Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Rainforest Foundation US

About the organization

For over 30 years, Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) has worked to address climate change and safeguard biodiversity by promoting the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities and supporting their efforts to protect and defend their rainforests. Science shows that forests managed by indigenous peoples are healthier, suffer less deforestation, capture more carbon, and contain more biodiversity than forests managed by private or public entities--including nationally protected areas. What’s more, scientists tell us that protecting forests is as important as reducing greenhouse emissions if we hope to stem the tide of ecological collapse.

RFUS works in partnership with indigenous and local communities and their representative organizations to protect tropical rainforests by supporting their efforts to secure rights to their lands, strengthen monitoring and land security, influence laws and policies that protect their resources, and build strong and sustainable community leaders.


The Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist is a new position meant to support the Program department’s growing needs to measure, assess, and communicate progress toward programmatic goals and the effectiveness of our strategies and programming. Under RFUS’s 2030 strategy, we aim to significantly scale up our organization’s impact. For the Program team, this will require a thorough expert review of our existing metrics system and practices; improving collaborative and comprehensive systems for data collection and management; strengthening internal expertise for program analysis, organizational learning, and evidence-based decision-making; and supporting compelling, data-driven communications for donors and general audiences. The position reports to the Program Director, and will collaborate within and across departments, especially development and communications.

The position will include:
Technical Expertise and System Design
M&E Implementation
Program Assessment
Knowledge Development & Coordination


The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to human rights and environmental protection and a drive to use data to deliver even greater impact. They will have expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative methods and evaluation design and experience with the collection, reporting, and use of data for improving outcomes. The ideal candidate will also have experience working in multicultural contexts, and working with grassroots organizations.

At least 4-6 years’ experience in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation projects in the human rights/environment sector in an international or intercultural context
English and Spanish fluency; Portuguese proficiency a plus
Knowledge of results-based management approaches and participatory approaches to M&E is desirable
Proven ability to understand, interpret and apply technical and scientific information and data to achieve tangible results
Demonstrated ability to self-manage and prioritize projects in an efficient manner
Strong writing skills to deliver high-quality deliverables for donors and general audiences
Ability to describe complex technical concepts to effectively communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences
Ability to communicate effectively with and relate to people of different cultures, demonstrating an ability to see issues from other perspectives
Experience developing and managing data storage systems
Basic GIS and remote sensing skills desirable
15% Travel


60,000 - 75,000

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