MEL&TL Officer “Women Empowered for Leadership” Programme

Region: Southern Africa & the Middle East
Office: Jordan, Lebanon, Malawi, Zambia, or Zimbabwe
Hours: 32 hours per week
Apply before: January 27, 2019

Hivos seeks qualified candidates for the position of:

Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning & Thought Leadership Officer “Women Empowered for Leadership” Programme

About Hivos

Hivos is a Dutch non-governmental organization inspired by humanist values. Together with local organizations, Hivos seeks to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world in which citizens – women and men – have equal access to the resources and opportunities for their development. Hivos believes in the creativity and capacity of individuals. Quality, co-operation and innovation form the core concepts in Hivos’s philosophy. For more information, see

About Southern Africa and the Middle East

Hivos Southern Africa Hub aims towards an open and green society, inspired by humanist values such as freedom, dignity, responsibility and curiosity. Our objective is that every person can live in freedom and dignity on a planet that is sustainable. We pride ourselves as upholding the principles of social innovation, of generating new ideas and approaches that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet.

The Middle East and North Africa programme of Hivos contributes to political, societal and economic processes that aim at societal transformation to pluralist and democratic societies with respect for human rights and equal opportunities for all citizens. It collaborates with a variety of stakeholders including citizen activists, creative entrepreneurs, co-working spaces and alternative financial mechanisms such as crowd funding and investments.

Job context

From 2016 until 2020, Hivos is implementing the five-year Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) Programme, promoting women’s political participation and leadership development in Southern Africa and the Middle East. The programme is managed by Hivos and implemented together with local partners in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Jordan and Lebanon. The programme aims for women to have equal opportunities and the capacity to fully and meaningfully participate in political and societal decision-making processes. This also means women should be recognised and supported by politics and society as leaders and agents of change. The objectives are fourfold: (1) More women participating fully and effectively in politics and public administration at sub-national level; (2) Female leaders, linked with women’s rights organisations, have more influence on political and societal developments and on public opinion; (3) Civic organisations such as trade unions and political parties promote full and equal participation of women in leadership positions and demonstrate a significant change in their own policies and practices; (4) More recognition and support from the general public for women in leadership positions. For more information, see For this programme, Hivos has the vacancy of Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning & Thought Leadership Officer (in short: MEL&TL Officer).

Your responsibilities

The main responsibility of the MEL&TL Officer is to make Hivos more active and pro-active in (collective) learning and thought leadership in the framework of WE4L, as well as to assist the WE4L team and partner organizations to have a proper and efficient planning, monitoring and evaluation system.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Establishment of collective learning processes with the WE4L team and WE4L partners, including development of a common agenda, frameworks, processes and tools to systematically learn (what is working & what is not working? how are challenges overcome? what are the good practices and lessons learned?).
  • Constructive feedback to the WE4L team and WE4L partner organizations on how to plan, monitor & evaluate properly, including Outcome Harvesting; revision of the M&E framework of WE4L in close cooperation with the financier.
  • Building and leading a process of continuous re-evaluation, re-energizing, re-thinking, re-tooling and re-shaping the strategies being used depending on the context – also by connecting WE4L to the lessons learned from the work that feminists worldwide have done in the field of gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s leadership during the past decades.
  • Promotion of collective learning with other stakeholders outside WE4L, including other FLOW grantees and like-minded organizations.
  • Coordination of the production and dissemination of high quality learning products.
  • Organisation of the end evaluation and end conference of WE4L.
  • Representation of WE4L and Hivos at international platforms and act as thought leader in the field of gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s leadership.

All aforementioned responsibilities are implemented in close cooperation with the Programme Manager and with your other colleagues in this programme, who are based in all five programme countries and in The Netherlands. You will travel to the programme countries and the Netherlands on a regular basis.

You are overall answerable to the Director of your Hivos Office and for programmatic content to the Programme Manager Women Empowered for Leadership.

Your profile

  • You have proven expertise in gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s leadership with a university degree in Political Science, Gender & Women’s Studies or another relevant discipline.
  • You have 5 years of experience with women’s empowerment and/or leadership
  • You have thorough knowledge of change processes.
  • You have excellent communication and social interaction skills, both written and spoken, in English.
  • You are well-organized, independent, decisive and energetic, with an entrepreneurial spirit and working attitude.
  • You are able to take people along, and are a real team player.

What we offer

We offer a stimulating work environment in a professional international organization with very dedicated staff. Employment is offered as soon as possible for the period of one year with possible extension for a longer period. Depending on your experience and skills your salary will be in accordance with the salary scale applicable to the office where you will be based. Travel costs are compensated in accordance with internal regulations and legal requirements.

This position will be based in Jordan, Lebanon, Malawi, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. Hivos welcomes international and regional applicants but can only offer a position to those with a valid work permit for one of the countries stated above. Hivos can only offer employment on local terms and conditions.

For more information: Mrs. Nicola Ndovi, Programme Development Manager WE4L Southern Africa, Malaw, mob. +265 999 668800, and Mr. Marcel van der Heijden, Programme Manager WE4L Middle East, The Netherlands, mob. +31 6 4096 8348.

If you meet the above mentioned qualifications, you can apply by 27 January 2019.Both a letter of motivation and resume need to be submitted in English to Hivos via e-mail to