The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity. To do so, we conduct innovative research, develop partners’ capacity, and actively engage in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Yaoundé, Cameroon; Lima, Peru; and Bonn, Germany.
Monitoring Evaluation Learning and Impact Assessment Coordinator for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)
CIFOR is leading the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) – in partnership with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), Tropenbos International and Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD). FTA is the world’s largest research for development program to enhance the role, the management and governance of forests, agroforestry and tree resources across the landscape, from farms to forests, and along value-chains, to meet the overarching objectives of sustainable development, food security and nutrition, and to address climate change. Impact driven, FTA seeks to develop, provide and promote evidence-based technical, policy and institutional solutions and innovations for farmers, foresters, practitioners, value chain actors and policymakers.
FTA is committed to demonstrating the effectiveness of its research and to encouraging systematic learning from experience, through effective monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment. Policy-oriented natural resource management research such as that undertaken by FTA and its partners is complex, with multiple pathways, involving many actors, and with multiple scales of influence and impact. Research monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment is needed to support learning about what works and what does not work, to inform improved research design and implementation, and to credibly report on results.
FTA includes an innovative and integrated cluster of work to ensure quality of research, known as MELIA (monitoring, evaluation, learning and impact assessment). It aims to encourage and build an “impact culture” within FTA; ensure that FTA’s work is relevant and useful; guide ongoing research to maximize effectiveness; provide a framework to learn from experience; provide evidence that FTA’s work is effective in contributing to the expected development outcomes; and contribute to methodology development for evaluating research for development.
FTA MELIA supports FTA’s program-level prioritization, work planning and results reporting. It also supports effective design of the research, engagement and capacity development work from project level to program level. The FTA MELIA team includes monitoring, evaluation and learning specialists based in each of the FTA partner institutions, specialists from other partner organizations, and a growing network of external collaborators.
Duties and responsibilities
- MELIA 2019 workplan delivery report produced
- MELIA 2020 workplan prepared
- Contribution to the preparation of the letter of agreement with Royal Roads University (RRU)
- Contribution to the preparation of the workplans of the FTA capacity development Cross Cutting Theme (CCT), as well as on the MSU data work.
- Organize the piloting of the standards in FTA, participate to the CGIAR piloting group
- Put in place the FTA system and procedure for Program performance standards
Education, knowledge and experience
• A Master’s Degree or equivalent in experience in economics, impact assessment or a relevant quantitative social science.
• Between five to eight years work experience in evaluation/impact assessment, including three years in a research and development institution and three years with a multidisciplinary team.
• Experience with designing monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment protocols, and up-to-date knowledge of qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods.
• Familiarity with the project cycle (design, implementation, supervision, monitoring, evaluation) and with contemporary work relevant to evaluation and impact assessment of policy-oriented natural resource management research.
• Experience with research for development (R4D) program-level work planning, monitoring and results reporting.
• Familiarity with the CGIAR system and approach to R4D is an advantage.
• Good publications record.
• Excellent written and spoken English (required); proficiency in other international languages is an advantage.
Personal Attributes and Competencies
• Excellent analytical and synthesis skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively interact with people in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
• Good management and organization skills.
• Excellent facilitation skills.
• Values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning.
• Ability to travel.
Terms and Conditions
• This is a full-time consultancy position.
• Period of the consultancy is expected to be March – December 2019.
• CIFOR offers competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience.
• The duty station will be in Bogor, Indonesia or Nairobi, Kenya or Rome, Italy.
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CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.
Application processThe application deadline is 31 Mar-2019
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.