Program Evaluator – MEL Advisor

Program Evaluator – MEL Advisor

Program Evaluator – MEL Advisor

Program Evaluator – MEL Advisor

The Center for Victims of Torture
May 11, 2022
Remote, Minnesota
Position type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Base salary (minimum)
Not specified


The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) is excited to announce our search for a Program Evaluator - MEL Advisor to work in partnership with independent torture treatment centers based around the world to develop their capacity to assess the effectiveness of their mental health and psychosocial services. The Program Evaluator - MEL Advisor does this by providing technical support, mentoring, and training to partner center staff to develop effective monitoring, evaluation, and learning systems. The Program Evaluator - MEL Advisor may also support other CVT projects through internal evaluation and capacity building activities.


Remote status: 100%

Number of Positions: 1

Core business hours: Employees must be available for meetings between 7:30 am and 12:00 pm U.S. Central Time

Hiring range: $72,000 - $90,000 per year, depending on qualifications



The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture. We offer rehabilitation services to those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture.




Strategy, Planning, and Coordination: Participate in a team of MEL subject matter experts by contributing to and receiving cross-partner consultations, strategy development, peer review, and other activities under the direction of the MEL SME lead. Provide technical supervision, management, and oversight to MEL coordinators and/or field staff within CVT and/or partner organizations, if applicable. Collaborate with program management, program technical staff, implementing partners, and donor representatives. Document major tools, decisions, analyses, etc. in clear, accessible locations and formats. Adhere to project MEL plan requirements, including ongoing monitoring and evaluation tasks, reflective activities, team discussions, and other learning initiatives.


Capacity Development: Conduct initial and ongoing assessments of evaluation systems at partner centers. Collaborate with partners to develop plans to strengthen evaluation capacity. Train, mentor, and coach partner center staff on design, development, and implementation of MEL systems through in-person and remote support. Collaborate with partner center staff to develop systems to ensure the collection and accurate interpretation of quality data. Support partner center staff in developing measures and methods. Conduct periodic visits to international partner centers. Develop training materials, presentations, and manuals for remote consultation, workshops, and webinars to assist partner centers in implementing sound, culturally-appropriate evaluation programs. Instruct and/or facilitate online programming, discussions, communities of practice, and other activities in line with project plans.


Reporting: Track and document activities. Produce dissemination products for internal and external audiences. Contribute to regular donor and/or CVT reports in alignment with organization needs, contracts, and/or cooperative agreements. Cooperate / collaborate with internal evaluation staff and project management staff, including responding to queries.


Other Duties: Participate in other department and organization-wide activities, meetings and trainings. Complete administrative responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.



Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Post graduate degree (e.g., MS) in a social science, health services research, or a related field, with an emphasis on rigorous evaluation and research methods
  • 8+ years of experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning of international development or humanitarian projects
  • Experience with evaluation or research related to MHPSS programming
  • Experience developing and conducting trainings on program evaluation or research, in both in-person and web-based formats
  • Experience working with NGOs to foster program clarity (logic modeling, theory of change, etc.)
  • Experience writing or collaborating on proposals, grants, and reports to funding entities
  • Experience engaging teams of people with diverse backgrounds in internal learning activities
  • Experience working in international and intercultural settings



  • Fluency in Spanish, French, or Arabic
  • Experience integrating racial, gender and social inclusion principles into MEL
  • Experience working with refugees and/or survivors of torture or other gross human rights violations
  • Experience writing or collaborating on proposals, grants and reports to funding entities
  • Experience in the interpretation of research findings for use in applied settings


Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Ability to develop and maintain professional, collaborative relationships
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally
  • Commitment to engaging in human rights work, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within the organization
  • Excellent skills in organization, attention to detail and time management (including the ability to meet deadlines)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Written and spoken fluency in English
  • Sufficient understanding of human rights, health and mental health constructs to work with teams of practitioners in the development of population and context sensitive methods and measures
  • Sufficient mastery of planning, evaluation and research methods/systems to (a) perform and (b) build the capacity of others to:
    • Assess existing MEL systems for external partner organizations
    • Develop MEL plans, including theories of change, and logic models
    • Develop quantitative and qualitative data collection tools and processes
    • Conduct descriptive and bi-variate statistical tests
    • Write reproducible syntax to manage and analyze data using statistical software such as SPSS or Stata
    • Conduct systematic analysis of qualitative data and interpret findings
    • Develop and adhere to ethical evaluation and data protection practices
    • Design and implement organization- or program-level MEL systems in small- to mid-sized NGOs
  • Ability to develop training, capacity development, and dissemination products in various forms (e.g., reports, presentations, facilitated sessions, action learning teams) for audiences with varying levels of familiarity with MEL concepts
  • Ability to independently produce technical reports for program teams and donors

Ability to engage substantively in team processes, including peer review and to give, receive, and utilize substantive feedback about technical products


Supervisory Responsibilities: No administrative supervision. Technical supervision may be provided by the Program Evaluator - MEL Advisor to MEL field staff or coordinators, based on the needs of assigned projects.


Work Environment (subject to change):

  • CVT has a COVID-19 vaccination mandate in place for US-based employees
  • Typical office environment
  • Time spent on the computer is approximately 90%
  • Time spent in virtual meetings is approximately 50%


Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, of up to 5 pounds.


Travel: Up to 35% of the time. Travel may be to remote and/or politically unstable environments lacking in amenities. If travel requires it, must be able to present valid COVID-19 vaccination credentials or adhere to entry and exit requirements for international travelers.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and physical demands


Responsibilities described above are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time as necessitated by organization needs


To Apply:  Submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations by May 16, 2022 to



CVT is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the skills and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, familial status, genetic information, or any other protected status. We encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds such as these to apply for this position.

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