The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation headquartered in London with offices in Nairobi, New Delhi, and in Ethiopia. CIFF works with a wide range of partners seeking to transform and empower the lives of poor and vulnerable children in developing countries, with the ultimate goal of solving seemingly intractable challenges to ensure all children have the chance to survive and thrive. CIFF aims to play a catalytic role as a funder and influencer to deliver urgent and systemic change at scale. Areas of work include empowering girls and boys to control their sexual and reproductive health and to avoid unwanted pregnancies and HIV/AIDS; improving children and mothers’ health and nutrition; preventing low birthweight babies; eliminating deaths from severe acute malnutrition, nested within a more integrated approach to childhood development; and deworming efforts to break transmission for good. The organisation’s climate portfolio is driven by a vision of a climate-safe future for today’s children and future generations that also bear the benefits of cleaner air, energy security and sustainable jobs. CIFF’s child protection work focuses on ending child labour and sexual exploitation by enabling an environment that reduces vulnerability of communities and increases protection of children.
Reports to: Director, Evidence Measurement & Evaluation
Location: Addis Ababa or Nairobi, with travel
Main purpose of the role:
This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned professional to join CIFF and help shape and drive evidence, measurement and evaluation. The EME Manager will be a member of the EME team and be responsive to the priorities. The role of the EME Manager is to ensure that CIFF’s investments are informed by a robust evidence base, are designed to achieve tangible impact consistent with CIFF’s vision and have effective measurement and evaluation systems.
Based in the CIFF office in Addis Ababa or Nairobi, this position involves significant travel.
- Before making new investments, ensuring that CIFF conducts robust appraisals of the evidence base, cost-effectiveness and impact potential of any investment and sets up a rigorous measurement and evaluation framework;
- Throughout the lifecycle of investments, ensuring timely and relevant monitoring and evaluation data is available and is proactively used by partners and CIFF to make adjustments and course-corrections;
- Developing cutting edge approaches to monitor and evaluate the impact of CIFF’s Climate investments;
- Sourcing, hiring and managing external evaluation and operational research organisations to effectively monitor and evaluate the investments and strategies;
- Representing CIFF and managing relationships with our implementation and evaluation partners (organisations and consultants) in a supportive and pragmatic way;
- Driving effective dissemination of evidence and data, where findings from CIFF investments are used to influence regional and global policy and practice;
- Ensuring that CIFF stays current with best practice in EME modalities and developments within its portfolio areas;
- Grant administration and management, including approvals and processing of financial requests and progress reports.
Qualifications & Experience
- Established track record in the measurement and evaluation of international development programmes in Africa
- A strong quantitative background, with a master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, social sciences or in a field related to CIFF’s sectors (Maternal and Child Nutrition, Newborn care, Neglected Tropical Diseases and Adolescent Reproductive Health)
- Demonstrable expertise in managing evaluation, understanding data and leveraging evidence, communicating evaluation findings, including difficult findings to support uptake
- Experience in understanding of M&E systems as well as building capacity of programmatic staff and/or national stakeholders and government Ministries
- In-depth understanding of and experience in evidence synthesis, including systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
- Demonstrable experience of working and influencing at senior levels, especially in the use of evidence to impact policy level decisions by preparing summaries, memos and policy briefs
- Experience of commissioning research: finding and engaging monitoring & evaluation providers and then managing relationships with them
- Understanding of CIFF’s priority areas such as Maternal and Child Nutrition; Adolescent Reproductive Health; Girls’ education; WASH; and Neglected Tropical Diseases
- Relevant Masters or PhD qualification
- Work experience in more than one African country is preferable.
- English and speakers of at least one African language will be preferred.
CIFF provides dynamic work environment with ample of opportunities to learn and grow. Some of the benefits include:
Method of Application
Interested and qualified? Go to Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) career website on www.linkedin.com to apply