Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

Foundation For A Just Society
Published
November 3, 2021
Location
25 East 22nd Street, New York, New York
Category
Job Type

Description

Position Title: Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

Reports to: Director of Programs

Direct Reports: None

FLSA Status: Exempt

Location: New York, NY

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

Foundation for a Just Society (FJS) envisions a world where all people are equally valued and lead self-determined lives. FJS advances the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people and promotes gender and racial justice by ensuring those most affected by injustice have the resources they need to cultivate the leadership and solutions that transform our world.

FJS makes grants to local, national, regional, and global organizations and networks with an emphasis on Francophone West Africa, Mesoamerica, South and Southeast Asia, and the US Southeast. FJS supports efforts that advance long-term, structural change and meet immediate needs that enable women, girls, and LGBTQI people most affected by injustice to be leaders, strategists, and agents of change.

POSITION SUMMARY

Over the past few years, Foundation for a Just Society has rolled out a new strategic plan, built a robust program team for each regional portfolio, and put in place the staffing and infrastructure to manage complex grantmaking processes. As part of this process, FJS has prioritized the integration of monitoring, evaluation, and learning into our structures, processes, and culture to assess our contributions to advancing our mission and to adjust our strategies based on an understanding of how change happens.

The head of monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) is a newly-created role that will build and strengthen the MEL function within the foundation. The head of MEL will be responsible for refining and implementing the existing theory of change, fostering a culture of learning within FJS and representing FJS’s approach at philanthropic-oriented evaluation spaces. The position will report to the director of programs and support program staff by creating and sustaining learning practices, overseeing data collection and analysis, and identifying opportunities for evaluations and case studies.

The ideal candidate has experience and comfort with utilization-focused and developmental approaches to evaluation. The candidate should be able to make abstract MEL concepts accessible to a range of audiences and serve as a champion of MEL thinking within the organization. The candidate should be able to facilitate meaningful learning and decision-making by asking questions, selecting appropriate methods, overseeing data collection and analysis, and communicating results.

This position is based in New York City and requires international and domestic travel.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES + RESPONSIBILITIES

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Oversee FJS’s MEL framework

  • Provide strategic leadership and oversight of MEL approaches that are grounded in the foundation’s mission and values.
  • Oversee the organization’s MEL framework and related processes, including updating the framework at regular, structured intervals to reflect new priorities or areas of work.
  • Present MEL recommendations, information and updates to the FJS Board.
  • Ensure that all systems for evaluation and data collection, including the grants database and grantee reporting, generate useful information for programmatic analysis for the program team and Board and don’t place undue burden on grantees.
  • Represent FJS at relevant meetings and conferences.

Nurture a Culture of Learning

  • Design and co-lead, with the director of programs, a strategy review and strategic planning processes.
  • Serve as a thought partner to program officers as they develop and refine portfolio-level goals, indicators, and mechanisms for data collection and analysis.
  • In consultation with the director of programs, plan and lead a learning agenda for the program staff and others in the foundation.

Strengthen FJS’s Knowledge Base

  • Identify case studies and evaluation opportunities, and determine which to resource, how to approach them, and how to disseminate results.
  • Innovate measurement strategies for emergent and hard-to-measure concepts of interest and importance to the foundation (e.g., holistic safety and collective care).
  • Manage consultants engaged to do specific evaluation activities.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Seven or more years of relevant experience in evaluation in the field of women’s rights, gender and reproductive justice, LGBTQI+ rights and/or with allied social justice organizations.
  • Experience in philanthropy as an evaluator or program officer, including direct involvement in the evaluation of a multi-year philanthropic strategy a plus.
  • Strong feminist analysis and power analysis; understanding of intersectionality in movements and organizational practice.
  • Comfort with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
  • Ability to communicate and present data and findings in a clear and easily understandable way and to a range of audiences (including staff, Board members, grantee partners).
  • Experience with facilitating learning and reflection or training related to MEL.
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural and multiracial environment, and a commitment to examining and addressing racism and power imbalances within FJS and its field engagements.
  • Ability to adeptly manage multiple projects simultaneously and precisely.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including sensitivity to cultural communication differences, and ability to work well with team members.
  • Ability to listen actively, synthesize input, build consensus, and respond effectively to feedback and to opportunities and challenges.
  • Proven experience maintaining a high level of confidentiality.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally (approximately two trips per year).
  • Eligibility to work in the United States.

NOTE: Academic experience in program evaluation is not a substitute for professional work in the field unless you can demonstrate that the evaluative work provided a direct service to a non-academic organization (an NGO, activist organization, public or private foundation, or government agency).

PREFERRED ASSETS

  • Bilingual in a language of relevance to one or more of the portfolios (French, Spanish, and/or a Southeast or South Asian language)
  • Knowledge and familiarity with grantmaking processes and procedures.
  • Experience in data visualization, either in statistical programs or using software such as Tableau.
  • Fluency in a statistical program such as Stata, SPSS, R, or SAS.

COMPENSATION AND CULTURE

Salary Range: $130,000 - $170,000, depending on experience.

FJS offers a benefits package that includes:

  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for all eligible employees and  their spouses, domestic partners, and eligible dependents.
  • Paid vacation days, and closed Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.
  • 401(k) retirement plan (with employer match).
  • 100% employer-paid life insurance, supplemental short-term disability and long-term  disability.
  • Generous parental leave with full salary continuation.
  • Educational support benefits – tuition reimbursement, student loan repayment, dependent  tuition assistance.
  • Supplemental benefits for adoption, reproductive health, surrogacy, and transgender and  intersex health.

FJS is committed to cultivating an organizational culture where everyone is able to bring their full,  authentic selves to work. The foundation believes a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is  one where all employees, no matter their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual  orientation, gender identity, gender expression, education or disability, are valued and respected.

HOW TO APPLY

In one PDF please submit the following by December 6, 2021:

  • A brief (2-3 page) CV summarizing your relevant, recent experience
  • A cover letter describing:

o Your relevant experience, including your methodological expertise, philosophy, and  approach to MEL.

o Your understanding of FJS’s strategy as a foundation and how your philosophy and  practice of MEL supports FJS’s values, processes and goals.

  • At least one work sample such as a report or memo summarizing your work in (one sample may cover more than one domain): philanthropy, feminist and/or LGBTQI rights work, emergent and developmental evaluation and structured or quantitative methods. Please highlight areas of particular interest to FJS in the sample.

If you wish to request additional materials or ask questions prior to submitting materials, email [email protected] and include a CV and a brief description of your question or request by November 15, 2021. Applications are due December 6, 2021, with no late or incomplete applications accepted. No informational interviews will be granted.

All applications must be received via the APPLY HERE link above. No phone inquiries please.

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