Impact Monitoring Officer
Lusaka, Zambia, Full Time Salary: Negotiable
THE BEST IMPACT MONITORING JOB IN THE WORLD.
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: IMPACT MONITORING OFFICER
BCP’s mission is making conservation
of wildlife habitat valuable to people.
BCP is a leading African conservation company which seeks to sustainably finance wildlife and habitat conservation through the forest carbon markets. We are working with Community and Government partners to help improve the conservation management over 1 million hectares of globally significant wildlife habitats in Zambia, and currently benefiting 225,000 people.
BCP seeks a talented Impact Monitoring Officer who will be responsible for initiating and implementation of all measures of impact and reports on how results are achieved in all the BCP REDD+ project management areas in the Eastern and Lusaka Province, and parts of Central Province within the Zambezi catchment area. The IMO must, therefore, establish a high level of interaction and coordination with all divisions to ensure that BCP’s goals and objectives are attained. This important role will report directly to the Senior Impact Monitoring Officer.
Solid Monitoring and Reporting is a key component of any successful project, and determines how the project can explain and showcase to external stakeholders’ progress made and impacts delivered. For the above, the IMO will support the development of detailed result resource frameworks with quantifiable indicators, baselines and targets. The incumbent will contribute to the effective implementation of the evaluation policy, ensures that minimum monitoring and evaluation requirements for projects are met, and participates in the conduct of thematic and crosscutting evaluations. S/he will be responsible to ensure that project evaluations are carried out according to schedules and that findings and recommendations are implemented and followed up.
The post holder will be responsible for tracking results and apply the monitoring framework as set up in the Impact Monitoring Manual – IM V2, in line with prevailing internal monitoring guidelines and ensure reporting arrangements are in place and are being implemented to ensure that the reporting requirements are met in a timely manner.
The IMO works in close collaboration with staff Projects teams and stakeholders as required. In addition to the above, the incumbent will provide assistance particularly in design and implementation of internal monitoring mechanism to ensure proper project management has been conducted.
PRIORITIES THAT WE’LL TRUST YOU WITH.
Only those applicants who are able to deliver on the following requirements need apply:
Functions / Key Results Expected:
Summary of Key Functions:
1. Ensures the implementation of impact monitoring and reporting policies and strategies.
2. Ensure effective support of the implementation of evaluation plan.
3. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the area of impact monitoring and reporting.
1. Ensures the implementation of impact monitoring and reporting policies and strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Provision of regular update and input in monitoring of project activities, to assess overall project implementation with respect to project objectives, outputs and indicators;
Provision of effective troubleshooting, suggestion for corrective measures to be undertaken, and make arrangements of technical assistance to implementing partners based on results of monitoring, where necessary
Timely reporting arrangements are in place and being implemented to ensure that the reporting requirements are met in a timely manner.
Timely collection of information and drafting of ‘human interest stories’ of persons impacted by the projects
Provision of guidance to implementing partners and serves as focal point for IM in line with BCP’s monitoring and reporting policies, procedures and practices;
Analysis of data related to the projects at the national, provincial and district levels;
High-quality data presentations, data maps, statistical spreadsheets for internal and external consumption: government, other agencies, etc.
Effective showcase to external stakeholders on progress made and impacts delivered
2. Ensures effective support of the implementation of evaluation plan, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Provision of input on the needs for evaluation based on donor agreements
Analysis based on data collection for the evaluation process as necessary and requested by independent evaluators;
Coordination with the project team and the stakeholders to ensure smooth conduct of the evaluation;
Provision of high-quality data and strategic inputs for improving the existing IM systems.
Timely implementation of evaluation recommendations
3. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the area of impact monitoring and reporting, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Effective support to project staff in identification, documentation, synthesis of lessons learned and best practices to be integrated into broader knowledge management efforts
Contribution to the implementation of Evaluation Knowledge Management and Learning Strategy
Established system and updated documentation of research reports, studies and evaluations are maintained. This includes the collection and documentation of relevant reports from government research bodies, national and international agencies, etc.
Facilitation and participation in results-oriented impact monitoring and evaluation training efforts.
