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Job Posting with Girls’ Education Challenge

Monitoring and Learning Manager (Teaching and Learning)
Girls’ Education Challenge
UK based role with International travel
27 October 2017


The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) has an exciting opportunity for a motivated and experienced individual to join their Monitoring and Learning team.

The role of Monitoring and Learning Manager has two main purposes. Firstly, to be part of a team responsible for delivering a coherent and high quality monitoring system which generates portfolio wide knowledge about project progress in the GEC. And secondly, to manage and facilitate learning from and with GEC projects, to analyse learning across the portfolio within a broad theme and to produce and share high quality GEC knowledge products

  • Part-time
  • Thematic focus on teaching and learning
  • Competitive salary
  • Start date: ASAP


In 2012, DFID launched the biggest programme dedicated to supporting the education of marginalised girls in developing countries. The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) programme is a £300 million fund which aims to support over a million of the world’s poorest girls improve their lives through accessing and receiving quality education. The programme operates in 14 countries, supporting 27 education initiatives across Africa and Asia with a wide range of non-state organisations. Procurement for a new Leave No Girl Behind funding window is also ongoing, focussed on marginalised adolescent girls. PwC in an alliance with SDDirect, Nathan Inc., FHI 360 and others act as Fund Manager



  • Input into the strategic direction of GEC monitoring within the Monitoring team and the wider MEL function
  • Support and uphold the quality of monitoring across the GEC portfolio, through proactive communications with in-country staff and directly with projects as necessary, travelling to project locations if required
  • Build links with Evaluation and Learning processes so that GEC monitoring feeds into and informs them
  • As part of the Monitoring team, undertake tasks to support the work of the other Monitoring Manager and the Monitoring Lead as necessary during periods of absence etc.
  • Present papers at internal meetings and with stakeholders as required
  • Provide training and advice to monitors through webinars and in person, on how to conduct monitoring
  • Identify capacity gaps of technical monitors, for example in teacher observation  and identify needed support for example through the advisory or specialist pool to build their expertise
  • Accompany monitors (as necessary) to build their capacity and improve the quality of GEC monitoring
  • Respond to monitors’ queries and requests for advice
  • Deputise for M&L Lead when required

Learning and Analysis:

  • Input in to the strategic direction of GEC learning
  • Consult and assist in building the learning agenda with projects and external stakeholders within the broad theme of Teaching and Learning Undertake data analysis on specific areas of learning with identified partners over time, to produce evidence and lessons for key areas of GEC learning,
  • Engage colleagues in the learning process to ensure a harmonized approach and high quality delivery
  • Author learning papers for sharing with DFID, clients and other critical audiences
  • Present papers at meetings, conferences and relevant influencing fora.
  • Manage and assist thematic learning clusters, within the broad theme of Teaching and Learning(specific themes tbc)
  • Work closely with any external consultants, academics among others to support the analysis and compilation of existing evidence and assist in collecting new evidence in predetermined learning areas
  • Work closely with the quantitative and qualitative Evaluation Managers to ensure that evaluation data feeds into learning products.



  • Experience of monitoring and advising international development projects, ideally in the education sector
  • Understanding of issues relating to gender, child safeguarding and protection, marginalization in the development context
  • Experience of working in contexts similar to GEC project contexts, and familiarity with the challenges organisations and projects face in such contexts
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken
  • Experience of providing guidance and support to colleagues remotely
  • Experience of delivering training and coaching others
  • Senior level of research and analysis skills in international education, using mixed sources and data
  • Drafting analytical reports and papers to a high standard
  • Presentation skills to individuals and groups in meetings and conferences
  • Experience of working with DFID or the international donor community
  • Overseas work experience, in international development education, or a closely related topic
  • Willingness to travel as required


  • Monitoring and Learning Manager – Teaching and Learning
  • Substantial experience of education projects in low and middle income countries
  • Understanding and familiarity with the range of interventions employed to improve teaching and learning
  • Competence to assess and advise on the quality of teaching and learning in GEC type contexts


A CV and Cover Letter should be sent to the GEC email address ( by 27th October. Applicants who are shortlisted for the role will be requested to attend an interview in early November.

Please note: This post will have direct access to children on an occasional basis (every six months) and is therefore classified as a category 2 position. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be obtained for employees at this level prior to their Start Date. Any spent or unspent criminal convictions will be considered when considering suitability for this role.