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MEL Consultant – TI Defence and Security

The failure of many countries to provide security and justice for their people, or to forge stable and predictable relationships with their neighbours, is a root cause of some of some of the world’s most significant security challenges.  TI Defence & Security (TI-DS) is working towards a world in which governments, the armed forces and arms transfers are transparent, accountable and free from corruption. We seek reforms toward open governments served by transparent defence institutions that are accountable to ordinary people and whose primary purpose is the protection of all citizens.

TI-DS works across three themes: with developed and emerging powers to create global standards for the governance of military power; on conflict and insecurity – to ensure policy makers recognise the threat corruption poses to peace and to reduce defence corruption in a fragile and conflict affected states; and tackling corruption in the global arms trade. The team produces two global indices – the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index and the Defence Companies Index – and undertakes a mix of research, training and advocacy across 100+ countries.

Purpose and Objectives:

We’re seeking an experienced MEL consultant(s) or organisation to support us in developing a comprehensive MEL framework for our £7m. programme. The consultant will facilitate a conversation on our theory of change and impact: what we are aiming for; how we approach learning; and what programme culture we require to get there. This will lead into the design and building of a programme wide MEL strategy and framework, incorporating the activities, outputs and outcomes across our 10 donors. The consultant will produce tools and methods to track and share results and impact at all levels, across the three thematic portfolios and programme-wide. The consultant will work with the team and programme leads to embed the MEL tools and methods into everyday activities so that impact can be regularly measured and assessed and learning is continuously fed back into programme activities.

Timeframe: 3 to 6 months.


  • Produce an MEL strategy and framework for the programme
  • Provide tailored tools and methods to implement that strategy
  • Embed the strategy, tools and methods in the team

Guiding questions:

  • What is our theory of change? What is our impact statement and what are we aiming for?
  • What programme culture do we require or want to have to get there (fail fast etc.)?
  • How do we track and share learning across different teams and different countries?
  • How do we track results and impact across different teams and different countries?
  • How do we best track impact on gender equality and Value for Money across activities?
  • How do we consolidate all of our results at portfolio and programme level to demonstrate total impact?
  • What are the best output and outcome indicators for the work that we do?

To apply

Closing date: 21 October 2018.

Applicants should email jobs@transparency.org.uk with the following (preferably in pdf format):

  • A brief expression of interest outlining which role(s) you are interested in and why
  • Your day rate / estimated quote for the work
  • CV(s) (2 pages) with details of relevant experience

Please include your name and the role(s) you are applying for in the subject line.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Please note that due to the very high volume of applications we receive, we greatly regret that we are unable to send personalised acknowledgements or give feedback on applications. If you do not hear from us by the 30 October 2018 you should assume that that you have not been shortlisted. Only applications with both of the requested components will be considered.

We are welcoming bids for two consultancy contracts for two different programmes in our organisation. Interested person(s) or organisations are welcome to submit expressions of interest for one or both roles.

Transparency International UK is an equal opportunity employer


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