Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist, Forests for People and Climate Initiative

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World Resources Institute

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30 days ago

This position can be based at our WRI office in the US, WRI offices in London or the Hague, as well as in offices in Brazil, Congo Basin or Indonesia.

Program Overview:

WRI’s Forests Program works with governments, businesses, and civil society to sustain forests for future generations, curb deforestation worldwide, and help to restore forests where they once were. The Forests for People and Climate Initiative (FPCI) aims to catalyze support and move funding to tropical forests and forest communities. The initiative will connect donors with high-impact solutions for ending tropical forest loss that support community-based organizations and their allies working to protect forests and the rights of those who defend them. WRI is supporting the FPCI to establish a monitoring, evaluation and learning mechanism and provide related data analysis across multiple geographies and scales.

Job Summary:

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist will contribute to the design, development and day-to-day management of the MEL strategy of the Initiative. This strategy will serve three functions: provide accountability towards desired results, foster learning and sharing between partners, and seek to answer critical learning questions that underpin the coalition’s shared strategies and theories of change, so that strategies can evolve and adapt. The MEL Specialist will work closely with the Senior Manager, Forests People and Climate Initiative to develop and manage solutions to the Initiative’s field-wide monitoring and learning mechanism consistent with a “living strategy” approach. You will contribute to the design of results frameworks, monitoring systems, knowledge infrastructure, and lessons synthesis and sharing for the emerging Initiative. The MEL Specialist will be anchored in the Forests Program’s People and Forest Protection unit and the WRI’s MEL for Data Platforms team and will work closely with the Managing for Results team.

Job Responsibilities:

Setting up and maintaining a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning system (25%)

  • Develop and manage solutions to the ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and learning needs of Initiative consortium partners consistent with a “living strategy” approach
  • Contribute to designing low-cost but meaningful impact metrics for the Initiative based on available or soon-to-be available data, which nests bottom-up impact goals within a coherent global impact framework
  • Adapt and refine tools for collecting and sharing information necessary to monitor Initiative activities and narrative
  • Implement, refine and maintain consistent data collection methods for indicators
  • Contribute to the development, design and implementation of knowledge infrastructure and information technology solutions to support coordinated execution of the MEL strategy across FPCI partners, as well as real-time sharing of intelligence and learning from the field
  • Collect data from across WRI teams that are contributing to Initiative project deliverables, and draft progress reports
  • Ensure project information is entered and maintained in WRI’s DevResults and Salesforce platforms

Synthesize and Extract Lessons (25%)

  • Extract and synthesize performance data from across the Initiative, and communicate that information to Initiative members and the public through effective and compelling means (interactive dashboards, storytelling)
  • Contribute guidance to the Initiative members and relevant WRI staff on MEL best practices including Logic Models or theory of change, results frameworks, monitoring and evaluation plans, performance and impact indicators etc.

Contribute to learning objectives (25%)

  • Engage with the Initiative and WRI’s Results Lab to design studies that could test assumptions in a theory of change for FPCI work, and support the implementation of relevant studies
  • Identify research questions and potential data sources to address key research gaps and surface new forms of data that are priorities for the Initiative (e.g. related to governance, rights and social impacts).
  • Engage in exchanges with other WRI MEL teams to improve learning approaches

Communicate lessons by supporting the development of external-facing information about FPCI within and beyond the Institute Support project coordination & engagement (25%)

  • Work closely with the Senior Manager, Forests People and Climate Initiative, and the Strategy Lead, People and Forest Protection to ensure effective project management with respect to WRI’s contribution to the Initiative
  • Participate in FPCI field workshops and advisory group meetings as needed
  • Be available for timely response to internal and external questions and issues

Job Qualifications:
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Master’s degree preferred.
    • Experience: Minimum of 6 years of directly related professional experience working on international environment, development, or human rights issues. Previous experience with one or more of the following: DevResults, PowerBI, website development, geo-spatial mapping technologies, SPSS or STATA, Google Analytics, digital reporting and story-telling platforms. Familiarity with strategy design, theory of change, results frameworks, monitoring evaluation and learning tools for effective project design and management in an NGO context
    • Outstanding organizational and time management skills; ability to handle a high influx of information and a strong capacity to track details and pay attention to detail
    • Strong writing and editing skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to express oneself concisely and clearly, including an ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear, effective manner
    • Strong interpersonal skills; diplomatic, and able to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues and partners across multiple and diverse teams,
    • Ability to work productively with a team as well as able to self- direct, be a problem solver, manage time effectively and deliver high quality products on time
    • Languages: Excellent verbal and written command of English. Professional working proficiency in Portuguese, French, Spanish or Bahasa Indonesia
  • Requirements: Work authorization is required in the country office this position will be based in. WRI is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Potential Salary:. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
Please include a cover letter with your application.

WRI Overview:

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

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