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Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist

DIVISION
Strategy Team
CONTRACT
Permanent Contract
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21 May 2021
SALARY
Competitive for Not-for-Profit Organisation
START DATE
As soon as possible
LOCATION
Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain
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BACKGROUND

EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is Europe’s foremost climate innovation initiative. Our mission is to leverage the power of innovation to build a zero-carbon, climate-resilient, just, and inclusive society. Climate-KIC’s strategy, Transformation, in Time, responds to the need for a 1.5° aligned, systemic approach to reversing global warming and developing climate resilience, commensurate with the complexity, scale and requisite pace of response to the climate challenge.

Established in 2010 and headquartered in Amsterdam, we orchestrate a community of more than 400 organisations comprised of large corporations and SMEs, municipal and regional governments, universities and research institutes, as well as non-governmental organisations and uncommon actors. We are an organisation of circa 160 people. We operate out of 13 hubs across Europe and conduct activities in 39 countries globally. We have historically managed €80-100 million per year in grants, provided predominantly by our founder and core funder, the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT). We are transitioning to a multi-funder model with the objective of maintaining a flow of funds of circa €100 million annually to our innovation community and to problem owners to deliver impact.

We use a portfolio approach for developing and deploying innovation, entrepreneurship, education and community mobilisation to unlock structural change in systems where emissions are tough to reduce – cities, land-use, industry, and finance. We do so by combining activities and innovation outputs from applied research, learning and reskilling, start-up incubation, movement building and innovation ecosystem building. Over the last ten years we have supported more than 4,500 businesses, in over 50 countries, that have gone on to attract over €1.5 bln of capital and featured regularly in the Forbes 30 under 30 European list. Our education programmes have influenced the lives of over 45,000 people who have launched a movement building alumni community. In 2019, we launched Deep Demonstrations, a demand-led methodology for composing innovation portfolios across technology, policy, finance, social change, citizen engagement, and

other relevant levers of change, in order to generate options and test transition pathways for place-based systems and value chains.

Our goals for 2027 are to ensure that 200,000 people across Europe are equipped with enhanced climate-relevant innovation and entrepreneurial skills; 10 million people benefit from improved resilience to the impacts of climate change; 50 cities, countries, regions and large scale businesses across Europe are achieving net-zero as a result of partnership with EIT Climate-KIC; 500 million tons of CO2 eq. emissions have been avoided cumulatively (approx. 1/10 annual EU production) and we have succeeded in leveraging €100 bln to scale-up innovations tackling climate change. Ultimately, we aim to become a leader in systemic innovation that contributes to a paradigm shift from a linear, industrial production system to a circular, regenerative model, leveraging the power of our unique community of innovators and inspiring change beyond it.

PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

Climate-KIC has been progressing our strategy by taking a portfolio approach, applying systems innovation, taking a demand-led view and activating communities to support climate action. This is intended to unlock transformation to a net-zero, resilient future.

In order to support this we need a robust Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team, approach and framework to assess our progress, on both implementing the strategy and reaching the climate goals we have set.

The Senior MEL Specialist (internally referred to as the MEL Orchestrator) will be responsible for leading the improvement and implementation of the new Climate-KIC MEL Framework, including providing direction and oversight for data collection and insight generation, analysis and reporting of results and progress towards our impact goals. The Framework blends more traditional approaches with principles drawn from Blue Marble, and focuses on understanding the contribution of deliberately-designed innovation portfolios to systems change.  

You will also be responsible for considering appropriate MEL activities and engaging on climate impact estimates, as well as working collaboratively with Climate-KIC teams to develop, test and validate new data, indicators, evidence gathering approaches and other tools to support monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.

You will develop and maintain relationships with internal and external groups and individuals to promote and support the MEL approach, acting as a key focal point for internal MEL co-ordination and advising on how to gain the best possible insights from assessment and learning processes. Also, you will create clear internal and external communications to inform ongoing decision-making during implementation and periodic reports on strategic progress towards impact.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the implementation of Climate-KIC’s MEL Framework, with management and oversight of internal MEL processes as needed
  • Ensure consistent and coherent MEL approaches and methods across the organization
  • Support monitoring and portfolio management processes across the organisation
  • Provide advice and support for MEL work with the Climate-KIC community
  • Synthesise monitoring and evaluation evidence to inform decision-making and communications
  • Collaboration with the Learning Services team to facilitate knowledge exchange and evidence-based learning across EIT Climate-KIC
  • Foster connections with organisations and people who can enhance our MEL knowledge and expertise
  • Engage in fundraising activities to support the MEL function
  • Maintain the latest theoretical and practical knowledge about MEL, complexity theory, transition theory and related organizational development approaches.
  • Position EIT Climate-KIC as a place for transformational systems change MEL innovation  
  • Preparation of reports for boards and communications for external marketing
  • Author key impact reports for multiple audiences and represent Climate-KIC in negotiations with funders, policy-makers and likeminded organisations wishing to advance innovative approaches to MEL in the context of systems change. 

KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

The MEL Team Orchestrator will lead the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning core team, and will hold close working relationships across the organisation, including with the Learning Services team, Strategy team and Strategic Programmes teams.

REQUIRED BACKGROUND, EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Qualifications

  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in a social, natural or environmental science
  • Post-qualification training in monitoring and evaluation

Experience

  • Substantial experience in managing monitoring and evaluation in international settings
  • Substantial experience in design and implementation of MEL using quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g. in government, philanthropic, not-for-profit sectors)
  • Experience of successfully managing key stakeholder relationships to support MEL
  • Experience of MEL in complex settings with a systems change focus

Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to synthesise large amounts of information into clear and concise summaries.
  • Ability to lead, motivate and support colleagues
  • Strong group facilitation skills, including for virtual meetings and diverse participants.

Qualities, Personal Style, and Approach

  • Flexible and professional with a ‘Get it done’ orientation
  • Confident, credible and able to influence others
  • Collaborative team-player able to work effectively within a matrix structure
  • Friendly, constructive, and visionary
  • Active interest and commitment to learning and applying new approaches/methods
  • Develops and maintains strong networks and partnerships both nationally and internationally.

Our application and recruitment process

Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

Your application should be written in English and consist of:

  • a full curriculum vitae
  • a covering letter describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role.
  • your current salary
  • where you saw this role advertised.

Please send your full application using the “apply now” button above. You should state your full name, followed by the role for which you are applying for in the subject line of the email. The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 GMT on the date published on the job advert.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.

Your application will be reviewed on or around the closing date for the vacancy for which you have applied. If your application is shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted directly by Climate-KIC.

Candidates invited to a first interview, will be notified of the outcome and informed about next stages if they are successful.

NB/ This advertisement will be taken down from the website after the closing date so it is a good idea to copy and keep the text for reference to use should you be invited to interview.

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