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.

Why

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.

How

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 Senior Associate Monitoring and Evaluation to maintain the monitoring and evaluation systems and tools, defined under the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (MEL) for the Business Case to facilitate adaptive management activities and product delivery to the donors that will be developed in coordination with the MEL Manager. S/he will be responsible for the design and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system for the PMP, collection and analysis of data for project indicators, and contributing to the learning process with partners and stakeholders. S/he will also provide the information required for the monthly, quarterly and annual reports required by donors and the development and/or analysis of maps and databases.

 

Rainforest Alliance, in partnership with Clarmondial, CDP North America and Conservation International (CI) Foundation and with support of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is leading the Business Case Initiative for Collective Landscape Action (the Business Case henceforward). The goal of the Business Case is to scale-up reductions in commodity-driven deforestation while accelerating biodiversity conservation, restoration and community livelihoods gains by demonstrating the business case for collective landscape action and enabling application globally.

 

Across the Amazon and Indonesia, the rates of forest loss and biodiversity loss are increasing at the same time the global impacts of climate change are escalating. If the world is to turn the corner from increasing rates of forest and biodiversity loss, and climate disaster towards a net forest-positive and climate-positive future, transformative solutions that have the potential to unleash systems-change are needed.

 

The Goal of the Business Case for Collective Landscape Action is to scale-up reductions in commodity-driven deforestation while accelerating biodiversity conservation, restoration and community livelihoods gains by demonstrating the business case for collective landscape action and enabling application globally. When facing problems that an actor or a sector cannot face alone, challenges such as climate change, access to quality water (social conflict), loss of biodiversity and its ecosystem services (pollinators, pest control and soil quality), the integrated landscape approach management (ILM) in RA facilitates collaborative landscape governance processes involving a multiplicity of key stakeholders, called in Business Case the Landscape partnership. It is long-term in nature, with a vision and commitment of more than 10 years, multiple sources of financing, markets and tax incentives, which are outlined in a formal landscape action plan (LAP), approved a landscape partnership and impacts are monitored by a tool called LandScale. The landscape partnership, Landscape action plan and LandScale will create better conditions to allow regions to “de-risk” and encourage investment, go further certification to address challenges that have an impact outside the farm (wastewater management, for example) and align the Landscape Action Plan to the planning instruments of the governments and the private sector.

 

Responsibilities: 

  • 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;
  • Ensuring the implementation of a measurement, reporting and verification system and monitoring its implementation in the field;
  • The development of quality control for the collection and analysis of project indicators data;
  • Support Business Case Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (MEL) to track progress towards achievement of project goals, intermediate results and activities. Support definition of theory of change to measure indicators variation and development and maintenance of a PMP data management system, including providing training, materials/tools, and ongoing guidance to all Business Case partners to report in the PMP;
  • Work closely with staff and partners to coordinate the systematic and standardized collection, analysis, and interpretation of the project’s performance results including the analysis of geographic information from the project;
  • Develop analysis of GIS database oversight and support;
  • Completes data requests via dashboards, apps, maps, spreadsheets, and other formats;
  • Ensuring coordination with partners and experts to produce maps and provide the information required for project case studies and knowledge products;
  • Input new data collected from the field and provide monthly monitoring and evaluation results to the Technical and Monitoring Manager via monthly, quarterly updates and annual learning workshops;
  • Contribute with the development of implementation progress reports for donors according to the timeframes required by the project;
  • Supervise the development and maintenance of a centralized data management System for projects;
  • Conduct analysis and reflections of the data and learnings
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor or higher degree in either Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, Economics, Social Sciences, Geography, Forestry or a related field required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of working experience related to Monitoring and Evaluation; in natural resources, land management or conservation planning information systems and/or social monitoring and evaluation Systems.
  • Technical and practical experience in qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Desirable strong abilities in digital tools for MEL.
  • Ability to facilitate participative methodologies, collect quantitative and qualitative information from stakeholders and willingness to travel at least 30% of the time,
  • Ability to lead the development and maintenance of a PMP data management system, including providing training, materials/tools, and ongoing guidance to project data providers.
  • Ability to use GIS data and understand its use in MEL processes.
  • 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 back to the consortium.
  • Excellent written, oral, and graphical communication skills in Spanish, and English preferably.
  • Strong data analysis skills, with an emphasis on statistics and databases.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, and teamwork and interdisciplinary oriented.

 

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

 

Deadline: October 14, 2022

 

Notes:

Recruitment for this position is subject to donor funding. Only candidates authorized to work in Peru or Colombia will be considered.

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