Director, Monitoring + Evaluation

Remote / India

We are looking for an entrepreneurial individual to serve as our Monitoring and Evaluation

(M&E) Director. The M&E Director will provide technical leadership, oversight, and strategic

direction for GSL’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities. The M&E Director’s primary

areas of responsibility will be to lead the development of GSL’s M&E strategy, develop and

support country affiliate organizations to effectively utilize M&E frameworks, form research

partnerships, and serve as a knowledge hub by communicating our learning to the wider

education ecosystem.

The M&E Director will report to a co-founder of GSL. The M&E Director will also be responsible for directly growing, managing, and coordinating the M&E team which currently consists of an M&E Associate, a part-time senior advisor, and short-term contractors.

Research shows that School Leaders (SLs) have a direct impact on student learning outcomes.  However, School Leaders in LMICs face complex challenges that they are not trained or equipped to address. This limits their ability to impact their overall school performance. Providing them with the right resources and strengthening their leadership skills & mindsets will improve their ability to solve these challenges. 


Three reasons why investing in School Leadership training is a smart, sustainable approach:


  • Effective leadership creates a focus to improve student outcomes

School Leaders are on top of the leadership pyramid in a school. They are in a strong position to influence and make tangible changes in their school operations and management. Working with them directly increases the chances of actual change happening in the overall schooling system

  • Cost-effective:

It is significantly cost-effective to work with School Leaders. Studies show that training SLs adds just 5% to the school budget and increases student learning by 30%.

  • Easier to scale and impact more schools:

Working with School Leaders allows us to have a school-wide impact, which in turn, can have a community-wide impact. Building the capacity of School Leaders safeguards the sustainability of school improvement practices. 


To make the case to school systems to invest more in school leadership, we look for our M&E team to lead efforts regarding:


1.  Targeted research and data collection to study the systemic impact of School Leaders:
Investment in and improvement of School Leadership needs to be supported by research and data that evaluates the impact of School Leaders on student outcomes. Understanding the challenges, what has worked, and studying the link to student performance will help SLs have targeted solutions. 

2.  High-quality data systems for monitoring and impact evaluation:

There is a need for systems of monitoring, measuring, and evaluating program effectiveness that can lead to changes and improvements in the program. The program, therefore, needs to be flexible and iterative to work with the outcomes.


Roles and Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

M&E Strategy 

  • Developing a long-term M&E strategy and identifying internal and external resources to support this strategy.

  • Strengthening and sustaining the culture of accountability and data-informed decision making within GSL and country affiliate organizations. Supporting the organizations to hold themselves accountable for impact.

  • Identifying indicators and measures for tracking partner implementation and impact.


Ongoing Data Collection, Analysis, and Dissemination

  • Designing tools, formats, and processes for data collection for GSL and country affiliate organizations. Ongoing review and modification of data-flow. 

  • Consulting with affiliate country teams to improve collection and use of data

  • Working with GSL and partner program teams to ensure internal alignment

  • Analyzing data and disseminating findings to all relevant stakeholders. This includes collecting and analyzing data that informs other functions within GSL 

  • Using data to contribute to strategic decision-making, organizational learning, and project planning with GSL and affiliate organization leadership


M&E Partnerships

  • Developing strategies to collaborate with other organizations/ individuals for rigorous assessment of affiliate organizations’ impact on student learning outcomes.

  • Seeking out best practice in M&E – reading research, leveraging internal GSL expertise (board, advisors, staff) on the subject, reaching out to individuals and organizations.


M&E Knowledge Hub

  • Supporting knowledge sharing and information management within affiliate country programs and across other international partners

  • Finding, organizing, and clarifying evidence from both research and local context to answer key strategic GSL question

Candidate Profile


  • Ph.D. or rigorous Master’s degree in a relevant field with a strong quantitative grounding; 

  • Minimum of 8 years of work experience, ideally in education or development

  • Experience in conducting monitoring and evaluation

  • Experience collaborating with practitioners/program staff

  • Experience providing monitoring and evaluation of technical assistance

  • Experience presenting data to a variety of internal and external stakeholders


Key skills, mindsets, and knowledge to be successful in the role include:

  • The belief that all students can achieve at the highest levels and that education systems can be designed to ensure this is the case

  • The conviction that all school leaders and supervisors can develop and grow, and dramatically improve learning outcomes of their schools

  • A learning mindset, staying up to date on research in the field, and learning from others to continuously improve their work

  • Self-awareness, integrity, and empathy 

  • Articulate - able to express thoughts, arguments, and ideas clearly and effectively


GSL’s work environment requires:

  • Ability to thrive in a start-up, fast-paced, fully-remote yet highly collaborative work environment

  • Dedication to data-driven approach and results-orientation

  • Strong writing skills and the ability to express ideas clearly 

  • Ability to work at flexible hours to accommodate different time zones


GSL Culture (click to read)

Our work environment provides:

  • Ability to work remotely 

  • Flexible work timings 

  • Learning and growth

  • Opportunity to create large scale impact 

  • Leadership opportunities

Work Location and Renumeration

The candidate can be based in any country, with a preference for candidates based in a GSL partner country (India, Malaysia, Indonesia, or Kenya). The candidate must have the ability to travel internationally as well as within the country.  Salary and title are commensurate with experience and competitive with the non-profit education sector in the country in which candidates are based. 


Interested candidates may apply by sending their resume and a cover letter stating how this position aligns with one’s professional experiences and aspirations to sameer@globalschoolleaders.org.  Please include ‘Application for the position of Director, Monitoring, and Evaluation’’ in the subject line of your email.

GSL is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all employees.

Global School Leaders is a non-profit organization focused on improving student learning outcomes in under-resourced schools across low and middle-income countries through innovative, on-the-job training programs for School Leaders. GSL brings nearly a decade of experience in designing and delivering school leadership training in developing countries.

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