The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit, international membership organisation that is working to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. To do this, we have united stakeholders from all sectors of the palm oil supply chain and civil society to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil production and procurement.

Since its inception in 2004, RSPO has enjoyed rapid growth and today has 5,000 members from 101 countries, including oil palm producers, processors, traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks, and non-governmental organisations. Thanks to the commitments and actions of these members, nearly 20% of the global supply of palm oil has already been certified as sustainable.

At RSPO, we believe that a not-for-profit organisation is made successful by the passion, skills, and expertise of its members and staff. They are the ones who drive our organisation to new heights and guide us through the next phase of our development.

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Executive will be a key part of the Impacts & MEL Unit, assisting in the continued development, implementation and innovation of the RSPO’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) system. The RSPO’s MEL system covers key aspects and outputs of the RSPO’s standards governing the production, traceability and consumption of certified sustainable palm oil and related products, as well the operational efficiency and strategic milestones of the RSPO Secretariat itself. 

Monitoring, evaluation and learning is critical to assess progress, performance and impacts, as well as provide the evidence and insight to validate or negate assumptions for continuous improvements in the standard and in the RSPO Secretariat. It provides insight into the effectiveness of strategies and supporting activities based on the RSPO Theory of Change (TOC) and causal chains. The MEL function within the RSPO is supported by the Impacts, Research & Evidence, Knowledge Management, Quality Assurance, Market Intelligence and Data functions.

The location of this role is Malaysia.


Duties include but will not be limited to the following:

  1. Assist the MEL Manager in collecting, reporting and distributing the RSPO’s monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and annual progress of MEL indicators internally and externally. 

  2. Assist the MEL Manager in collecting, reporting and distributing quarterly organisational KPIs internally, including reporting to the RSPO Board of Governors.

  3. Maintain, manage, document and update all MEL data on a regular basis in the appropriate internal databases.

  4. Assist the MEL Manager in monitoring and evaluating the outputs and outcomes of the RSPO’s standards, to provide the foundation for impacts that demonstrate the relevance and achievements of the RSPO based on strategies and activities outlined in the RSPO Theory of Change.

  5. Contribute to the development, implementation and improvement of the RSPO MEL system and procedures.

  6. Assist the MEL Manager in planning and coordinating MEL-related events including but not limited to internal and external webinars, conferences, and symposiums.

  7. Assist the MEL Manager in maintaining and updating the content of the Impacts page on the RSPO website.

  8. Develop appropriate analytical, technical and critical skills to assist the MEL Manager in continuously improving and innovating the RSPO’s MEL system. 

  9. Work as part of the Impacts & MEL team to assist internal staff on work related to MEL and other functions of the unit.

  10. Apart from the duties stated above, to perform any duty or duties reasonably assigned by the MEL Manager.


  • Bachelor's Honours degree in Social, Formal or Environmental Sciences, Business, Economics, Communications or any relevant discipline.

  • 1-3 years of working experience in an analytical capacity in a data-driven environment; communications experience is advantageous.

  • Experience in MEL systems of environmental or social programmes is advantageous.

  • Experience in the palm oil industry would be advantageous.


  • Experience and expertise in collecting, analysing and visualising data.

  • Experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection, analysis and production of reports, with a focus on data integrity.

  • Familiarity with the field of environmental or social sustainability, certification standards and/or eco-labels is advantageous.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

  • Familiarity with a range of data functions (e.g. Business Intelligence software, data query languages, data modelling) is advantageous.

  • Good communication (oral and written) skills.

  • Proficiency in English; additional languages is advantageous.

  • Critical thinking, attention to detail and problem-solving oriented.

  • Dynamic, curious and a team player. 

  • Able to work under pressure and independently. 

  • Goal-oriented and organised.

  • Self-motivated and self-directed. 


Your commitment and passion to drive innovation will be rewarded with an opportunity to work in an international multi-stakeholder organisation, where making a difference to People, Planet and Prosperity is not just a statement, but what we passionately believe in.

Operating within a dynamic and fast-paced environment, you will enjoy functioning within a role that offers the opportunity to broaden your skill set and develop your capabilities.


Qualified applicants are invited to send in their updated CV giving comprehensive details of educational background, work experience, and related achievements to [email protected]. Please state "Job Application – Executive, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL)" in your email subject line.

**RSPO is an equal opportunity employer. Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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