Impact Evaluation, Senior Manager

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

Impact Evaluation, Senior Manager
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a global challenge. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we periodically reassess our plans to reopen our offices. For the safety of our employees, our approach is tailored to the situation in each of the 30 countries we operate in. Travel is only conducted when absolutely necessary and safe to do so. Hiring managers will provide guidance on remote, hybrid, or on-site work arrangements in accordance with country-specific safety policies.
Do you want to make a difference? Come join a dedicated team of professionals who are working to ensure a healthy, productive planet for everyone. Because people need nature to thrive. Since 1987, Conservation International has been developing game-changing solutions to the pressing issues of a growing global population and a shrinking base of natural resources that we all depend on. We work in 29 countries with 2000 partners worldwide.
Amid growing consensus that the protection, restoration, and improved management of ecosystems can provide at least 30% of the climate mitigation needed to limit warming to 1.5°C, Conservation International (CI) has set ambitious targets to realize the potential of natural climate solutions (NCS) worldwide. CI believes that realizing this potential requires that we treat our portfolio of NCS projects and programs as one large and fast-growing experiment. We evaluate our impact, designing and refining projects to learn as quickly as possible at a time-critical for scaling natural climate solutions.
The Impact Evaluation Senior Manager plays a central role in driving rapid learning to directly inform implementation. They will conduct impact evaluations and other activities to learn and improve the design of NCS interventions as quickly as possible, help CI scale novel climate solutions, and de-risk project design in a rapidly evolving carbon market. This will include assessing the climate benefits of ongoing NCS projects, with a particular focus on carbon outcomes, as well as supporting the application of cutting-edge monitoring and evaluation frameworks to new projects, starting at the proposal and design phase. The projects to be evaluated span the breadth of natural climate solutions in protection, restoration, and improved management in ecosystems including tropical forests, mangroves, and grasslands. Applying the latest trends and research in the field of impact evaluation, this role has the opportunity to shape the conversation on how NCS activities can create maximum impact.
The Senior Manager will be responsible for leading and supporting the design of frameworks, tools, and standards for impact evaluation as well as developing theories of change on causal linkages between project activities and climate outcomes. Building on these impact evaluation frameworks and theories of change, they will lead an iterative process to establish data collection standards, use these data to conduct impact evaluation analyses, and communicate results for evidence-based learning into project development and design.
This position is part of CI’s Center for Natural Climate Solutions, a dynamic team of individuals focused on multidisciplinary approaches and partnerships within CI and beyond to realize the potential of nature to address climate change. The Impact Evaluation Senior Manager will work closely with portfolio managers, project leads, field implementers, communications staff, and technical experts in fields including NCS science, conservation finance, monitoring, and the evaluation of climate, biodiversity, economic and social impact. They will work with colleagues across CI that include the Moore Center for Science, CI’s NCS Fund, and field programs worldwide, and will also represent CI in external partnerships on impact evaluation activities and communication of project results.

  • Advance innovative evidence-based impact evaluation methods for CI’s natural climate solutions project portfolio, especially for those projects with a carbon crediting component.
  • Take CI’s carbon crediting project portfolio to the next level of quality, by developing and implementing analytical frameworks to document NCS project results around CO2, biodiversity, and socio-economic outcomes.
  • Conduct impact evaluation of existing NCS carbon projects and design randomized controlled trials of NCS activities in collaboration with other researchers.
  • Develop theories of change to guide impact evaluation of different NCS projects and communicate these results to guide institutional strategies.
  • Follow the latest trends and research in the field of impact evaluation as these relate to climate, community, and biodiversity impact-focused activities in the forestry and land-use sector.
  • Work with other colleagues to implement lessons learned from impact evaluation analyses into carbon project proposals, designs, and ongoing management, helping to scale successful approaches.
  • Network with external and internal partners to exchange expertise, promote learning, and achieve NCS impact evaluation excellence.
  • Communicate results and products to varied audiences, including scientific audiences (e.g. peer-reviewed publications), practitioners (e.g. contributions to carbon verification methodologies and best practices guidance), and broader audiences (e.g. support to media communications).
  • Contribute to CI’s annual reporting and project reporting based on results from impact evaluation analyses.
  • Identify, organize, and lead policy engagement events, working groups, or partnerships on impact evaluation of NCS activities.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

  • Strong preference for position to be based in CI US offices in Arlington, Virginia or Seattle, Washington. Flexibility of position location may be considered, open to CI Offices Globally or other US locations. Please view a full list of our Global Offices here. Remote is possible.
  • Flexibility in work schedule to accommodate time zone differences may be occasionally necessary.
  • Travel up to 10% of the time.
  • For the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community, all US-based Conservation International staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandatory vaccine requirement applies to all staff working remotely, in a hybrid work arrangement, and on-site in CI US offices. Effective January 4, 2022, new hires will be required to provide proof of full vaccination with a government-approved vaccine as a condition for employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations or exceptions related to medical or religious reasons will be considered. Candidates are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.


  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience in economics, social science, international development, or other related fields.
  • 5 to 7 years of demonstrated work experience in research and data analysis specific to impact evaluation of projects and programs.
  • Proficiency with methods and software used for impact evaluation analysis and demonstrated effective communication of results in technical reports and/or peer-reviewed publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to compile and analyze complex large datasets.
  • Experience with designing randomized control studies within the field of climate, energy and or Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU).
  • Demonstrated experience with developing theories of change to guide project design and subsequent monitoring and impact evaluation.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Team player and able to work effectively with diverse works groups in a multicultural environment.
  • Fluency in English is required with excellent writing skills


  • Masters/Ph.D. or related experience in a relevant field or an interdisciplinary Ph.D. with substantial impact evaluation training.
  • Experience with carbon crediting methodologies, verification procedures, and other aspects relevant for improved project design through evaluation.
  • Proficiency with both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of one or more additional languages commonly spoken across CI’s field programs (Spanish, Portuguese or French)
  • Strong multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinarity skills, including proficiency in articulating evidence-based policy recommendations.
  • Experience working with indigenous peoples and local communities.
  • Experience working with biodiversity, ecosystem service, and other data associated with conservation monitoring.
  • Good understanding of project design, management, and evaluation frameworks and tools, preferably in a conservation context.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.
See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE
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Job Type: Full-time