Cool Earth, the charity that backs people to protect rainforest and fight the climate crisis, is looking for a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager to join our growing and dynamic team as we look for ways to scale up our support of indigenous peoples and local communities in the three largest expanses of tropical rainforest.
You will be a skilled and experienced Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) professional with the ability to work inclusively to develop and inspire collaborative, cross-organisational teams in multicultural settings.
Working from either the UK or Peru, you will proactively lead the design and implementation of high-quality and appropriate monitoring, evaluation and learning processes across Cool Earth’s programmes, ensuring that our impact is identified and communicated.
A critical and analytical thinker, you will have the ability to assess alternatives to traditional MEL frameworks to develop innovative solutions, suited to local contexts.
The role reports to the Senior Manager, Programmes and the working language is English. The ability to work in Spanish would be an advantage.
This role is being advertised in Peru and in the UK.
Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 21 August 2022
• To research and apply alternatives to traditional MEL frameworks and tools to
encompass a more holistic understanding of impact, driven by the needs of
• Identify and implement inclusive approaches to planning, monitoring, evaluation
and learning that support our principle of being locally-led, inform our decisions
and provide the information required for internal and external reporting.
• Work collaboratively with in-country monitoring and evaluation officers and
programme teams to ensure Cool Earth’s MEL framework is appropriate and
implemented successfully across all activities.
• Work in collaboration with the Forest Research team to leverage remote sensing
data to monitor the health of the rainforest in the areas where we work.
• Ensure the MEL strategy encompasses an understanding of outcomes that affect
the canopy, biodiversity, the empowerment of local people and their definition of
• Apply knowledge gained from evidence and analysis to improve outcomes and
ensure accountability for the resources used to achieve them.
• Ensure there are mechanisms for reporting back to the communities we serve,
that evaluations are equitable, and lessons learnt are shared.
• Proactively lead the design and production of strategic and donor reporting.
• Standardise and simplify processes whilst promoting effective flows of information
and collaboration between offices and functions.
• Ensure accurate data is collected and used to inform decisions and evidence
• Support critical thinking and learning processes such as reflection and review,
Theory of Change, and use of project planning questions.
• Contribute significantly to organisational strategy, influencing how we are
evolving to build sustainable impact.
• Work with the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Programme team in the UK and
Peru to scope and operationalise the launch of Cool Earth’s first UCT pilot, and
with third-party impact evaluation experts to support the design of fit-for-purpose
methodologies for evidence gathering to plan scalability.
• Work with the Policy team to translate and illustrate evidence of the relevance of
the MEL findings from our programmes to relevant wider political agendas on
climate change, rainforest and development.
This is not an exhaustive list of the duties that may need to be undertaken in this role. It
may be necessary to undertake other duties as and when required.
Essential Skills and Abilities
• A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the design and delivery of monitoring and
evaluation methodology, gained in international development or conservation
• Experience developing results frameworks and theories of change that drive
accountability and learning.
• Proven skills and knowledge in data analysis, impact measurement and the
design and practical application of MEL systems.
• Excellent research skills with the ability to absorb new concepts and information
quickly, and to act with initiative and imagination to translate research findings
• Experience working with alternatives to mainstream impact evaluation
• Ability to develop and inspire collaborative, cross-organisational teams.
• Excellent oral and written communications skills with the ability to synthesise
complex information into engaging and informative reports.
• Exceptional organisational, and analytical skills, including a high level of
proficiency with MS Office suites and/or Google tools.
• Ability to build networks, equitable and strategic relationships with local
• Proven ability to anticipate areas of risk and create mitigation plans.
• Genuine interest in and commitment to the humanitarian and environmental
principles of Cool Earth.
• A demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
• Ensure the values of collaboration, innovation, effectiveness, and accountability are
reflected in your work.
Desirable Skills and Abilities
• Experience working with indigenous peoples and local communities on
community-led conservation or development projects.
• Experience working with new technologies (e.g., mobile payments).
• Knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) /field based remote sensing
• Working knowledge of databases and Customer Relationship Management
systems (especially Salesforce).
• The ability to work in Spanish is highly desirable.
• The ability to work in French.
• Understanding of General Data Protection Regulations.
• Willingness to undertake occasional international travel and national travel, as
To apply, please visit the Cool Earth website: https://www.coolearth.org/work-with-us/
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