Senior Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Researcher

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We are looking for a Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation specialist to join the ODI team and work across ODI’s projects and programmes, including its Innovation programme

Location: Shoreditch, London

Salary: Up to £50,000 per annum (dependent on experience) plus benefits

Fixed Term Contract until March 2020

We are looking for a Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation specialist to join the ODI team and work across ODI’s projects and programmes, including its Innovation programme.

About the ODI

The Open Data Institute (ODI) was co-founded by two visionary leaders: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, renowned AI professor. Our mission is to work with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem, where people can make better decisions using data and manage any harmful impacts.

We deliver advisory, training and research and development services, encompassing public policy, business strategy and technology. Our programme of work is busy and constantly changing. We are committed to producing work at a high standard, delivering measurable value to our partners and clients aligned to our mission.

About the role

The ODI delivers many projects and programmes. It is important that they create impact in a way that is aligned with both our mission and the needs of funders of individual projects. We are looking to appoint a Senior Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Researcher to help our work create this impact.

The successful candidate will lead project research and the ODI’s monitoring and evaluation work especially in the Innovation and OpenActive programmes. This work needs to generate evidence and insight, and support programme leads, funders and managers in strategic programme planning and decision making. The evidence and insights will be published as openly as possible for other stakeholders to see, scrutinise and comment on. The role will also require other research or consultancy activities in support of the organisation’s objectives.

Experience of working within an emerging technology and regulatory environment is desirable as is experience of working with multiple projects and teams in an agile and emerging environment.

Key responsibilities

You will:

  • Support and challenge programme teams to think critically and plan strategically towards creating impact, within an agile environment.
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation activities, advising, designing, implementing and reporting on evidence and insights gained and helping programme teams and the organisation as a whole learn from these evidence and insight.
  • Work with the team to create research frameworks for projects and lead research activities
  • Design, implement and manage programme and project monitoring systems
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research into the achievements of ODI projects using common MEL/research methods in collaboration with colleagues
  • Commission, coordinate, and quality control external assessments of ODI’s work
  • Line manage and provide professional development coaching to researchers
  • Communicate M&E findings to a wide range of audiences through high quality written reports, presentations and workshops to ensure they have high impact
  • Integrate evidence sources (KPIs, learning reviews and retros, evaluations and assessment) to generate insights and lessons on project and programme success
  • Support ODI to learn from the evidence and insights generated through this role.
  • Promote good practice in research and monitoring and evaluation practice for others in the organisation.
  • Develop reports, presentations and other communication materials to share evidence, insights and lessons in ODI and with our networks, stakeholders and community.

About you

You will have the following skills and experience:


  • Experience in a senior research or monitoring and evaluation role.
  • Use of MEL/research findings to inform decisions in projects and policy
  • Strong experience in supporting and constructively challenging others to plan critically
  • Experience of working with the public and private sectors
  • Experience of working with theories of change, logic models or hypotheses
  • An understanding of evaluation design, for example how to select appropriate assessment methods, understanding if or when and where to use sampling methods
  • Experience setting KPIs, collecting and reporting data
  • An understanding of research design, for example how to select appropriate research methods, understanding if or when and where to use sampling methods
  • Experience with quantitative research methods, including quantifying qualitative information and comfortable with metrics. Ability to use, understand and synthesise quantitative data and to combine them with qualitative research.
  • Broad experience of qualitative research methods.
  • Comfortable planning, scoping, conducting, analysing and communicating research.
  • Comfortable leading teams researching issues around the application of data and technology, such as in AI, data rights, smart contracts, anonymisation, or approaches to identity.
  • A storyteller and communicator, able to speak fluently to multiple audiences, through writing, presentations and other means.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to short deadlines within a collaborative, flexible, emergent and open office environment.
  • Ability to multi-task and move quickly between projects through effective prioritisation.
  • Strong people skills and a positive attitude to working with non research specialists and appreciation of the contribution others can make.
  • Organised and with attention to detail.
  • Interested in the mission and goals of ODI.


  • Experience of working within an emerging technology environment
  • Experience of working on projects that focus on the value of data
  • Understanding of data protection and ethical implications of research

If you do not have all of these skills, knowledge and experience but you think that this is the right role for you then do apply.

About the ODI team

ODI values


  • You are good at what you do.
  • You use your expertise to help with ODI’s mission.
  • You are open and generous with that expertise and experience, and share it outside and inside ODI.
  • You can get better at what you do.
  • You recognise the limits of your expertise and respect that of others.
  • You are open to and seek advice, opinions and support to develop your expertise, within and outside ODI.
  • You reflect on what works and what doesn’t to consciously learn, improve and grow.


  • You succeed when others flourish.
  • You support and challenge others to do their best work.
  • You open up opportunities for other people and organisations, and empower them to take them.
  • You are as open as possible about what you are doing and what you have learnt.
  • You encourage others to refine and build on your work.
  • You empathise with others so you can help them.
  • You find out what people and organisations really need.
  • You have empathy with their motivations and the constraints they operate under.
  • You communicate in terms they understand.


  • You are trusted because you are honest and responsible.
  • You are open with your opinion, open to hearing what others say, open to being wrong and open to changing your mind.
  • You are not afraid to speak your mind when it is useful or important, and take responsibility for the results of doing so.
  • You actively and curiously listen to others, and take responsibility for your responses to them.
  • You can do more than you might think.
  • You are bold, creative and open to failure.
  • You know what you do won’t be perfect at first but that doesn’t stop you.
  • You start small and quickly and iterate to improve.


  • 3% contributory pension
  • 30 days’ annual holiday
  • Life Assurance cover
  • Long-term disability cover
  • Critical illness cover
  • Flexible working
  • Coaching and mentoring for skills and personal development
  • £750 annual training budget toward your own professional development

How to apply

Please send a CV and cover letter explaining why you are the right candidate for the role to [email protected] by 5pm (GMT) on 15 January 2019. If you are shortlisted for an interview you will also be asked to complete a short exercise.