Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, Mulanje
We need a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) officer to develop, implement and supervise WeForest’s monitoring and evaluation work in the districts, which includes providing support and training to the local community-based forest organizations on best community M&E practices.


Lead WeForest Mulanje MEL

  1. Lead the development and implementation of baseline surveys, the project logical framework and M&E plan for the Mulanje project, through setting of SMART KPIs
  2. Lead the M&E reporting for the Mulanje project, through measuring progress of the KPIs and ensuring data quality
  3. Ensure adoption of best data management practices at project level which includes adopting of a naming convention, structuring the geo-database, improving data protocols/templates and organizing folder structure
  4. Provide technical and operational support for project team to collect, analyse and report on socio-economic, law-enforcement, ecological and geographic data and any other types of data relevant for the project
  5. In collaboration with Community managers, ensure lessons learnt are extracted and shared with relevant staff and advise project team based on lessons learnt to guide adaptive management where relevant  
  6. Provide regular feedback to Community managers to improve M&E operations/procedures /guidelines/templates

Others in support of WeForest

  • Support project document development (including translation to local languages) where and when needed
  • Support where possible, the field team in facilitating their work such as, but not limited to, data entry, data analysis and assist in field activities whenever necessary
  • Any other duties assigned by the different Community managers in consultation with the Country Director

Lead CBNRM M&E capacity building

  1. Together with the Community managers, play an active role in building Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) organisations (including LFMBs, FBCs, VNRMCs) to understand the value and use of M&E procedures tailored to their needs and capacity
  2. Guide and support CBNRM organisations to adopt good M&E practices with their activities which includes, but not limited to, socio-economic interventions, law-enforcement operations and ecological monitoring
  3. Support CBNRM organisations to extract lessons and adjust relevant project components based on their M&E outcomes

Partnership support – in close cooperation with WeForest partners

  1. Support efficient and effective communication between WeForest and current and potential partners
  2. Assist partner organizations in project planning, monitoring and evaluation and data analysis for joint FLR projects
  3. Assist partners in liaising with local, district and regional authorities and in engaging with forest-dependent communities


  1. Education:
  2. Essential: B.Sc. in Forestry/Agroforestry/wildlife management or equivalent.
  3. Desirable: M.Sc., or equivalent experience in Development Studies and a certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Work experience and skills:


  • 3+ years relevant work experience, with demonstrated experience in leading the monitoring and evaluation of different project activities
    • Excellent communication and numerical skills
    • Good moderation, facilitation and training skills
    • Competent in GIS software, KoboToolbox/ODK, GIS Cloud or other equivalent phone monitoring applications
    • Competent with SPSS (or similar), Microsoft Office applications, email and other relevant computer skills
    • Willing to learn new monitoring tools and techniques
    • Clean and excellent track record and references


  • Previous interaction with community-based organisations and experience with training and local capacity building
    • Exposure to and experience with the NGO sector
    • Miombo botany knowledge and forest management experience
    • Beekeeping and agroforestry knowledge and experience
    • Track record with gender-sensitive participatory, governance and inclusion approaches
  • Language: Fluent in English (both speaking and writing) and Chichewa (both speaking and writing)
  • Other requirements
    • Driving license
    • Be willing to live in Mulanje/Phalombe
    • Flexible in terms of travelling and working conditions

Terms & Conditions

Start date: 31st January 2023

Duration of Contract: One year, renewable to a two-year contract based upon performance

Salary: Level 3a. Remuneration based on experience. 

Location: Based at the WeForest office in Mulanje at first, and Phalombe once activities initiated in the District. The position is mostly office based but has a strong field component (estimated at about 75% office / 25% field).

Hours of Work: Full-time, working a minimum of 8 hours per day (5 days/week). Hours will however vary depending on project needs and flexibility is essential.

Reporting line: The MEL officer will be supervised by the WeForest Malawi Country Director, and also report to the two Community managers. There will be regular contacts with the M&E Manager at Headquarters.

How to apply

Please send applications to with your CV, a motivation letter (max one page), and 2 recent references by 15th December 2022. Make sure to mention the job title in the subject of the email. In your motivation letter, we’d love to read about what makes you interested to work with WeForest. Due to the anticipated high number of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We thank you in advance for your interest.