Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Latin America
At the Rainforest Alliance, we are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal. To advance our mission, we focus on amplifying our impact on the ground through systemic transformation: change across the entire supply chain, change in the relationship between people and nature, and change within our own organization. We achieve this transformation by working in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to create a stronger Alliance. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways. We embrace transparency because we believe that the best way to build trust across our alliance is through openness about our tactics, our impact, and partners on the ground. Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.
The Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, Latin America is responsible for establishing and coordinating the regionwide monitoring, evaluation and learning processes required to ensure that RA in Latin America: 1) credibly and consistently tracks and communicates progress; 2) conducts agile adaptive management; and 3) evolves our programming based on key lessons learned under major initiatives. S/he will provide advisory/coaching to locally based M&E staff; provide “surge capacity” for country teams at critical junctures; lead regionwide internal institutional performance planning and reporting; and innovate new monitoring tools and metrics. S/he will provide dedicated cradle-to-grave M&E support to at least 1 strategic grant per year. In performing these tasks, s/he will coordinate extensively with regional and global counterparts and country directors.
Data-driven Strategic Advisory (10%)
- Build on, provide advice, and support the use of RA´s Project Management Platform (PMP), establish processes for, and conduct quarterly reviews of, technical implementation progress on annual and LOP basis on a country-by-country basis.
- Identify opportunities to build learnings into future proposals and/or bring them to other country programs and connect the dots amongst teams to enable this to happen.
- As per above, maintain a dialogue with Country and Regional Directors on key issues/decisions and opportunities to ensure we stay on track and increase impact through transferring learnings.
Regional Performance Management (50%)
- Lead development of performance target establishment and monitoring as part of regional annual work-planning process and periodic strategic planning processes.
- Standardize performance metrics to ensure consistency across the project, regional and global portfolios – including certification related metrics.
- Contribute to creation and implementation of integrated performance reviews for countries drive excellence amongst RA’s 7 country offices in the Region on all technical activities and follow up to effectively resolve correction actions identified.
- Coordinate the development, execution and integration of lessons learned of 4 regional “pause and reflect” sessions, to integrate learnings to future regional work.
- In close collaboration with Finance, GIC and other regional technical staff, innovate, test and roll out new performance monitoring metrics.
- Backstop, coach and guide all M&E staff and project managers to ensure timely and high-quality completion of all grant-based RA internal reporting requirements, application of best practices in M&E systems, etc.
Grant-based M&E support (20%)
- Deliver key “surge capacity” to support new initiatives, including leadership in authoring MEL plans, support creating workplans, drafting JDs or other such key functions.
- Provide sustained ongoing support/execution of M&E functions in at least 1 strategic initiative/yr.
Fundraising and business development (20%)
- Contribute/lead key inputs to strategic fundraising proposals, with special focus on creation of theories of change, conceptual models, logframes and proposal M&E systems, ensuring M&E systems are well described and budgeted for, and hiring of M&E staff to support large projects is considered.
- Monitor and advise new projects to ensure that their corresponding M&E systems are designed and implemented, staff are trained on M&E responsibilities, so that they stay aligned to long-term impact delivery targets in country and regional strategies.
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
- Master’s degree in monitoring and evaluation, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, Economics, Social Sciences or a related field required;
- 7 - 10 years of proven experience in monitoring and evaluation;
- Solid knowledge of Information Technology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping is highly desirable; Strong data analysis skills, with an emphasis in statistics and geographic information systems experience;
- Demonstrated abilities and experience in natural resources and climate change monitoring and evaluation analysis and reporting with international organizations, project´s design and monitoring;
- Strong computer skills (MS Office Suite, analysis software);
- Ability to support development and maintenance data management systems, including providing training, materials/tools, and ongoing guidance to project data providers;
- Ability to support and train staff on the use of the PMP, and to view and use the PMP not only as a reporting framework, but as a dynamic project management tool for adaptively managing and communicating progress and challenges back to the consortium;
- Excellent written, oral and graphic communication skills in both English and Spanish;
- Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills and skills to work with an interdisciplinary team; and
- Ability and willingness to travel at least 40% of the time, nationally and internationally.
Commensurate with experience.
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Only candidates authorized to work in Mexico, Guatemala or Peru will be considered.
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