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Misean Cara is seeking to recruit a suitable candidate for the position of Learning & Development Officer, a key role in achieving the organisation’s objectives regarding monitoring, evaluation, learning and research. Within Misean Cara, the Learning & Development Team promotes learning, accountability and capacity development through an annual programme of monitoring, evaluation and research based on the hundreds of projects implemented by member organisations each year. The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills and experience in all aspects of project cycle management, in particular monitoring and evaluation, and will be adept at identifying and articulating learning to be shared with Misean Cara’s members and the wider development community. The Learning & Development Team consists of a manager and three officers based in Ireland and four mentors based overseas.


Founded in 2004, Misean Cara is a faith-based development organisation of 91 member organisations who are committed to working with and for some of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities in the world.  Our members live within marginalised communities and work in the areas of education, health, sustainable livelihoods and human rights, delivering high quality project results through a deep-rooted presence in over 50 countries.  With funding of €15.5 million in 2019 from Irish Aid, Misean Cara is seeking to develop a diverse range of other sustainable funding streams so we may continue to work in ways that transform lives while respecting the integrity of local cultures.  Our current five-year Strategy 2017-2021 sets out five goals:

  1. To uphold the right to quality education
  2. To uphold the right to better health, clean water and sanitation
  3. To uphold the right to sustainable livelihoods
  4. To uphold and advocate for human rights
  5. To enhance and promote the missionary approach to development

The principal focus of this role is on Strategic Goal 5 and the associated Critical Success Factor of strengthening the organisation’s learning culture. The relationship between Misean Cara staff and its member organisations and project teams is fundamentally one of accompaniment on a journey of transformation.


This Officer will report to the Learning & Development Manager.


Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Contribute to the implementation of Misean Cara’s M&E Policy, and related guidelines, to reflect a greater emphasis on results.
  • Liaise closely with members in relation to monitoring and evaluation visits.
  • Support members in the enhancement of their own monitoring systems, at both organisational and project-team levels.
  • Contribute to the planning of Misean Cara’s monitoring programme each year.
  • Conduct monitoring visits to member projects, providing learning-focussed feedback to project teams.
  • Provide support to other Misean Cara staff members in carrying out and following up after monitoring visits.
  • Contribute to the planning of Misean Cara’s evaluation programme each year.
  • Contribute to the commissioning of external reviews and evaluation consultancies, including the writing of clear and succinct invitations to tender and Terms of Reference.
  • Manage the implementation of evaluations, engaging with the evaluators to ensure high quality final reports and other deliverables.
  • Support follow-up actions on key findings and recommendations from reviews and evaluations.
  • Review and provide appropriate feedback on member project reports.
  • Assimilate information from across the organisation, with an emphasis on innovation and learning, to produce coherent reports and other documents.

Capacity Development

  • Contribute to the implementation of Misean Cara’s Capacity Development Policy, and related guidelines, to enhance members’ work.
  • Support and capture learning from Misean Cara’s regional mentorship programmes and bring to the broader membership through appropriately tailored initiatives.
  • Support and contribute to the strengthening of overall organisational capacity, and develop systems to demonstrate and evidence capacity development.
  • Support the process of induction for members’ Missionary Development Officers.
  • Contribute to the production and dissemination of learning briefs and other capacity development materials.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of Misean Cara’s online Members’ Resource Hub.
  • Promote a learning culture within Misean Cara that is inclusive, creative and forward thinking.

Research and Policy

  • Conduct and contribute to research initiatives undertaken internally within Misean Cara.
  • Contribute to the processes of commissioning and project-managing external research consultancies.
  • Support and contribute to policy and advocacy initiatives across the organisation.Conduct and contribute to research initiatives undertaken internally within Misean Cara.
  • Contribute to the processes of commissioning and project-managing external research consultancies.
  • Support and contribute to policy and advocacy initiatives across the organisation.


  • Contribute to cross-organisational initiatives and reporting, including the production of major yearly reports, e.g., reports to donors as required.
  • Other tasks in support of the overall work of Misean Cara, as may be assigned by the Learning and Development Manager.
  • To work in a professional manner at all times, reflecting the values and culture of Misean Cara.

Essential Skills and Attributes

  • Experience in doing and managing monitoring and evaluation within the international development sector.
  • A degree-level qualification or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
  • At least three years’ experience in the development sector, including experience living and working in the Global South.
  • Experience in the area of capacity development.
  • Experience working on development projects structured according to results frameworks.
  • A high degree of self-sufficiency and initiative, and the ability to innovate.
  • The ability to work well in a team.
  • The availability to travel internationally.
  • Excellent writing skills in English across a range of styles.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent IT skills, particularly in the use of MS Office.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

  • A masters-level qualification or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g., M&E).
  • Experience taking a participatory approach to development, particularly participatory monitoring and evaluation.
  • Research experience using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies.
  • Experience and skills in policy development and advocacy work.
  • Experience of working in or with a membership-based organisation.
  • Technical expertise in relation to IT-based data management systems.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swahili, or any language spoken widely in the Global South.
  • An affinity with development work undertaken by missionaries, and an appreciation of the missionary approach to development interventions.


  • The post is offered on a two-year fixed term contract basis.
  • Salary range €35,000 to €46,910, depending on qualifications and experience.
  • 42 hours per week (37 hours net).
  • Based in Misean Cara Head Office in Dublin.
  • 9 months’ probation.
  • Garda vetting, medical, and full reference checks.


To apply please send a CV with a cover letter outlining how your motivation, experience and skills fit the role, in confidence, to jobs@miseancara.ie   Please insert “L&D Officer” in the subject line.   

Misean Cara is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

Closing date: Thursday, 19th March 2020 at 12 noon.    

Interviews:  30th March 2020