Design Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) Officer – Free to be Me

Region: Global
Office: Nairobi, Kenya, Hivos East Africa Regional Hub
Hours: Full-time
Application deadline: October 23, 2023

About Hivos

Hivos is an international development organization guided by humanist values. Together with citizens and their organizations, we aim to contribute towards just, inclusive and life sustaining societies where people have equal access to opportunities, rights and resources. We work in partnership with others in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America on three impact areas: civic rights; gender equality, diversity and inclusion, and climate justice. Our approach is solution driven, and we build wider movements for change by amplifying and connecting voices.

About Free to be Me

Free to Be Me is an ambitious, daring and innovative program that will help build and maintain a vibrant SOGIESC movement that is confident and capable to lobby and advocate for their human and economic rights. The program is led by an alliance of three consortium members – Hivos (the lead party), ILGA World and Positive Vibes – and three technical partners – Sogicampaigns, The Global Interfaith Network (GIN) and Workplace Pride. Together the alliance will coach, accompany, fund and train people and organizations focusing on GEDI issues to influence norms and attitudes, generate (public) support, and promote laws, policies and regulations that recognize, respect and protect people’s GEDI, human and economic rights.

The program is being implemented in 14 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The program started in April 2021 and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the Power of Voices program, which is part of the Strengthening Civil Society subsidy framework. The five-year program has a budget of EUR 37 million. The program is also implementing a spin-off economic development project funded by the Wellsprings Foundation in 3 countries (Kenya, The Philippines and Nigeria).

Main goal of the position

The program is seeking to recruit a Design Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning officer who will be responsible for supporting and guiding the local Communities of Action (CoAs), and particularly the local CoA facilitator, to localize the overarching Theory of Change (ToC) in a national level ToC, with its pathways of change, its outputs and outcomes, and with tangible indicators for monitoring and evaluation. Once these outputs, outcomes and indicators are defined, the DMEL person works together with country DMEL persons assigned to each CoA, and jointly with them analyses, validates, and aggregates output, outcomes and learning in all phases of the primary processes.

The development of the DMEL framework involves coordination with CoAs, as well as with the other Hivos Free to be Me DMEL expert and alliance partners. Together with the Jakarta-based DMEL expert, the Kenya DMEL officer co-leads the Free to be Me DMEL efforts, and is the main responsible contact for DMEL in the program. In coordination with colleagues and the Deputy Global Program Manager, they ensure the set-up and alignment of a monitoring and reporting system across the consortium that aligns with donor requirements.

The DMEL is also leading to ensure that local organizations and groups, with support of the CoA DMEL person, have the capacities and possibilities to gather and analyze data. In line with the programs’ focus on capacity strengthening, the DMEL trains and supports local DMEL-persons, as well as project officers, to harvest results from Free to be Me activities, to undertake narrative assessments, etc. The DMEL ensures these data are connected to Free to be Me indicators, and, where possible, connect them to the basket-indicators managed by the donor. They closely work with the Hivos DMEL team and contribute to compiling and reporting on Hivos’ activities and outcomes to the global program team.

The DMEL Officer, will also lead in outcome harvesting, narrative assessment and other reporting needed. The Project Officer will work as a team with the overall F2BM team, South East Asia DMEL officer, the linking and learning specialist, amongst others.

  • Reports to: Deputy Global Program Manager
  • Period: 1/11/2023- 31/12/2025. Starting with a one-year contract, with the possibility of an extension for the full program period.
  • Scope: Global
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya, Hivos East Africa Regional Hub
  • Hours: Full-time

Responsibilities – Ongoing Program DMEL

Project Accountability

  • Integrates DMEL methodology in Free to be Me including outcome harvesting.
  • Facilitates evaluation studies, aggregates activity plans and reports.
  • Assesses the effectiveness of the performance.

Increased DMEL capacities knowledge, skills and experiences at local level

  • Transfers knowledge, methodologies and experiences through training, support and accompaniment of country DMEL focal persons and the CoAs.
  • Guides and supports country DMEL focal persons in gathering and analyzing data.

Co-creation of DMEL Intelligence

  • Works with and guides colleagues and consortium partners to keep track of DMEL requirements of donors.
  • Develops innovative participatory assessment and validation methods & techniques and enables validation capabilities and practices within Hivos.

Quality Improvement

  • Advises and coaches in order to enhance validation on both the organization and individual professional levels.

Other Tasks

  • Inducts, trains and mentors other program staff as requested.
  • Other tasks as requested by Program Manager and Regional Director.


  • Relevant degree or equivalent work experience, and academic level of working and thinking.
  • At least five years relevant working experience in Monitoring and evaluation.
  • Good understanding of project and program management.
  • Extensive experience working in DMEL, or on content related to SOGIESC rights.
  • Experience in training, accompanying and supporting local organizations and rightsholders in their DMEL efforts.
  • Work experience in an international environment.
  • Full professional proficiency in English, fluency in written and spoken Arabic, French, Bahasa or Portuguese will be an added advantage.
  • Lived experience as a rights holder is an added advantage.
  • Level skills: analytical, reporting and organization skills.

How to apply

Please apply before October 23, 2023.



We particularly welcome applications from women, trans and/or intersex people (in the broadest sense of each of these terms). We offer a contract based on Hivos East Africa local labor conditions, with a remuneration commensurate with the experience and expertise requested.