Center for Reproductive Rights
  • 13-Apr-2018 to 12-Jun-2018 (EST)
  • Administration
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Job Title: Program Manager- Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Department: Strategy & Operations

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, D.C. and a diverse staff of more than 150 professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $29 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory. The Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its current and next Strategic Plan.

The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought ground-breaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, has led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 60 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

The Role:
The Program Manager - Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (ME&L) will support and contribute to the day-to-day implementation of ME&L, including contributions to the ongoing review and development of the Center's ME&L system and its related tools and processes. The post holder will focus on supporting Program/Regional and Development teams to ensure coordination and alignment of ME&L in project cycle management processes, and will serve as the focal point from the ME&L team for knowledge management and communication activities aimed at strengthening the effective use of M&L to enhance a learning culture across the organization. The position reports to the Senior Director Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, and will be based in the Center's New York office.

The Program Manager's primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1. Planning and MEL Systems Development

  • Contributes to ongoing review and development of ME&L system, tools and processes;
  • Supports Development & Program teams to develop M&E frameworks and plans for project design and proposal development, especially for core institutional (government) grants;
  • Participates in ongoing efforts to plan, strengthen and implement cross-organization knowledge management and information systems;
  • Participates in planning discussions to identify projects/programs or initiatives associated with success and/or valuable learning outcomes for potential Communications and Development purposes;
    Participates in cross-organizational ME&L Working Group, and supports/deputizes for Senior Manager in coordination of Working Group operations as required;
    Supports development, management and review of annual ME&L team work plan.

2. Monitoring and Reporting

  • Supports ME&L Plan implementation and works with teams (especially at project level) to collect, collate, and analyze data and information for performance monitoring;
  • Works with program/project teams (and partners, as appropriate) to ensure timely ME&L compliance on reporting for internal and external (donor) reporting, focusing on accuracy, integrity and high quality of data and information generated;
  • Supports ME&L Plan implementation and works with teams (especially at project level) to collect, collate, and analyze data and information for performance monitoring;
  • Works with program/project teams (and partners, as appropriate) to ensure timely ME&L compliance on reporting for internal and external (donor) reporting, focusing on accuracy, integrity and high quality of data and information generated.

3. Evaluation and Learning

  • Provides support to the Center's internal evaluation and learning processes incl. annual impact and learning reporting;
  • Works with Senior Director to identify appropriate learning interventions with program teams from each new donor project as part of the organizational learning strategy;
  • Contributes to/develops ME&L-focused communications including approaches for data visualization.

4. Other

  • Supports MEL team efforts in rolling out ME&L training/capacity building activities on technical aspects of ME&L, as appropriate/in line with skill set and experience;
  • Provides internal orientation and briefings on donor M&E requirements to relevant teams, especially regional team and partners.

Collaborative: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups. A willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
Innovative: Demonstrated ability to be innovative and highly productive, with a focus on excellence in a high energy, fast moving, deadline orientated environment
Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally. Uses resources well. Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues. Must possess a "can-do" and "will-do" attitude.
Commitment to learning: Applies a growth mentality to their own development and pushes self and others to work out of comfort zone. Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve
Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center's high standards and mission.
Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
Adaptive/flexible: Has a can do/will do attitude and demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.
Empathy: An empathetic, approachable team player who engenders trust and confidence, with an inherent ability to interact positively with all members of the Center staff.
Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
Confident: Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work, but be able to take direction and criticism professionally.
Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.


  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
  • Educated to postgraduate degree level, or equivalent qualification, relevant to this position/organization's work (e.g. social science, social justice, human rights, sexual and reproductive health, public health, international development);
  • Minimum 5 years of experience, preferably gained in an international non-profit organization, which has included M&E implementation (with working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative tools/methodologies:
  • Previous experience in working on core institutional grants (or equivalent), preferably with governments (e.g. proposal development/writing, reporting, M&E (and learning) and/or project cycle management);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to communicate effectively in a clear, non-technical, creative and compelling way;
  • Demonstrated flexibility working with virtual teams and management;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships and to relate to people with sensitivity, tact, discretion and professionalism;
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint as well as Sharepoint essential; familiarity with data analysis software would be an advantage;
  • Ability to travel 2-3 times a year;
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written) essential; proficiency in a second language, especially Spanish, would be an asset.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references must be included in your application to be considered for this role. It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for Applications: Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

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