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Officers, Field Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) at Evidence Action

  • Temporary
  • Malawi
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Evidence Action

Job description

Position Background And DescriptionEvidence Action is a global non-profit organization with an approach distinctive in international development – we exclusively scale interventions that are backed by strong evidence and can be delivered with exceptional cost-effectiveness. Our programs have grown since our founding in 2013 to reach over 515 million people globally with our interventions. We deliver high impact for every dollar spent, as recognized by GiveWell, The Life You Can Save, and Charity Navigator.

We do development differently. We take a data-driven approach to identifying, scaling, and continuously improving programs which deliver immense impact, ensuring these solutions measurably improve the lives of millions. Our Deworm the World Initiative has helped governments in Africa and Asia deliver over 1.8 billion childhood deworming treatments, improving health, education, and incomes. Dispensers for Safe Water provides sustained safe water access to over 10 million people in rural Africa, preventing childhood illness and deaths.

We drive innovation. Our 6 builds the next generation of exceptional programs, taking an approach most similar to a venture capital model. We are ruthless in exiting programs which do not meet our criteria; those that advance deliver outsized impact for millions of people.

We are global. Across nine countries in Africa and Asia, our 700+ people are united by a tremendous passion for our mission and impact. We are strong because of our diversity of experience, geography, and background – with over 90% of our people in the countries where our impact is focused.

We have big ambitions. Over the next decade, we’re setting our sights higher: We aim to reach over 600 million people globally to fulfill our vision of a world where hundreds of millions of people in the poorest places have better opportunities and their lives are measurably improved. We believe in bold and urgent action – because poverty doesn’t wait, and neither should we.

We need great people. Our success to date is due to the collective work of our amazing staff. To achieve our ambitious goals, we are looking for people who share our passion for evidence, cost-effectiveness, and scale. We seek individuals who take an entrepreneurial approach, enjoy tackling hard problems, and have a bias to action and results. If our vision and approach excite you as much as it does us, we invite you to join us.

Job PurposeOur flagship Dispensers for Safe Water (DSW) provides over 4 million people across rural Uganda, Malawi, and Kenya. Recent evidence highlights that clean water may be among the most effective interventions available to save young children’s lives, averting more than 30% of all-cause child mortality. The dispensers’ program – based on research for Nobel-winning economists – utilizes an innovative and human-centric design to deliver clean water at the source in rural settings, achieving usage rates which are 5x that of comparable interventions.

Given the tremendous benefits of safe water, Evidence Action is rapidly innovating to build the next generation of clean water interventions. We are currently incubating a next generation technology, in-line chlorination (ILC) that targets peri-urban communities. We are seeking to pilot and scale up this program in early 2023.

The Monitoring Learning and Evaluations department is seeking to recruit services of short term casuals to support an upcoming baseline survey. The casual(s) will be responsible for collecting monitoring data for the Safe Water program in Malawi. This is an exciting assignment that enables you to interact with local community members as you collect data that informs the program to make justifiable decisions

Duties And Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • 1. Data collection and quality
    • Accurately and timely collect Dispensers for Safe Water evaluation data, through the administration of questionnaire, collection of samples, and making observations, in the areas of operation, using electronic and/or paper instruments
    • Participate in bench-testing of electronic instruments as part of training and instrument improvement process
    • Timely and meaningfully support flow of information from the field to the Program Leadership by utilizing “soft feedback” tools
    • Participate in the data collection training of operation/program field staff
    • Support data flow process from the field to the office, by adhering to the data flow protocol that indicates when and how submit data
  • 2. Stakeholder relationship
    • Maintain cordial public relation with local stakeholders, including government officials and community members, through observing meaningful and respectful engagement in the course of field work
  • 3. Financial management
    • Contribute towards the cost-efficiency of the organization and programs through accurate management of financial payments and expenditures in the field and at the office
  • 4. Communication
    • On a daily basis share insightful feedback with program leads based on field observations
    • Timely development and dissemination of adoption monitoring reports with program teams at office level
    • Support data collection needs from other programs, and other duties as may be assigned by the MLE leadership


Competencies and Attributes;

  • High level of integrity and stewardship
  • Team work. Embraces team work and aspires and supports the ideals of working in a team work environment as a team champion
  • Passion to work in a rural community setting and willingness to use a motorcycle in the field
  • Flexible mindset and willingness to relocate on a short notice to other field based assignments in other regions
  • Self-driven and highly motivated to deliver results within tight deadlines
  • Good communication skills. Ability to communicate well within the organization and with the rural communities and local leaders
  • Basic leadership skills in managing people ,working with communities and teams
  • Good computer skills and comfort to advance the skills in a dynamic IT field
  • Proactive and ambitious to support innovation and change in a dynamic working environment
  • Attitude. Positive attitude to work and to develop in a fast paced work environment


  • Minimum Diploma in a social science discipline with a bias on statistics or research applications, community work, project management or equivalent. Candidates with a minimum of a certificate course in Teaching and nursing are also encouraged to apply. Candidates with an M&E background have a definite advantage
  • Good language skills in English and Chichewa both speaking and writing. Ability to speak other native languages including Yao is an added advantage
  • 1-2 years’ experience working in a research environment administering surveys, working with communities or social enterprises/NGOs
  • Experience using electronic data collection platforms, specifically open data kit (ODK) and survey CTO

All applications should be online (no hand delivered applications will be acceptable)

Closing date for receiving applications will be no later than 24th June, 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Evidence Action does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.