Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager – Investing in Independent Media At Internews Network


Internews Network is an international media development organization, whose mission is to give people a voice and the information to empower communities. To support implementation of a USAID-funded Investing in Independent Media Activity in Southeast Asia, Internews is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager. The MEL Manager will oversee and manage monitoring databases for the project. They will be responsible for data quality, ensuring that it is in line with Internews’ standards. The MEL Manager will be primarily responsible for developing weekly, monthly, and bi-annual reports on the project based on the data. For this purpose, they will foster periodic project reviews and coordinate internal learning, including with partners. Reporting to the Director of MEL, the MEL Manager will oversee and manage two MEL Officers, ensuring that their data collection, entry and analysis adheres to Internews’ quality standards. The MEL Manager will further evolve and implement the MEL framework alongside the Director of MEL, including the (re-)design of monitoring tools and databases. The MEL Manager will work closely with the Director of Programs, Deputy Director of Programs, Project/Research Coordinator, regional and global MEL specialists, and project partners.


This position will be at-post in one of Internews’ Asia regional field offices. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of Internews’ offices are closed or partially remote and staff are working remotely. Until the situation meaningfully changes, this role will also function remotely. The incumbent will ultimately be based at-post in Southeast Asia. You should apply with the understanding that work hours will need to be coordinated to align in part with those of colleagues in Southeast Asia and on the East Coast of the United States.

All remote candidates will be considered. However, you must have work authorization in your location that does not require sponsorship from Internews. Additionally, there are locations in which Internews is not able to support fully remote work.

Wherever possible, we work to try to find solutions for international hiring that work for both the company and the candidate. This means that some of the particulars around the offer for a role will be dependent on several factors, and that the benefits and salary structure that apply to a position will ultimately be based upon the candidate’s location and where the role is hired.


We are an organization of dynamic, mission-driven individuals who are passionate about our core values and about supporting positive change in the world. We pride ourselves on our commitment to innovation and flexibility. We believe that diverse teams are strong teams and work to support an ethic of belonging, dignity, and justice for all people. Our current team includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are an EEO employer and encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences.

DAY-TO-DAY TASKS will include:

  • Co-design monitoring tools and databases, together with the MEL Director of the project;
  • Oversee and manage monitoring databases for the project, including conducting regular data quality checks to ensure that this is in line with Internews standards;
  • Oversee and manage two MEL Officers, ensuring they have the knowledge and skills to effectively collect, enter and analyze data on the project indicators in line with Internews’ quality standards;
  • Conduct regular team/partner MEL capacity assessments and provide MEL capacity building support in response;
  • Develop regular (weekly, monthly and bi-annual) and ad hoc reports on the project based on the data collected, including for Internews and USAID standardized indicator reporting;
  • Facilitate periodic internal (team) and wider (partner) project reviews based on the data and learning;
  • Coordinate internal learning, including sharing and discussing data trends and findings with program staff and partners;
  • Further evolve and innovate the MEL framework alongside the Director of MEL, including changing outcomes and indicators in response to program adaptation and learning, and exploring new monitoring and evaluation approaches that might provide additional depth to the data collected;
  • Any other duties as assigned by supervisor; and
  • In all duties, demonstrate understanding of and strong commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.


  • A minimum of five years of relevant Monitoring and Evaluation or research experience, preferably on media projects
  • A minimum of two years supervisory experience
  • Proven expertise with qualitative and quantitative research, including research methodologies, primary data collection, entry, and analysis
  • Knowledge of and preferably experience in qualitative data analysis, including working with various statistical analysis software
  • Experience in developing theories of change or logic models, results frameworks, or other indicator frameworks, ideally on USAID projects
  • Knowledge of current MEL discussions and a vivid interest in designing and testing an innovative and learning-focused MEL system
  • Excellent written and spoken ability in both Burmese and English languages, including the ability to produce high-quality reports in both languages
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams
  • Ability to motivate others, work independently as well as in a team, and establish and maintain effective (remote) communication with colleagues
  • Excellent communication (written and oral), organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to multitask and prioritize a shifting workload


Note: Candidates who do not have these preferred qualifications, but are interested and willing to learn, are encouraged to apply.

  • Master’s degree in media, development, social science, or another relevant field
  • Experience living and working in Southeast Asia, particularly work experience in Southeast Asian media
  • Understanding of the ongoing political and societal circumstances in Southeast Asia strongly preferred

How to apply

To apply, please submit CV and optionally a cover letter via our Careers page.

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