Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, Land O'Lakes

Since 1981, Land O’Lakes International Development division has applied an integrated approach to international economic development that capitalizes on our company’s 90 years as a leading farm-to-market agribusiness. We use our practical experience and in-depth knowledge to facilitate market-driven business solutions that generate economic growth, improve health and nutrition, and alleviate poverty.

This position can be located in either Washington DC or Shoreview MN based on the needs of the successful candidate.

Job Description and Qualifications
The GMEL (Global Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning) Manager will spend the majority of their time (80%) providing monitoring, evaluation, learning and research leadership and technical expertise to new business development efforts at Land O’Lakes. This will include generating learnings from current and past projects to inform new opportunities, ensuring that all project designs are evidenced-based and underpinned by theories of change, and designing innovative monitoring, evaluation and learning plans for proposals.

This position will also spend a small portion of their time (20%) overseeing a portfolio of current projects to support project teams to implement high quality monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans. The project portfolio will be selected to ensure exposure to a diverse set of Land O’Lakes interventions, so that GMEL Manager is better able to support similar new business development efforts in the future.

The GMEL Manager will be a part of the Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team, and will report to the Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Senior Manager.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Contribute to thought leadership on the direction of monitoring, evaluation and learning at Land O’Lakes, especially as it relates to monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies for new business development;
  • Keep up to date with and share learning about state of the art approaches to monitoring, evaluation and learning tied to emerging trends and essential topics with Land O’ Lakes’ priority donors, for example measuring systemic change for market systems programs and MEL and technology;
  • Ensure that all project designs are underpinned by evidence and high quality theories of change;
  • Assess the data needs for new opportunities, and in conjunction with the capture manager/proposal lead, include a data collection and/or analysis plan in each capture plan, ensuring the necessary data to inform the theory of change development and target setting will be available;
  • Review scopes of work and tools for internal or external data collection at capture and proposal stage;
  • Conduct analyses and compile reports using existing project data and secondary data sources to provide evidence and recommendations to inform project design;
  • Lead the project design team in theory of change development for each proposal, and validate the final version of the theory of change;
  • Approve the job description and actively participate in recruitment and selection of proposed project MEL staff Train and mentor business development and other Land O’Lakes staff on theory of change development and basic data collection methods;
  • Develop summary monitoring, evaluation and learning plans for proposals, including an overview on how monitoring and evaluation will be carried out using innovative and rigorous approaches, and selecting appropriate indicators to measure progress;
  • Collaborate with subject area experts to set indicator targets, informed by existing project data;
  • Oversee the implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning plans for a small portfolio of project;
  • Support to the project MEL Manger in finalizing the monitoring, evaluation, and learning plans and data collection tools;
  • Provide advice, as needed, to the project MEL Manager as they implement the plan;
  • Review project reports;
  • Support the annual data quality assessments;
  • Provide oversight for internal and external evaluations;
  • Support department and organizational-level initiatives, including the collection of a set of standardized indicators across projects, the development of an integrated strategy for new business development, and the implementation of action items from the program quality initiative, which engaged each department to identify key areas where they can continue to contribute to the improvement of program quality;
  • Promote a culture of learning, data analysis and reflection within Land O’ Lakes, in collaboration with key departments, through leading and supporting learning events, holding relevant trainings with staff, and strategic communications with key headquarters and project leaders. Represent the organization externally in professional working groups and events
Qualifications
  • Master’s level degree in economics, agricultural economics, statistics, monitoring and evaluation, or related field
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in monitoring, evaluation, learning and research in developing countries specific to the tasks above, experience with agriculture projects preferred
  • Proven successful experience using theories of change development to support successful project design and implementation
  • Familiarity with evolving best practice to measure systemic change preferred Interest or familiarity with use of technology in MEL or project implementation preferred
  • Experience with electronic data capture and analysis platforms
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and evaluation skills
  • Proficiency in common statistical software including Stata, SPSS, etc.
  • Experience providing MEL support to projects funded by USAID, USDA, and other donor-agencies
  • Ability to work well independently, and function effectively as a member of a geographically dispersed team
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and facilitation skills
  • Ability to manage many priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to travel overseas up to 25% of the time
  • Fluency in French preferred
  • A sense of humor is a plus

EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled. Land O’Lakes, Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Primary Location: US-District Of Columbia-Washington
Other Locations: US-Minnesota-Shoreview
Job Function: International Development
Organization: Corporate
Shift: 1st
Job Type: Experienced
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Job Posting: Jun 23, 2017

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