Head of Impact and Learning – Practical Action

Head of Impact and Learning – Practical Action

About the Role: Head of Impact and Learning – Practical Action

This is a global role reporting to the Director of Impact, Influence and Innovation.

Practical Action are in the third year of our current strategy to 2025. Having defined and articulated the change we want to make happen in the world, you will be responsible for supporting our efforts to bring about change at scale within our existing programme, whilst working to develop a longer-term strategy to effectively measure and evaluate our progress.

You will do this by leading and developing a team of specialists, acting as Practical Action’s global lead on monitoring, evaluation and learning. You will drive thought leadership and build capability around best practice and systems thinking across our organisation.

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You will provide the senior leadership team with an objective assessment of Practical Action’s impact as a group and our progress against the global strategy, with recommendations on ways to maximise our effectiveness.

Working collaboratively across functions, you will ensure that Regional and Country offices are supported in the operational use of our Programme Quality and Delivery Framework, regularly reviewing our approach to ensure it remains at the heart of programme design and strategic planning.

You will support Regional and Country Offices to develop strategic business plans, ensuring that our programme delivers the change we want to see by capturing, learning from and publishing robust evidence of progress.

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This role will regularly bring together technical Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) expertise from across the organisation to promote the sharing of knowledge and establishing common ways of working and best practice towards high quality project design, implementation and review.

About you: Head of Impact and Learning – Practical Action

To be successful in the role, the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:


  • Significant experience and proven leadership in the field of monitoring, evaluation and learning in an international development setting.
  • A strategic mindset with strong analytical skills and a well-developed understanding of systems thinking.


  • A strong understanding of and commitment to gender and diversity.
  • Strong understanding of data management systems, and the use of evidence and learning for both internal and external use in achieving change.
  • Excellent facilitation and leadership skills.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage a team of specialists to work to a group agenda.
  • Strong networking and representational skills working amongst peers in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English, with a second language (French, Spanish, Arabic) desirable.
  • Empathy with Practical Action’s vision, mission and values.
  • Ability to travel up to 12 weeks per year.
  • Post-graduate degree in a relevant subject.

Why join us? Head of Impact and Learning – Practical Action

The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values-driven and highly engaged colleagues, work-life balance, and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work. Our open plan offices are located in the centre of Rugby near to the train station.

In addition, we offer the following benefits:

  • Flexible working/hours – full-time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.
  • It is our practice normally that we operate a hybrid policy, where flexible working hours are enabled as well as remote working (between 6-15 days per month).
  • 27 days holiday in addition to public holidays which increases with the length of service.
  • A pension scheme that new employees can join from day one of employment – (rules apply) employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
  • Life assurance (3 x annual salary).
  • Bike to Work scheme.

About us: Head of Impact and Learning – Practical Action

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting, and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience, and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

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We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK-registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, an independent development publishing company, and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Additional information: Head of Impact and Learning – Practical Action

Practical Action believes that having a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture based on respect will enable us to be an effective organisation. We seek to create an inclusive workplace in which people are accepted as individuals, regardless of their differences and where they feel their contribution is valued.  Practical Action is an equal opportunities employer, and we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

We stay committed to cultivating an inclusive and diverse working environment and believe that people from different backgrounds or cultures give us different perspectives, and the more perspectives we have, the more successful we will be. By building a culture where everyone feels heard, respected, and valued we give everyone working with us the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal checks and terrorist financing.

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Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we may choose to close applications earlier than the specified date.

Closing date for applications:                           Tuesday 3rd October 2023

1st Interviews anticipated:                                Week commencing 23rd October 2023

How to apply

If you want to work for a charity with significant people ambitions, then we would like to hear from you. Please submit a copy of your CV and a supporting statement that describes your suitability for the role to [email protected]




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