Developing ADE’s Humanitarian Action Unit

Join us to develop and lead ADE’s Humanitarian Action Unit

ADE is one of Europe’s leading consultancies in the development and humanitarian sectors. We are based in Louvain-la-Neuve, near Brussels, Belgium.

We support decision-makers in formulating, monitoring, implementing, and evaluating public policies and strategies. Our clients include the European Commission, UN agencies, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, national cooperation agencies, private foundations and NGOs.

We specialize in conducting evaluations using rigorous, theory-based, mixed-methods approaches. Our service encompass evaluation design, data collection and analysis, sensemaking, and reporting. We tailor the evaluation approach to meet specific requirements and maximize learning potential, with careful consideration given to creating participative processes that include the voices of a broad range of stakeholders.

Humanitarian Action and the Triple Nexus is one of our key areas of expertise, and we are keen to expand it further. We are seeking a dedicated professional to join our team to develop and lead our Humanitarian Action Unit.

We offer a unique working environment, working on the intersection between research and consultancy.

Current evaluations under the Humanitarian Unit:

  • World Food Programme – Evaluation of WFP’s Emergency Preparedness Policy (2024)
  • WFP – Corporate Emergency Evaluation of WFP’s response in Ukraine (2024)
  • WFP – Niger Country Strategic Plan Evaluation (CSPE) (2024)

Examples of recently finalized evaluations in the humanitarian sector:

  • WFP – Iraq CSPE
  • WFP – Evaluation of WFP’s DRR/M and Climate Change Policies (2023)
  • NORAD – Evaluation of the interaction between Norwegian humanitarian aid, development cooperation and peace efforts in Lebanon, DRC, and Ethiopia (2023)
  • DG ECHO – Evaluation of the EU humanitarian response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh (2020)
  • Special Evaluation Office of the Belgian Development Cooperation – Evaluation of the Belgian Strategy for Humanitarian Aid (2022)


Job Overview and Key Responsibilities


The person who will develop the Humanitarian Unit will play a pivotal role in shaping and advancing ADE’s work in this sector. This includes the participation in ongoing and upcoming evaluations with existing clients, as well as proactively exploring and obtaining opportunities with other actors in the humanitarian and nexus space.


An indicative he role will involve:

60% Monitoring and evaluation projects:

  • Participate in evaluations of programs, interventions, policies and strategies in the humanitarian space
  • Evaluation design, ensuring methodological rigor, relevance, and quality
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data collection activities, including country visits
  • Analyze evaluation findings and formulate actionable recommendations
  • Coordinating the work of internal and external team members
  • Provide technical guidance and support to evaluation teams in diverse humanitarian contexts

30% Management and business development:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a strategic plan to expand ADE’s M&E activities the humanitarian and nexus space
  • Leading a team of junior evaluators, providing mentorship and guidance
  • Identify and pursue new business opportunities, including proposal development, partnership building, and client engagement

10% Research and dissemination:

  • Conduct research on innovative practices and emerging trends in humanitarian evaluation
  • Disseminate evaluation products, lessons learned, and best practices through various channels, including publications, presentations, and workshops
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to promote knowledge sharing and learning within the humanitarian and development community


The successful candidate will have:


  • A Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field such as International Development, Public Policy, Social Sciences, or Economics.
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in the humanitarian and development sectors
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation exercises in complex humanitarian contexts
  • Experience conducting and supervising field work
  • Understanding of the multilateral development cooperation and humanitarian sector
  • A high analytical capacity, and solid research and writing skills
  • Proven organizational and planning skills, with a track record of successful (project/programme) management
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and an aptidude for leading and growing a team
  • Excellent command of the main computer software packages (Word, PPT, and Excel)
  • Excellent level of written and spoken English

Further assets are:

  • Experience working in the Global South
  • Experience using quantitative analysis software (e.g., Stata, R…), qualitative analysis software (e.g., MAXQDA, Nvivo…), Dashboard tools (e.g., Power BI), visualization tools
  • Experience working at an (inter)national organisation in the development or humanitarian sector
  • Fluency in other languages, notably French, Spanish, and Arabic


ADE is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or any other characteristic protected by law. We believe that a diverse workforce enriches our organization and strengthens our ability to address complex challenges in the humanitarian and development sectors.


What we offer:


ADE is committed to providing a stimulating and supportive work environment where your expertise and leadership will be valued and recognized. As the Head of the Humanitarian Unit, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct innovative M&E projects at the forefront of humanitarian and development practice
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse team of professionals dedicated to making a positive impact
  • Engage with a wide range of clients and partners, including leading humanitarian and development organisations
  • Access professional development opportunities to enhance your skills and expertise
  • Help shaping the future of humanitarian evaluation and contribute to building more effective and impactful interventions with crisis-affected communities
  • Enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package, including flexible working arrangements and opportunities for career advancement


How to apply?


Please send a CV and cover letter in English to by 15 July 2024. E-mail subject: ‘ADE Humanitarian Unit’.
The sooner the better since applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Please indicate in your cover letter a possible starting date, and the channel through which you learned about this opportunity.