Evaluation and Learning Manager

Comic Relief
London (Central), London (Greater)
£34,000 - 38,000pa
Closing date
21 Oct 2019
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Evaluation and Learning Manager

£34,000 - 38,000pa


The Learning and Evaluation Manager is responsible for the design and delivery of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) for selected portfolios linked to two of Comic Relief’s social change approaches: Sport for Change and Social Tech. This includes advising organisations funded by Comic Relief in the UK and internationally on MEL design and systems, designing collective learning approaches across cohorts of funded organisations, and undertaking work to evaluate and inform Comic Relief’s role in making change happen.

Key responsibilities:

  • Design and manage MEL activities related to portfolios within our social change approaches, working closely with the Comic Relief Investment Partners who manage those portfolios
  • Support funded organisations individually and collectively to strengthen their capacity to monitor, evaluate and learn from the work funded by Comic Relief (which includes a mixture of project and core funding)
  • Commission and undertake work to better understand Comic Relief’s effectiveness as a grant maker and grant manager to inform strategic decision-making
  • Recruit and oversee external consultants to deliver specific evaluation and learning projects as required
  • Ensure strong MEL systems are in place across our Investment portfolios, and that insights from MEL activity are used to inform strategic decision-making.

Key competencies:

  • Strong MEL experience in the UK charitable sector or international development context
  • Familiarity with supporting the MEL capacity of a range of charitable organisations, from grassroots to large-scale organisations
  • Understanding of effective grant-making and grant management processes
  • Strong planner with outstanding attention to detail, time management and analytical skills
  • Problem solving skills, with the ability to think creatively and critically about monitoring, evaluation and learning for a grant-maker.

Occasional UK and international travel may be required as part of this role.

To apply please visit our website via the link.

Role closes - 12:00pm, 21st Oct 2019 BST (Europe/London)

Our mission, thanks to our comedy heritage and the fantastic relationship we enjoy with the BBC, is 'positive change through the power of entertainment'.

And our biggest tool, in trying to achieve these two goals, is the ability to inspire people across the whole country especially those who don’t normally do charity - to do charity.

As the world has changed and become more complex over the last two decades, so Comic Relief has had to adapt and change too but the fundamentals remain the same - a just world free from poverty. In trying to achieve that vision we make this promise to the people who make those efforts possible - our supporters:

"In order to run itself in a professional and effective way Comic Relief incurs necessary costs. Raising funds, making grants and organisational overheads cost real money.

Despite these costs, Comic Relief is still able to promise that for every pound the charity gets directly from the public, a pound goes to help transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Sport Relief raises £20 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £20 million doing just that.

It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest"


Comic Relief is obviously a charity - but it's also a business too.

The money we raise is allocated to a wide range of grants and social investments aimed at delivering real and long-lasting change to the poorest, most vulnerable people at home and across the world; as well as informing the public and young people in particular about global citizenship and the underlying causes of extreme poverty.

That money comes in from a number of different sources. Traditional charitable fundraising obviously plays a vital role. The public contribute to Comic Relief's annual campaigns by raising money through sponsorship and by making donations online, by post, by telephone and through major banks and building societies. This support, from almost the very day Comic Relief was formed, has been both humbling and inspirational.

On the business side of things, Comic Relief works with key corporate partners to produce products and promotions that are profitable. The clearest example of this is the Red Nose that is the emblem of Red Nose Day.

Where possible these products tie-in with the charity's commitment to delivering benefits to poor farmers and producers. The Red Nose Day 2007 T-shirt for instance was made with fair trade cotton from Mali, Cameroon and Senegal and there will be a fair trade Maraba Bourbon coffee grown in Rwanda, a country to which Comic Relief has had a clear commitment since the appalling genocide of 1994.

Another way Comic Relief raises funds is via the creativity made available to the charity. Comedians from time to time offer access to key brands like Little Britain for commercial exploitation. The charity also develops and owns key sub-brands like Robbie the Reindeer and Monkey, both of which deliver a revenue too.

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