Consultant on Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL)



General description of the position

The Small Arms Survey—a global centre of excellence whose mandate is to generate evidence-based, impartial, and policy-relevant knowledge on all aspects of small arms and armed violence—is seeking an experienced consultant as Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist.

The MEL specialist will have three complementary objectives:

  1. Team capacity building: the MEL Specialist will strengthen team capacities to carry out coherent project results-based management (RBM). This objective will be achieved through:
  • Carrying out a rapid assessment of the training needs of the programmatic teams and in particular of Project Coordinators /Project Officers;
  • The development and delivery of short, targeted training modules; and
  • The provision of 'hands on', on-demand support and mentoring.
  1. RBM support to specific projects: for complex projects/programs, the MEL Specialist will
  • Review RBM frameworks at project design phase;
  • Review and provide suggestions for improvement for progress/final reports; and
  • Support project leads in planning and preparing TORs for project evaluations.
  • If required, the MEL Specialist will support the Survey in expanding its efforts of assessing impacts through evaluations of interventions.
  1. Support corporate-level RBM: working with the director and management team, the MEL specialist will:
  • Advise in the development of a corporate theory of change and monitoring framework;
  • Support the provision of inputs to an institutional evaluation in late 2022/early 2023

Additionally, the MEL Specialist may also contribute to the facilitation of a results-based management course in July 2022.


Candidate's profile

We are looking for a knowledgeable professional with prior experience in RBM work in the fields of security policy, disarmament, arms control, SSR, DDR, and related fields.

The position requires:

  • A minimum of 10 years of substantial experience in developing and implementing monitoring, evaluation, and learning processes at project/programme level.
  • Demonstrable experience in designing and implementing internal training and coaching on MEL.
  • Experience in leading or supporting institutional evaluations.
  • Demonstrable experience in the fields of arms control, disarmament, security policy, DDR, or related.
  • Familiarity with national and international small arms control policies.
  • Professional fluency in English, written and spoken. French proficiency highly desirable.

The Small Arms Survey is committed to diversity and encourages applications from women.

A cover letter and CV in English and reference contact information are required to be considered for this position.


Send your applications by e-mail to by 15 January 2022.


Conditions: the consultant will be engaged on the basis of an annual draw-down contract (renewable) and the type and number of tasks may vary from month to month. As guidance, we estimate a commitment of approximately 120 days/year.