The Evaluation Officer is responsible for working with the Foundation’s staff and Board, federal agencies and other conservation partners to develop and implement an outcome-based funding/investment and impact assessment (i.e. “evaluation”) strategy for the Foundation’s conservation programs, including the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GULF).
The Evaluation Officer will apply existing NFWF processes and/or create new combinations of people, processes, methodologies, and ideas that will lead to effective approaches to measuring the Foundation’s conservation programs by working with partners to ensure a strong culture of conservation impact assessment “on the ground” in the Gulf and in other regions. The Evaluation Officer will work closely with the Science Team, GULF Team and program staff to deliver measurable outcomes in accordance with the Foundation’s vision and strategic plan. The Evaluation Officer is expected to be and/or become a thought-leader in his/her respective field and position the Foundation as the convener of choice in the conservation community.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Conceptualization and Prioritization
Through engagement with staff and key partners, develop and build monitoring and evaluation as a core component of NFWF grantmaking, particularly in the Gulf region, in order to assess the progress of NFWF’s conservation investments in achieving desired outcomes.
Collaborate in the continued development, implementation, and refinement of NFWF’s evaluation and monitoring strategy for use at both project and program scales of grantmaking.
Work with the Science and Evaluation teams to advance the Foundation’s new conservation strategy framework and goals as well as develop and/or align existing monitoring methodology to ensure that relevant data are compiled for measuring progress on strategy implementation.
Assist in developing outcomes-based conservation strategies in the Gulf region based on mutual priorities and interest among NFWF, states and federal agencies, or otherwise contribute to similar efforts being led by others.
Participate in various science and monitoring efforts underway in the Gulf and ensure appropriate integration of new findings within Gulf efforts, including identifying gaps in baseline information and formulating plans or projects to fill such gaps.
Lead discussions among NFWF staff, award recipients, state and federal agencies, and/or other partners or otherwise contribute to similar efforts being led by others to develop common monitoring plans or protocols to effectively gauge progress and assess achievement of outcomes at both project and program scales.
Implementation and Monitoring
Facilitate engagement and input from multiple stakeholders in the Gulf to assist in assembling a strong project portfolio. Provide peer review and guidance to strengthen the technical merits of project proposals and coordinate technical input from other outside experts, as appropriate.
Work with recipients to shape project monitoring requirements using protocols consistent with existing monitoring efforts. Oversee project monitoring to ensure data quality.
Help build Foundation staff and award recipient capacity for using monitoring and evaluation as a tool for learning and adaptive management.
Analysis and Adaptation
In collaboration with NFWF Evaluation Team, program staff, and IT staff, compile and analyze data on project and program outcomes and help incorporate findings into future organizational and program improvements.
In collaboration with the GULF staff, develop Request for Proposal (RFP) or other appropriate solicitation method for programmatic evaluation(s) of the Gulf Fund and other NFWF programs. In collaboration with appropriate NFWF staff, evaluate responses to RFPs for proposed methodology, staff expertise, analytical approach, and reporting procedures and make approval recommendations. Oversee and monitor evaluation(s) throughout the process to determine sufficient progress, quality and rigor of final products, and utility of recommendations.
Conduct site visits in accordance with Foundation policy.
Capturing and Sharing Learning
Communicate and disseminate data on project and program outcomes to both internal (staff, Board) and external (funding partners, grantees, etc.) audiences to ensure strong understanding.
Assist in the preparation of briefing materials and recommendations to support decision making by the Foundation’s Board.
Foster NFWF as a thought leader in the field of conservation evaluation. Disseminate results and lessons learned from assessments of NFWF programs through various media, such as NFWF’s website, conference presentations, publications and the Environmental Evaluator’s Networking forum or Conservation Measures Partnership, as appropriate.
Represent the Foundation at appropriate meetings, conferences, etc.
SECONDARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS)
PhD or Master’s degree with equivalent experience. At least five years professional experience in monitoring, evaluating, and reporting program or project effectiveness is required. It is desirable that this experience be in a natural resource-oriented organization.
Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary evaluative theories and techniques, quantitative/statistical analysis, and adaptive management.
Ability to independently organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
Strong speaking and writing skills.
Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills.
Willingness to travel.
Commensurate with experience.
To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word format, containing your cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume, three professional references and your salary requirements to Marla Carter, Human Resources Manager, at HR6@nfwf.org. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
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Disclaimer - The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time.