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Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Every four years, the IUCN membership adopts a quadrennial Programme that guides the work of the Union, especially that of the IUCN Secretariat. The Secretariat implements the IUCN Programme through a growing portfolio of over 300+ projects across the world that are designed to respond to country, donor, and IUCN priorities. For the IUCN Programme 2021-2024, IUCN intends to increase its programmatic effectiveness by mainstreaming M&E and learning across the organisation, and by ensuring inclusiveness, transparency and accountability in the delivery of its quadrennial Programme.
IUCN is looking to strengthen its capacity for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) at the Programme-level by, amongst other things, hiring an M&E Officer to assist in improving IUCN’s M&E systems, practices and culture. This entails working as part of a team that will be putting in place the necessary tools, mechanisms and capacity to be able to collate results at scale, report on impacts and the use of donor funding for Programme implementation, tap into valuable lessons across the portfolio, and to have the means for continuous learning and improvement.
Under the supervision of the Head of the Programme Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPME) Unit, the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer provides enterprise-level support to performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting for IUCN’s strategic impacts and objectives.
Through analyses, management and internal relations, s/he will: (a) support the management of IUCN’s monitoring and evaluation system, (b) provide results-measurement technical support to IUCN programmes and projects; and (c) support IUCN’s corporate planning and reporting cycles.
• Support the design, implementation and upgrading of the IUCN Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system for the IUCN quadrennial Programme.
Working with the Head of PPME to implement, and if needed to revise, the M&E Policy, to be in line with the delivery of the IUCN Programme and best practices;
Research and identify M&E operational best practices, to improve IUCN practice and systems;
Maintain and update the online IUCN Evaluation database to provide a basis for institutional learning;
Contribute to evaluation planning for project /programme reviews and evaluations set either by the Head of PPME, or by others IUCN units.
• Develop capacity of programmatic staff to conduct monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.
Ensure coordination with the IUCN M&E community of practice and organize regular coordination meetings;
Support project staff with preparing logical frameworks, performance monitoring plans and data collection methods;
Support quality control of evaluation deliverables;
Propose mechanisms for the compilation, dissemination and uptake of lessons learnt, thereby linking evaluation findings and recommendations to future programme/project planning and implementation;
Support the development of an M&E and Learning Plan to be used by all programme and portfolio managers to undertake periodic monitoring, evaluation and learning activities during the 2021-2024 quadrennium.
• Working with the Head of PPME, facilitate corporate and programmatic reporting and planning cycles.
Working with the Programme and Projects Portal Manager, manage the annual global reporting on the basis of the IUCN Programme results and indicators framework;
Assist in the compilation and drafting of the Annual Work Plan and the Annual Progress Report;
Develop and provide portfolio reviews and analyses in conjunction with the IT team;
Conduct regular data quality audits and follow-up compliance.
These TORs contain the main responsibilities and duties of this position. In an ever-evolving organisation such as IUCN, staff members are nonetheless expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular TORs. Where any task becomes a regular part of staff member’s responsibilities, the TORs should be changed in consultation between the manager, the staff member and the HR Unit. Any one of the three may initiate the consultation.
• Graduate degree in environmental studies, natural resource management, planning, management sciences, economics, public policy or management engineering.
• At least 3 years of experience in programme and project monitoring and evaluation.
• Demonstrated experience in results measurement and management in the areas of environmental conservation and natural resource management.
• Ability to deliver analytical reports to facilitate management decision-making.
• Good understanding of project management principles, and the purpose of M&E systems.
• Experience with leading bilateral and multilateral donors is an asset.
• Experience with project evaluations or programme audits desirable.
• Excellent organisation and communication skills with a proven ability to engage across levels of an organisation and across geographies.
• Capacity to work collaboratively within a diverse team.
• Fluency in English is a requirement and proficiency in French and/or Spanish is highly desirable.
Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.
Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.
Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/
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Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.
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