Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
Wageningen University

Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Are you an experienced planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (PMEL) advisor with an interest in PMEL for complex, multi-stakeholder interventions? Are you interested in supporting food systems transformation in Low and Middle Income Countries through cutting edge PMEL solutions in line with our Managing for Sustainable Development Impact approach? Would you be keen to contribute to the development of new PMEL methods and tools with our team and partners?

Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation seeks to bring knowledge into action. Therefore, we offer a range of services, all of which are designed to help our partners and clients make progress towards sustainable and inclusive development. We work on processes of innovation and change through facilitating innovation, brokering knowledge and supporting capacity development. For a better understanding of our work, please see our website.

We are looking for a new colleague to join the Learning for Impact cluster at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation. Our work portfolio contains short-term and longer-term food system development assignments, focusing on translating research into action. The Learning for Impact cluster focuses on a range of projects, from a short course on Evaluating and Managing for Sustainable Development Impact, to action research projects to understand the impacts of promoting milk in Ugandan schools, to supporting the development of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems supporting multi-partner programs like BENEFIT in Ethiopia.

As a PMEL advisor you will have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of projects and PMEL related services in support of food system transformation. You will develop PMEL approaches, methods and tools, support programmes in specific PMEL activities through facilitation of planning and learning and technical M&E advice, and conduct evaluations of complex change processes. You will also facilitate trainings and workshops and develop training related materials, tools and methodologies. Next to project implementation, you will contribute to further developing our international profile and portfolio of work in PMEL for food system development, and you bring a professional network that enables you to do so.

It is currently envisioned that in the first year, a considerable part of the work will focus on supporting ongoing projects. You will also contribute to acquisition processes for new projects. Projects primarily take place in and require travel to Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, the MENA region and Latin America, although most of our work is currently done remotely. You will work in close collaboration with colleagues in Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation and other WUR departments as well as with external partners and clients. Team spirit and flexibility are required when engaging in different kinds of assignments.

We ask

  • an MSc degree or PhD in Social Sciences or other relevant discipline;
  • a minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience, and work experience in Africa, Asia or Latin America including advisory work and knowledge development;
  • a strong international network (an network in the above-mentioned regions is preferred), and ability to acquire new assignments;
  • experience in evaluation of complex interventions such as contribution analysis, process tracing, realist evaluation, mixed methods evaluation;
  • a background in quantitative and qualitative research, including participatory approaches;
  • good understanding of the transformation of agri-food sectors and food systems;
  • strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people from a variety of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds;
  • your English proficiency is excellent (a minimum of CEFR C1 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page. Proficiency in French is highly desirable.
Furthermore, it is preferred that you have experience with: capacity strengthening, design and facilitation of trainings (face to face and online); food system analysis and monitoring systems or sector transformation, and various types of analysis supporting this, including for example value chain and trade-off analysis, scenario development, spatial / landscape-oriented approaches. You are able to adapt to changing work environments and have a flexible attitude towards needs and views of partners and clients. You like to work in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment.

We offer

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer an initial one year contract with a performance-based possibility for extension and, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of maximum €5.183,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 11). Additionally, a contract for 0.8 FTE can be discussed.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Coming from abroad

Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Marlene Roefs, tel. +31 (0)317-48 4092 or email:

For more information about the procedure, please contact Sandra Willemsen, Corporate recruiter or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via

Do you want to apply?

You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including the 9th of May 2021. We hope to schedule the first job interviews in the week of the 24th of May, 2021.

Equal opportunities

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information, please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University and Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 6.500 employees and 12.500 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR.

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

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