Design Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (DMEL) Officer

Region: Global: Africa, Middle East and South East Asia
Office: Hivos East Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya.
Hours: Full time. Period: 1 April 2021- 1 January 2026, starting with a one- year contract with the possibility of extension
Application deadline: July 25, 2021

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organization that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organizations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

About Free to be Me

Free to Be Me is an ambitious, daring and innovative program that will help build and maintain a vibrant LGBTIQ+ movement that is confident and capable to lobby and advocate for their human and economic rights. The program is led by an alliance of three consortium members – Hivos (the lead party), ILGA World and Positive Vibes – and three technical partners – Sogicampaigns, The Global Interfaith Network (GIN) and Workplace Pride. Together the alliance will coach, accompany, fund and train LGBTIQ+ persons and organizations to influence norms and attitudes, generate (public) support, and promote laws, policies and regulations that recognize, respect and protect LGBTIQ+ people’s human and economic rights.

The program which started on 1 April, 2021 is implemented in 14 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. It is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the Power of Voices program, which is part of the Strengthening Civil Society subsidy framework. The five-year program has a budget of EUR 37 million.

Job context

The Design, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (DMEL) Officer  is responsible for the supporting and guiding the local Communities of Action (CoAs), and particularly the local CoA facilitator, to localize the overarching Theory of Change (ToC) in a national level ToC, with its pathways of change, its outputs and outcomes, and with tangible indicators for monitoring and evaluation. Once these outputs, outcomes and indicators are defined, the DMEL person works together with local DMEL persons assigned to each CoA, and jointly with them analyses, validates and aggregates output, outcomes and learning in all phases of the primary processes.

The development of the DMEL framework involves coordination with CoAs, as well as with the other Hivos Free to be MeDMEL expert and alliance partners. Together with the Jakarta-based DMEL expert, the Kenya DMEL officer co-leads the Free to be Me DMEL efforts, and is the main responsible contact for DMEL in the program, and as such participates in the programs global management team. In coordination with colleagues and the program manager, they ensure the set-up and alignment of a monitoring and reporting system across the consortium that aligns with donor requirements.

The DMEL is also leading to ensure that local organizations and groups, with support of the CoA DMEL person, have the capacities and possibilities to gather and analyze data. In line with the programs’ focus on capacity strengthening, the DMEL trains and supports local DMEL-persons, as well as project officers, to harvest results from Free to be Me activities, to undertake narrative assessments, etc. The DMEL ensures these data are connected to Free to be Me indicators, and, where possible, connect them to the basket-indicators managed by the donor. They closely work with the Hivos DMEL team and contribute to compiling and reporting on Hivos’ activities and outcomes to the global program team.

Your responsibilities

Project accountability

  • Integrates DMEL methodology in Free to be Me.
  • Facilitates baseline studies, aggregates activity plans and reports.
  • Assesses the effectiveness of the performance.

Increased DMEL capacities, knowledge, skills and experiences at local level

  • Transfers knowledge, methodologies and experiences through training, support and accompaniment to local DMEL persons and the CoAs.
  • Guides and supports local DMEL persons in gathering and analyzing data.

Co-creation of DMEL intelligence

  • Works with and guides colleagues and consortium partners to keep track of DMEL requirements of donors.
  • Develops innovative participatory assessment and validation methods & techniques and enables validation capabilities and practices within Hivos.

Quality improvement

  • Advises and coaches in order to enhance validation on both the organization and individual professional levels.

Your profile

  • Relevant degree or equivalent work experience, and academic level of working and thinking.
  • Three to five years relevant working experience.
  • Experience with project and program management.
  • Extensive experience working in DMEL, or on contents related to LGBTIQ+ rights or economic development.
  • Experience in training, accompanying and supporting local organizations and rightsholders in their DMEL efforts.
  • Work experience in an international environment.
  • Full professional proficiency in English, fluency in written and spoken Arabic, French, Bahasa or Portuguese are desirable.
  • Lived experience as an LGBTIQ+ person is an asset.
  • Level skills: cooperation, influence, leadership.


We particularly welcome applications from women, trans and/or intersex people (in the broadest sense of each of these terms).

We offer a contract based on Hivos East Africa local labor conditions, with a remuneration commensurate with the experience and expertise requested. Reasonable relocation costs will be covered. The maximum salary for this position is KES 328,668 per month.


How to apply

Kindly send your resume and cover letter by 25 July, 2021 to

Interviews with the selected candidates will be scheduled from the week of 26 July, 2021