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Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Vacancy #:   5453
Unit:   Institutional Performance Management and Evaluation Unit (IPME)
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Director, Institutional Performance Management and Evaluation
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   19 July 2023
Type of contract:   Max-term (0 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   03 November 2020
The Institutional Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (IPME) is a team situated in the Corporate Services under the Deputy Director-General. The unit's purpose is to support IUCN's strategy and programme execution at all levels. As such, it drives greater accountability, performance, assurance and overall organisational effectiveness.

As the organisation's centre of expertise and excellence on programme, portfolio and project management, strategic planning and implementation, performance management, assurance, and risk management, the unit leads on these functions from establishing normative and operational frameworks to ensuring their optimal implementation. The unit is therefore the custodian of many IUCN policies, normative/operational frameworks and guidelines. It is responsible for ensuring their relevance to institutional needs through continuous monitoring, improvements and change management. It ensures that owned policies and frameworks are appropriately implemented by monitoring their respective level of compliance, making continuous improvements, and providing direct support and capacity building to relevant IUCN staff.

The unit takes a holistic approach by addressing staff skills, mindsets, and behaviours alongside processes, methodologies and tools through the use of business analysis, solution development and monitoring and evaluation. Through the development of performance and assurance management capability, the unit assists IUCN in achieving greater impact.

IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,300 Member organisations and the input of more than 16,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. The IUCN Secretariat has offices located all around the world and is headquartered in Gland, Switzerland.

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.
The gross annual salary for this position is between CHF 86'330 and CHF 107'913, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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.

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IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,400 Member organisations and around 16,000 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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