Lead Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
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. Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.
A centerpiece of Rainforest Alliance's work in building Alliances is the 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People (1000L) initiative – a coalition of seven organizations that aims to accelerate change and deliver solutions at scale in support of Landscape Partnerships - multi-stakeholder initiatives of local actors coming together around a joint vision of sustainable development in a landscape. 1000L is convened by EcoAgriculture Partners, and co-led by Rainforest Alliance, Commonland, Conservation International, the United Nations Development Programme, Landscape Finance Lab, and information technology leader Tech Matters. A dozen Landscape Partnerships are currently contributing as co-design partners. The initiative is organized around four Design Teams that are designing solutions to accelerate the uptake of collaborative, multi-stakeholder processes in landscapes: the Terraso Digital Platform, Capacity Development for Integrated Landscape Management, Landscape Finance Solutions, and the Global Action Network. The initiative is currently in the Design, Testing and Demonstration phase (2021-2023) before entering into the Global Scaling Phase (2024-2030).
The Lead, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) will lead the design and delivery of M&E activities for 1000L globally. As a key member of the Hub (the coalition’s collaborative management body), s/he will guide the Hub and the initiative's four Design Teams in tracking progress, measuring outcomes, developing monitoring protocols and capturing learnings. The Lead, MEL will interact with the Design Teams and Landscape Partnerships to understand the ILM journey and learn about key assumptions made with regards to 1000L services provided. The role, funded by IKEA Foundation, a key financial partner to the initiative, will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, in proximity to key partner-supported landscapes. The 1000 Landscapes initiative is looking for a change-oriented and impact driven professional who operates well in a highly collaborative environment and is interested in taking a systemic view to change.
Global engagement (80%)
- Design an M&E system rooted in a theory of change that provides a frame for reflection and course corrections throughout the Design, Testing and Demonstration phase.
- On a recurring basis, synthesize and communicate progress against agreed workplans and deliverables to the Hub and Steering Committee, identifying risks and issues, and contribute to donor reporting.
- Guide Design Teams in drafting and applying monitoring protocols to assess the functionality and utility of 1000L services provided, with results informing improved design of 1000L services, and theory of change reviews.
- Working closely with landscape developers/leaders, identify and support the application of participative methodologies to collect quantitative and qualitative information on outcomes/KPIs, in key demonstration landscapes.
- In close collaboration with the Hub, co-design and support the IKEA Foundation-led external evaluation process, as well as evaluations by other prospect donors.
- Contribute to the production of knowledge products through which learnings can be shared with 1000L partners, and globally.
- Support the development of the Global Scaling Phase Strategy (2024-2030).
National engagement (20%)
- Working closely with landscape developers/leaders in Kenya, observe the uptake of features promoted on the Terraso digital platform, in the Global Action Network, and services provided on Capacities Development and Finance.
- Working closely with landscape developers/leaders, observe and learn from a LandScale assessment process in a priority landscape in Kenya in view of assessing landscape-scale impacts, and give feedback to the wider initiative.
- Identify, document and assess capacity of organizations and networks in Kenya that assume or could assume key roles in ILM capacity building.
- Master’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, International Development, Social Sciences or a related field required.
- 10+ years of relevant experience, with a minimum of 5 years of experience in Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning
- Demonstrated experience working with landscape actors (farmer organizations, communities, CSOs, local government agencies, private sector actors, etc.) in collaborative processes.
- Demonstrated experience working in diverse country settings or in an international organization.
- Understanding of participative M&E methodologies (e.g. outcome harvesting); knowledge of and experience with methodologies to measure systems change (e.g. Rubrics) is a plus.
- Interest in collecting, analysing, synthesizing and communicating data, with strong attention to detail.
- Flexible, open-minded and able to operate in a fast-evolving context centred around learning.
- Strong ability to work remotely, with minimal supervision.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; with required fluency in English.
- Familiar with MS Office suite and interested in using project management, monitoring and data visualization tools.
- Ability and willingness to travel at least 20% of the time, nationally and internationally.
Commensurate with experience.
DEADLINE: August 19, 2021
Only candidates authorized to work in Kenya will be considered.
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, colour, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.
If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: firstname.lastname@example.org