Position summary:The Senior Associate, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) is responsible for coordinating and carrying out MEL activities in Rainforest Alliance’s Projects’ in Central Africa, mainly Cameroon and DRC. The Senior Associate MEL will support the projects by working with Rainforest Alliance staff, partners, consultants and stakeholders to build and lead a sound MEL system. The MEL system supports adaptive Project Management and reporting by generating performance metrics on the projects’ implementation and their contribution to expected outcomes and impacts. The position includes training and advising technical staff, partners, and field consultants on MEL methods, tools and processes; ensuring proper output and outcome indicator data collection, quality control, analysis and reporting on key findings. The Senior Associate is also expected to coordinate closely with other Rainforest Alliance units. The position is open to expand in time and geography depending on funding and performance.


  • 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:

  • Develop and lead the projects field-based MEL systems methods, tools and processes, in coordination with the Project Managers, staff, partners and consultants, and Rainforest Alliance´s Senior Advisor on project M&E and Quality Assurance;

  • Collaborate in the design and conduction of field-based context analyses, baseline, mid-term, and end of project studies to understand needs, gaps, and opportunities for achieving rural development outcomes in the context of business and local community needs, and to assess the projects’ contribution to such outcomes and impacts;

  • Design and provide training and technical assistance to staff, projects’ partners, and field consultants on MEL methods, tools and processes, ensuring MEL best practices;

  • Design and provide support to actors of landscape governance bodies on MEL methods, tools and processes, ensuring MEL best practices;

  • Implement and take responsibility for quality control procedures to ensure the projects’ transparent, evidence-based MEL systems, based on reliable and timely field data collection, management and analysis, that generates and reports high-quality output and outcome indicator values;

  • Take leadership on developing case studies and capitalization tools from the projects findings;

  • Support the Project Managers in maintaining updated Projects information in the Project Management Platform and Projects´ SharePoint-based sites;

  • Contribute to the development of learning materials, case studies, and knowledge products to disseminate project findings and lessons learned;

  • Collaborate with project partners, and other relevant stakeholders to promote coordination, knowledge sharing, and joint learning initiatives

  • Support the Project Managers in the preparation of quality and timely project performance technical reports as required by donors, as well as in the preparation of presentations to partners, landscape stakeholders and other Rainforest Alliance.


  • Master’s degree in international development, Agriculture, Social Sciences, Economics, Natural Resources Management or related field;

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in similar position, including minimum of 3 years of experience conducting Program MEL activities;

  • Concrete experience in co-designing and implementation of cost-effective performance-based and community-based monitoring systems, and the collection, management, analysis and reporting of high-quality output and outcome indicator data;

  • Experience advising and supervising field teams or consultants in the collection of field data on social, environmental and/or agronomic and/or socio-economic indicators for performance assessment, and in the use of associated field methods and tools (household surveys, farm monitoring, etc.)

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal in French and English;

  • Demonstrated ability to build capacity for Projects MEL among staff, partners and key actors in local communities;

  • Ability and willingness to travel at least 40% of the time nationally and internationally;

  • Demonstrated commitment to the Rainforest Alliance mission and values.

Job level: 4A

Deadline: 29 March 2024

Notes: Only candidates authorized to work in Cameroon will be considered.

If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: recruitment@ra.org



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