Programme Officer MEL (m/f/d) – Sri Lanka

Form of Employment: Expert contract (20 days/month)

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Duration: Eight months, with the possibility of a contract extension

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka          


Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies, and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI is currently recruiting a full-time Programme Officer Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) for its country office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This position will also provide oversight to all phases of project implementation in close collaboration with Programme Coordinator and include outreach responsibilities.


Your Tasks:

Project MEL Responsibilities:

  • Develop a M&E framework for DRI’s projects with the aim to assess and make visible DRI’s impact in Sri Lanka;
  • Review project concept notes and provide technical input for high quality activity implementation in line with DRI’s overall M&E framework;
  • Lead on the implementation of MEL project check-in points including proposal design workshops, project kick-off workshops, mid-term reviews, final evaluations, lessons learned, reporting;
  • Assist with capacity and needs assessments of project partners;
  • Lead on the communication, and follow-up with DRI’s implementing partners to ensure timely implementation of project activities, cooperation and reporting;
  • Develop, pilot, implement, and periodically revise M&E data collection and project tools such as Work Plan/M&E Plan along with an Indicators Tracker as well as baselines, pre-/ post-tests, feedback forms, interviews etc.;
  • In cooperation with the Gender and Diversity focal point, ensure gender and diversity are considered in all aspects of work in the project;
  • In close coordination with Communications Officer, ensure the visibility and outreach of DRI and the relevant project activities;
  • Ensure ongoing accurate data collection against DRI standards and storing of M&E data collected during the project, also by liaising and coordinating with DRI’s project team;
  • Coordinate the recruitment of external MEL experts such as for final evaluations.

Technical MEL Programming Support:

  • In coordination with the Strategic Management Advisor, develop concept notes and programme intervention strategies for DRI;
  • Provide internal capacity building on MEL for DRI project colleagues as well as DRI’s project partners;
  • Draft and exchange lessons learned with MEL Focal Points across the organisation to promote learning and knowledge exchange, including delivery of in-house sessions as and when needed;
  • Provide strategic advice to the Programme Director and HQ MEL Focal Point on design and implementation of the project framework and activities to prominently position DRI in the democracy support community in Sri Lanka and globally;
  • Coordinate with DRI colleagues locally and in HQ for country and global reporting;
  • Advise DRI’s finance unit on MEL budgeting.


Your Skills and Experience:


  • University degree in social science, international development, or other relevant fields;
  • At least 4 years of work experience in the international development sector and/or policy related work in a MEL/ programme management capacity;
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing M&E frameworks and tools;
  • Familiarity with programme development and strategic outreach;
  • Proficient IT skills, able to create templates in word and do tabulations in excel;
  • Good communication and negotiation skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team and under pressure;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Sinhala/Tamil.


  • Understanding of challenges of doing MEL in democracy support programming is an asset.


What We Offer:

DRI offers you a job with flexible working hours, training opportunities and the opportunity to work as part of an international and diverse team.


How to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application (cover letter and CV) here. This position is subject to funding.

Closing date for applications: 29 April 2021. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.


DRI is committed to diversity and treats everybody equally, independent of gender identity, sex, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, political opinion (as long as respectful of democratic principles), or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.


Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Elbestr. 28 / 29

12045 Berlin, Germany


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