We are looking for a Senior Associate for Monitoring and Evaluation!

Overview:

The Senior Associate for Monitoring and Evaluation supports the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data’s (GPSDD) efforts to track its progress and impact, share lessons learned and contribute to the growing body of evidence on the importance and value of data for sustainable development. GPSDD is a global multi-stakeholder initiative to improve the production, analysis and use of data for sustainable development, housed at the United Nations Foundation.

The Senior Associate, working closely with the secretariat team, will be responsible for monitoring and sharing impact across two dimensions. He/she will be responsible for monitoring the impact of the GPSDD’s work, supporting quarterly and annual reporting, and compiling and sharing lessons across projects and partners. He/She will also be responsible for tracking, collecting and amplifying evidence and use cases on the value of data as critical infrastructure for sustainable development. The Senior Associate will also oversee a portfolio of innovation projects, ensuring that lessons from the projects are compiled and shared.

The GPSDD is a fast-growing, dynamic international partnership bringing together over 200 different organizations including governments, UN agencies, private companies, civil society organizations, and many others. We convene, connect and catalyze action to address the problems of poor data use, access, quality and production, and to work with stakeholders to fully harness the new opportunities of the data revolution in the service of sustainable development. We aim to link and align action, capacities and resources across geographies, sectors and data communities.

We are looking for a dynamic new M&E specialist to ensure we track and communicate our impact and collect and share evidence on the value of data to underpin our advocacy and communications strategy.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitor the impact of GPSDD’s work using the existing M&E framework while refining and improving indicators and methodology as required;
  • Working closely with other Directors, provide support to develop methodologies for tracking progress across GPSDD work streams and task teams;
  • Work closely with the Manager, Grants, Finance and Compliance to prepare regular donor and other reporting;
  • Work closely with the Community Engagement Manager and relevant Directors to develop and carry out surveys, focus groups and interviews that solicit partner input and track GPSDD’s progress;
  • Develop, and in some cases manage the development of, case studies and success stories that feed into GPSDD advocacy, monitoring and donor reporting;
  • Work with GPSDD Partners and the Director of Communications to develop, collect and amplify evidence and use cases on the value of data and how data is improving decision-making and contributing to development outcomes; 
  • Provide programmatic oversight of innovations fund projects, including following up on deliverables and ensuring lessons learned are captured and shared;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria:

  • Master's degree required in public policy, statistics, data science, economics, or international affairs, or related field plus 3-5 years of relevant monitoring and evaluation experience.
  • Excellent writing skills, including grant writing, academic publications, and communications.
  • Strong coordination and management skills, including experience coordinating complex research or programmatic activities.
  • Ability to manage partnership relationships with diplomacy, seeking win-win solutions. A demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of constituents is a must.
  • Proven analytical and project management skills, including the ability to move projects forward from inception to implementation to completion with adherence to deadlines.
  • Ability to follow instructions thoroughly while also providing a strategic and critical eye to identify and address additional gaps.
  • Strong skills working in teams and across many types of organizations – collaborator; problem solver; relationship-builder; with a knack for convening stakeholders across varied sectors.
  • Sense of humor; highly organized; demonstrates grace under pressure; and delivers results in a fast-paced environment. 
  • A willingness to travel, domestically and internationally and the ability to interact with people from diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.