MEL Consultant

American Bar Association

The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights is the ABA’s focal entity for critical human rights concerns in the United States and around the world. The ABA Center for Human Rights (the Center) works to promote and protect human rights worldwide by mobilizing lawyers to help threatened advocates and vulnerable communities; rallying leading experts on vital issues; and holding abusive governments accountable under law.

ABA CHR is seeking a part-time consultant for an approximately four-month duration, starting in September 2023, to assess the Center’s MEL frameworks and design and implement a comprehensive MEL framework across its programs.

  1. Background:

ABA CHR promotes and protects human rights through a number of grant-funded programs. These include:

  • Justice Defenders: Justice Defenders provides pro bono legal assistance to human rights advocates working in difficult environments and vulnerable circumstances. Justice Defenders also recently launched its Labor Rights portfolio, which provides assistance to labor rights defenders and aims to advance labor rights and improve working conditions.
  • Program to Combat Corruption in Northern Central America: Through this program, ABA CHR is working to establish a regional coalition to investigate allegations of corruption and develop legally-actionable evidence for use in national, regional, and international fora. ABA CHR also monitors anti-corruption proceedings and supports at-risk anti-corruption officials and activists, and provides technical legal assistance to coalition members to secure accountability and aid anti-corruption efforts.
  • Conducting Advocacy to Regulate Proxy Warfare in Southwest Asia & North Africa: Staff supporting the Proxy Warfare program engage in advocacy and evidence-based research at the international, regional, and national levels to encourage more robust oversight of arms exports to the Southwest Asia and North Africa region.
  • TrialWatch: The TrialWatch program monitors criminal trials against those who are most vulnerable and shines a light on the abuses taking place in detention centers and courts.
  • Freedom of Association in Ecuador: This program promotes the relief of the distressed by strengthening workers’ protections for freedom of association.
  1. Responsibilities:

The consultant will report to the Associate Director and Program Director of ABA CHR. Ideally, the candidate will have extensive experience designing and assessing MEL frameworks, particularly in the human rights community.

  • Assess and refine CHR grant-funded programs’ MEL frameworks and plans.
  • Analyze CHR MEL frameworks and ensure their alignment with donors’ requirements.
  • Propose the design and implementation of a comprehensive MEL framework by formulating appropriate indicators and implementing systems to safeguard the collection and management of programs’ data.
  • Train CHR staff to undertake MEL reporting functions to generate, share, synthesize and apply data to support effective and adaptive programs management.

How to apply

3. How to Apply:

  • Please send the following documents in a single PDF to [email protected], CC’ing [email protected].
    1. A description of past work, highlighting any MEL work with human rights organizations, and a detailed proposal of the approach to carry out the responsibilities as listed above.
    2. Resume and/or CV
  • Application deadline: July 21, 2023 at 5:00 PM EST. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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