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Job Description: Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
Salary: Approximately £42-52,000 Pounds or €50-60,000 Euros per annum, to be negotiated
based on experience and location
About the ISEAL Alliance:
ISEAL is an international non-profit organisation that codifies best practice for the design and
implementation of social and environmental standards systems. ISEAL shapes the context in which
voluntary standards systems operate, by defining what good practice looks like for the sector, as well as
through influencing how external stakeholders think about and engage with credible voluntary
standards systems. ISEAL Alliance members such as the Forest Stewardship Council, the Marine
Stewardship Council, and the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International 1 are leading organisations
in social and environmental standard-setting and certification, and are committed to compliance with
ISEAL Credibility Tools.
What We Offer:
The ISEAL Alliance has developed an ambitious Strategic Plan for 2009-2013 that aims to ensure that
the movement of voluntary standards systems play an expanding role in achieving social justice and
ecological sustainability. We believe that an overarching, effective organisational system for monitoring
and evaluation (M&E), and for internal learning, is critical for us to effectively deliver on our mission and
the specific objectives laid out in our Strategic Plan. M&E and organisational learning are also key
interests of ISEAL’s Board, membership, donors and stakeholders.
We have begun to develop a log frame to underpin and drive the implementation of the Strategic Plan.
During October and November we will be pursuing this by refining the targets and indicators against
which ISEAL will monitor its progress and be held to account for the coming years. We aim to collect
the data that will allow us to develop a baseline analysis of ISEAL’s impacts during 2009.
Moving from ISEAL’s overarching organisational M&E system, ISEAL’s five core programmes
(Credibility, Learning & Innovation, Communications & Outreach, Finance & Operations, and Scaling-
Up Impacts of Standards Systems) will also need assistance in developing appropriate M&E
mechanisms. This will allow ISEAL’s programmes to assess the impact of their specific contributions to
the objectives of the Strategic Plan. It will also underpin institutional programme learning on the relative
effectiveness of different strategies, and ensure effective adaptive management.
Further information about ISEAL Alliance and its membership is available at www.isealalliance.org/whoweare
The ISEAL Alliance is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales, company number 4625800 1 of 5
A number of ISEAL’s programmes depend on the definition of targets, core indicators and data
monitoring systems above and beyond ISEAL’s overarching organizational M&E system. For example,
staff working on scaling-up the impacts of the sustainability standards systems movement will need
support to set-up and implement systems for collecting and analysing data from ISEAL’s membership
on their collective sustainability impacts. Staff working on learning & innovation will need support in
developing sustainability frameworks that underpin the potential use of voluntary standards systems by
government and business stakeholders. Technical support will need to be provided to staff to ensure
they develop meaningful, practical and yet effective impact assessment and adaptive management
What We Seek:
Building on more than five years experience in designing or implementing organisation-wide systems
for M&E and institutional adaptive management learning , you will lead in designing and implementing
an M&E system for ISEAL, engaging the diversity of ISEAL’s programmes and members to contribute
to your work, and supporting them to develop measurable and ambitious targets for their work.
Your experience will likely have been gained from within a non-governmental organisation. You are
keen to apply your skills and knowledge to contribute to strengthening the impact and supporting the
growth of a small (10-20 people) organisation. You are enthused at the prospect of exploring new
ground and contributing to a more systematic culture of learning and improvement within the ISEAL
You have an awareness, personal commitment and possibly some experience in applying M&E and
adaptive management learning to organisations that have a sustainability mission (i.e. environmental,
social, economic and good governance). You are able to contribute to the development and monitoring
of targets and indicators in this field.
You bring knowledge of developing and applying cost-effective data collection and management
systems, and have a natural propensity to attention to detail. You are interested in the challenge of
applying M&E and adaptive management learning approaches to complex systems.
ISEAL’s head office is in London with nodal offices in Belgium and Canada. It is expected that you will
be based in either Brussels or London, and that you are legally entitled to work in either Belgium or the
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a current CV and a statement explaining how they meet each of
the selection criteria for the position.
