Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer, Investing in Independent Media

Internews Network


To support implementation of the USAID-funded Investing in Independent Media (IIM) Activity in Southeast Asia, Internews is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer. The MEL Officer will support the project team in collecting, collating, analyzing, and reporting monitoring information on the project indicator framework in line with Internews’ data quality standards to ensure ongoing monitoring of program progress and performance to inform learning and adaptation of the project in real time. The MEL Officer reports to and will be supervised by the MEL Manager, and closely work with other project staff, including Research and Grants coordinators, and project partners and grantees.


This role will be based remotely from Bangkok, Thailand or from another location in Southeast Asia. If based outside the Southeast Asia region, the successful candidate will be expected to relocate to Bangkok.

Wherever possible, we work to try to find solutions for international hiring that work for both the company and the candidate. This means that some of the particulars around the offer for a role will be dependent on several factors, and that the benefits and salary structure that apply to a position will ultimately be based upon the candidate’s location and where the role is hired.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so candidates should apply soon. This is a term position, with an anticipated end date of August 10, 2024.


We are an organization of dynamic, mission-driven individuals who are passionate about our core values and about supporting positive change in the world. We pride ourselves on our commitment to innovation and flexibility. We believe that diverse teams are strong teams and work to support an ethic of belonging, dignity, and justice for all people. Our current team includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are an EEO employer and encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences.

DAY-TO-DAY TASKS will include:

  • Work closely with the MEL Manager to ensure effective media monitoring of IIM grantees; monitor media outputs/outlets on a regular basis and track journalism quality in line with the agreed media monitoring methodology; produce media monitoring reports;
  • Co-design monitoring and evaluation tools of the project with the MEL Manager;
  • Coordinate with partners and grantees to collect data around the indicators in the project logframe, using data collection tools as advised by the MEL Manager;
  • Enter data into project databases, including cleaning, coding data, and identifying gaps and irregularities;
  • Perform frequent data quality checks upon the collected monitoring and evaluation database to ensure that all the data meets high quality standards is of high quality and in line with Internews standards;
  • Analyze or automate the analysis of this data, identifying trends and outliers as well as writing monitoring and/or evaluation reports as needed;
  • Provide inputs, information and statistics for periodic (monthly, quarterly, bi-annual) and ad hoc reports on this data for the MEL and wider project team;
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships within the MEL team and with all functional teams, and project partners or grantees;
  • Perform any other duties assigned by supervisor;
  • In all duties, demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in media, development or other related subjects;
  • Strong monitoring and evaluation experience with Southeast Asia media/journalism project;
  • Proven experience in qualitative and quantitative research, including research methodologies, primary data collection, entry, analysis, and reporting;
  • Experience and knowledge of MEL preferred, including designing monitoring and evaluation tools, experience working with indicator frameworks, monitoring tools and/or conducting evaluations, preferably on a USAID project;
  • Good analytical and report writing skills, with proven command of English and Burmese languages at minimum;
  • Experience working with MS Office Applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural team and maintain effective (remote) communication with colleagues;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral), organizational and interpersonal skills; and
  • Proven ability to multi-task and prioritize a shifting workload.

How to apply

To apply, please submit CV and optionally a cover letter via our Careers page.