Director - Global Learning for Adaptive Management

Programme/ Department: Politics and Governance

Contract Type: Full time, Fixed Term

Salary: £51,466 - £64,888 per annum

Location: Overseas Development Institute

Hours: 35 hours per week

Closing Date: 01 April 2020

Interview: W/C 6 April 2020

Assessment: W/C 6 April 2020

Director - Global Learning for Adaptive Management

Contract: Fixed-term contract until 1st of April 2022

Salary: £51,466 - £64,888 per annum

Location: London

Ref: POGO0320


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About ODI


ODI is an independent, global think tank, working for a sustainable and peaceful world in which every person thrives. We harness the power of evidence and ideas through research and partnership to confront challenges, develop solutions and create change. (


We are looking for a Director to lead the Global Learning for Adaptive Management (GLAM), and ODI’s innovation on monitoring and evaluation tools and methods for complex programming.



About GLAM

Global Learning for Adaptive Management (GLAM) is a strategic multi-year initiative and an ambitious portfolio of work aimed at strengthening agile or adaptive monitoring, evaluation and learning practices for complex development problems. This initiative aims to support changes in MEL practices and policies for DFID, USAID and their partners, in ways that combine both rigour of evaluative thinking and scope to adapt and learn as they are implemented. GLAM is implemented by a consortium, which is led by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), with the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Sussex (IDS), Oxfam, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Oxford Policy Management (OPM), Social Impact and ThoughtWorks.


GLAM sits in ODI’s Politics and Governance team, which addresses how politics and power shape development, conflict and fragility. We help partners understand and navigate the politics of the places they work, the issues they deal with, and the organisations and systems they operate within, identifying levers for change that can deliver on aid’s promise of empowering the poor and sustaining peace. ‘Doing development differently’ is at the heart of this, and the team has been at the forefront of research, advice, training and policy guidance on how to move towards more agile and politically smart ways of working and how to measure the impact of these endeavours.


About you


As Director of GLAM, you will provide clear direction, oversight and management of the GLAM consortium. You will provide intellectual leadership for the Consortium, leveraging the expertise of our different partner organisations and ensuring shared learning, and work closely with DFID and USAID in maintaining the strategic direction and sound project and financial management, of the Consortium. Beyond GLAM, the Director will play a strategic role developing new projects and advising and supporting ODI staff and partners on the development and use of appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools and methods for complex policy areas, helping drive forward our technical assistance and policy thinking in this area.


You’ll have:

  • Internationally recognised expertise in monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) approaches and methods and their practical application
  • Extensive and deep knowledge of complex development sectors and problems, for instance public sector reform, governance, women’s empowerment or similar and the challenges of applying traditional MEL models to these areas
  • Extensive experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning, policy-oriented and applied research and/or direct policy formulation at a senior level, demonstrated by a track record of influential publications and/or delivery of policy or programmatic initiatives with a focus on monitoring, evaluation and learning in the face of complex and dynamic problems.
  • Experience of leadership and management at senior level of complex projects and large consortia, including effective donor relationship and partnership building and the provision of technical support and advice
  • Ability to lead and manage a research, policy advice and public affairs team, including managing performance and developing staff
  • Values-driven and exceptional integrity, including ensuring a safe working environment and equal opportunities for all
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, a capacity to write clearly and persuasively (including to non-technical audiences), and first class communication skills.
  • Excellent Project management skills, including an ability to work collaboratively within policy and operational organisations, to ensure effective programming and delivery
  • A degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline, preferably a PhD.


Closing date: 01 April 2020


Interview date: W/C 6 April 2020


For more information, please download an application pack from here. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 7922 8234 or email



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