Monitoring and Evaluation Manager - Low Carbon Development - London
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.
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Project Overview and Role
Palladium is seeking an Impact Manager for a UK Government-funded Clean Growth Transitions Programme, which will support China, Colombia, Mexico and four more developing and middle-income countries to accelerate their clean growth and low carbon development transitions. If approved, it is anticipated that the programme will mobilise in September 2019 and operate for a minimum of 3 years.
This is an exciting leadership opportunity within an impact-orientated team, delivering a new and innovative response to climate change - the greatest challenge of our time. As the Impact Manager you will be responsible for coordinating the strategic analysis and lessons learned to maximise the impact of the programme and report this information to relevant stakeholders.
The Clean Growth Transitions Programme aims to improve the effectiveness of key institutions (public, private and civil society) in partner countries to deliver accelerated emission reductions and raise the ambition of their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets. Specifically, the programme will deliver the following outcomes:
- An increase in the capacity and capability of partner institutions (national, sub-national and civil society) to deliver enhanced and accelerated climate actions; and,
- An increase in-country commitment and buy-in to urgently facilitate low-carbon development.
To deliver these results, the programme is composed of three lots: (1) central delivery partner, coordination and bilateral country programming; (2) global challenge fund; and (3) skill-shares and secondments drawing on UK skills, expertise and leadership. Palladium will propose an Impact Manager to work across all lots.
The Impact Manager will be responsible for coordinating strategic analysis and learning on programme outcomes to maximise programme impact and feed into adaptive, responsive programme management. They will facilitate the flow of information on projects funded under the programme between the central Senior Management, Grants and Operations teams, relevant in-country staff, programme partners and the client. The Impact Manager will also be responsible for overseeing the results reporting across the Clean Growth Transitions Programme. This is a broad role, with a mix of monitoring, evaluation and learning, strategy orientation and portfolio management duties. The full-time role will be based in London and will require some international travel.
- Strategic analysis: Support the Team Leader and the client to set, monitor and 'course correct' the direction of the programme;
- Programme review: Lead and facilitate regular (quarterly), open, collaborative processes for frequent 'step back' and programme reviews;
- Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) system design and support: Assist programme partners and grantees in the design and implementation of project level MEL plans and activities
- Results coordination and portfolio performance monitoring: Co-ordinate processes on ongoing M&E data gathering and analysis across all programme areas. Monitor and provide strategic analysis on the strengths and weaknesses of the Clean Growth Transitions Programme portfolio, across countries and lots, contributing to the strategic management of the programme fund
- Data analysis and strategy support: Use information gathered from such plans and activities to support programme management and decision-making, resourcing and reporting and to help identify and document learning and knowledge arising
- Project partner support: Travel within the target regions and globally to support/mentor and/or to carry out the monitoring of grant activities with strategic partners, where necessary. Implement capacity building strategies, provide training and other technical assistance as required
- Reporting: Track and synthesise quarterly and annual reporting from programme partners and grantees, ensuring all partners and team members are clear on data and reporting requirements and developing and maintaining appropriate trackers and databases for data reporting. Produce briefs and presentations for specific assignments as required
- Partnerships and engagement: Act as the focal point for partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including the external MEL Manager, as well as between programme partners where opportunities for cross-learning and knowledge exchange are identified
- Learning: Facilitate project engagement and maximise opportunities for lesson learning across all areas of the programme. Support dissemination of lessons learned and best practices and use of innovative methods to reach stakeholder networks
- Management: Management responsibility for technical coordination and impact support staff.
- Demonstrable ability of strategic thinking and analysis of complex programmes;
- Experience in developing and facilitating results management and MEL systems across a range of stakeholders, including system design and set-up, and in supporting grantees to deliver and report in line with MEL processes;
- Should be familiar with tools such as logframes, theories of change, impact evaluations and indicators and have proven experience of applying monitoring and evaluation processes to assess delivery of a large knowledge-based programme;
- Ability to analyse, process and organise large amounts of data from a range of sources;
- Highly organised with an ability to work flexibly, and to report against tight deadlines and deliverable requirements whilst maintaining consistently high standards and attention to detail;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and effective at building relationships and trust across a culturally diverse and multidisciplinary team;
- Ability to operate in complex situations and willingness to travel to target countries; and,
- Excellent English verbal and written communication skills. The ability to communicate in a succinct and clear way is critical.
- Strong programme management skills, with an understanding of all aspects of programme delivery;
- Experience of working collaboratively with a range of private and public organisations, including business leaders, ministries, government agencies, academic institutions, think tanks and the philanthropic and independent sectors;
- Experience working in developing countries, in Asia, Latin America and Africa;
- Experience in the management and co-ordination of multi-stakeholder teams, and of dispersed international teams located across a range of countries and time-zones;
- Experience in environmental programmes and/or low carbon development; and,
- Experience working with UK government in policy analysis or implementation.
- Additional language skills - Spanish or Mandarin/Cantonese fluency a benefit
Successful applicants will need to have the right to live and work in the UK