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Lead, Measurement, Evaluation, Research and Learning


Who We Are

International Justice Mission (IJM) has implemented a collaborative approach to combating violence against those vulnerable for the last 23 years in 20 field offices around the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, collecting international best practices in tackling human trafficking. The capacity building model of criminal justice system transformation implemented by IJM includes individual support for survivors, support for government initiatives and jointly proposing policy changes to strengthen criminal justice systems (CJS) to respond effectively to human trafficking.

IJM wants to identify a Measurement, Evaluation, Research and Learning Lead (MERL) to lay the groundwork for the baseline study on the prevalence of human trafficking in Europe and to develop a strong MERL framework for the current phase of the European Cross-Border Program.

The Need

This position will contribute to the continuous improvement of indicators, definitions, standardized tools, methods and guidelines for implementation and data quality assurance; lead the evaluation of the European cross-border program and provide routine data information for European leaders; lead and contribute to the development of relevant standards, guidance and training and capacity building around this initiative; and engage in relevant activation activities; all to improve the quality and understanding of the European cross-border program and impact of the IJM.

This position is based at IJM Romania in Bucharest and reports to Country Director (full time 40h/week).


Leadership and Management:

  • Support the implementation and on-going development of MERL processes and systems in line with organizational global metrics vision and roadmap
  • Lead European change management and adoption efforts on global metrics
  • Secure acceptance of global metrics among academia, industry experts, and other influential audiences

Technical M&E Expertise and Data Analysis:

  • Provide technical input and guidance to the MERL processes and systems
  • Contribute to the development and continued relevance of standardized indicators, processes, tools, and guidance documents
  • Conduct routine data quality assurance reviews
  • Perform routine data analysis on standardized indicators and communicate results through data visualizations and reports
  • Develop strategies for identifying good practices to reflect and share learning internally and externally
  • Evaluate indicators to identify potential trends through data analysis and reviews of existing external metrics, literature, and stakeholder views.

Project Management:

  • Effectively communicate the purpose, scope, implications of, and details of the standardized indicators/global metrics initiative to HUB Director
  • Develop and implement project scope of work, keeping the project on target and ensuring buy-in from and time management of appropriate field implementers and subject matter experts.

Policies and Procedures:

  • Develop and update/maintain all processes, standards, guidance, and tools necessary to collect, analyze, and interpret standardized indicators in European offices
  • Provide technical input on standardized indicator data security, documentation, management, and disposal practices, in line with relevant policies and guidelines
  • Review broader MERL and other policies and standards to ensure alignment with standardized indicators
  • Guide staffs in developing evidence-based strategic policy documents that informs their workplans

Training and Development:

  • Train or coordinate training of relevant staff on all aspects of the indicators and their implementation, including use of tools, sampling methods, data management, and appropriate data analysis/interpretation.
  • Contribute to training on MERL and other topics, as needed to ensure alignment with standardized indicators project

Networking & Partnership:

  • Collaborate closely with IJM’s global MERL staff, field implementers, and subject matter experts on all aspects of the standardized indicators cross-border project
  • Engage in relevant MERL forums and networks to support the standardized indicators cross border project
  • Develop partnerships with relevant justice system- and/or MERL-related organizations, who can support the standardized indicators project through input during the cross-border project and/or through buy-in and promotion of the cross-border project’s final results.
  • Offer Technical Assistance to partner organizations on matters related to Justice System data.
  • Communicate technical findings to relevant European policy makers and funders.


  • Master’s degree in International Development, Evaluation, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Public Policy, Data Science, Applied Statistics or Analytics
  • Extensive experience and expertise in program design and a strong understanding of MERL methods
  • At least 6 years of specialist or senior level support development programs in Europe preferably on advocacy, accountability, justice and governance programs
  • Professional certificate in MERL is an advantage
  • Membership of a professional society on MERL in Europe is an advantage
  • Experience with data analysis and data mining is an advantage.

Critical Qualities

  • Analytical and critical thinking skills (ability and experience to work with missing data)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (including both strong scientific writing skills and for lay audiences)
  • Expertise in monitoring and evaluation of global or organizational datasets
  • Expertise in the design, development, testing, validation, and use of indicators and data collection tools
  • Expertise in statistical analysis software (such as Stata, SPSS, SAS, R, or NVivo) and associated descriptive, prescriptive, and predictive analytics techniques
  • Expertise in all areas of quantitative and qualitative methodologies (including sampling, implementation guidance and oversight, data collection and analysis ethical approvals and procedures, as well as quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques)
  • Expertise in staff training and management and change management around MERL/data-related initiatives
  • Expertise in the data visualization and the design, creation, and promotion of data products (e.g., dashboards, technical reports, data briefs, and presentations)
  • Team player and team oriented across multi-disciplinary teams
  • Demonstrates servant leadership and the values of IJM
  • High levels of self-motivation and personal initiative
  • History of building effective intra-organizational alliances
  • Creative and energetic problem solver
  • Extremely high levels of honesty and integrity
  • Ability to work well under stress and deadline pressures with a sustained positive attitude
  • Attention to detail; organized and disciplined with priorities
  • Passionate to combat human trafficking, rescue victims and hold offenders accountable
  • Exceptional collaborator with diverse teams from various backgrounds – including technical and non-technical staff
  • Exceptional negotiation, problem-solving, and stakeholder management skills

What does IJM have to offer?

- Comprehensive Medical benefits
- 24 days annually paid leave
- Daily, quarterly and annual community spiritual formation
- Robust staff care resources


Please email Resume and Cover Letter to romania@ijm.org

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