Field Monitoring & Evaluation Associate, Forests Program

Data Analysis & Technical Research Worldwide

This position can be based in any of our Worldwide offices.

Job Summary

WRI’s Forest team seeks a Field Monitoring & Evaluation Associate for the Global Restoration Initiative. The Global Restoration Initiative works with governments and international partners to inspire, enable and implement restoration on degraded landscapes, returning them to economic and environmental productivity. You will work with the Global Restoration Initiative’s Monitoring (Inform) and TerraMatch (Invest) teams to lead research, engagement, and coordination on project-scale restoration monitoring and reporting. Your activities will include: · Develop the project monitoring strategy for the team, researching field-based monitoring protocols, and building a monitoring and reporting standard for restoration projects with input from various stakeholders in this space. You will work closely with our remote sensing experts to ensure our state-of-the-art satellite monitoring products complement the field-based monitoring protocols and standard. · Work closely with the TerraMatch team to ensure the platform’s monitoring product is developed in line with the project monitoring strategy and standard and is meeting the needs of both funders and project developers in the field. · Lead the coordination of project monitoring for all WRI projects funded through the Priceless Planet Coalition, helping refine the framework that WRI and CI have developed.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at any of our WRI offices Worldwide once restrictions have lifted.

Job Responsibilities

Setting project monitoring strategy and standard (50%)

  • Conduct desk-based research to assess field-level monitoring protocols to support measuring the progress and impact of forest and landscape restoration projects
  • Evaluate indicators, such as tree count, density, species, survival rate, etc. for inclusion into a project-scale restoration monitoring and reporting standard
  • Work with our team and our in-country partners to develop an indicator framework for socio-economic indicators related to forest and landscape restoration projects
  • Engage with various stakeholder and partner working groups and other teams within WRI that are working on monitoring and evaluation frameworks to develop a census-driven project monitoring standard that can be widely adopted within the landscape restoration sector
  • Develop a project monitoring strategy that clearly defines WRI’s role and links with the other scales of monitoring (landscape and global), with a clear focus on who we are serving
  • Liaise with partner organizations and working groups to stay engaged on the latest protocols, tools, and advancements in the space
  • Conduct research and make recommendations for technologies that can make field-based monitoring and evaluation most efficient and effective
  • Consider how to further WRI’s research agenda by identifying opportunities for randomization and control groups in field studies
  • Write summaries and develop communications materials for both technical and non-technical audiences
Integration of monitoring standards into TerraMatch (25%)
  • Work with WRI’s TerraMatch team to integrate the monitoring and reporting protocols and standard into the platform’s system
  • Engaging with stakeholder organizations to understand their monitoring and reporting needs. This includes but is not limited to corporations, investors, restoration NGOs, and SME’s
  • Support the TerraMatch product manager to understand user needs and designing system functionality
Coordinate project monitoring for the Priceless Planet Coalition (25%)
  • Work with WRI’s Priceless Planet Coalition management team to continuously evaluate and improve on the monitoring framework
  • Train project developers funded through the Priceless Planet Coalition in the use of the monitoring framework
  • Coordinate and review data coming in from the field for Priceless Planet Coalition projects, working with project developers to ensure all required data is being reported correctly and meets quality standards
  • Liaise with the Restoration team’s remote sensing experts to ensure Priceless Planet Coalition projects are monitored using the latest satellite monitoring data
Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in the Social Sciences or another related field or a Bachelor's degree with 2 additional years of experience
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant, full-time work experience
  • Experience working with Monitoring & Evaluation technologies, including online dashboards, handheld device data collection and/or similar
  • Experience supporting organizations with a significant field presence to conduct Monitoring & Evaluation activities
  • Experience engaging a wide range of partners to define commonly-agreed socio-economic indicator frameworks
  • Extensive field Monitoring & Evaluation experience in a developing country context
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including presentation experience, and working within teams
  • Willingness to take initiative and ability to work independently and manage own time
  • Ability to manage a complex workload remotely and meet deadlines
  • Creative problem-solver who likes to be challenged
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team
  • Flexible, highly responsible, articulate, self-motivated, with a good sense of humor
  • Ability to think creatively about systems and processes
  • Interest in and commitment to environmental and international development issues
  • Solid team player that brings energy and enthusiasm to the organization
  • US work authorization is required for this position
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in forest and landscape restoration or forestry, with a focus on the realities and needs of local restoration groups
  • Knowledge of forest and landscape restoration principles
  • Fluency or working proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Hindi, and/or Bahasa Indonesia a major plus
How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Potential Salary: $59,000 - $77,000 if based in the US. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

Program Overview

The Global Restoration Initiative aims to catalyze a political and social movement to restore vitality to degraded lands. These degraded lands can be restored into healthy mosaics of sustainable agriculture, agroforestry landscapes (or mixed-forest agriculture), and restored forest ecosystems generating economic, ecological, and social benefits to people and planet. The strategy to build this global restoration movement has three components: 1. Inform: Create new data on tree growth and its impacts that provide insights at the global, national, and landscape scales 2. Enable: Shift policies and incentives by helping decision makers solve each other's challenges 3. Invest: Accelerate projects and businesses and match them with funders to start closing the funding gap

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 seven 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, sustainable cities, and the ocean. 

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.  

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