Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor

SPC - Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Suva, Fiji

The Role – The Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Adviser is responsible for providing high-level advice and support in the implementation of the Planning, Evaluation, Accountability, Reflection and Learning (PEARL) policy to enable LRD to enhance its development effectiveness and achieve better research and development outcomes.

Job responsibilities include:

  • The strategic development, implementation and communication of PEARL to help improve LRD’s monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) capability;
  • Advancing MEL work within LRD by providing technical advice, capacity development and guidance to the division on business planning,work planning, results frameworks, evaluations and reports;
  • Improving MEL capability through the development and refining of MEL tools and facilitation of action learning;
  • Assisting or leading other LRD strategic initiatives as a member of the LRD directorate team;
  • For a more detailed account of the key result areas, please refer to the job description provided.

Key selection criteria:


  • A degree in a specialised field, such as evaluation, economics, project design, project management and international development;
  • Master’s level qualification in evaluation, economics, project design and management is desirable.

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning of programme and projects, with good understanding of international best practices in development effectiveness, and skilled in a wide range of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods and data analysis;
  • Skilled in entering, processing/cleaning and extracting data from databases, including some experience with web-based monitoring and reporting systems;
  • Experience in international development, including preparation of funding proposals with strong MEL components;
  • Strategic thinker with well-developed analytical skills and attention to detail, and experienced in strategic planning and consultation processes;
  • Good knowledge and experience in agriculture and/or sustainable land and forest management or working with projects in these areas is desirable;
  • Good knowledge of the Pacific and the issues associated with its history and development is desirable;
  • Demonstrated experience in setting priorities successfully.

Essential skills

  • Skilled in project management and coordination;
  • Excellent communication skills and report writing skills in English;
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines, implement projects within budget constraints, with a flexible approach to problem solving;
  • Ability to train and motivate divisional staff on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and use of online reporting tools.

Language skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with member country governments and other regional and international organisations;
  • Knowledge of other languages spoken in the region is an asset;
  • Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness;
  • Strong people skills (leadership and relationship building) and ability to work in a multi-cultural and gender equitable environment;
  • A good understanding of the cultures and the working environment in member countries;
  • Flexible approach and ability to work as part of a team.

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