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall performance REDD+ and success in implementation of project strategies. Accurate analysis, data entry and presentation of information provides the most effective showcase to external stakeholders on progress made and impacts delivered.
Utilize Collaborative, Learning and Adapting Approaches to continually assess BCP’s projects progress and inform project management to assist with decision-making.
Assist with the standardization of the Impact Monitoring Manual – IM V2 data collection methodologies across BCP’s divisions.
Ensure and maintain database integrity and quality.
Train BCP staff and project stakeholders in data collection and reporting methods and maintain the standards required.
Keep track of BCP’s projects and quantify beneficiaries accurately and in a well-maintained projects database.
Conduct periodic field missions to community project sites to participate in program activities and interact with program partners and beneficiaries and gather feedback.
Draft scopes of work and design tools for both internal and external periodic Impact Monitoring surveys.
Oversee biannual Social Monitoring surveys.
Ensure the overall quality and relevance of the BCP’s Impact Monitoring program.
Periodically participate in external REDD+ or general conservation events related to Impact Monitoring.
ALLIANCE BUILDERS WANTED
Competencies and Critical Success Factors
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Preparing information for advocacy
Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating BCP’s mandate
Results-Based Project Development and Management
Contributes into results through primary research and analysis
Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work
Researches linkages across project activities to identify critical points of integration
Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders
Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches
Providing inputs to resource mobilization strategies
Analyzes information/databases on potential and actual donors
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position
Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
Analyzes the requirements and synthesizes proposals
Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
Creating synergies through self-control
Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
Informed and transparent decision making
Masters degree in Economics, Business/ Public Administration, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant fields of study would be desirable.
A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Minimum 2 years for candidate with Master Degree or 6 years for candidate with Bachelor Degree of progressive experience in project management, research, surveys and data collection, analysis, interpretation and management.
Knowledge of HTML, PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) and MYSQL to maintain IM V2 website
Experience of PostgreSQL, Metabase, LibreOffice and ODK Aggregate
Experience with data collection using Open Data Kit (ODK), management, analysis, and report writing.
Knowledge of SMART Connect and SMART Mobile will be an advantage
Fluency (both oral and written) in English.
Familiarity with REDD+ development projects would be desirable.
Familiarity with the use of R and/or Python in data cleaning, analysis and visualization will be an advantage.
Knowledge of and experience in supporting administration of REDD+, environment or forestry project will be highly desirable.
Good inter-personal skills.
Full time availability is essential.
Up-to-date computer skills required, knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.
Experience in handling of web-based management systems would be advantageous.
Basic front-end web design skills would be advantageous.
Excellent report writing skills.
Effective communication with internal and external audiences.
WHAT YOU’LL TELL YOUR CONTACTS.
BCP is one of the leading REDD+ project development social enterprises in Africa. BCP’s mission is making conservation of wildlife habitat valuable to people. BCP runs two REDD+ projects in Zambia: The Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project and the Luangwa Community Forests Project. The Luangwa project is Africa’s largest REDD+ project by hectarage. The Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project is the world’s only 7 times VCS-verified and triple gold CCB verified REDD+ project. As the 5th highest scoring B Corp in the world, BCP benefits 225,000 people across 13 Chiefdoms. Our moonshot is to help conserve 10 million hectares of wildlife strongholds by 2030 reducing 10 million tons of carbon emissions annually.
WE EVEN DO BENEFITS DIFFERENTLY.
As an equal opportunity employer, a competitive salary will be offered, plus the potential for performance bonuses, plus training and travel opportunities for work, plus health benefits, plus a great work culture, plus career growth, plus working with a diverse and committed team.
Candidates interested in joining an innovative, fast-paced, and high-performance team, and working towards doing amazing things supporting livelihoods programs, please send a CV, a cover letter, and anything else that makes your application stand out by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Impact Monitoring Officer in the subject line. Please ensure your cover email stands out. Please also send 3 reference contacts.
Applications accepted from 14th May 2021 until the position is filled.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
If an applicant receives no response within a 30-day period, they should consider their application unsuccessful.