We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems – made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. We share what works with others, so many more people can change their worlds.
Reporting to the Head ofImpact and Learning, the post holder will support Practical Action’s Regional and Country Offices (RCOs) to mainstream quality for impact through its programming approaches. The role will focus on supporting the organisation to achieve greater impact via good MEAL processes as well as the capturing of evidence and promoting of learning. In particular this will involve leading, facilitating, and building capacity on the following:
As both MEAL and evidence gathering approaches develop in the sector and as Practical Action’s work adapts to the changing local and global context, the particular tasks required by this role may change. By working in a team of other Impact Advisors, experiences and learnings on these approaches will be shared and strengthened.
Title: Impact and Evidence Advisor
Directorate: Influence and Impact
Reporting to: Head, Impact and Learning
Groups: MEL and Gender & Inclusion groups
Relationships: RCO SMTs, MEL, Change Ambition and Business Development staff With UK Teams with special focus on Change Ambition Leads, Operations and Fundraising,
Financial scope: None
Location: Warwickshire (UK), Nepal or Kenya Note that the post holder would require Right to Work in the country for which they apply.
Duration: Long term / permanent (contract lengths could vary if based in a location outside of the UK in accordance with local practice).
Grade: Grade and salary will be in accordance with the country which the role is recruited
Travel: Expected approximately 6 – 8 weeks per annum
Impact Planning in Strategy
Support The Regional and Country Offices (RCOs) when developing strategy to include a focus on how to achieve impact. This includes helping them integrate good practice approaches, systems thinking, system mapping of key change ambitions, stakeholder mapping, and influencing plans.
Building capacity of RCOs to carry out quality project design processes and giving guidance and input to planned assessment and design processes. The processes should follow global good practice including participatory design processes, stakeholder analysis and engagement, development of project Theory of Change maps and then the development of M&E frameworks. The role also involves building linkages with the Business Development teams to strengthen the alignment of project design work with proposal development. It also involves giving input to key project designs.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Building capacity of the RCOs to develop strong monitoring and evaluation processes, inputting to projects around M&E approaches and tools. For larger grants the Impact Advisor will advise the RCOs on the evaluation design as well as be involved in recruiting and advising external evaluators. They may also occasionally leading internal evaluations themselves. This role will also involve helping the selected RCOs to gather evidence and indicators to report impact at a country level, including via global indicators.
Learning, Adaptation and Accountability
Building the capacity of the RCOs to embed learning and adaptation approaches through all aspects of the cycle. This includes encouraging regular reviewing and updating of the Change Ambition (sector) systems maps, building in and implementing regular learning and reflection times with communities and stakeholders in the projects, and then adapting project implementation as well as designs as needed. The position will work closely with the Business Development and Operations teams to help promote a learning and adaptation approach with the donors. Accountability to communities and stakeholders is key not only in terms of building relationships but also for improved impact of projects. The Impact Advisor will support the RCOs to develop and run formal (as well as informal) feedback and response mechanisms in projects and then to also review key feedback implications at the national level.
Gender Transformation Mainstreaming
Support to and capacity building of RCOs and global teams to embed gender transformation throughout the strategy, programming and impact reporting processes so that gender is an intrinsic lens and approach through which the programming is planned and implemented. The role also includes supporting RCOs to measure the impact of programming on different genders and to use the learnings to improve future programming as well as for influencing relevant stakeholders and decision-makers.
As a member of the Impact and Learning team, provide global direction to Practical Action to assess programming impact evidence and then either apply the learnings internally or use to influence external audiences by:
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