Monitoring & Evaluation Associate Officer

International Rice Research Institute

Makati City, Philippines

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Monitoring and Evaluation

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.

Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.

Job Purpose

The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. Alliance solutions address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

With novel partnerships, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations to transform food systems and landscapes so that they sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people.

The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

About the position

The Monitoring and Evaluation Associate Officer leads the implementation of a M&E framework and coordinates the monitoring of the Alliance Bioversity and CIAT Programs in the context of CGIAR and bilateral projects together with the Alliance staff who have Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning responsibilities. This role is part of a bigger effort to increase the impact of our research. The incumbent will be doing so, by operationalizing a comprehensive approach to M&E, create effective linkages with teams such as, Program Management, Impact Assessment and Foresight, and Data and Information Management; contribute to improve the quality of research proposals with respect to M&E components; foster the internal processes of research planning and reporting, and facilitate learning and improvement of the processes along the research cycle.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Guides project development initiatives in formulating research-for-development impact pathways and theories of change, and in preparing M&E components/sections of project proposals and workplans;
  • Facilitates M&E planning and execution for the entire project cycle including use of institutional systems, tools and guidelines for research planning and reporting;
  • Provide technical support to project teams in terms of the design, implementation, and analysis of baseline and/or endlines and mid-term and end-of project evaluations;
  • Supports M&E-driven learning for the regional team towards achieving Alliance research-for development agenda in Asia;
  • Designs and implements M&E capacity strengthening strategies for staff and partners and promotes the establishment of relevant communities of practice;
  • Manages M&E linkages with other Alliance research support teams, within the region and globally.
  • Qualifications
  • Advanced degree (Master’s degree as required) in Economics, International Development, Public Administration or related field
  • Specialized experience (4 -5 years) in supporting the design and implementation of M&E frameworks, impact pathways, M&E indicators; Knowledge and understanding of monitoring, evaluation and learning trends and practices in research for development; Skills in M&E planning, M&E strategy design, and quality assurance

Skills Required

  • Experience with results-based management;
  • Computer-related skills including the use of digital/online platforms, applications and technologies;
  • Proven ability of assisting others in building their capacity on M&E;
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and analytical skills;
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary and multicultural environments;
  • Excellent level of professional English proficiency, both in writing and speaking.