The British Council is seeking an M&E and programme design consultant for its Education, Society and English Language portfolio in the Americas

Location: Work remotely, preferably based in Mexico, Colombia or the UK
Apply by: 3 July
Start date: 29 July 
End date: 31 March 2020

You can find information on how to apply below. 

About the project

The British Council conducts a wide range of projects within its English Language, Education and Society (ELES) portfolios in the Americas that impact a range of audiences, especially, teachers, community and movement leaders, students and other young people in 12 countries. In recent years, we have been able to grow our capacity to monitor and evaluate the reach of our regional portfolio, especially in quantitative terms. Now, we are focusing on strengthening our capacity to qualitatively assess our programmes by improving and quality assuring our programme design, especially in multi-country programmes and proposals for funding, implementing and systematizing data collection across our portfolio and creating a repository of evidence and track record to support departmental and wider BC Americas communications. We are currently seeking a consultant to work under the leadership of the regional M&E lead to support in the achievement of the activities above in the period of 18 months with an initial 6 to 8 months contract.

About the role

An M&E expert or an expert organisation  (here called the consultant), with experience in theory based and realistic evaluation approaches, qualitative methods and programme design and familiar with the use of logically constructed counterfactuals, is requested to support the implementation diverse outputs as stated in the attached documents (Annex 2)

Qualifications and experience required


  • At least seven years of international work experience in monitoring and evaluating projects, in sector areas related to the four priorities of the Americas region 
  • Proven experience in programme design with effective impact indicators, monitor, evaluate and quality assure them. 
  • Proven experience to produce evaluation reports and present evidence to wide audiences.
  • Experience in developing guidance or training materials and some experience in leading or training teams in M&E related themes. 
  • Experience in the design of instruments for systematic data collection 
  • Experience and clear understanding of theory-based and realistic evaluations and working in developing countries
  • Experience with the use of logically constructed counterfactuals (desirable)
  • Ability to identify priority activities and assignments, allocation of appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. 
  • Curiosity and open-mindedness: ability to ask questions to clarify, and exhibit interest in having two-way communication; demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 
  • Consultant/s to be fluent in written and spoken English and capable of reading documents in Spanish. 


  • University degree and professional training in the social sciences or related. 
  • Certification in M&E related subjects, especially programme design and qualitative methods. 
  • Expertise in one of the key sectors for the Americas region (social development; education; youth policy; etc). 
  • A master’s degree in international development, development economics or project management is desirable.

How to apply

Please read carefully the full Request for Proposal (RFP) and annexes, paying special attention to the timescale and terms of reference (Annex 2). You can download the files below.

If you are interested in applying please send your confirmation of intention to apply to by 17 June and your completed application (Annex 3 – Response for Supplier) to the same email by 3 July.