M&E Specialist

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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22 days ago

M&E Specialist

Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.

POSITION SUMMARY - This position is based in Arlington, VA or Seattle, WA

The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will provide technical support to the Forest Positive Partnership program to implement comprehensive M&E systems, tools, and methods to monitor and assess the progress toward programmatic goals. This position will also provide timely and relevant information to stakeholders and decision-makers, inform strategic and resource-allocation decisions, and improve impact.

Reporting to the Director of Forest Positive Partnership, the M&E Specialist will be responsible for monitoring all project activities and collecting information required to ensure that the project maintains its strategic vision; and that activities result in the expected outputs and outcomes in a cost-effective and timely manner. In collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Lands and Waters and the Betty and Moore Center for Science, the M&E Specialist will develop practical toolkits and information storage/access systems, identify gaps, and share lessons learned.

Working across internal stakeholders, the role will utilize their formal M&E expertise and their knowledge in impact evaluation and M&E planning to recommend effective and efficient best practices to apply to CI’s project setting. The role will focus at the project level to design M&E functions to improve the understanding of project performance and contribute toward larger organizational initiatives and strategies to support strategic alignment.


  • Support and inform the refinement of institutional indicators, key project, and program-level indicators
  • Identify and develop M&E systems to track the success of program implementation and provide adaptive implementation –including implementation plans, safeguards, reports, and means of flagging activities on and off track.
  • Through a collaborative planning process, support the identification and prioritization of critical projects for the team to focus efforts on our goals and technical activities needed to achieve successful conservation strategies and outcomes for priority projects.
  • Improve the systems and tools for the collection, and support data analysis to meet all relevant reporting requirements and facilitate and inform project management.
  • Lead on the design and implementation of qualitative and quantitative data collection analysis (i.e., needs assessment, measuring conservation targets, level of threats, and performance monitoring).
  • Develop a TOR/SOW that identifies the specific opportunities to address issues, problems, constraints, and opportunities for each respective priority project.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders and project teams to develop technical action plans that include conservation,
    livelihood, and other human well-being outcomes and help them monitor and update these action plans for local, national, and regional threats and opportunities.
  • Manage priority projects to ensure delivery against objectives (both TOR + project deliverables), including oversight for the sound financial management of donor funds by the project team.
  • Provide periodic quarterly reports and assessments on progress against goals for internal audiences. Assess progress and refine action plans and outcomes as needed.
  • Complete evaluations of CI projects and programs to help inform feedback, next steps, and lessons learned to improve project-level and organizational-level strategic impact.
  • Collaborate on the development and implementation of CI’s project-level M&E system, working with other internal M&E experts to generate a set of key indicators and sub-indicators that captures the majority of CIs project-level work.
  • Support project management capacity-building efforts, contributing to identifying, developing, and delivering high-quality technical products to help CI field staff and partners improve their project management capabilities. This includes a focus on refining and delivering M&E training.
  • Assess projects to ensure that we are in full compliance with safeguards, gender, and other donor and CI requirements, as well as help to mainstream and raise the profile of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the project level.
  • Build institutional knowledge, ensuring that project results and lessons learned are widely shared.
  • Cultivate relationships with priority project personnel and support senior staff to help secure funds to support the continued portfolio of work.
  • As appropriate, support proposal development and funding opportunities to include contributing to funding proposals and budgets.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Extended work hours may be required, including non-traditional work hours as needed in a global organization.
  • Some international travel may be required.
  • May need to work out of doors in adverse weather conditions.
  • Guidance on flexible work arrangements will be shared during the interview process.
  • 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. CI follows CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. 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.



  • Bachelor’s degree in social science or equivalent discipline and 5-7 years of work experience with M&E research programs or initiatives or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with different approaches, including MEL, MEAL, and MERL.
  • Considerable experience formulating strategies to achieve M&E goals, developing and implementing M&E plans, and reporting on progress.
  • Proven ability to understand, interpret and apply technical and scientific information and data to achieve tangible results.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and time management skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, project management training, and monitoring & evaluation (M&E) training.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment and work well across cultures and within and across organizations.
  • Strong GIS and remote sensing skills.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Strong writing, analytical, and synthesis skills.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

Conservation International is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled