Regional Head, Impact Monitoring and Reporting - Africa

Posted on 17 January 2022

LOCATION: Nairobi, Kenya

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WHAT WE DO

We are an independent conservation organization, striving to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. From individuals and communities to business and government, we are part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030. Together, we seek to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainable.

 

Location: Africa

Work percentage: 100%

 

Mission of the Department:

The WWF International Regional teams are responsible for managing and providing oversight to WWF International Managed Offices in Africa. The Regional teams provide support to Country Directors and their country management teams to ensure that the offices have the required capability to deliver high conservation impact and outcomes.

 

Major Functions:

The Regional Heads of Impact Monitoring and Reporting for Africa will significantly contribute to network-wide commitments to strengthen approaches to conservation design, performance and impact monitoring. They will work closely with country and regional colleagues, the Global Conservation division, as well as the Planning and Performance unit to develop more effective impact monitoring at all levels, including project, landscape and country and regional levels, ensuring that robust data can be consolidated at the regional and global levels. They will contribute to thought leadership, staying abreast of external trends and best practice in conservation design and impact monitoring and represent WWF at various regional fora. In addition, this role will develop external partnerships to ensure WWF has access to relevant data and analytical expertise to systematically track conservation impact using relevant indicators and effectively use evidence for adaptation, innovation and transformational change. They will represent WWF in internal and external fora and processes concerned with biodiversity and conservation indicators and metrics and conservation standards where appropriate.

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

A. Understanding and increasing impacts

  • Work with country offices and the regional team to set strategic priorities and identify synergies.
  • Support project development teams at the country and regional levels to integrate impact monitoring, based on rigorous Theories of Change (ToC), into the project design and budgets.
  • Support the measurement (i.e., baseline, KPI), verification, management and reporting of country and regional offices’ 2025 targets, outcomes and impacts using the integrated performance dashboard and other tools.
  • Develop capacity, promote consistency and provide technical assistance across the region (i.e., country, landscape, and regional teams) to use data and information to develop evidence-based conservation solutions that measurably advance WWF’s contribution to the achievement of relevant 2025 targets (and SDGs) through monitoring and evaluation, research and innovation, data analytics and policy and advocacy.
  • Promote investment (including more consistent cost recovery) in Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning at all levels.
  • In collaboration with M&E teams across the region, and the Performance unit, support the co-design and delivery of a system of conceptual and results-based frameworks, together with performance metrics and indicators.
  • Support the Director, Conservation Impact – Africa, the regional Conservation Directors forum, Landscape and Regional Programmes fora, etc, to strengthen monitoring, reporting, and the use of evidence for strategic programme design and implementation.

B. Communicating Impact

  • Facilitate and support the collaborative development of knowledge management, evidence-based decision making and data sharing within the region and other regions in line with global approaches of common systems including facilitate the creation of a culture of data.
  • Monitor external trends around biodiversity, conservation and social development metrics and support their use in programme design and development, thought leadership, and impact monitoring.
  • Work with Communications colleagues to develop a systematic approach to compelling communication of WWF impact using both qualitative and quantitative approaches, such as impact stories and other innovative approaches.

C. Building Partnerships

  • Proactively seek out feedback from country teams to understand challenges to more effective impact monitoring and support teams to implement robust impact monitoring approaches throughout the project cycle.
  • Contribute to thought leadership on planning for, measuring and reporting on environmental and societal impacts.

D. Identifying Innovative Solutions

  • Contribute to the strategic and operational development of country programmes by identifying and promoting the use of data and information to catalyse innovative new high impact conservation solutions/opportunities and evidence-based approaches to impact monitoring.
  • Support the effective use of data and information within and beyond WWF for enhanced conservation impact across scales and thematic areas/sectors.

Profile:

Required Qualifications;

  • Advanced degree qualification in Environmental/Conservation science or Development or equivalent experience.
  • Further qualifications in relevant disciplines (e.g. data analysis and management, impact monitoring, research, etc.) would be an advantage.

Required Skills and Competencies;

  • At least 10 years of experience in conservation and development, including designing, developing and implementing impact monitoring systems, data collection, analysis and visualisation.
  • Critical and strategic thinking with a results focus.
  • Knowledge and experience with best-practice conservation design, monitoring and evaluation approaches and tools for impact monitoring and reporting.
  • Excellent written and verbal English language skills (working knowledge of French an advantage for the Africa role).
  • Good facilitation and influencing skills.
  • Change management skills to support culture change.
  • Excellent data analysis and visualisation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse, geographically dispersed teams in complex organisational environments.
  • Good knowledge of Africa trends and conservation and development challenges.
  • Strong initiative and genuine commitment to continual learning and improvement.
  • Proven track record of managing internal and external multi-cultural stakeholder processes.
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization:Courage, Collaboration, Respect & Integrity.
  • Demonstrates WWF behaviors in way of working:Strive for Impact, Listen Deeply, Collaborate Openly, Innovate Fearlessly.
  • Adheres to WWF’s brand values, which are:Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

Working Relationships:

Internal - Impact and Measurement in the Country Office Management Unit and the Manager; Collective Conservation Impact in the Global Conservation Division; Head of Planning and Performance in the Operations Division; Country Teams, including Country Directors, Conservation Directors, Landscape Managers, Science Team, Resource Mobilisation Team, Project Managers and M&E focal points.

External - Interacts with stakeholders, particularly at the regional level, including national governmental institutions, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, multilaterals and development banks, the media, donors, specialists / consultants, and other stakeholders, in collaboration with the Director Conservation Impact – Africa.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please make sure to upload a single PDF document with your updated CV and Cover Letter.

Applications deadline: 4th February, 2022.

 

Kindly note work permit restrictions may apply and that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.