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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Lead

Full Time

We’re looking for a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Lead with relevant experience to join the BSL’s MEL team based in Fitzroy on a permanent full-time basis, working 38 hours per week.

We are passionate about the work we do. We strive to create change that lasts for a more compassionate and just society - a society in which we can all fully participate in social, civic and economic life with the dignity and respect we all deserve.


The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has a clear vision – an Australia free of poverty. For over 90 years, we have worked with policy makers and the community for systemic change that will prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia. We are made up of 1500+ employees and 1000+ volunteers to make a difference in our communities.


  • Improve your take-home pay by using salary packaging options – up to $18,500 can be packaged every year (details via AccessPay)
  • Career development opportunities
  • Leave loading of 17.5%
  • Flexible working arrangements including a hybrid work arrangement
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Discounted health insurance and free flu shots each year


The MEL team is situated within the BSL’s Social Policy and Research Centre (SPARC), which is the longest running and largest social policy research centre in a non-government community sector organisation in Australia.  

  • Lead the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities for a portfolio of BSL programs, services and initiatives in line with the BSL and MEL strategies and organisational Impact Framework
  • Support researchers and practitioners to convert their deep subject matter expertise in policy and practice into well-designed monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Support the Senior Manager – MEL and Senior Manager – Data and Reporting to develop and roll-out resources and tools as needed to support the successful implementation of the MEL strategy and Impact Framework
  • Guide and / or undertake data collection, including interviews, focus groups, surveys and administrative data
  • Manage multiple MEL activities across a portfolio of programs and initiatives and multiple internal and external stakeholders, ensuring appropriate governance mechanisms in line with the MEL strategy.

Salary will be in the range of $110,905.57 - $115,535.81 per annum based on skills and experience plus superannuation. 


We’re looking for an applicant who has a passion for advancing BSL’s mission and the following key skills and experiences:

  • Postgraduate qualification or specialised training in evaluation or related field in the social sciences, with expertise in quantitative and qualitative social research design
  • Extensive experience undertaking monitoring and evaluation of human and community services
  • Highly developed methodological skills in both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Demonstrated experience working directly with practitioners to build evaluation capability, including facilitating theory of change workshops, planning and designing evaluations, and reflecting on monitoring and evaluation data
  • A track record of successfully delivering a portfolio of projects
  • A passion for developing, understanding and harnessing evidence to improve service delivery, inform decision making and influence policy design and reform to end poverty.


BSL employees enjoy a range of flexible work options and other attractive benefits. Recognising that there is no ‘one size fits all’ pattern of work–life balance, the organisation endeavours to provide options to suit the needs of all staff.

If this looks like a role that’s right for you, APPLY NOW or contact Katy Cornwell on for a confidential discussion.

Please review the position description and address the Key Selection Criteria.

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Applications close: Sunday, 1 October 2023 at 11:55PM

Although this is a full-time position, part-time applicants are welcome to apply. Applications will be considered as they are received, so do not delay!

The Brotherhood of St Laurence adheres to Government vaccination mandates. 

We are an EEO and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. We recognise that everyone has the right to an equitable, safe and productive environment and to be treated with dignity and respect.  We welcome applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, disability or sexual orientation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children. Recruitment decisions are based on the key inherent needs and requirements of each role, and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and characteristics.  Applicants must have proof of working rights in Australia.