Job Opportunity: Head of Monitoring and Evaluation at Blue Ventures

Summary job description

Blue Ventures’ approach is grounded in listening and responding to the needs of coastal communities. They seek to reimagine the relationship between people and conservation, to benefit and empower communities through practical efforts to protect the ocean. The approaches they develop are grounded in their theory of change and underpinned by their learning framework. 

Blue Ventures is seeking a Head of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to provide operational and strategic leadership to the M&E team.  The role is responsible for ensuring that good monitoring and evaluation approaches, systems and tools are embedded in all aspects of Blue Ventures’ programmes.

The M&E seeks to harness data to empower coastal communities and decision makers in marine conservation and fisheries management, while ensuring Blue Ventures can assess and document their impact and reach.  They also provide training and support to partner NGOs and community organizations in using participatory data systems to support community conservation.  The Head of M&E plays a key role in leading and energizing an internal community of practice that promotes a supportive learning culture and seeks to ensure that Blue Ventures’ M&E is informed by global best practice.

Job purpose

The Head of M&E provides strategic leadership, management and support to the M&E function, which aims to:

  • Embed pragmatic and robust M&E frameworks and approaches into all areas of Blue Ventures’ work
  • Design, build and maintain nimble data systems and tools that put data into the hands of decision makers
  • Provide training, mentoring and support to build skills, confidence and capacity in M&E across all teams and to partners
  • Champion an organizational culture based on evidence, data and learning
  • Track and report on organizational impact while ensuring data is available for adaptive management of programmes

Skills and experience


  • Postgraduate/graduate degree (or equivalent) in relevant field and/or proven experience in rural development or environmental conservation
  • Demonstrable practical experience working in community-based conservation or development in a low-income country, with strong experience in community led monitoring programmes
  • Experience in development of strategic planning
  • Experience leading M&E projects and teams
  • Experience managing and mentoring people and teams
  • Experience designing and conducting impact evaluations
  • Previous project management experience within the conservation or development sectors, high level of knowledge of data management and visualization systems and approaches
  • Excellent skills in communication of complex information to diverse stakeholders
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Excellent technical reporting skills, and experience of preparing project reports for funders
  • Experience of developing monitoring methods including a demonstrable understanding of sampling design, and the development and implementation of data capture tools
  • Fluency in written and spoken English


Application Deadline: 24 August 2020
For more information and how to apply, click here.

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