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Climate Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation Manager - London
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
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To apply for this role please send a copy of your CV and cover letter to, stating the job title in the subject of your email. Applications received after the closing date may not be reviewed. If a high volume of applications are received, the vacancy may be closed early. About CIFF The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation with offices in Addis Ababa, Beijing, London, Nairobi, and New Delhi. CIFF works with a wide range of partners seeking to transform and empower the lives of poor and vulnerable children and adolescents in developing countries, with the ultimate goal of solving seemingly intractable challenges to ensure all children and adolescents have the chance to survive and thrive. CIFF aims to play a catalytic role as a funder and influencer to deliver urgent and systemic change at scale. Areas of work include children and mothers’ health and nutrition, deworming and welfare, and smart ways to slow down and stop climate change. CIFF places significant emphasis on quality data and evidence. For most of its grants, CIFF works with partners to measure and evaluate progress to achieve large scale and sustainable impact. The organisation is committed to sharing as much information as possible about what they and their partners are learning. Founded in 2002, CIFF employs over 100 professionals in England, Kenya, India, Ethiopia, and China. CIFF strives to couple business acumen and principles with development experience and best practices to transform the landscape for children. It seeks to be the gold standard in grant making and foundation operations. Main purpose of the role: This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned professional to join CIFF and help shape and drive evidence, measurement and evaluation within its Climate portfolio. The role will lead EME work on a number of our global and region or country- focused Climate programmes. The EME Manager will be a member of the EME team and will be based in London. The Manager’s role is to ensure that CIFF’s investments are informed by a robust evidence base, are designed to achieve tangible impact consistent with CIFF’s vision and have effective measurement and evaluation systems. Position Responsibilities: Strategy & planning Develop and manage analysis and research on specific projects and sector trends, as required, to support the Climate and related EME trends determining future strategic priorities and setting operational plans. Support the EME Climate Director and wider Climate Programme Team colleagues in the organisation, coordination, documentation and professional presentation of EME outputs for the strategy and planning process. Work with members of the Finance team to coordinate and contribute to budget forecasting budget and disbursement for programming for EME Climate aligned with organizational strategic and accountability priorities. Programme development, delivery & performance Ensure CIFF conducts robust appraisals of the evidence base, cost-effectiveness and impact potential of climate investments, and prepare rigorous measurement and evaluation frameworks; Throughout the lifecycle of investments, ensure timely and accurate monitoring and evaluation data is available and is proactively used by CIFF and its partners to make programmatic adjustments and course-corrections; Plan for, source, hire and manage independent, external evaluations and initiate innovative research exercises to inform operational and longer-term, strategic decision making; Overseeing grant administration and management, including contracting, approvals and processing of financial requests and progress reports. This includes regular and ad hoc reporting on the portfolio of climate programmes allocated to the role. Sector knowledge and profile-building Ensure CIFF remains current with best practice and trends in EME approaches and developments within its portfolio areas; Provide technical advice on the accuracy, robustness and applicability of evidence to support the development and ongoing delivery of investments within the Climate Programme portfolio. Drive effective dissemination of evidence and data, where findings from CIFF investments are used to influence regional and global policy and practice; Support and manage EME capacity development for the portfolio of climate programmes allocated to the role, including identifying gaps within grantee organisations and designing support programmes to resolve these. Support the uptake of innovative approaches and technology to monitor, evaluate and report on the impact of CIFF’s Climate investments; Stakeholder and partner management Represent CIFF EME and manage relationships with implementation and evaluation partners (organisations and consultants) in a supportive and pragmatic way; Proactively maintain external networks with subject matter experts in the climate measurement and evaluation communities to ensure CIFF’s thinking and decision-making is shaped by the most up-to-date insights and research. Work and travel across multiple time zones on a regular basis Person Specification: Qualifications & Experience Masters (or equivalent) or PhD qualification in a relevant subject area (e.g. environmental science, urban development, economics). Track record in the strategic planning for and measurement and evaluation of climate mitigation programmes. Areas of specific interest include power sector reform, renewable and clean energy, air quality, carbon pricing, low carbon cities, cooling efficiency, environmental governance, land use, and advocacy and campaigning. Technical knowledge of the climate mitigation area, including experience of undertaking analysis and providing advice to inform programme design/delivery. A specialism in one of the fields covered by our Climate Programme would be an advantage. Regional experience/expertise in one of the CIFF Climate Programmes key geographies (including South and Central America, South, South-East and East Asia, Africa and Europe) is desirable, although not essential. Experience in commissioning and managing evaluations and related EME projects. Experience in a range of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods for climate change EME; Experience in shaping and applying advocacy and policy change measurement approaches would be an advantage. Experience in interpreting, communicating and leveraging evidence and evaluation findings to inform programme design alongside strategic and real-time operational decision making. Demonstrable experience of working and influencing at senior levels, especially in the use of evidence to impact policy level decisions. Experience in M&E capacity development, including the preparation and delivery of M&E learning, and assessment of organisational M&E development needs. Experience with multitasking and managing priorities with competing deadlines and multiple stakeholders. Significant work experience in the M&E and international development fields.

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