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Senior Associate - Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Colombia, Colombia
Full Time Mid Level

The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.


Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests  and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.


As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.


At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.



To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.




Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.


The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

Position summary:


At the Rainforest Alliance we are looking for a collaborative and results-oriented Senior Associate in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning to maintain the monitoring and evaluation systems and tools defined under the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (MEL) for the Sustainable Landscapes & Communities program in Colombia. S/he will be responsible for the design of the monitoring and evaluation system, collection, and analysis of data for projects’ indicators, as well as coordinating with staff to facilitate implementation of the project adaptive management, and ongoing learning. S/he will also provide information required for the weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports required by donors and development of written “success stories” as appropriate.




  • The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours we demonstrate;
  • Support the design and implementation of a measurement, reporting and verification system and monitor its implementation on the field;
  • Provide quality control for the collection and analysis of projects indicators data;
  • Support projects Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (MEL) to track progress towards the outcomes. Support definition of theory of change to measure of indicators variation;
  • Work closely with technical staff to coordinate the systematic and standardized collection, analysis, and interpretation of the projects performance results and geographic information from the projects;
  • Facilitate workshops and other training activities with stakeholders, aiming to strengthen the data management skills, building capacity to manage the monitoring, reporting and verification system;
  • Review current monitoring data collection protocols and work with project and regional teams to maintain and improve standardized or tailored data collection tools and guidelines;
  • Input new data collected from the field and provide monthly monitoring and evaluation results via monthly updates and annual learning workshops;
  • Coordinate with partners to produce maps and provide the information required for projects case studies;
  • Support the production of implementation progress reports for donors according to the timelines required by the projects;
  • Provide information for proposals and technical reports;
  • Supervise the development and maintenance of a centralized data management system; and
  • Other duties assigned.


Supervisory Duties:

  • This position may oversee staff.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, Economics, Social Sciences, or a related field.
  • Work experience: 5 to 7 years of proven experience in natural resources and social monitoring and evaluation especially in monitoring to MRV Systems.
  • Solid knowledge of Information Technology and computer skills (MS Office Suite, analysis software). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping is highly desirable as well as strong data analysis skills, with an emphasis in statistics.
  • Ability facilitating training sessions and participative methodologies, collecting quantitative and qualitative information from stakeholders and willingness to travel nationally at least 30% of the time, especially to the Amazon region.
  • Ability to support the development and maintenance of a PMP data management system, including providing training, materials/tools, and ongoing guidance to projects data providers.
  • Ability to view and use the MEL not only as a reporting framework, but as a dynamic project management tool for adaptively managing and communicating progress and challenges to the team.
  • Excellent written, oral and graphical communication skills in Spanish and English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals. 



Commensurate with experience.


Deadline: June 30, 2022



Only candidates authorized to work in Colombia will be considered.


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