MEL Manager – Alinea Australia office

Full Time
Posted 3 weeks ago

Job Title: MEL Manager
Job type: Contract
Location of Position: Alinea Australia Office
Reporting to: Quality, Learning and Performance (QLP) Lead
Remuneration: Fees are subject to negotiation and shall not exceed established market rates.
Indicative LOE/Time Frame: Full time
Citizenship: All candidates must have the right to work in Australia.
Language Requirements: English
Application Deadline: January 25th. 2023

Application Instructions:

1. A cover letter is mandatory to be considered. Cover letters should detail how you fit the opportunity, your daily fee and current availability.
2. Please submit your CV (max 3 pages) and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria (max 2 pages) to
3. Only successful candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

At Alinea International we value equity, diversity and inclusivity in everything we do. We are an equal opportunity employer opposed to all forms of discrimination. We actively seek and encourage applications from people of diverse backgrounds recognizing that an inclusive workforce enriches our organization and achieves smarter, more innovative results. Alinea is committed to the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Due to the nature of our work, all candidates will be subject to due diligence checks and extensive background checks where appropriate.


The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme allows eligible Australian businesses to hire workers from 9 Pacific islands and Timor-Leste when there are not enough local workers available. Through the PALM scheme, eligible businesses can recruit workers for seasonal jobs for up to 9 months or for longer-term roles for between one and 4 years in unskilled, low-skilled and semi-skilled positions. This helps to fill labour gaps in rural and regional Australia and allows workers to develop skills and send income to support their families and communities.

The PALM scheme is administered by the Australian Government’s Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in partnership with the Pacific Labour Facility (PLF). DEWR and DFAT retain responsibility for key program aspects requiring government oversight, including program integrity and assurance, while working closely with responsible government agencies including the Department of Home Affairs, Australian Border Force, Attorney General’s Department and the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The PLF works with DEWR and DFAT to support the administration of the PALM scheme and facilitate opportunities for Australian employers to connect with workers from the Pacific and Timor-Leste. The PLF is managed by Palladium and has been established as a trusted intermediary in supporting Australia-Pacific circular labour mobility.

Purpose of the Position

The purpose of the MEL Manager is to promote evidence-based decision making and learning across the PLF to facilitate continuous program improvement and progress towards the program’s outcomes. The MEL Manager will lead a geographically dispersed team of professionals (including in-country QLP Managers and QLP Coordinators in up to 6 Pacific locations) to design and implement the PLF Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Framework and activities, including data collection, collation, analysis, reporting, and learning events and products.


Under the direction of the Quality, Learning and Performance (QLP) Lead, the MEL Manager will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Ensure MEL activities meet the reporting, accountability, learning and information needs of the PLF.
  • Manage the MEL team which includes: the MEL Coordinator, MEL Officer, 2 QLP Managers and up to 6 QLP Coordinators (these positions will be located in Pacific partner countries and report to the QLP Managers).
  • Undertake performance reviews and assessments of staff under your management.
  • Oversee the testing and re-design (if required) of M&E data collection tools and methods, and implementation of the MEL Framework.
  • Produce a range of user-focused MEL products and services that promote uptake of evidence and support informed operational and policy decision-making.
  • Respond to requests for MEL related information, including rapid turn-around briefs, info-graphics, dash-board support, thematic / topical papers, etc.
  • Ensure all tools are streamlined and tested prior to wide-spread adaption, and are aligned with the MEL framework.
  • Deliver user-friendly supporting guidance and ensure in-country staff mentor and coach partners throughout implementation.
  • Manage and provide leadership to the MEL team of staff, including performance feedback and assessments, mentoring, etc.
  • Ensure the QLP Managers and Coordinators are supporting the MEL and data efforts of labour sending units, including their collection and use of evidence to inform their participation in the scheme.
  • Coordinate with the PLF tech team on the development and use of the PLF management information system, including on data quality and reporting.
  • Ensure Mid-Year Briefings and Annual Reports are produced in line with DFAT quality standards.
  • Contribute to the Adaptive Management Learning Cycle with the QLP Stream, including through the production of information and evidence, and facilitation of events.

Qualifications and Experience:

The MEL Manager will be a seasoned senior expert with experience in managing M&E teams for development programs. The ideal candidate will have the following skills, competencies and experience:

  • A minimum of 10 – 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of M&E in development projects.
  • Experience working with DFAT and/or on DFAT funded programs, and experience working in the Pacific, will be beneficial.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills including internal and external stakeholders in Australia and in partner countries.
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills, including an ability to initiate and follow up tasks, delegate, prioritise and monitor progress, manage a team to achieve targets and outcomes.
  • Social science research skills including to collect and understand the evidence from a range of sources, data collection and survey development skills, testing the efficacy of one intervention against another, identify progress against outcomes, and understanding the limits around causal inference.
  • Data analytical skills to determine whether and how the program is tracking against its outputs and outcomes, and against its annual workplan and thematic strategies including quantitative and qualitative design and analysis, and cost-benefit analysis.
  • Strong training & facilitation skills, including ensuring that learning events are engaging and dynamic, and achieving desired outcomes.
  • Strong communication skills with an ability to communicate with diverse audiences using multiple channels (info-graphics, written, workshops, reports, etc), and to communicate results to people without technical backgrounds.

This position may involve contact with children and vulnerable adults so will require a background check and police clearance.

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