Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer

Initiative Sankofa d'Afrique de l'Ouest (ISDAO)

Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer

Location: West Africa (remote work / home-based)

Reports to: Director of Communications and Knowledge Management

Salary range: $40,000 – $50,000 per year gross annual salary commensurate with experience, excluding benefits.

NB: Remuneration is subject to a 20% withholding tax to the Kenyan government.

Closing date for applications: 30 September 2021

Expected start date: November 2021

Vision: A just and inclusive West Africa free from violence and discrimination.

Mission: ISDAO is an activist-led fund dedicated to strengthening and supporting a West African movement for gender diversity and sexual rights by adopting a flexible approach to grant-making and building a culture of philanthropy committed to human rights and social justice.


Reporting directly to the Director of Communications and Knowledge Management and working closely with other members of the Communications and Knowledge Management and Programs Departments, the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer contributes to the development and management of knowledge, capitalizing on learning from ISDAO’s core work, monitoring accountability and providing quality support to ISDAO to achieve its overall objectives, as an integral member of the team.

The MEAL Officer is responsible for developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems with a focus on data collection, data analysis and reporting to ensure synergy across teams and departments overall and to contribute to organizational learning and accountability. The position works closely with other members of ISDAO departments and promotes and supports learning among staff and partners to continuously increase the impact of ISDAO’s work in supporting the development of the LGBTQI movement and other efforts to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in West Africa.

As a member of the Communications and Knowledge Management Department, the MEAL officer ensures that all knowledge sharing, learning, evaluation and monitoring systems incorporate a feminist approach. They contribute to the writing and editing of internal and external reports to key donors.


The following key responsibilities are for illustrative purposes only and may change over time:

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

• To develop and implement the monitoring, evaluation and learning framework and strategies of ISDAO, incorporating innovative and appropriate monitoring, evaluation and learning tools based on ISDAO’s values and principles.
• Coordinate evaluations and monitoring of ISDAO’s programmatic activities through data collection and identification of best practices.
• Coordinate the dissemination of knowledge and lessons learned among staff, partners, donors and other stakeholders.
• Work with partners to ensure adequate baseline identification and data collection, and that the necessary data is generated to assess the impact and effectiveness of and lessons learned from ISDAO’s activities.
• Coordinate the annual monitoring, evaluation and learning planning process of ISDAO in order to adapt and continually improve annual plans.
• Support the grantmaking team in developing systematic and realistic monitoring tools to collect quantitative and qualitative data for reporting on the impact of ISDAO grants for the LGBTQI movement as well as other movements for sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly of sex workers and persons who use drugs.
• Ensure that a strong feminist approach is incorporated into all aspects of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems.
• Integrate new and alternative approaches to monitoring and evaluation of the contribution of ISDAO to the development of the LGBTQI movement as well as and other movements for sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly of sex workers and persons who use drugs.

Reporting and Knowledge Management

• Design report templates and guidelines that enable the collection and aggregation of information across programs.
• Contribute to the development and implementation of information management systems to improve the collection, aggregation and analysis of data.
• Ensure the analysis of data obtained from local departments and partners for reporting purposes.
• Coordinate the preparation of various documents (e.g. reports, position papers, op-eds, etc.) to present evidence-based results.


• Contribute to the development of internal policies, tools and mechanisms for mainstreaming accountability within and across ISDAO.
• Ensure respect for and adherence to principles of accountability in all actions and activities of ISDAO.
• Support capacity development of staff and partners on issues of accountability.

Thought Leadership 

• Provide analysis and recommendations to the ISDAO’s leadership team and Governing body to enable them to make informed strategic decisions about ISDAO’s activities.
• Represent ISDAO in external spaces and maintain relationships with funders, activists and strategic partners to increase awareness of ISDAO’s work, deepen the impact of programmatic work and expand ISDAO’s visibility, networks and partnerships.
• Participate in strategic spaces for exchange and learning, including with other donors, feminist funds and organizations, regional organizations, etc.



• Have a graduate-level education in statistics, social sciences/humanities, development, public administration or related relevant disciplines.
• At least 5 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation.
• At least 3 years of demonstrated experiences related to accountability and/or learning, acquired within an international development organization, a grantmaking organization, and/or a similar organization.
• Proficiency in tools, techniques and processes of database creation, data management and administration.
• Proficiency in data analysis software packages (e.g. SPSS, EPI Info, Access, KOBO and others).
• Have a good understanding of feminist approaches, LGBTQI rights, women’s rights, sex workers’ rights, rights of persons who use drugs, and development of participatory approaches.
• Ability to understand diverse perspectives and be able to influence and negotiate successfully.
• Have the ability to contribute effectively to teamwork and contribute to broader organizational goals and strategies.
• Ability to organize, identify opportunities and coordinate initiatives.
• Have a flexible and adaptable approach and be able to respond to changing priorities and in a rapidly evolving environment.
• Be currently residing and based in one of the ISDAO focal countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo).
• Ability to travel within and outside the West African region.
• Have the ability to work remotely effectively.
• Ability to communicate fluently in one of the working languages of AODI – French or English and willingness to learn the other language not spoken fluently; fluency in both French and English is a major asset.

Strongly desired 

• Proficiency in qualitative data analysis software (e.g. NVIVO, etc.).
• Have previous experience working in multi-country and/or regional projects.
• Previous experience working remotely or with a team located in different countries.
• Demonstrated experience and knowledge of participatory approaches to research, monitoring, evaluation and learning.


Priority will be given to West African nationals from ISDAO focal countries that are currently less represented on the staff, including Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Togo.

Candidates from other West African countries may also apply.

As an organization led by West African LGBTQI activists, ISDAO seeks to recruit people who identify as part of the LGBTQI communities and movements in the sub-region. This is particularly important for leadership positions. We are therefore particularly interested in candidates who have not only the technical expertise and professional knowledge required but also the familiarity, connections and lived experience within the community and movement.

Applications from LBQ women, trans, non-binary and intersex people are strongly encouraged.


Interested candidates should send their CV and a one-to-two-page cover letter explaining why they fit the profile, their experience and skills to by September 30, 2021.

Submissions are accepted in English, French or both at the same time.

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Please note that only complete applications will be reviewed and considered.


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