MEL Manager

at Cool Earth

UK - £33,000-38,000, Peru - dependant on experience
Type of Organisation
@Cool Earth
Number of Staff

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


Key responsibilities

• To research and apply alternatives to traditional MEL frameworks and tools to encompass a more holistic understanding of impact, driven by the needs of communities. • 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 success. • 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 success. • 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.

Person Specification

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 projects. • 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 into practice. • Experience working with alternatives to mainstream impact evaluation methodologies. • 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 counterparts. • 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 technologies. • 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 required.


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Posted in Jobs by Sophie on August 04th, 2022.
Applications close on August 21st, 2022.