Monitoring Evaluation Learning and Impact Assessment Coordinator for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) CLOSED

the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)

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.

CIFOR is looking for

Monitoring Evaluation Learning and Impact Assessment Coordinator for the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)

Overview

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

The FTA Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact Assessment Coordinator (MELIA) Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the MELIA cluster of FTA and supporting the FTA Director and the FTA Management Support Unit (MSU) for what MELIA services are concerned.
Under the supervision of the FTA Director, and working closely with the CIFOR Research To Impact (RTI) team leader and all FTA partner MELIA focal points and Flagship Program Leads, the FTA MELIA Coordinator will:
Coordinate the preparation and execution of FTA MELIA workplan and activities, working jointly with the set of MELIA focal points in the FTA partners’ institutions.
• Coordinate the preparation and execution of FTA MELIA workplan and activities, working jointly with the set of MELIA focal points in the FTA partners’ institutions.
Outputs
  1. MELIA 2019 workplan delivery report produced
  2. MELIA 2020 workplan prepared
  3. Contribution to the preparation of the letter of agreement with Royal Roads University (RRU)
  4. Contribution to the preparation of the workplans of the FTA capacity development Cross Cutting Theme (CCT), as well as on the MSU data work.
• Support the FTA Director and the FTA MSU in the development, piloting and implementation of CGIAR Program Performance Standards.
Outputs
  1. Organize the piloting of the standards in FTA, participate to the CGIAR piloting group
  2. Put in place the FTA system and procedure for Program performance standards
• Support the FTA Director and the FTA MSU in the integration of Quality of Research for Development (QoR4D) frameworks into FTA activities.
Outputs
Put in place the FTA system and procedure for QoR4D
• Support the FTA Director and the FTA MSU for the preparation of the annual FTA work planning and reporting, including the review of draft priorities and flagship workplans from the perspective of QoR4D, the coordination and review of outcome and development results/impact reporting in line with CGIAR requirements.
Outputs
Review of the proposed FTA workplans according to the prioritization criteria
• Support the FTA Director and the FTA MSU for the management of FTA project outcome and results/impact information in the MARLO database, liaising with FTA principal scientists.
Outputs
Per priority, projects outcomes, results/impact information and case studies submitted in the MARLO database, together with supporting evidence
• Support the FTA Director and the FTA MSU for the coordination of regular reviews of the FTA theory of change to ensure coherence and alignment to strategy, and likely contribution to intended program outcomes, impacts and associated targets.
Outputs
Mid-term review of the FTA milestones and impact pathways
• Coordinate, in liaison with the FTA program manager and the FP leaders, the process of integration of new bilateral projects in FTA, as part of the preparation of the Plan of Work and Budget (POWB).
Outputs
Process prepared and implemented: list of mapped projects (per priority/FP) established
• Support the FTA Director and the MSU in the preparation of documents for the FTA Independent Steering Committee (ISC) meetings related to MELIA issues.
Outputs
Background documents produced
• In coordination with Royal Road University (Brian Belcher), support the FTA Director and the MSU in the preparation of the ISC Special workshop on impact assessment methods in FTA.
Outputs
Concept note and workshop background documents produced
• Represent FTA in the CGIAR Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Community of Practice
Outputs
Preparation of FTA positions for these meetings, summary of meetings, back to office reports.
• Other duties as may be required

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.

To apply, please visit our career site at:
http://www.cifor.org/careers

To learn more about CIFOR, please visit our website at:
http://www.cifor.org

To learn more about GLF, please visit our website at:
http://www.globallandscapesforum.org

CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Application process

The application deadline is 31 Mar-2019
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.




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