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Evidence and Learning Manager

Comic Relief
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
25 Nov 2020
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Evidence and Learning Manager


London, and Currently Remote

The Evidence and Learning Manager is responsible for the design and delivery of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) for selected portfolios linked to our unrestricted and social change approaches (Sport for Change, Social Investment and Social Tech) work. Working internally and with the partners we fund (UK and internationally), the successful candidate will be someone who knows their way around a MEL framework, who has experience of commissioning or undertaking a variety of evidence outputs, and who is familiar with the challenges and opportunities for getting evidence into use. Although you have technical MEL experience, you will also be someone who is interested in the bigger picture, keen to explore what motivates people to change how they behave, to understand sector-level or donor drivers of change, and to design support solutions that are genuinely useful in contributing to systemic change. The postholder is likely to be pragmatic, able to develop practical, accessible support within a restricted budget, and willing to contribute constructive interim outputs to what is a long-term mission.

Key responsibilities:

  • Design and manage monitoring, evaluation and learning activities related to issue-specific funding portfolios
  • Creatively find ways to unlock the inherent power of communities and organisations by ensuring that people with lived or learnt experience are actively engaged in the way evidence and learning activities are designed and implemented
  • Engage with the Investment teams to develop and implement learning ambitions and frameworks for existing funding programmes and that insights generated are used to inform strategic decision making
  • Provide support funded partners collectively to monitor, evaluate and learn from their work
  • Prepare inputs to reports, meetings and strategic planning, ensuring that learning is well documented and shared internally and externally where relevant
  • Support the development of new funding programmes by providing inputs into the overall evidence and learning strategy and advising on MEL options.
  • Recruit and manage external consultants to deliver specific evaluation and learning projects as required

Essential Education and Competencies:

  • Experience and a strong understanding of processes, approaches, tools and methodologies that facilitate formal and informal monitoring, evaluation and organisational learning practice, in the UK or internally
  • A deep understanding and critical engagement with the politics of evidence and a proven ability to apply analysis of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and power to evidence and learning
  • Understanding and experience of working in one or more of the following thematic areas: early childhood development; gender justice; housing and shelter; refugees and people on the move; and mental health
  • Exceptional analysis and sense-making skills, underpinned with sound judgement under pressure, and the ability to identify solutions to address delivery risks and issues.
  • Excellent facilitation skills, ability to promote critical thinking and reflective practice and encourage learning
  • Experience of successfully supporting organisations to plan and implement quality improvements, including through monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Experience of designing and delivering interventions using at least two of the following: collective intelligence and learning; human centred design; behavioural insights; adaptive management; user participation and co-design.
  • Experience of commissioning and managing external consultants to deliver evidence and learning outputs
  • Effective relationship builder, with strong emotional intelligence and experience of working in collaborative, multicultural and cross sector environments alongside individuals and organisations with diverse perspectives
  • Strong planner with outstanding attention to detail and the ability to manage and prioritise a diverse workload
  • Occasional Travel may be required within this role.

To apply please visit our website via the link and apply online

Role closes - 12:00pm, 25th Nov 2020 GMT (Europe/London)

Inclusivity at Comic Relief

We recognise diversity and inclusion are a source of strength in achieving our mission. We therefore welcome everyone, trusting what makes us different brings creativity, styles and experiences to help us collectively do our best work. That’s regardless of your gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. We especially welcome those from under-represented groups in modern grant-making and fundraising. We are on a journey, but if you join our team you will be part of a community that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where we want you to:

  • Be valued for being yourself
  • Do your best work, and be supported to break down barriers so you can succeed
  • Be heard, respected, and treated as an equal, whatever your level, experience or background
  • Be part of a team that is committed to making this happen – with our colleagues, partners, and contributors.

Comic Relief is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect all those that act in our name to uphold our approach to doing no harm.


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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