Knowledge & MEL Specialist

at Just Associates
Published November 10, 2023
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Category Consultancy  
Job Type Full Time  


Power Up! is seeking a full time feminist Knowledge & MEL Specialist to work and collaborate with a passionate team of feminist movement builders and development practitioners in documenting and sharing key learnings related to the consortium’s feminist approaches and its strategic agenda on bodies, voices and resources. The role will also lead the writing and consolidation of the consortium’s annual narrative plans and reports for sharing with its external programme stakeholders including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The role entails great coordination and communication skills, as well as experience in producing feminist research and knowledge products.
This is a remote position with preference for location in Southern Africa, East Africa,MENA and Meso America regions).

Job Description

Knowledge production, sharing and learning (40%)

● Ensure that feminist analysis and intersectional lens are effectively adopted/reflected in work plans, reports, research, and knowledge products and integrated throughout advocacy and communication activities;

● Lead the documentation, analysis and dissemination/sharing of key findings from research and learning initiatives;

● Coordinate quality assurance of the knowledge and communication products, ensuring alignment of messaging and its usefulness for programme and influencing decision-making, as well as robustly demonstrating PU!’s impact;

● Proactively harness knowledge from learning exchanges, researches and evaluations to generate solid evidence for programme, influencing initiatives and program design;

● Promote cross country/regional knowledge exchange and learning among PU! members, local partners and other relevant allies to support solidarity and alliance building; and;

● Effectively identify needs and coordinate follow-up actions to address knowledge gaps/opportunities, and/or address programme implications generated by the knowledge generation/learning activities related to feminist economic justice and LBTQI+ groups/collectives.

MEL Coordination (60%)

● Lead the MEL Working Group; coordinate on all the monitoring, evaluation and learning activities, both the requirements from the Dutch MFA (including IATI) as well Power Up! learning agendas; ensuring a feminist approach.

● Support Consortium partners to adapt and improve their MEL systems to support their own and Power Up!’s learning, planning and reporting;

● Lead the consolidation of quantitative targets and results, as well as writing and consolidation of annual narrative plans and reports to demonstrate scale and impact of our work;

● Organise and facilitate joint planning and sense making sessions to learn from the activities and results of the PU! programme;

● Provide the Coordination Committee, MEL and Communications working groups with timely and accurate information to be able to steer the programme where necessary, support collaborative learning & decision-making and document the process for internal reference;

● Ensure data integrity of our evaluation work in our database and manage the tools and systems needed for tracking and reporting Power Up!’s performance;

● Participate in MFA trainings, meetings and webinars related to MEL to ensure relevant information shared with partners and identify areas where Power Up! can influence/contribute to the MFA learning agenda.

● Engaging with other Power of Women consortia to cross-pollinate and collaborate.

● Propose creative ways to improve MEL related processes that are less burdensome and align with the feminist MEL principles adopted by the consortium.


● Commitment to feminist intersectional values.

● Experience in social justice spaces, (eg. community organising, advocacy, or feminist movement building).

● Lived experience in at least one of the PU! regions is desirable.

● At least 5 years of demonstrable experience in PU! programme areas of work and/or strategic approaches (feminist MEL, capacity building, alliance building, advocacy, strategic communications, knowledge).

● Demonstrable knowledge and skills in applying feminist, decolonial and/or participatory forms of knowledge production, monitoring, evaluation and learning.

● Ability to lead multicultural and multilingual teams in MEL co-design, implementation, and coordination across diverse contexts. Experience with applying MEL to different needs, such as knowledge production and communications.

● Ability to design/simplify/adapt complex processes and tools in shifting contexts, and problem solving skills

● Experience with training and coaching teams on MEL knowledge and skills, particularly in diverse or cross-cultural settings with a range of skill levels

● Highly organised, curious driven, creative, resourceful and able to self-manage, prioritise multiple demands and meet deadlines.

● Excellent analytical, writing and editing skills (in English) particularly for narrative reports, synthesis of data, generating compelling stories of change.

● Comfortable working virtually, across time zones, with flexibility in working hours as needed.

● Ability to travel internationally as needed.

● Experience / comfortable navigating donor driven MEL requirements while holding feminist MEL principles

Send the following materials (in English) with the subject ‘Power Up Application – YOUR NAME’:

1. Full CV (detailing the nature, scope and scale of responsibilities held)

2. A letter of intent (maximum 2 pages) highlighting relevant skills and experience for this position (please note where you learned about the vacancy)

3. Names and contact details of 2 professional references

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