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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager

£35,000 - £45,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Central London (open to flexible working requests)
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This is a fantastic opportunity to join our dynamic Learning and Influence Team at the heart of our growing, global network. YBI is currently rolling out a number of new initiatives in response to the COVID-19 crisis and you will play a key part in ensuring they deliver impact and generate valuable insight and learning. 

About YBI

Youth Business International (YBI) is a global network of expert organisations supporting underserved young people to turn their ideas into successful businesses, creating jobs and strengthening communities.

Locally rooted network leading to global impact

Established in 2000, YBI brings together organisations with aligned goals to develop and scale the most effective solutions to the critical challenges facing young entrepreneurs and catalyse positive change in entrepreneurship culture.

Since 2014 we have supported over 95,000 young people to start or grow a business by delivering a range of practical entrepreneurship support services, from guiding a young person to register a new business and improving their bookkeeping skills to helping them write a business plan or grow their fledgling business through facilitating access to finance.

Our expert members

Our members operate in over 50 countries around the world. They are diverse, ranging from training organisations, microfinance institutions, mentoring specialists to business associations and incubators.  Locally rooted and locally-led, members combine deep contextual knowledge with YBI’s sector-leading global expertise and tools.

The Network effect

YBI is supported by the Network Team, based in London, UK and Bogotá, Colombia. This small, passionate team is committed to equipping members with the most effective solutions to empower youth with the right tools to start and grow sustainable businesses. As a network, we learn, innovate and influence together to drive impact for young entrepreneurs and their communities.

Our values are embedded in everything we do:

Tenacity - We won't give up until every young entrepreneur has the opportunity to succeed
Collaboration - We work together as a team, building trust to connect and empower
Quality - We strive to set the highest standards in youth entrepreneurship support

Role purpose

In this role, you will be part of a small team leading on monitoring, evaluation, research and learning across the network. You will provide technical support across our strategic programme partnerships and network initiatives; support our members to build their MEL skills, and embed learning systems.

The role offers great scope for learning and development for a talented and committed monitoring and evaluation professional. Your work will make a key contribution to enabling YBI to support young entrepreneurs to start, sustain and grow businesses during the current challenging time.

Key Responsibilities

  • MEL systems for programme partnerships and network initiatives: Working with members and colleagues in the Development and Membership Teams, design and oversee monitoring, evaluation and learning systems and tools for a range of programmes and network initiatives. This includes responsibility for the monitoring, reporting and learning framework for our ‘Rapid Response and Recovery Programme’ with
  • Research, evaluation and learning: Working with the Director of Learning and Influence, evolve the global network research, evaluation and learning agenda so that it aligns with YBI’s theory of change. Support the design and management of new research and learning partnerships and initiatives. Commission and manage long-term internal and external evaluations as required.
  • Network Impact Framework: Support the smooth running of our global Network Impact Framework, including bi-annual gathering, analysis and dissemination of data from our members. Champion the use of the insight generated to inform network strategy and planning.        
  • MEL capacity development: Engage and foster our community of MEL practitioners across the network, building knowledge about member MEL practices and capabilities. Design and run engaging webinars to share best practice and research, and lead discussions in our online member Community.
  • Resource Raising: Work closely with members and our Development Team to provide high quality, technical input into concept notes and proposals, and ensure that lessons learned through monitoring, evaluation and learning activities shape project and programme design.

Download the job description to see the person specification. 

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV (maximum 2 x A4) and a covering letter to Your covering letter (maximum 2 x A4) should: 

  • Explain why you want this job; 
  • Explain how your background and experience make you a suitable candidate – please use examples of specific projects and achievements; 
  • Show what relevant skills and knowledge you will bring, referring to the person specification; 
  • Confirm you have an existing right to work in the UK (we are unable to accept applications otherwise);
  • Confirm where you saw this job advertised.

Closing date: Tuesday, 2nd June 2020 at 09:30am

Interviews: w/c 2nd June 2020. 

YBI is an equal opportunity employer and we are opposed to discrimination on any grounds. We are committed to creating a diverse environment, therefore, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or ethnic or national origin. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments, due to a disability, to assist you in completing your application and/or participating in a selection test or attending an interview in the event that you are shortlisted.

At YBI, your right to privacy and confidentiality is important to us. By applying for this job, your information will be entered into our recruitment system for YBI’s employment purposes only and for no longer than one year after the post has been filled; then personal data will be disposed of in the GDPR compliant manner. We store all data securely and will not disclose it to any third parties without your consent. Please see our Data Protection Policy here to find out more. 


Job Details

  • Central London (open to flexible working requests)
  • Full Time
  • 37.5 hours per week. 12 months contract with possibility for extension
  • £35,000 - £45,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Applications close on: Tuesday, 2nd June 2020 at 09:30am

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