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Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation Manager
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 headquartered in London with offices in Nairobi, New Delhi, Beijing and Ethiopia. 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 empowering girls and boys to control their sexual and reproductive health to avoid unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion and HIV/AIDS; improving children and mothers’ health and nutrition; preventing low birthweight babies; eliminating deaths from severe acute malnutrition, nested within a more integrated approach to childhood development; and deworming efforts to break transmission for good. CIFF’s child protection work focuses on ending child labour and sexual exploitation by enabling an environment that reduces vulnerability of communities and increases protection of children. The organisation’s climate portfolio is driven by a vision of a climate-safe future for today’s children and future generations that also bear the benefits of cleaner air, energy security and sustainable jobs. We are privileged, as a financially independent philanthropy, to be able to work in challenging areas that others can’t and we often elect to work on what can be controversial issues that others won’t. For example CIFF is pro-choice with respect to women’s reproductive rights along with the prioritisation of access to reproductive information and to contraceptive choices. It is imperative to the CIFF family, therefore, that prospective candidates are aware of the issues we work on and embrace all our programmatic work with fully open minds to the huge number of ways in which we seek to empower young lives. 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 approximately 160 professionals in England, Kenya, India and Ethiopia. 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. Job Title: Manager – Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation Reports to: Director – Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation Location: London, with travel (mostly to sub-Saharan Africa) Applicants in Addis Ababa and Nairobi will be considered Main purpose of the role: This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned professional – passionate about driving development to be more effective, equitable, and efficient through evidence and identifying best practice – to join CIFF and help shape and drive evidence, measurement and evaluation (EME) of its Adolescent health and human capital portfolio. The role of the EME Manager 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. The EME Manager will be a member of the EME team and will work closely with the Adolescence, Africa, and Strategic Engagement & Communications sector teams. Based in the CIFF office in London (applicants based in Addis Ababa or Nairobi will be considered for appointment in CIFF offices there), this position involves travel, primarily to programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. Position Responsibilities • Before making new investments, ensuring that CIFF conducts robust appraisals of the evidence base, cost-effectiveness and impact potential of any investment, and sets up a rigorous measurement and evaluation framework; • Throughout the lifecycle of investments, ensuring timely and relevant monitoring and evaluation data is available and is proactively used by partners and CIFF to make adjustments and course-corrections; • Developing cutting edge approaches to monitor and evaluate the impact of CIFF’s Adolescents and Childhood investments; • Sourcing, hiring and managing external evaluation and operational research organisations to effectively monitor and evaluate the investments and strategies; • Representing CIFF and managing relationships with our implementation and evaluation partners (organisations and consultants) in a supportive and pragmatic way; • Driving effective dissemination of evidence and data, where findings from CIFF investments are used to influence regional and global policy and practice; • Ensuring that CIFF stays current with best practice in EME modalities and developments within its portfolio areas; • Grant administration and management, including approvals and processing of financial requests and progress reports. Person Specification Qualifications & Experience • Established track record in the measurement and evaluation of international development programmes essential, with in-country experience desirable • A strong quantitative background, with a master’s degree in epidemiology, statistics, demography, economics, social sciences or a field related to CIFF’s sectors (e.g. adolescent sexual health) • Demonstrable expertise in managing evaluations and commissioning research – from finding and engaging monitoring & evaluation providers to managing activities and relationships with them essential • In-depth understanding of data systems and analytics, study design and implementation, including quantitative and qualitative approaches, sampling, and statistical analysis essential • Strong background in using a statistical package such as R, Stata, or similar software essential. Experience with GIS and/or BI packages desirable. • Exposure to natural language processing or sentiment analysis of data desirable • Demonstrable experience of working and influencing at senior levels, especially in the use of evidence to impact policy level decisions • Experience in supporting capacity building for evidence collection and use, system development, and communication, including of programmatic staff and/or national stakeholders and government ministries desirable • Understanding of CIFF’s priority areas for its Adolescence portfolios, such as Maternal Health, Adolescent Health, Education, Livelihoods, or Demography • Proficiency in French highly desirable

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