, child protection, positive youth development, and/or health


  • Keen sense of cultural sensitivity, diplomacy and modesty
  • Advanced interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate amongst an international and multidisciplinary team
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills that allow for strategic planning and the ability to translate this into practical and feasible operational program planning both in written and verbal formats


  • Fluency in oral and written English

    • Membership or certification in a professional evaluation association (e.g. Canadian Evaluation Society)
    • Experience in creating and/or sourcing data management and analysis systems
    • Experience in managing projects with multiple stakeholders
    • Experience managing directly or indirectlyExperience with remote leadership


    • Ability to travel internationally is required

    Compensation:   We offer a competitive salary and benefits package Employment Start Date:   Immediately
    Contract Duration:   Indefinite Term



    If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to and kindly include “Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist” and your name in the subject line. Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter. Early applications are encouraged and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will be scheduled at your earliest convenience.

    While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

    Right To Play is a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory police record check as a condition of employment.

    All applicants are notified that, where needed, accommodation for disabilities will be provided on request.  This includes accommodation for attending interviews and assessment tests.

    To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at






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