Senior Evaluation and Learning Advisor, Climate Justice

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Senior Evaluation and Learning Advisor, Climate Justice
Washington, DC, USA
Department: Knowledge for Impact
Exempt Status: exempt
Job Description
LOCATION: Boston, MA, or Washington, DC

DEPARTMENT: Learning, Evaluation and Accountability Department (LEAD)

REPORTS TO: Head of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

COORDINATES WITH: Senior Evaluation and Learning Advisors, MEAL peers in Oxfam US (OUS) and other Oxfam offices, Knowledge for Impact Team, Climate Change Team, Climate Change Campaign Manager, other OUS teams whose work addresses climate justice issues, Global Engagement and Partnership Team, Oxfam International (OI) Regional MEL Advisors, and OI Knowledge for Impact Team.

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION: The position will provide technical support in fostering learning and evidence-based development of coherent strategies related to OUS’ climate justice work, ensuring alignment with OUS strategic framework and strategic priorities; engages Climate Change Director, Climate Change Team, and MEAL staff in OUS, countries, regions, and OI to design shared MEAL systems around long-term, influence-oriented, rights-based programming; collaborates with the Climate Change Team to conduct and/or commission evaluation and learning processes to assess progress towards impact and test underlying assumptions in programming (includes predominately public policy advocacy, campaigning, influencing public debates) theories of change; lead on the development of narratives on progress towards impact and contributions to systemic change; and assists the Head of MEAL in working with and strengthening capacities of program design and monitoring, evaluation, and learning throughout Oxfam.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: In coordination with Head of MEAL, program management, MEAL staff, and the Climate Change team, the Senior Advisor will: • Lead the design and implementation of shared, high quality, integrated Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning systems linked to project and program MEAL systems in various countries and regions to assess the effectiveness of thematically focused programs • Lead and support to design and facilitate processes to test underlying assumptions and theories of change, track what changes and how change happens, generating evidence to system change • Contribute to processes for ensuring integrity in program design and evaluation • Provide advice and support on strengthening iterative and ongoing learning, integration of evidence into integration of evidence into program learning and adaptation. • Develop evaluation and learning approaches that improve the observation and analysis of advocacy and influencing approaches, and the reflection on impact related to climate justice. • Ensure MEAL activities are planned and budgeted for and integrated into program and project cycles; aligned with Oxfam Confederation standards; and meet donor requirements and standards in the field of evaluation and learning in coordination with monitoring and evaluation advisors, the Institutional Support Department, and program managers. • Conduct and/or commission evaluation and learning processes at multiple levels for thematic programming and for organizational learning purposes on Climate justice and contribute to organizational efforts on learning related to its strategic framework. • Coordinate dissemination of program evidence and learnings with MEAL team, Global Partnership and Engagement team, public engagement teams, and resource development division. • Collaborate with Global Partnership and Engagement team, Oxfam Confederation MEAL Network, Knowledge Hubs, and Knowledge for Impact Team to promote learning and evidence-based knowledge sharing and utilization. • Magnify the evidence of outcomes and impact from our strategic MEL systems to share across levels international and in international development, humanitarian relief, and social justice sectors. • Contribute to OUS and OI MEAL shared initiatives and knowledge management to enhance standards of monitoring, evaluation and learning activities and improve performance of programs across the confederation. • Work within OUS and One Oxfam System to strengthen MEAL capacities to advance an organizational culture of learning, accountability and support the adoption of sound MEAL systems and processes, upholding program quality standards. • Serve as a mentor to OUS staff and managers in teams on MEAL to further advance an organizational culture of learning. • Actively engage with OUS staff whose work relates to climate justice to support the integration of learning into strategy formulation and project design. • Draw strategic input from key internal and external stakeholders across different levels to continuously refine and improve MEAL approaches. • Represent Oxfam in conferences and stakeholder engagement.

EXPECTATIONS FOR THE POSITION:  Perform all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect, and be familiar with and committed to the mission, values and goals of Oxfam.  Works effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based, problem-solving work culture.  Has an understanding of gender justice, anti-racism and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender justice, racial equity, and diversity in our workplace and programs.  Stays abreast of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, continuously striving for enhanced quality and impact, and demonstrating continuous learning Within key areas of responsibility, will have a commitment to providing a safe environment for staff, partners, and beneficiaries, and a commitment to promoting safeguarding in our workplace, programs, and the communities we serve.  International and domestic travel when possible, up to 15% of time, subject to any reasonable accommodation requirements and their individual circumstances.

Education: Bachelor’s degree with a strong social research component; or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.

Experience and Core Competencies:  Five – seven years of experience in evaluation and learning in international development, environment or human rights, public policy advocacy, campaigning, and capacity building focused on issues with climate change implications.  Experience in the practical implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning processes, and in linkages between local, national, and global levels in programming.  Strong conceptual foundation in social science research, quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis and demonstrated understanding of evaluation methodologies for rights-based international development work.  Experience supporting the design, monitoring and evaluation of complex, rights-based programming using influencing strategies that aims for systemic change related to implications of climate change.  Demonstrated ability to translate technical findings into accessible formats for various audiences.  Excellent project management and organizational skills, including preparation and monitoring of plans and budgets.  Able to work effectively in a networked and matrix structure.  Experience advising national policy and advocacy work and using MEL evidence and findings to help enhance advocacy intervention design and implementation.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS  Master’s degree preferred with a strong social research component.  Fluency in English and either Spanish or French.  Experience in evaluation employing gender analysis and feminist approaches.  Experience working in Latin America, West Africa, East Africa, Middle East, North Africa, or Asia

Additional Information
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Oxfam America is a Gender Just organization and an equal opportunity employer. We have a zero tolerance policy for any sexual harassment, exploitation, and/or abuse. We welcome all persons to apply and do not discriminate. We take measures to prevent discrimination against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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