Programmes Senior Associate (responsible for Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL))

Reporting to: Global Programmes Director

Terms: FTE (flexible working arrangements considered)

Salary: £26k - £32k (plus 4% pension contribution)

Location: Central London (Vauxhall)

Start date: Sep / Oct 2021

About the Organisation

United World Schools is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities of poor and marginalised children around the world. By providing children with a basic education, we are striking at the heart of long-term poverty and deprivation – a long game but one we are tackling head on and with ambition and commitment. UWS provides a flexible education model that is simple yet effective in remote regions. The model follows the national curriculum, whilst supporting teachers to implement educational programmes that are appropriate for the contexts in which they are working.

We are a  growing team of 20+ staff based in London and we have a much bigger team delivering our programmes in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. We are also setting up a new pilot programme in Madagascar. All of our staff are passionate about what they do and committed to going above and beyond for the cause. The Programmes Senior Associate will also be required to fly out and develop / implement new initiatives with the in-country staff at our country HQs and to support our work in remote and marginalised communities.


Role Summary

The Senior Associate will be at the beating heart of a programmatic growth journey that will see an additional 250k more children be able to go to school in the next few years. The role will engage with and support all areas of UWS operations - measuring, analysing and effectively reporting on the impact (direct and long-term) of our programmes as well as being responsible for ensuring that our monitoring and reporting systems are robust and effective.  The role will lead on MEL and make a significant contribution to all the successful operations of the Programmes team and further develop the communication and support channels between Programmes, Partnerships and Fundraising.

A key aspect of the role will be to fully utilise a new programmatic data management system that is being developed for UWS to support the in-country teams in improving their MEL and reporting.  Through enhanced evidence gathering and reporting, you will play a vital role in improving our programmes and in supporting a wide range of our stakeholders including major institutional funders, trusts and foundations, as well as our exciting partnerships with corporates and schools across the globe.                                                                                           


Responsibilities (including, but not limited to): 

  • Lead responsibility for the quality of UWS information management and MEL and the systems and procedures used for this. Identify and adopt models of best practice and relevant external research, to ensure that UWS’ data management and analysis is as efficient and effective as possible.
  • Lead responsibility for developing and maintaining a fit-for-purpose, high quality central database for all UWS operations.
  • Ensure that UWS’ planning is evidence-driven and that relevant information is accessible for all teams.
  • Consult, develop, and introduce effective systems and procedures for collecting and using information and data in-country.
  • Lead the training of UWS staff in data management and analysis where necessary.
  • Support the implementation of new digital systems across all programmes.
  • Responsibility for the quantitative and qualitative monitoring, analysis and reporting of UWS’ (direct and long-term) impact and performance.
  • Responsibility for programmatic reporting of UWS information and data as required for the changing and growing needs of UWS and its stakeholders.
  • Support the SMT and Communication Directors and M&E leads (in-country) to ensure the efficient and sufficient flow of information between the different teams and countries within UWS.
  • Support all areas of work of the UK Programmes team as required.
  • Work with external consultants as required.
  • Responsibility for developing the ‘Salesforce’ data management system and the new mobile ap, recently developed with TaroWorks.


Knowledge and core competencies

We are looking for an ambitious candidate to grow and develop with the organisation. This means that above all, we are looking for someone who is open to learning new skills and can take a proactive approach to new tasks and responsibilities.

  • Educated to degree level, ideally with previous experience in a similar position
  • Strong relationship building skills with proven ability to liaise with a diverse range of stakeholders, including communicating remotely with teams in the field
  • Ability to think and work strategically - identifying the right opportunities for impact and leading their delivery with confidence
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritise work and juggle multiple things at once
  • A high level of numeracy and confident managing and analysing information and data.
  • Ability to research, set up and train others in new systems and procedures for MEL.
  • A broad understanding of the issues around impact evaluation in development education
  • Ability to produce high quality reports, proposals, presentations and other communications to a range of current and potential stakeholders
  • Ability to lead independent projects involving the wider team, interns and volunteers as needed
  • Determined, persuasive, ambitious, flexible and a proactive team player … which means you commit and deliver for the cause.
  • Willing to jump on a plane to Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal and other countries we will be moving to in the future, to help implement new initiatives and to support our projects.


How to apply

To apply for this position, please send a comprehensive CV (max 2 pages) and a supporting statement (no more than 2 pages) via our HR portal, link below:

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The deadline for applications is 9am on Friday 30/7/2021. Interviews will be held the week commencing 2nd August.

You should give the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two referees, one of whom should be your current/most recent employer.  References will only be taken once your permission has been granted.

United World Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are only able to accept applications from candidates that have the permanent right to work in the UK.

UWS is committed to the safeguarding of children and ensuring we recruit safely is central to this commitment. All applicants will be required to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check as a condition of employment.