POSITION DESCRIPTION

Restoration Monitoring Manager
Job Search Location(s) United States - Arlington, VA, Belgium - Brussels, Colombia - Bogota, Kenya - Nairobi, Singapore, United States - Seattle, WA
ID 1511
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Restoration Monitoring Manager

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet.  

POSITION SUMMARY

As a core component of its Climate Strategy, Conservation International has set ambitious targets for scaling Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) globally as a climate solution to capture carbon. The Restoration Monitoring Manager works with CI programs and partners to define, refine, and support the execution of monitoring protocols to achieve these targets. The Restoration Monitoring Manager works to ensure that novel monitoring and impact evaluation systems for NCS are developed as needed and integrated throughout CI’s NCS activities, with an emphasis on restoration and reforestation activities. This involves: creating, developing, and supporting country teams to use novel Restoration Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) systems to collect, aggregate, and analyze data; and playing a key role in ensuring that the reporting needs of key NCS stakeholders are met. They provide specific technical guidance related to best practices for monitoring forest and landscape restoration, carbon metrics, and impact evaluation, often involving the application of GIS and remote sensing applications. 

The Restoration Monitoring Manager coordinates with other CI staff and partners to advance innovative restoration monitoring and impact evaluation, ensuring the highest quality and standards, including accurate baseline establishment. They analyze critical monitoring knowledge gaps and opportunities to develop and test methodologies and technologies for monitoring, within CI and with CI’s strategic partners, providing coordination on monitoring systems as necessary. 

This position will contribute to cutting-edge research and publications on various novel NCS/Restoration monitoring themes, including the use of counterfactual methods for impact evaluation and new carbon monitoring approaches. The successful candidate will also support monitoring of other NCS types, to ensure consistency and rigor across CI’s pipeline of projects. They may take on additional tasks as needed for the team's success.

To be successful, the Restoration Monitoring Manager needs extensive knowledge and experience in data collection, monitoring and impact evaluation, and carbon sequestration, as well as demonstrated experience working with external partners including Indigenous peoples and local communities. They must have an interest in working with multiple collaborators simultaneously to successfully fulfill CI’s strategy for implementing restoration monitoring at scale through coordination worldwide. 

The Restoration Monitoring Manager works closely with the NCS Catalyst team and other Center for Natural Climate Solutions team members. They liaise with other programs across CI such as Moore Center for Science, the Center for Sustainable Lands and Waters, and CI country programs and partners around the world. They report directly to the Restoration Science Director in the Center for Natural Climate Solutions. 

This position will be a 24-month appointment term with the option to renew.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Monitoring and Evaluation: 

  • Identify the core information needs of NCS (especially restoration) project managers, partners, and key stakeholders, develop and update novel program monitoring plans.
  • Support the tracking, monitoring, and reporting of multi-country NCS (especially restoration) activities from the country level to the institutional level.
  • Coordinate participation by Center for Natural Climate Solutions staff, and other divisional or regional teams (as appropriate) in the internal co-creation and collaboration on a novel, shared institutional approach to NCS (especially restoration) monitoring. Share approaches with external partners for joint program monitoring development as necessary.
  • Facilitate training of staff and partners on novel procedures for baseline assessments, mid-term reviews, and end-of-program evaluations, with an emphasis on the application of novel tools and technologies (mobile GIS and remote sensing applications, drone utilization, etc).
  • Support the development of novel online GIS databases, spreadsheets, and/or other tools to ensure that monitoring and knowledge management data is compiled and readily available.
  • Validate annual work plans to ensure agreement on relevant NCS milestones and inclusion of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), baselining, and Impact Evaluation activities in the work plans.
  • Ensure that novel monitoring data are discussed in the appropriate forum and in a timely fashion to allow for adaptive management of activities, coordinating with the Project Delivery and Monitoring Team and others as needed.
  • Working with program collaborators, plan and execute novel NCS data collection campaigns as needed, and respecting deadlines.
  • Invest ample time in the field to support training and implementation of novel NCS M&E work (especially restoration), and identify where adaptations might be needed.
  • Foster novel participatory monitoring approaches by engaging primary stakeholder groups in the M&E of activities.
  • Design and implement a system to identify, analyze, document, and disseminate lessons learned, in collaboration with the Impact Evaluation for NCS (IE4NCS) initiative, and incorporating impact evaluation needs into monitoring work.
  • Network with external and internal partners to exchange experiences, promote learning, and achieve NCS M&E excellence.

Research: 

  • Collaborate on innovative research on novel NCS (especially restoration) monitoring and impact evaluation, including peer-reviewed publications.
  • Research and author technical reports and products to advance CI’s novel Restoration Monitoring work.
  • Develop strategies and tools for successful monitoring of CI NCS projects (especially restoration) in collaboration with country programs and other CI staff.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • This position can be based in the US (Arlington or Seattle), Brussels, Nairobi, Singapore, or Bogotá.
  • Normal office environment with travel time up to 35% with possible rugged conditions.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in project management, monitoring, and evaluation, environmental studies, or forestry; or similar.
  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience, preferably with a focus on monitoring and evaluation in diverse and challenging contexts.
  • Experience in the design and application of methods and strategies to produce, analyze, and use data.
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods, strong proficiency with excel and other project tracking software and workflows.
  • Experience setting up and managing M&E databases.
  • Ability to effectively work in a team across the full diversity of CI’s global organization. 
  • Ability to speak with partners about monitoring approach and results and facilitate collaborations.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Experience convening a broad range of individuals and organizing events in multiple contexts.
  • Demonstrated track record of working effectively with multicultural, multidisciplinary teams to produce concrete results.
  • Strong capacity to navigate diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges and opportunities.
  • Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred

  • NCS and/or specifically forest landscape restoration experience and knowledge.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of M&E systems and initiatives.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of GIS and remote sensing applications to M&E.
  • Language skills in Portuguese, Spanish, Indonesian (Bahasa), Filipino (Tagalog).
  • Expertise in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and analytical methods.
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing, interpreting, and reporting on M&E results so that lessons can be learned and incorporated into programming.
  • Project management experience working with multiple collaborators simultaneously to achieve ambitious, specific, and time-bound commitments (preferably M&E-related).
  • Experience in restoration (preferably reforestation) project management, coalition-building, and fieldwork. 
  • Experience with multi-lateral donor-funded projects (preferably M&E and/or restoration-related).

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

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Conservation International Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.​

  • Passion: Inspired by people and by nature, we are urgently compelled to drive change for a sustainable future. 
  • Integrity: We are honest, transparent and accountable for our actions.
  • Teamwork: We work together as one CI, recognizing that inclusion, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
  • Respect: We respect each other and work to earn trust, valuing our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
  • Courage: We pursue our vision, taking bold action, persevering and overcoming challenges.
  • Optimism: We are optimistic about the capacity of people to be caring, generous and brilliant, and believe that with partners, we can inspire humanity to create a better future.

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