Course Overview

In today’s complicated and dynamic environment, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) activities are key for the success and survival of organizations. Knowledge generated, captured and disseminated is in fact the most strategic resource of an organization and the base of competition and revival both in competitive and non-competitive environments. MEL activities support meaningful project design and effective project management.

The course will equip participants with the tools, methods, and latest practices that are adequate for them to competently deliver the day-to-day functions of the MEL officer.

Our presentations, handouts, templates and training activities are capsulated to teach only what matters, filtering a lot of noise around the MEL subject, yet the content is designed to achieve the desired learning outcomes in a practical, timely and cost-efficient manner.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Understand the interlinkages between monitoring and evaluation.
  • Learn benefits and uses of MEL knowledge at the project and organizational levels.
  • Formulate your project’s results using Theory of Change methodology and results chain tool.
  • Measure your results more effectively and efficiently.
  • Choose the appropriate data collection methods.
  • Ask critical evaluation questions.
  • Reflect on MEL optimal role, tasks and activities.


  • This course is particularly relevant to those working in local, regional and international not-for-profit organizations (NGOs) as well as those working with donor funding agencies, corporate funders and government public agencies.
  • This course is a foundation to an intermediate level.


  • The course is delivered online, using Zoom Platform, over 3 interactive live sessions, in 3 weeks-time (Three Saturdays). Each session lasts 4 hours
  • Sessions will include trainer’s-led presentation, open discussions, online exercises, breakout rooms
  • Participants will have the opportunity to interact with other participants to exchange knowledge and learn
  • We’ll introduce and explain concepts
  • We will allow participants to reflect and apply learning outcomes on their own experience.
  • Presentations, materials and training will be delivered in English
  • We estimate participants should set aside 3-5 studying hours per week to complete this course.


  • You will need a laptop and ideally also a headset, as well as access to broadband internet.
  • You will need to be able to download software (Zoom) to access the live sessions.
  • If you have any doubts about these requirements, please do get in touch.

Meet the Trainer:

Alaa Shaheen
Business Development Manager and Proposal Writer Specialist
Alaa Shaheen has 25+ years of experience in leading, managing, reporting and presenting findings, conclusions and recommendation for 50+ mid-term and final evaluation of development-aid funded projects in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. Areas of expertise included local democratize governance, decentralization, civil society strengthening, education reform, women and youth empowerment Alaa is interested in building on the power of success and opportunities to maximize the socio-economic returns of the multi-billions of US$ development cooperation industry. He has a passion to deliver tangible and meaningful change to the poor and marginalized. Alaa has received intensive training in designing grants processes and participatory-based MEL plans from Ford Foundation. He is a certified trainer from the ILO. He works as a lecturer and trainer in DAAD, American University in Cairo, International Labor Organization. Alaa holds a master degree in project management from Brighton University, UK, and a bachelor degree in construction engineering from the American University in Cairo
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