Resilience Portfolio Officer – MELSA - Manila

Fixed-term insertion contract
Localisation Manila, Philippines
No remote
3 yrs of exp.
Posted on 04-12-2024

Oxfam Pilipinas

Oxfam is an international confederation of 21 organizations networked together in 67 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.

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Job Purpose

To work with Oxfam staff and partners in ensuring that effective and relevant monitoring and evaluation plans and systems are in place. The post will also ensure Oxfam’s accountability to all stakeholders are observed based on quality programme design. The role will support the delivery of Oxfam Pilipinas’ program based on agreed deliverables with donors and partners from civil society, private sectors, local government units and related agencies.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to, the following:

  • The MELSA Officer will have overall responsibility of ensuring that quality systems and processes for project monitoring, evaluation, learning, and social accountability are in place to assigned project under DRR and Climate Adaptation thematic priority of the Resilience Portfolio.
  • The post holder shall be under the supervision and shall be directly accountable to the Project Manager but will work closely with the MELSA Manager and Resilience Portfolio Manager
  • The MELSA Officer will support in preparing donor report, proposal/concept notes preparation, oversight of identified research initiatives and other MELSA related deliverables for the assigned projects
  • Support in the implementation of the core MELSA team’s cross-project system and capacity enhancement efforts including peer-to-peer support and learning.

Project Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Social Accountability (MELSA)

  • Develop, enhance, and regularly update with Oxfam Pilipinas teams and implementing partners the projects’ context analyses and formative plans (i.e., risk mitigation, safeguarding, disability inclusion, learning, sustainability, etc.), and ensure monitoring of such plans;
  • Facilitate preparation, deployment, and updating of MELSA work plans (including relevant MELSA capacity building plans) with Oxfam Pilipinas project teams and partners to ensure timely implementation of identified MELSA processes based on agreed MELSA framework;
  • Provide assistance to the operationalization of MELSA team’s peer-to-peer support system, in accordance with the planned rollout of the MELSA toolkit and the MELSA capacity building program, and in close coordination with external consultant/s hired for such activities;
  • Work with the relevant Oxfam Pilipinas project officers and implementing partners’ project MELSA focal persons in the preparation and dissemination of high quality MELSA outputs, including regular reports to donors, learning products, and research/evaluation reports;
  • Regularly report to and alert the direct line manager and the relevant project teams on any project-related risks, project implementation status, and emerging project opportunities and threats;
  • Ensure effective operationalization of the project’s complaints and feedback system (CFS), in line with Oxfam Pilipinas’ institutional CFS and the strategic partnership agreement, and of other agreed social accountability approaches integrated into project’s designs/plans;
  • Actively contribute to the design and implementation of planned baseline studies, project learning reviews, periodic outcome tracking, project-related research activities, evaluations in line with facilitating reflections among stakeholders around project results and lessons, including management of feasibility studies for the assigned projects.

Support to portfolio MELSA:

  • Support Oxfam Pilipinas’ Resilience Portfolio Manager, MELSA Manager in ensuring that any emerging knowledge from project implementation and learning under the resilience portfolio are properly captured and shared via appropriate knowledge products and strategies.
  • Support the Knowledge Management and Accountability Learning Officer, Resilience Portfolio Manager in overseeing the formulation of the assigned projects learning agenda based on the agreed theory of change, and the design and implementation of relevant formative and programmatic researches, and standalone research projects, that could contribute to the portfolio’s efforts to address identified thematic concerns.
  • Actively engage in discussions and processes that are shaping Oxfam Pilipinas’ strategic directions, objectives, and ways of working by sharing relevant information and MELSA systems-generated outputs/lessons.

Support to portfolio MELSA:

  • As assigned, represent Oxfam Pilipinas externally, and positively contribute to the promotion of women and girls’ empowerment, and taking a role to contribute to knowledge sharing and program development, where possible and relevant.
  • In times of disasters, will be part of the potential humanitarian surge capacity as guided by the Country Humanitarian Team or Humanitarian Advocacy and Strategic Partner Relations Manager.
  • Perform priority organizational tasks related to his/her competencies, as may be assigned from time to time.


  • Required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women's rights
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles
  • Contribute positively to other cross-functional teams as appointed

Contract Length: Fixed Term (May 1, 2024 - April 30, 2025)



  • At least three (3) years’ experience in performing monitoring, evaluation, learning and social accountability-related work for development initiatives, particularly in the fields of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, women economic empowerment, human rights, and/or gender justice.
  • Track record in directly working collaboratively with various project stakeholders, including community-based and people’s organizations, local women’s rights organizations (WROs), other civil society groups, local government units, national government agencies, and private sector groups in the performance of project-related MELSA tasks and functions.
  • A deep understanding of gender issues and women’s rights and leadership concerns, a strong demonstrable commitment to gender equality and feminist MEAL principles, and the ability to apply such in supporting gender analyses in both planning and MELSA-related processes.
  • Competencies in social research methodologies, including the design and conduct of mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) approaches, use of digital platforms (e.g., Survey CTO) in facilitating data collection and quality assurance, training partners/research teams in such methodologies, and design/facilitation of collaborative sense-making with stakeholders to deepen understanding of the contexts and meaning behind research data and findings.
  • A team player, with strong interpersonal skills, good planning competencies, initiative, able to practice sound judgement in carrying out tasks and delivering on outputs with other team members and stakeholders, and can manage multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner.
  • Demonstrable commitment in applying and facilitating participatory MELSA approaches with project teams, implementing partners, partner communities, and other stakeholders.


  • Degrees in Social Sciences, Women’s or Gender Studies, Development Studies, disaster risk reduction, public policy, social science research, development evaluation, and similar areas;
  • Experiences in setting up and effectively implementing community-based/driven or project complaints and feedback systems as an integral component of project MELSA approaches, and in design/implementation of other social accountability approaches as MEL contribution to project strategies aimed at facilitating communities’ rights-claiming, promoting accountable project and public sector governance, and thus transforming unequal power relations;
  • Field experiences with MELSA work and other project-related interventions with poor and marginalized communities, geographically isolated and disadvantaged (GIDA) areas, and/or conflict-affected areas (e.g., Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao);
  • Competencies in designing and operationalizing MELSA systems and approaches with various stakeholders, coordinating with several implementing partners and across multiple sites.

Key Attributes

  • Ability to demonstrate collective leadership, program management, sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming and diversity for all aspects of development work.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.

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