Vaga Servisu - Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Officer - Institute of Business (IOB)

Position Title

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer (MEL Officer)


Dili – Institute of Business (IOB) Campus B

Reports to

MEL Specialist


Full Time – Contract – 1 Year

Contract Term


Travel Requirement

Some Districts Travel Required

Salary Level


About Women and Youth Creating Our Future (WYCF)

The Women and Youth Creating Our Future (WYCF) is a 5-year employment and entrepreneurship program funded by the US Government in Timor-Leste. Its goal is to support Institute of Business (IOB) to launching a center for entrepreneurship and employment called SENTRU to strengthen the workforce readiness, and technical and entrepreneurship skills of Timorese youth (including out-of-schools) and adult women.

Position summary:

The primary function of the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer (MEL) is to support the WYCF SENTRU project team in implementing a strong MEL system that ensures high-quality programming through systematic data collection and management, incorporation of beneficiary accountability measures, and the documentation and sharing of learning.


Working closely with the MEL Specialist and the entire project team, the MEL Officer will contribute to the design and implementation of the project MEL system in accordance with WYCF SENTRU MEL Policies and Procedures. The MEL Officer will be responsible for organizing data collection activities, and overseeing data verification, storage, and management. The MEL Officer is also expected to support the writing of WYCF project reports that will be shared with partners, donors, and other stakeholders. The MEL Officer will work closely with project team members and partner staff to facilitate learning and reflection processes. S/he will also provide MEL-related capacity building and mentoring to WYCF SENTRU and partner staff based on donor MEL requirements as well as WYCF SENTRU MEL Policies and Procedures.


This position will be based in Dili but will require regular travel (approximately 30% of the time) to districts.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Support the coordination and implementation of all assigned project MEL activities as outlined in the detailed implementation plan of the WYCF SENTRU; MEL policies, procedures, and good practices; donor MEL requirements.
  • Supports project team members, partner staff, and other key stakeholders to design and implement a MEL system, that specifies indicator definitions, data collection methods, frequencies, and staff responsibilities.
  • Monitor and report any MEL‑related challenges and gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules.
  • Lead the roll‑out and implementation of the trainings feedback mechanism. Support actively seeking and responding to feedback from all students and graduates as defined by the feedback mechanism.
  • Support WYCF SENTRU Hubs MEL activities (including digital data collection) and assist partners in their efforts to collect and ensure timely analysis of project data per specified mechanisms and tools.
  • Support capacity building of WYCF SENTRU Hubs staffs in MEL by helping deliver coaching and training activities.

Skills and experience required:

  • University or institute degree in social sciences, statistics, econometrics, management, rural development, or other related degree is preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years of progressive experience in supporting the implementation of MEL systems for development projects.
  • Understanding of monitoring, evaluation, and learning and their role in program management
  • Experience in conducting surveys, facilitating focus group discussions and interviews, and other quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.
  • Experience in organizing and conducting workshops.
  • Experience in conducting or supporting capacity building activities for staff such as trainings, orientations, or workshops.
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized, and can work effectively under tight deadlines.
  • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently.
  • Good communication skills: Fluency in spoken and written Tetum and ‘good’ spoken and written English.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point 
  • Experience working in collaboration with government counterparts, NGO’s, and donors. 

To apply:

For further information or to submit your application, please email Rui Ximenes contact number +670-78311645 on with the email subject line “IOB SENTRU MEL Officer”. Application close COB 30th of August 2023 (AEST).

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter which addresses the Terms of Reference
  • an up-to-date CV (no more than 3 pages)

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications received, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Preferred Timorese Applicants Only!

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