Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant

Closing date
Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 12:00
Interview date
w/c 9 march 2020
Contact email

About Amnesty

Amnesty International UK is a national section of a global movement of over seven million supporters, members and activists. Collectively, our vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments. Our mission is to expose human rights abuses through research, lobby governments and powerful groups to respect international law, mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for human rights change and support people to claim their rights through education and training. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion.



The Words That Burn project idea was initiated and scoped in partnership with The Poetry Hour (who are no longer involved). Teaching resources were designed, tested and improved by working with schools in association with Cheltenham Festivals, and involved building relationships with many poets who contributed a poem. The teaching resources were launched at Cheltenham Literature Festivals in Autumn 2017 and made freely accessible on the Amnesty International UK website. 

The Words That Burn project poetry education project has now been running for the academic years 2017 to 2020. Partner organisations (Cheltenham Festivals, Literature Works, Glasgow Libraries) have run education outreach projects. Poets have contributed their existing and commissioned work, as well as informing the direction of the project through our annual roundtable events. Partner organisations (Cheltenham Festivals, Literature Works, Apples and Snakes) have also coordinated live and / or online showcase of young poets work.


The Project

In 2020, the planned three-year Words That Burn project will come to an end. We are looking to recruit someone to evaluate the success and impact of the project to help inform its future development or legacy.



  • Young people have the capacity and motivation to share poetry related to human rights and to act in solidarity
  • Teachers have the capacity to support young people to articulate their response to human rights through poetry
  • Young people can access a platform that will share and promote their poetry related to human rights
  • Poets have the capacity to support and motivate young people to explore and articulate human rights through poetry



  • Annual roundtable of associates, prospective associates and poetry educators to inform project direction
  • Freely accessible online teaching resources, designed and piloted in partnership with Cheltenham Festivals
  • Relationships with poets who have contributed both existing and commissioned work to the online teaching resources
  • Online submission collection and online showcase
  • Public promotion of Words That Burn project
  • Associate education projects with Cheltenham Literature Festival and Literature Works
  • Internal associate campaign projects with Amnesty UK Individuals at Risk team and I Welcome Refugees team
  • Associate showcase events with Cheltenham Festivals, Literature Works and Apples and Snakes
  • Fundraising for Amnesty International UK and associate organisations



We are seeking to recruit one or more freelance consultants to research the strengths and weaknesses of the Words That Burn poetry education project. The deliverables will include a written report and a presentation to the Words that Burn Project Group.

The report will include if and how the project has achieved its’ objectives, and the impact that the project has had on stakeholders and target audiences including the young people, teachers, poets and partner organisations. It may also include recommendations for the future.

You will have:

  • Experience conducting evaluations of projects that involve different sets of stakeholders including young people and partners
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, including design of systems and tools
  • Experience of monitoring the impact of projects that engage indirectly with participants
  • Significant knowledge of monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks and of impact assessment
  • Excellent data analysis and report writing skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the aims and objectives of Amnesty International.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, equality and diversity.

The main point of contact for this work will be Amnesty International UK’s Education Officer (Youth and Schools). The findings and report will be shared with partners, stakeholders, funders, and will be made publicly available


Timeline and Budget

  • Inception meeting, risk assessment and data agreement – end of March 2020
  • Data collection and analysis – April to May 2020
  • Present final report – June/July 2020

The maximum budget for this work is £6000. We estimate this will take around 12 days.


Conditions of Contract

Amnesty International UK will pay the successful Consultant a fee in two stages, at an agreed midpoint and on completion of the research and report. Daily rate to be negotiated.

The consultant will be responsible for taxation and national insurance or similar liabilities or contributions in respect of their fee. The successful consultant will not, therefore, be entitled to Amnesty International’s Staff Terms and Conditions and nothing in this relationship will constitute a Contract of Employment.



The consultant would be required to work from their own home, or place of work, and to be willing to come to the Human Rights Action Centre in London on a regular basis to meet and coordinate with key Amnesty staff including our Human Rights Education team.

Some travel may be required as stakeholders are based across the United Kingdom. Expenses will be covered but need to be agreed beforehand in line with Amnesty’s expenses policy.



Tender submissions outlining your proposed approach should be sent to by midday on 3 March 2020. Interviews will be held w/c 9 March 2020.

Submissions should include:

  • Contact details
  • Short summary (1-2 pages) outlining: proposal, team, method, strengths and added value
  • Understanding of the brief
  • Proposed methodology, reporting and dissemination
  • CVs of evaluation team
  • Details of relevant previous experience
  • Management arrangements for the evaluation
  • Detailed timetable for delivering the evaluation
  • Budget outline to demonstrate value for money
  • Contact details for referees


Amnesty International values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please contact Alice Sims (Education Officer (Youth and Schools)) at