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Sr. Coordinator, MERL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning)


Who We Are

International Justice Mission (IJM) is the global leader in protecting vulnerable people from violence around the world. Our global team of over 1,200 professionals are at work in 33 offices. Together, we are catalyzing a global revolution that will rescue millions, protect half a billion, and make justice unstoppable.

Motivated by God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, we believe that the way we work is as important as the results we achieve. We are a global community that cares for one another. We value joy and celebration, and we strive to provide professional excellence to all those we serve.

The Need

After almost 25 years of continued growth and operational success in pioneering the work of protecting those who are experiencing poverty from violence, IJM has become a $100+ million organization. As IJM continues this trajectory of growth and scaling of its impact, with the Vision to protect 500 million people by the year 2030, IJM’s Myanmar Office is seeking Sr. Coordinator, MERL.

Sr. Coordinator, MERL is responsible for the design and implementation of IJM Myanmar’s monitoring, evaluation, research and learning frameworks and procedures, and for ensuring the capture, recording, analysis and use of program and external data for improved program learning and evaluation. The Sr. Coordinator, MERL will support the Myanmar program by compiling, reviewing, and analyzing information about program activities and results and reporting to internal and external stakeholders. He or she will also develop data sharing collaborations, and work with partners to improve their data capture and analysis. This will allow for timely decision-making, ensure accountability, and provide the basis for evaluation and learning. He/she will also work with IJM’s regional team to support research studies related to the Myanmar program.

This position is based at IJM Office in Myanmar, Yangon area and reports to Director of Operations.


Research, Reporting, Documentation & Data Management:

  • Co-lead the development and periodic update of the program’s M&E plan, learning and use plan, and theory of change pathway with the Program Management Lead;
  • Compile data on program indicators, ensuring that all program indicators have data regularly collected and appropriately stored from verifiable sources according to the program’s M&E plan;
  • Conduct regular analysis of program data, supplying data and analysis as needed for program related reports, reviews and decisions;
  • Conduct quarterly and annual program reviews and prepare program and project reports for internal and external stakeholders in consultation with the IJM Myanmar team;
  • Conduct external data gathering, including stakeholder feedback, to support program development and decision-making;
  • Support the regional/Hub team in conducting research studies related to the program in Myanmar;
  • Deliver training as needed for IJM staff and partners on M&E framework, language, principles and tools, research methods and skills, and data entry;
  • Together with IJM Myanmar, IJM forced labor program hub colleagues and NGO partners, contextualizing tools from IJM Global;
  • Work closely with all program staff to ensure project activities are well documented, including thorough and well- organized filing systems with supporting documents;
  • Implement regular data quality audits of program monitoring data and work with colleagues and NGO partners to correct data errors;
  • Identify additional M&E needs and ways to measure the current programs, to increase the volume, quality and accuracy of data;
  • Support M&E and learning projects within the office, participate in and support monitoring visits and reviews of partner projects, and in collaboration with IJM regional and global teams;
  • Ensure full implementation of IJM Myanmar grant obligations regarding monitoring and evaluation of program.

Program Implementation Planning and Review:

  • Assist the Director of Operations, Finance Officer and Program Management Lead in developing draft budgets, reviewing budget to actual and projected spending during the year, and working with Regional Program Managers on monitoring restricted spending portions of the FO budget; and
  • Assist the Director of Operations and Program Management Lead in preparing, conducting, and following up on quarterly program reviews and other program review meetings
  • Identify and propose additional M&E needs and ways to measure the current programs;

General Accounting & Statutory Compliance:

  • Support development of annual budget for M&E activities and manage spending of funds in accordance with IJM Myanmar’s budget and stewardship principles.

General tasks:

  • Maintain detailed familiarity with IJM’s program and its implementation by participating in team meetings, partner meetings, and a variety of internal and external program activities;
  • Act as a liaison with the IJM regional team and other offices on program and M&E issues, sharing knowledge and lessons learned;
  • Participate in regular IJM program team meetings, and IJM regional/hub M&E team meetings;
  • Maintain confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information;
  • Perform other related duties and tasks as assigned by the Director of Operations;
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, IJM policies and best practices; and
  • Update and use IJM’s casework tracking systems and other data collection, monitoring and evaluation tools.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Management, Statistics or a related field;
  • Master’s degree preferred; and
  • Minimum of 4-5 years of experience in program monitoring, data management and/or evaluation-including any of:
  • designing, managing, or monitoring a program
  • conducting data quality audits or quality assurance assessments
  • capturing, synthesizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills that enhance productivity and facilitates positive workplace relationships;
  • Strong research, writing and verbal communication skills in English and Myanmar;
  • Professional presentation in demeanor and written and spoken communication;
  • Meticulous attention to detail, sound judgment, ability to take initiative and provide constructive feedback;
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills; and
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel and comfortable with learning new computer software programs.
  • Resilient and works well under stress with a sustained positive attitude;
  • Proven ability to lead cross-culturally to achieve significant outcomes and impact;
  • Strong leadership, management and coaching ability with high level of emotional intelligence;
  • Ability to mitigate conflict or disagreement in a professional manner;
  • Exceptionally high level of honesty and integrity;
  • Diplomatic and flexible; and
  • Passionate commitment to and understanding of IJM mission

Critical Qualities

  • Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
  • Self-starter with strong initiative;
  • Disciplined with priorities;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication;
  • Flexible, collaborative and eager to support others;
  • Effective team player who fosters collaborative environment; and
  • Adept at creative problem solving.

What does IJM have to offer?

  • Health, Personnel Accident insurance
  • Annual vacation leaves 12 days per year
  • Casual leaves up to 6 days
  • Public holidays (plus Good Friday, Christmas Eve)
  • Daily, quarterly and annual community spiritual formation
  • Robust staff care resources
  • Medical reimbursement


Upload Resume, IJM Cover Letter (please download this link IJM Cover Letter) and Statement of Faith* in one document. And send to not later than 18th February 2022.

*What is a statement of faith?
A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith and how you see it as relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can either be incorporated into the cover letter or submitted as a separate document and should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of worship.

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