Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) - Maternity Cover

Hope for Justice Flexible United Kingdom Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
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Company Description

Hope for Justice exists to bring an end to modern slavery by preventing exploitation, rescuing victims, restoring lives and reforming society. Around the world, we are growing a movement of abolitionists who believe freedom is worth the fight. Our team works from more than 30 locations across five continents. If you’re looking to make a difference, this is the place for the you.

Hope for Justice is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. If you feel that your skills and experience fit one of our roles then we would welcome your application regardless of your background.


Hope for Justice is seeking an exceptional candidate to provide maternity leave cover for our Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) position.

The role involves overseeing and setting the strategic direction of our monitoring and organisational reporting system, working with diverse specialists and teams in a number of countries..

This role will be integral in helping lead the development of internal MERL capacity development globally, as well as working to provide oversight and guidance to programmes on the mainstreaming of MERL minimum standards.

The successful candidate will nurture and provide oversight to our approach to the overall MERL strategy, working closely with colleagues in policy and communications to promote Hope for Justice’s work and thought leadership in relevant areas.

This role calls for someone with extensive experience and applied knowledge of leading MERL teams or functions within an INGO setting. We are seeking someone with experience in strategic planning, project management and institutional partnerships support, ideally within the anti-slavery sector.

For full details of this role and expectations, download the attached role profile.


  • Oversee the development of our Organizational Reporting system – that is the collection and collation of data on organizational indicators at activity and output level
  • Review and oversee the redevelopment of our Organizational Theory of Change work
  • Oversee the development of Quarterly Reporting outputs
  • Lead the development of internal MERL capacity development programme. This includes the development, piloting, finalization of MERL training resources for organizational MERL/Non MERL staff that will put on our internal Learning Management system (e-learning products).
  • Provide oversight and guidance to Programmes teams on the mainstreaming of MERL minimum standards across the organization including reporting quarterly on progress.
  • Provide technical guidance from a MERL perspective on the adoption of Case Management; data collection and other MERL IT systems.
  • Review and support teams on the development of: Logic Models, MERL plans; routine reporting; evaluations and research.
  • Commission consultants to undertake relevant research and evaluation assignments, and project manage such pieces of work
  • Lead the programmes teams in thinking about how to apply learning to improve the quality of our interventions, programme designs, and funding proposals.
  • Promote evidence-based thinking in programmatic decision-making
  • Work closely with colleagues working in policy and communications to advance our thought leadership in relevant areas
  • Represent the organisation on joint research and learning project
  • Manage one MERL manager
  • Manage MERL consultants
  • Understand and uphold the standards outlined in the Hope for Justice Safeguarding policies, acting with due care and attention to safeguard the wellbeing of anyone that comes into contact with our work and reporting concerns if they do arise.

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Benefits of working at Hope for Justice

Hope for Justice is committed to supporting our staff’s wellbeing and offers competitive salaries and a range of additional benefits to our staff. This includes generous annual leave entitlement, pension scheme contributions, company sick pay, enhanced maternity and paternity pay and access to the Employee Assistance Programme for staff and their family. As well as operating both Flexible and Hybrid working policies for our UK employees.

Salary: Up to £55,000 per annum, depending on experience

Closing Date: 2nd October 2022 – applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Location: Flexible, UK (Head office is located in Manchester)

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which include criminal records checks, in line with our Global background checks policy. Hope for Justice participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme, as part of the referencing process we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.