Applications (by email) for this post may be submitted until 5pm GMT on Friday 23 October 2009.
HOWEVER, we are keen to proceed as swiftly as we can in filling this position, and may interview
applicants earlier than this deadline. Should the position close ahead of this deadline, a notification will
be posted on the ISEAL Alliance website “Job Vacancies” page (www.isealalliance.org/vacancies).
To apply, or for specific enquiries, candidates may contact Mr. Paul Stephenson, ISEAL Operations
Manager, by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We regret that we will only be able to contact short-listed candidates.
Other Relevant Information:
Working Hours: Based on a full time equivalent of 37.5 hours per week. Based on negotiations
with the successful applicant, there is some degree of flexibility in terms of the
number and pattern of working hours.
International Travel: The post holder may be required to undertake periodic international travel and
Equal Opportunities: The ISEAL Alliance strives to be an equal opportunities employer and
commitment to this process is expected.
Ideal Start Date: November, 2009
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Under the general direction of the Director for Learning & Innovation, the following duties will be carried
# Duties Time
1 Developing and implementing a Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) system for the ISEAL 55
> Developing close working relationship with ISEAL staff, members and other key
stakeholders (including donors) to establish a shared vision of ISEAL’s systems
for M&E and adaptive management learning
> Leading in completing the design and implementation of ISEAL’s organisational
Strategic Plan Logframe
> Developing and implementing cost-effective and efficient data collection systems
> Developing and implementing a central M&E data management system (including
identification, implementation and oversight of necessary IT support/tools)
> Undertaking data analysis and reporting for all relevant purposes (e.g. annual
report, donor reports, Board)
> Identifying and trialing innovative approaches in monitoring, evaluation and
adaptive management learning systems
2 Supporting the effective engagement of ISEAL staff in M&E, including: 30
> Providing technical support in developing and monitoring progress towards
programmatic indicators (based on programmatic strategies)
> Developing the framework and procedures for the evaluation of programme and
> Establishing the organisational structure for M&E coordination and management
across ISEAL programme areas
> Ensuring good internal communication of the progress and impact of ISEAL’s
3 Providing technical input into other ISEAL programmes where M&E expertise is of 15
relevance (e.g. targets and indicator approach for scaling-up the impacts of the
sustainability standards movement)
A Knowledge and Experience Essential or
A.1 Undergraduate degree in any relevant subject, or an equivalent Essential
combination of relevant experience and/or education and training.
A.2 At least five years direct experience in designing and/or implementing Essential
organisational level systems for M&E and/or adaptive management
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A.3 Some direct experience of applying M&E and/or organisational learning to Essential
address sustainability issues (e.g. the environment, social development,
good governance, economic resilience)
A.4 Experience in designing and/or implementing data collection and data Essential
A.5 Experience in engaging and supporting others to contribute to M&E work Essential
A.6 Experience in data analysis and evaluation Essential
A.7 Experience in translating data into accessible reports for diverse Desirable
A.8 Experience in working for an international organisation with staff members Desirable
based in multiple locations.
A.9 Knowledge of one or more sustainability standards systems Desirable
B Skills Essential or
B.1 Capacity to design and manage an organisation-wide programme for M&E Essential
and adaptive management learning
B.2 Capacity to work alone to deadlines, to establish priorities Essential
B.3 Effective spoken and written English Essential
B.4 Data collection and data entry into management systems Essential
B.5 Strong IT skills (generic applications, internal communications systems, Essential
and software packages to support M&E management)
C Personal Attributes Essential or
C.1 Self-motivated and able to work independently Essential
C.2 Strong attention to detail and highly organized Essential
C.3 Leadership qualities to inspire others and team player (in person and Essential
C.4 Interested in developing innovation in M&E Essential
C.5 Committed to using M&E to contribute to social and environmental Essential
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