Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Advisor

A healthy life.  It enables you to develop yourself socially and economically, take matters into your own hands and pursue your dreams. With good health, you can look after yourself and your family and lift yourself out of poverty. That is why Simavi works towards a healthy life for all.  We work to ensure that disadvantaged people, especially women and girls, in low- and middle-income countries practice healthy behaviours based on their own free and informed decisions.

We believe there are two crucial factors that determine good health and well-being: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Our integrated approach of these two expertise areas is reflected in our programmes to achieve the greatest impact possible for the most disadvantaged groups in Africa and Asia. Our communications, lobby and advocacy efforts aim to engage the general public and involve them in what we do.

Since 1925, we have been working with local partners, the private sector, knowledge institutes, donors, alliance partners and governments to realise our highest ambition. We are amongst others the lead NGO in the WASH SDG Consortium and the Golden Line programme. And we are member of the Get Up Speak Out Alliance and the More than Brides Alliance.

In 2017, we have restructured our organisation. We introduced an agile style of working. Moving away from a hierarchical organisation into a ‘flat’ circles based organisation instead of departments. Each employee has one or more roles, which may vary in time. The roles are grouped into eight functional circles, each with a specific purpose and its responsibilities.

Simavi is looking for an experienced and energetic

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Advisor  

(maternity leave replacement for 7,5 months, 36 hours per week)

The challenge

Simavi is looking for an experienced Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Advisor. The MEL advisor will  contribute to the validation of the Simavi Theory of Change (ToC) and to the Simavi impact through mainstreaming Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) standards and methodologies in the organisation. Ensuring quality design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes is part of your challenge. In addition, you contribute to proposal development, research and data analysis, and lead on specific expertise areas, enhancing quality within the organisation and at the same time profiling Simavi as an expert.

The MEL Advisor reports to the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning and is part of our MEL circle with 1 Director MEL, 2 other MEL Advisors and 1 Jr. MEL Officer.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

  • Contribute to mainstreaming of MMEL policy within Simavi;
  • Develop Impact/ Evidence informed Programming (EiP) strategy and mainstream within Simavi;
  • Design Simavi guidelines/ standards (indicators) on MEL in programmes to ensure quality Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), uniformity and contribution to the Simavi ToC;
  • Ensure MEL (minimum standards) are included and budgeted for in proposals and programmes;
  • Oversee and support implementation of MEL in programmes;
  • Capacity building and support of local MEL officers and partners;
  • Design and oversee (rigorous) programme evaluations;
  • Collect data on programmes for analysis and reporting;
  • Gather and share latest research on MEL, WASH and SRHR within Simavi;
  • Publish results of Simavi’s research.

Do you recognise yourself in this profile?

  • You have an academic level of education (master degree);
  • At least three years of relevant working experience in a similar Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning position;
  • Proven knowledge of programme monitoring and evaluation, evidence informed programming and impact measurement;
  • Experience leading MEL for WASH and SRHR programmes;
  • Experience working for complex programmes in alliance with multiple international partners;
  • Experience working with and strengthening the capacity of local partner organisations;
  • Experience in data analysis;
  • Knowledge and experience in knowledge management is an added value;
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English within a multicultural context;
  • You are result-driven and entrepreneurial;
  • You stand your ground and know how to provide feedback in a positive way;
  • You are a team player and are open to others opinions and ideas;
  • Eligible to work in the Netherlands;
  • Available from the 1st of March 2019 up until the 15th of October 2019 for 36 hours per week;
  • Able to travel to programme countries.

What do we offer?

Simavi offers a result-driven and challenging position in an international working environment, with considerable ways to make a difference. Besides a fun and healthy working environment (i.e. weekly boot camp sessions, agile way of working and healthy lunches), we are an equal opportunity employer meaning we don’t discriminate in our hiring practices and we actively seek a diverse applicant pool. Our five core values lie at the basis of everything we do: just, sustainable, empowering, inspiring, connecting.

We offer a contract form the 1st of March 2019 up until the 15th of October 2019 for 36 hours per week. The salary we offer depends on the years of working experience you bring along and will be within the salary range of € 3,045.- and € 4,360.- gross per month for 36 hours per week (i.e. a fulltime contract).

Our office is located at Naritaweg 135, which is a 2 minutes’ walk from train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk.

How to apply?

Do you recognise yourself in the profile and do you want to contribute to Simavi’s mission and vision? Please upload your motivation letter and resume (in English, max. four pages) before the 16 January 2019 via this application link:

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Hilda Alberda via

Or visit our website: (Dutch) or (English).


The procedure will consist of two interview rounds, a case study (optional) and a reference check.

Because physical and emotional safety of children is crucial for Simavi, we do not accept any form of abuse. Child safeguarding is addressed in our recruitment and selection process.

 Commercial inquiries or job postings are not appreciated or accepted regarding this vacancy.

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