Manager - PMEL (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning)

Data Analysis & Technical Research New Delhi, India Bengaluru, India, India

Manager - PMEL (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning)-WRI India

Institution Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, non-profit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on building sustainable and livable cities and working towards a low carbon economy. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, World Resources Institute puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being.

WRI India has the capacity to convene key stakeholders, and forge strategic partnerships with governments, business, foundations, civil society organizations, institutes and NGOs, to scale-up solutions that can bring game-changing results for the sustainable management of natural resources in India.

Program Overview for Energy

The objective of the WRI India energy program is to inform and guide India’s transition to cleaner energy. The program focuses on three inter-related aspects of this energy transition: enhancing energy access, scaling renewables among specific consumer categories, and achieving higher levels of energy and buildings efficiency. Our energy access work is specifically aimed at ensuring access to affordable and clean energy so as to improve socio-economic development in rural and remote regions of India. Through strong research, ground-level implementation experience, partnerships with key stakeholders and communicating our work, we seek to achieve impact at scale.


The Energy Program at WRI India is seeking an expert on PMEL (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning) to work with and support research focused on India's development, energy access, electricity governance, and a just energy transition.

You will work with the program leadership to strengthen the Energy Program’s PMEL efforts. A key part of the role is to support the institutional understanding and integration of PMEL and to bring in cutting-edge thinking and approaches to our work, establishing best practices in monitoring and evaluation. This will include learning from peer organizations, trainings and disseminating knowledge, to build a broad cohort of expertise across the Program.

You will help with the planning and reporting process that is used to set strategy and recommend actions to better measure and capture impact. Key parts of the role include ensuring effective monitoring and evaluation frameworks are adopted to understand the outcomes and impacts of our work, and that there are iterative feedback loops to incorporate learning into the strategic planning process.

In addition to MEL frameworks for the program, you will also work directly with select project teams to support integration of PMEL into projects, with the aim of improving the robustness of our research and assess how our efforts are achieving desired impact. In this role, you will also contribute to topical workshops, team retreats, and learning events.


Strengthen Program Strategy

  • Review the Energy Program’s strategy and annual plans, including the development and strengthening of midyear check-ins and follow-up of key takeaways and action points
  • Analyse and produce reports for program leadership to measure, evaluate and inform progress against strategic objectives

Improve Project Management and Impact

  • Help project teams utilize PMEL to inform research methodology development and refinement
  • Develop and maintain a broad, substantive knowledge of issues related to the Energy Program’s portfolio and its strategic goals to support collaboration with other initiatives and programs
  • Working alongside the program leadership, provide strategic insights into team meetings and helping drive focus on stronger impact by reviewing proposed new work and giving rigour to the sunsetting process and supporting ongoing strategy reviews
  • Responsible for designing and delivering trainings and guidance on strategy development and theory of change, including keeping updated on the latest literature on cutting-edge thinking and approaches, as well as best practices in strategy development and project implementation
  • Ensure lessons learned through PMEL processes are captured and shared to advance the application of best practices throughout the team

Technical PMEL Support

  • Establish a cycle of evaluation within WRI India’s Energy Program, and provide leadership for, and support of, ongoing evaluations across the program, including dissemination of lessons learned internally and externally.
  • Working with thematic teams and projects, identify potential evaluation questions, develop robust evaluation methodologies and liaise with external evaluators, if needed.
  • Provide targeted guidance and direct PMEL support to project teams, including strategy and program design, development of theories of change, monitoring and project implementation
  • Serve as internal reviewer for publications related to evaluations
  • Conduct proposal reviews to support the integration of MEL from the outset and provide guidance on M&E reporting and indicators to subgrantees and partners, as needed.


  • Seven+ years of relevant, full-time work experience with demonstrated involvement in project design and strategy development
  • Master’s degree in public policy, economics, political science, environmental studies, or related field. PhD would be added advantage
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in program design and monitoring, evaluation and learning, developing theories of change, strategy development, results frameworks, change management, or related subject areas
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills. Knowledge and experience of using STATA, R, SPSS, or other similar software desirable.
  • Sector-specific knowledge and experience related to the impact of energy on climate change, agriculture, healthcare, sustainable cities, and electric vehicles is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience conducting gender analyses, political economy analyses, baseline assessments, or other project or program planning assessments
  • Extensive experience utilizing good practices in identifying the rationale for the research methodology, developing protocols and safeguards for data collection and management, communicating results transparently, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team. Self-starter with ability to juggle multiple assignments at one time.
  • Demonstrated passion for WRI’s mission, including a working knowledge of key issues within WRI’s portfolio.
Potential Salary: 12,00,000 to 17,00,000 INR 

Salary and Benefits: 

Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Duration: Full-time regular

Location: Remote, India

Start date: At the earliest 

To Apply:

Only Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered. 

List of Documents to be attached:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose. Finalized candidate will be required to take a writing/analytical test.

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