Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager

Program Management Washington, District of Columbia

Job Summary

In this role, you will  play a central role in advancing efforts to understand how WRI is contributing to impact and fulfilling our responsibility to test our assumptions. A key part of the role is to support the institutional understanding and integration of MEL cutting-edge thinking and approaches to our work, establishing best practices in monitoring and evaluation. This will include learning from peer organizations, participation in conferences and trainings and disseminating knowledge through the Managing for Results community of practice to build a broad cohort of expertise across the organization. You will establish an intentional cycle of evaluations and will supporting ongoing evaluations across the institution.

You will also work directly with our project teams to support integration of MEL into projects, with the aim of better equipping us to assess how our efforts are achieving desired impact. This will include the provision of targeted support to individual teams and projects to integrate best practices in order to plan for, monitor and assess impact. In this role, you will contribute to topical workshops, team retreats, and learning events. In collaboration with our Science and Research team, you will support our project teams to utilize impact assessment as an approach to research and learning, and to apply results of this type of research to inform strategy and implementation.

This is a limited term position with an end date of December 31, 2020.

Job Responsibilities

Institutional and Thoughtful Leadership (35%)

  • Integrate cutting-edge thinking and approaches into our work to establish best practices across the institution for monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Advance the capture, sharing and application of lessons learned internally with WRI leadership and community of practice and externally through blogs and papers
  • Help teams utilize MEL to advance their research and program strategies
  • Lead on developing connections and relationships with peer organizations to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing and participate in conferences and trainings as appropriate, and dissemination of knowledge through the Managing for Results community of practice

Strategy and Learning (30%)

  • Coordinate with Science & Research team on learning and linking research, implementation and evaluation
  • With Planning and Learning Specialist, provide training and capacity building to WRI staff on project design, strategy and MEL including curriculum development and facilitation of trainings and development of training material
  • Provide need-based support to teams to support the development of plans, proposals, theories of change, evaluations
  • Support coordination of the Managing for Results community of practice

Technical MEL Support (35%)

  • Establish a cycle of evaluation within WRI, and provide leadership for, and support of, ongoing evaluations across the institution, including dissemination of lessons learned internally and externally.
  • Working with programmatic teams, identify potential evaluation questions, develop evaluation methodologies and liaise with external evaluators, if needed.
  • Provide ad-hoc and targeted guidance and direct MEL support to WRI program teams, including strategy and program design, development of theories of change, monitoring and project implementation. Help identify areas needing support through the annual planning process.
  • Serve as internal reviewer for publications related to evaluations
  • Conduct proposal reviews to support the integration of MEL from the outset

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant, full-time work experience with demonstrated involvement in project design and strategy development
  • Master’s degree preferred (or bachelor's degree with 2+ additional years of relevant experience). Degrees in public policy, economics, political science, environmental studies, or related field preferred
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in program design and monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Sector-specific knowledge and experience related to WRI’s work in Food, Forests, Water, Energy, Cities, Climate and the Ocean is preferred
  • Demonstrated passion for WRI’s mission, including a working knowledge of key issues within WRI’s portfolio
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Self-starter with ability to juggle multiple assignments at one time
  • Friendly, positive demeanor and determined attitude
  • Sense of humor, team-focused and superb attention to detail
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • US work authorization is required

Program Overview

The Managing for Result’s team mission is to work across WRI’s Programs, Centers and International Offices to help assess if they are setting the right goals, measure progress toward accomplishing those goals, and understand if their work is contributing to the longer-term positive impact we intend to make in the world. The team works across three areas:

  1. Developing a culture of results for learning and accountability to equip WRI for adaptive management and continual improvement through trainings and resources for all of WRI.
  2. Supporting institutional strategy and annual planning, programmatic strategy development and evaluation to assess potential for impact and ensure projects are set up to achieve real-world change from the outset through equipping management with the information they need to make decisions
  3. Providing targeted support of strategy and planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning to help ensure the approaches that projects are implementing are effective and leading to results.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address six critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water and sustainable cities.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI work spans more than 50 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.  

How to Apply

Please apply with your resume and cover letter.

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.