Monitoring and Evaluation Expert / Socio-Economist (Fixed Term, Full Time)

Marine Systems Modelling (MSM) Group, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

We seek a talented and enthusiastic individual to join the vibrant Marine Systems Modelling group at NOC in Southampton. This post is part of the newly funded Global Challenges Research Fund project SOLSTICE which will be working with nine coastal countries in the Western Indian Ocean to build capacity in the integration of science, economics and policy to better manage their fisheries1. The key aim of this post is to evaluate the impact of this ambitious cross-disciplinary international project and to ensure it satisfies requirements of Official Development Assistance.

The successful candidate will design and implement the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) program to demonstrate beneficial impact of the project research activities in developing countries including: capacity development, technology adoption, socio-economic impact and policy formulation. The post holder will ensure the M&E activities and indicators developed are in line with the project’s vision, the needs and expectations of our Western Indian Ocean Project Partners and Official Development Assistance objectives.  The post holder will co-ordinate and collate monitoring and impact data across the project and case study areas, analyse data, evaluate project impact and write quarterly/annual M&E reports. The post holder will identify potential strategies for improving efficiency and effectiveness of the project and update the logic framework. The post holder will also contribute to and lead peer reviewed publications related to the project and insights gained form their M&E activities. 

We expect the successful candidate to actively engage in a wide variety of project activities and technologies to ensure the project research is in line with Official Development Assistance requirements and to demonstrate cost-effectiveness and benefits of UK technology and knowledge transfer to the countries of the WIO. We expect that at the end of the project, the successful candidate will be fully integrated into the NOC research environment and will actively engage in generating follow-on funding in the general area of the application of NOC expertise and technologies in developing countries.

1See a summary of the SOLSTICE project, page 8, of the funders guide: and


This is a Band 5/6 position depending upon skills and experience. The salary for a Band 6 will be between £28,200 and £32,130 per annum. The salary for a Band 5 will be between £35,222 and £40,166 per annum.

Hours of Work: 

The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

About you:

The ideal candidate will have:  In-depth knowledge of effective M&E systems and applications, preferably in ODA context; significant research experience or experience in evaluating research programs; use of alternative data collation tools for M&E activities (including surveys, questionnaires); statistical software (e.g. SPSS, R); experience in evaluation of technical adoptions; numerical and statistical skills for data analysis; advanced communication and facilitation skills.

The post will require frequent travel to the countries of the Western Indian Ocean.

This is a fixed term appointment available for four years starting as soon as possible. The post is offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.

What we can offer you:

The NOC is committed to making the NOC ‘a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work’. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and free car-parking.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

For more information visit Working at NOC.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.  Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (    

From April 2018, the NOC, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation.  UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.  The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world.  More information can be found online at   From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

How to apply:

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC243209. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867003.

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place during week commencing 11 and 18 December 2017.


Closing date: 
Sunday, 3 December, 2017