About the Position

Accurate, rich data drives the quality of our work, and enables us to continuously improve our program implementation and advocate for systemic, large-scale reforms. Namati intentionally structures our monitoring and evaluation with learning in mind. This includes evaluating where and how paralegals can be effective at resolving injustices but also, crucially, includes more granular, methodological insights on how to maximize their impact.

To deepen the use of our data for learning, we are searching for a strategic and forward-thinking Global Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer who will ensure that our M&E systems are optimized for programmatic excellence and organizational learning. Reporting to the Director of Global Learning & Practice, the Global M&E Officer is central to coordinating and streamlining processes to track and assess impact across Namati programs.

The Global M&E Officer will be responsible for the following: 

M&E support to 5 Namati programs (70% of role)

The Global M&E Officer will work with a team of M&E staff from five of our programs, providing guidance on M&E strategy and supporting them in ongoing implementation and management while building their skills and capacity in the following areas:

Designing M&E systems and tools: collaborating with program teams to develop appropriately targeted M&E systems that can deliver the data needed to answer key strategic questions and advance their learning priorities. Examples include:

  • Ensuring Namati programs have the data needed for rigorous reflection on program strategy
  • Supporting the design of robust M&E tools (surveys, interview protocols, etc) adapted to the specific context and learning priorities
  • Providing guidance to programs on planning and logistics related to data collection, sampling, data storage, and analysis

Using data for learning: translating program data into meaningful learning that can inform program strategy and iteratively deepen our work; support M&E staff to facilitate reflection and engagement in learning within their teams. Examples include:

  • Identifying and exploring key questions that arise based on data in conversation with programs teams
  • Supporting M&E staff to analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data
  • Supporting M&E staff in generating quarterly data dashboards, based on what’s most relevant or useful to programs
  • Collaborating with M&E staff to foster a culture of critical reflection and continual learning within program teams, including creating spaces for reflection and building specific skills or addressing barriers as needed

Communicating data: supporting Namati programs in effectively communicating our data and impact to a variety of audiences, including program staff, partner organizations and paralegals, donors, policymakers, and impacted communities. Examples include:

  • Supporting M&E and program staff to identify key messages based on findings from data analysis
  • Building the capacity of M&E and program staff to use data to tell effective stories for specific audiences
  • Supporting M&E staff in visualizing data in a variety of formats using best practices

Reporting: building program teams’ capacity and systems for external reporting. This includes ensuring alignment between M&E commitments to funders and internal data systems. Examples include:

  • Reviewing grant proposals and reports for alignment to established data tracking systems
  • Supporting M&E staff to proactively generate data for grant reports in line with donor reporting requirements

Other areas of leadership (30% of role):

Convening a 10-member M&E working group: supporting the growth of M&E staff, fostering connections across teams, and identifying opportunities for collaboration. Examples include:

  • Designing strategies for building the capacity of M&E staff and supporting the group to deepen their expertise over time
  • Organizing and facilitating quarterly group convenings
  • Helping M&E staff train partners and paralegals
  • Identifying, storing, and when needed developing resources on a variety of M&E topics

Overseeing global M&E functions: coordinating Namati’s global M&E, including performance tracking through the development of key performance indicators (KPIs), defining indicators for cross-cutting grant proposals, and acting as the point of contact for Development and Communications. Examples include:

  • Developing and refining global key performance indicators that capture core dimensions of Namati’s work
  • Identifying indicators for cross-cutting grant proposals
  • Coordinating with Development and Communications teams to ensure consistency in how Namati frames and reports impact to external audiences
  • Providing program overviews and updates about program content to Development and Communications

A typical week as the Global Monitoring & Evaluation Officer might include:

  • Leading a team-wide brown bag lunch discussion on the findings from a recent survey conducted in Sierra Leone
  • Holding a meeting with the Community Land Protection program to identify learning priorities and design a strategy for an upcoming baseline
  • Partnering with Namati’s global fundraising team to develop a major grant proposal by shaping a logframe for donors and funders
  • Helping build the capacity of in-country M&E counterparts by training them on best practices on field interview techniques or qualitative data analysis
  • Working in close partnership with the Global Systems Officer to propose operational solutions to promote data security and protection

About You/Must-Haves for the Position:

  • Substantial (likely 5 or more years) experience implementing M&E activities in international contexts
  • Master’s degree in public administration, international development, program evaluation, or related field
  • Experience developing M&E frameworks, including identifying learning priorities, selecting indicators, and setting targets
  • Experience designing tools and strategies for data collection and analysis
  • Experience with data quality assessments and oversight
  • Knowledge of data visualization techniques and best practices
  • Knowledge of program evaluation methodologies
  • Experience facilitating and providing ongoing training to field staff, preferably in virtual or remote settings
  • Collaborative and service-oriented
  • Growth-oriented
  • Nimble, creative problem-solver

Nice to Haves:

  • Issue area expertise in land rights and/or environmental justice
  • Experience using or managing relational databases
  • Experience analyzing data using statistical software
  • Experience with mobile data collection

About Namati

Namati is dedicated to placing the power of law in the hands of people.

For billions of people around the world, the law is broken. It’s an abstraction—or worse, a threat—but not something they can use to exercise their basic rights.

Namati is building a global movement of community paralegals who empower people to understand, use, and shape the law. These “barefoot lawyers” form a dynamic, creative frontline that can squeeze justice out of even broken systems.

In the past four years, Namati and our partners have worked with over 65,000 clients to take on some of the greatest challenges of our times: protecting community lands, enforcing environmental law, and securing basic rights to healthcare and citizenship.

We track data on every case and use that information to advocate for systemic changes, like better policies for land governance in Liberia, environmental regulation in India, and healthcare delivery in Mozambique.

And we’re joining forces for change. Namati convenes the Global Legal Empowerment Network—over 1,800 groups and 6,500 individuals from 168 countries learning from one another and bringing justice to communities in every part of the world.

For more about what it’s like to work at Namati, please see our Cultural Principles.


Washington, DC.

Compensation & benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience. In addition, Namati offers an excellent benefits package, which includes:

  • Health insurance- Namati pays 80% of the base plan premium for individuals, and 50% for dependents
  • 3 weeks’ paid vacation, 12 sick days, 11 federal holidays (+the week between Christmas and New Years), 3 personal days, 6 weeks’ parental leave
  • 401(k)- Namati contributes 5% of your salary plus matches your contribution up to an additional 5%
  • Pre-tax withholding for transportation and parking (Washington DC metro area)
  • Access to professional development opportunities

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter – explaining your interest and how your experiences relate to the position – using our online application form.

In addition to the resume and cover letter, we’d appreciate two (2) work samples that (1) demonstrate your abilities in M&E design and/or analysis, and (2) ideally also communicates data broadly to either an internal or external audience. This can include, for example, an M&E framework for a groundbreaking project or a program readout to staff summarizing data and recommendations for program strategy. Ultimately, your sample should clearly demonstrate your abilities relative to the job.

We’ll accept applications and work samples on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but candidates are encouraged to apply by August 9th, 2019. No phone calls please.

Namati is an Equal Opportunity Employer