Staff work a hybrid schedule with 2 days/week in the office

The Director of Impact and Evaluation will provide institution wide expertise and management of program and project level assessment, planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Under the VP of Global Programs (VP), and in collaboration with the DVP Animal Rescue, DVP Conservation and DVP International Operations (DVPs), the Director will lead a global team that supports Program teams in the design and implementation of impact-driven projects that align with the overall institutional goals.  The Director will provide hands-on training and coaching for project teams to build their capacity to effectively monitor and evaluate their projects and to promote a culture of learning, innovation and adaptive management.  The Director will also serve as a resource to Program Directors, consulting on programmatic strategies, alignment of project direction, and development of impact measures, ensuring the inclusion of evidence-based decision making throughout.  The Director will work closely with the VP and the Executive Vice President (EVP) to support the execution of the institutional strategic plan to ensure programmatic and operational alignment.  The Director will also collaborate with the DVPs to develop coordinated programmatic and regional strategic plans with robust, actionable MEL components.  The Director will lead development and management of systems and resources to support active assessment, design, monitoring, reporting and evaluation across Programs and Regions.

Role and Responsibilities

Strategic Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

  • Leads the Impact and Evaluation team that support all project teams’ activities and initiatives around strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • In collaboration with Program and Regional leadership, manages on-going project level strategic planning and MEL needs for all Programs and Regions
  • Visits field project sites to backstop monitoring and evaluation activities and MEL training activities for IFAW staff or partners
  • Works with the VP to develop and implement the institutional strategic plan, ensuring robust impact and operational goals and indicators are in place and reported upon annually
  • In collaboration with Program Directors conduct analytics and collate annual program impact data
  • Collaborates with Program Directors to develop effective program strategies that align with the institutional strategic plan
  • Collaborate with Directors of Program Operations and Compliance & Project Management to ensure alignment and synergy with the Impact & Evaluation team.
  • Oversees the MEL capacity building needs in each region to ensure staff keep place with contemporary MEL practices.
  • Works closely with the Institutional Giving Team to support foundation and government proposal development particularly around M&E design and implementation
  • Builds a culture of learning, sharing and transparency across the organization by identifying opportunities for internal or external sharing and adoption of lessons learned, innovative approaches, failure growth, and adaptive management solutions
  • Supports Program Directors and Managers to review annual project plans and quarterly reports to ensure accuracy, completion, and thorough M&E data analysis and inclusion
  • Facilitates project and strategic planning meetings where needed.
  • Supports teams in the management of external evaluators to evaluate projects or programs
  • Conducts internal evaluations or assessments of projects or initiatives, developing reports and action plans to integrate key recommendations
  • Develops and manages all planning and MEL systems and tools across Programs and Regions
  • Conducts outreach and provides thought leadership to the broader M&E community through speaking engagements and conference participation where relevant
  • Supports VP of Global Programs on other projects or requests

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent experience preferred; MA/MS degree in monitoring and evaluation, biological sciences, or international studies is ideal
  • Minimum of five years experience planning, monitoring, and evaluating international projects
  • Five or more years experience preferred in project management and/or formal/informal education or outreach campaigns
  • Solid understanding of international animal welfare and conservation issues and stakeholders
  • Confident and creative facilitation and public speaking skills
  • Superior writing skills, report writing, briefing documents, strategic analysis, blogs/social media posts, etc
  • International experience preferred, particularly working in an international team environment
  • Organized, self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively, and demonstrate diplomacy and sensitivity with people from varying educational, social and cultural backgrounds
  • International travel required
  • Fluency in English required; proficiency in multiple languages a plus

At IFAW, we aim to create and foster a workforce that reflects and contributes to the diverse, global community in which we work to improve the lives of both animals and people.    We are dedicated to fostering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion so we actively encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds.

About International Fund for Animal Welfare

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is a global non-profit helping animals and people thrive together. We are experts and everyday people, working across seas, oceans, and in more than 40 countries around the world. We rescue, rehabilitate and release animals, and we restore and protect their natural habitats.