Global Technical Advisor (MEAL)

Global Technical Advisor – Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

Organization: We Effect
Location: Stockholm (Sweden)
Grade: Senior level
Occupational Groups:
Women’s Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
Monitoring and Evaluation
Education, Learning and Training
Closing Date: 2022-01-10

Do you aspire to work with knowledge generation, learning and reflection at a global level to improve our work on The Right to Food, Gender- and Climate Justice for all? Do you have thorough knowledge and experience in monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning from a feminist and rights-based lens? Do you appreciate diversity and thrive in a working environment that honors respect, transparency and collaboration with colleagues from all around the globe? Then, you might be the person we are looking for. We Effect is now looking for a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Technical Advisor who can lead this area of work and ensure the effective use of qualitative frameworks and methods to plan and follow up social change and continuously strengthen the quality and impact of our work.  

About We Effect

We Effect is a development cooperation organisation founded in 1958 by the Swedish cooperative movement. 70 of the largest cooperative and customer-owned companies and organisations in Sweden are the members and owners of We Effect.

We Effect’s mission is to enable people living in poverty to improve their living conditions, defend their rights and contribute to a just society. We promote the use of sustainable methods that protect people and the environment. Our work emphasizes gender equality and women’s empowerment, and we support advocacy for equal rights to power, land, housing and food security.

 We Effect applies a rights-based approach. This means that our development activities are developed in dialogue with our partner organisations, with strong local ownership, characterized by accountability, transparency, non-discrimination, and meaningful participation. Through our regional and country offices, We Effect implements development cooperation programs together with almost 200 partners in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

About the position

This is an exciting opportunity to join an experienced and growing team of technical advisors. The function is to (1) lead the development and implementation of a consistent and high-quality framework for programme Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) consistent with a feminist and rights-based approach (2) provide guidance and support to strengthen the organisations capacity in MEAL to follow up social change processes and (3) develop and support systems for learning and reflection to continuously strengthen the quality and impact of our programming practice. The role will include providing support to the MEAL focal points in the regions, chairing the global network on programme quality and learning to effectively contribute to learning accountability for quality programming and reporting. The role requires close coordination and cooperation with programme staff in our regional and country offices as well as with other technical advisors and other departments in the Head Office such as the Marketing and Advocacy Department.

Main responsibilities

Development and oversight of We Effect’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Framework:

  • Coordinate and lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive framework, strategy and toolkit for We Effect’s planning, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning system in close collaboration with other technical advisors and colleagues globally.
  • Identify key appropriate tools and methodologies applicable throughout the programme cycle to demonstrate programme outcomes and impact and support learning for continuous programme quality.
  • Provide ongoing support, guidance and capacity strengthening of MEAL frameworks, tools and methodologies with programme staff and local partners.
  • Foster and facilitate a community of learning within We Effect with regional and country offices and partner organisations and build inter and cross-regional learning opportunities and spaces via in-person or virtual interactions.
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learnt for knowledge building, strategy- and programme development.
  • Develop and strengthen We Effect’s research capacity.
  • Conduct strategic evaluations and support regional and countries evaluations, learning pilots and learning spaces.

Support to project design and proposals, donor reports and publications:

  •  Support management of We Effect’s knowledge building and learning related to understanding the organization’s impact and contribution to change.
  • Work closely with colleagues in the Technical Unit, Programme Officers and colleagues globally to provide technical input into concept notes and proposals to ensure that lessons learned through monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning shape project design.
  • Support the development of consistent and high-quality MEAL frameworks for project and programme proposals.
  • Produce/contribute to reports illustrating We Effect’s impact including donor reports, concept notes, annual reports, research reports, articles etc.

Collaborating within the development sector as a MEAL expert

  • Represent We Effect at relevant events and conferences
  • Participate in MEAL working groups, networks and communities
  • Follow the developments and trends in the sector, new knowledge and approaches with regards to MEAL from a feminist and rights-based lens.

Required qualifications

  • Master’s Degree within a relevant field such as social science, political science, international law or equivalent.
  • At least 7 years experience of qualified work in the development sector a
  • At least 2-3-years’ working in the Global South for local civil society or an INGO.
  • Excellent theoretical understanding and several years of practical experience in monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning approaches and methods.
  • Experience and knowledge of working with and implementing knowledge and learning systems and approaches from a feminist intersectional perspective and a rights-based lens.
  • Experience of working on resource mobilisation and providing technical guidance on project design and MEAL frameworks in proposals.
  • Excellent conceptual and theoretical understanding of the rights-based approach and gender transformative approaches in the development cooperation.
  • Experience of providing capacity strengthening, mentoring, coaching support and facilitation.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and spoken.
  • Excellent interpersonal, coordination and negotiation skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


  • Experience from cooperative development work and support to farmer’s organisations.
  • Experience of working with other areas of work such as women’s rights and gender equality, Environment, climate change and resilience (ECCR), housing, civil society strengthening, human rights and democracy.
  • Experience of working with SIDA or EU grants
  • Good understanding of both written and spoken Spanish, Portuguese and/or Swedish

 Desired strong personal competencies

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication and pedagogical skills
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt work to shifting contexts, situations and needs
  • Ability to work with a high level of independence and set priorities
  • Ability to contribute to a team and support collaboration
  • Ability to deliver results and meet deadlines
  • Aptitude for learning new ways of doing things to maintain relevant and up to date on trends

Location of position

The Advisor is part of the Technical Unit within the International Department based in Stockholm.

Travel requirements:

The Advisor will be required to travel two to three times per year.


Apply by uploading your CV and cover letter to Impactpool no later than 10 January 2022.  We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences to apply.

Your application documents can be submitted in English or Swedish.


For more information about the position, please contact:
Anna Edgren, Head of Technical Unit,

Ingrid Wibom, Head of Human Resources,

Union Representative

Lotta Nannmark, Unionen,

 We Effect strives for diversity in the organisation. For more information about We Effect, please visit our website