Technical Officer (Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Data)

Salary: circa £26,000 per annum

Start Date: As soon as possible

Contract Type: Fixed term contract until December 2023

Location: Fauna & Flora International, Cambridge, UK. Current policy offers partial remote working within the UK

We are offering a unique opportunity for a qualified Technical Officer in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Data to play a central role in bringing about a step change in FFI’s MEL in order to deliver greater conservation impact. FFI has been awarded a three-year grant for this work, and this position is for a duration of one year to drive a significant change in MEL data practices*. You will have a passion for accompanying, coaching, and enabling project teams to implement practical approaches to data challenges. You will bring multi-disciplinary technical skills relevant to the development and implementation of data practices relevant to their context to enable adaptive management and understanding of the impacts of their work. These skills will include survey design, data collection, management, analysis, visualisation and interpretation of data relevant to conservation work – including social, ecological, behavioural and capacity building. These skills will be grounded in practical experience of delivering conservation initiatives, and you will have direct experience of delivering and designing data processes from design through to analysis, interpretation and use. You will be experienced at building the capacity of others operating within varied resource constraints and contexts. You will also demonstrate the ability to think holistically and to work collaboratively with project staff, partners, and technical specialists from diverse disciplines and teams to effectively embed enhanced data practices into conservation projects.

Working closely with targeted project teams and technical specialists, you will play a vital role in the technical design, implementation, and use of context-appropriate, pragmatic project data practices. This will include developing a suite of MEL data tools, guidance and training that supports the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of data ensuring that the time, skills, and funding investment needed are practical and relevant to the project’s context. In addition, you will accompany targeted projects to conduct data reviews and then adopt appropriate data practices. You will work collaboratively with project teams, partners, and those working to strengthen MEL across FFI to document and share learning, including the production of guidance materials, active participation in a Community of Practice, and facilitating peer learning and training.

You should be passionate about supporting others to develop their knowledge and skills while being open to learning and able to quickly pick up new skills. Ideally, you will have experience of working in a cross-cultural environment and experience in applying your skills to a conservation, rural livelihoods or natural resource management context in less developed countries.

In return, the role offers the opportunity to work within a ground-breaking and entrepreneurial organisation, at the forefront of global conservation. In addition, FFI offers a generous pension contribution, attractive annual leave allowance and life insurance.

This position is based in Cambridge. Some local and international travel may be required. Our offices are located in The David Attenborough Building in central Cambridge, just a few minutes’ walk from glorious historic buildings and museums, the picturesque River Cam, the central market and shopping centre, and a host of cafés and restaurants.  

*Term includes design of methods, data management (collection, storage, validation, cleaning, processing), analysis of information for interpretation and use of data.

Please view the following document for further details of the position and how to apply:

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The closing date for applications is Monday, 3 October, 2022.