Senior Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL)

Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a rapidly growing adolescent health organisation that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilise at-risk youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities. Since 2002, GRS has reached over 2 million young people in 50 countries with life-saving HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health information and services. Grassroot Soccer is looking to significantly scale its impact via partnerships over the next five years, and reach over 1 million young people annually.

Position Summary
The Senior Manager (SM) is responsible for the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) strategy and systems for GRS’s adolescent health programmes. The SM sets the strategic direction for GRS’s approach to MEL, and oversees the entire MEL unit. The SM ensures information management systems, data collection processes reporting, analysis, and interpretation are of the highest quality across all business units in the organisation. The SM promotes data-driven decision-making at GRS by ensuring data are usable, practical, and available to inform organisational strategy, decision-making, and programmatic design. The SM is accountable for managing systems to report on GRS’s key performance indicators, ensuring compliance with donors’ grant management requirements, and supporting four GRS Impact Teams (GRS Zimbabwe, GRS South Africa, GRS Zambia, Global Partnerships). Impact Teams deliver impact through programmes and partnerships currently across 10 countries. The SM supervises the Global MEL Team personnel, supports the Impact Teams, and reports to and is accountable to the Director of Research, Curriculum and Innovation.

The SM should be an experienced, team-oriented senior manager, proactive problem-solver, and quantitative thinker, who sees stories through numbers and can communicate confidently internally and externally. The SM should have an ability to identify where systems are not working, implement solutions, and can act as an advocate for data quality and utilisation across the organisation to cultivate a culture of learning and innovation.

The SM should be comfortable working within a matrixed organisation and can coordinate well with Impact Teams and all Global functions: Business Development, Fundraising, Marketing, Partnering Strategy, and Finance and Operations.

To Apply
Please submit a CV, cover letter, and proof of work authorisation in SA to Title the email “Senior Manager MEL”. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


  • Oversee Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Cycle for GRS (40%): Set the strategic direction for MEL at GRS. Oversee and ensure the quality of MEL services and staff to ensure processes are standardised to the extent possible and modified as appropriate for local context. Ensure GRS Impact Team staff are properly trained and supported in data collection methodology and in the MEL system, in general. Support evaluation of MEL staff in Impact Teams.
  • Ensure the organization has standardized MEL tools, processes, systems & Key Performance Indicators (40%): Oversee the design and implementation of all monitoring and evaluation plans, systems. and processes. Supervise GRS's MEL reporting process and lead the development and implementation of the GRS programmatic monitoring and evaluation plan and learning cycle, including externally-validated indicators and targets. Ensure GRS has efficient and effective data collection processes, ensure data quality through routine data quality assessments, participatory data collection methods and protocols, among other data quality verification techniques. Ensure data quality and on-time analysis for routine project and donor reporting, also ensuring that this informs and improves the organisation’s M&E systems.
  • Leadership & Communication (20%): Direct the team that manages and maintains GRS's M&E system and database (4 full-time staff based in Cape Town and Johannesburg); and provide functional direction and support for MEL staff in Impact Teams (GRS Zimbabwe, GRS Zambia, GRS South Africa, and Global Partnerships). Oversee the preparation and dissemination of MEL-focused documents including visualisation of data for both internal and external audiences (i.e. for business development proposals, scientific abstracts, peer-reviewed publications, external presentations made by other staff, etc.). Support GRS’s Business Development Team to ensure the organisation’s MEL strategy and capabilities are accurately reflected in proposals; coordinating high quality, accurate, and timely reporting to donors. Accountable for development and management of the organisation’s MEL budget.
  • Please see full job description for additional responsibilities.

Specifications & Competencies

  • Education: Master’s Degree or higher in public health, business, social science, or a related field.
  • Experience: 8–10 years of progressive management responsibility. Expertise in qualitative and quantitative programme evaluation methods. Expertise in one or more of the following areas preferred: health systems strengthening, implementation science, SRHR, HIV/AIDS, health service delivery, community health, data systems development.
  • Communication Style: Communicate effectively, both oral and written, with wide range of external and internal stakeholders (e.g. internal senior leadership, board members, staff, young people, civil society organisation leaders, government officials) – especially to support translation of research into action across the organisation.
  • Work Style: Inspire and lead teams while holding teams and individuals accountable for results. Manage change in a growing organisation. Build relationships with wide range of staff and partners, and operate within diverse social and cultural contexts, often virtually over multiple continents and time zones. Think strategically yet know how and when to dive into the details.
  • Please see full job description for additional information and how to apply.

Job Overview

Date Posted

November 2, 2018


Cape Town, South Africa

Job Type

Full Time