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Manager/Director, Monitoring & Evaluation
Acceso
Bogota Colombia
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Date Posted 02/01/2023
Application deadline 01/31/2023
Type of Position Full-time
Education Requirement Bachelor

Manager/Director, Program Impact and Data

Reporting/Supervisor: Senior Director, Programs
Location: Flexible (Bogota, Colombia or San Salvador, El Salvador)
Start Date: ASAP, January 2023
Travel: 25-40%

Who We Are: Acceso (www.acceso.org) is a pioneering social business builder that is revolutionizing food systems in LAC to put smallholder farmers first. Acceso, formerly part of the Clinton Foundation, was co-founded by philanthropist Frank Giustra and President Clinton in 2007. Acceso’s mission is to create fundamental and lasting economic change in the lives of rural smallholder farming families. Our pioneering entrepreneurial model provides smallholder farmers with a sustainable way to participate in formalized markets, enabling them to work themselves out of poverty with dignity and to prosper. Acceso currently operates a portfolio of three social businesses in Colombia, Haiti and El Salvador and an agtech tool Extensio, founded in Mexico, that provides weather forecasts, pest and disease information, good agricultural practices, women’s empowerment, and climate smart agriculture information to farmers via SMS/WhatsApp. Across our agribusinesses, we have impacted more than 15,000 smallholder farmers and farm workers, generating more than $60m in farmer income to date. Acceso has plans for replicating its model across Latin America and the Caribbean.

About This Role: Acceso is hiring a Manager/Director of Program Impact and Data to provide technical leadership and strategic direction to implement and oversee the processes for collecting and analyzing data across Acceso’s portfolio of programs for purposes of assessing and increasing program and organizational impact for smallholder farmers, food system workers, and rural communities. The Manager/Director will work closely with Acceso’s leadership and program teams on program design and lead all monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) activities for Acceso. This leadership role is open to those at both the Manager and Director levels. Sample Acceso programs:

  • Agricultural programs for farmers (digital and in person technical assistance, inputs, credit, commercialization schemes)
  • Market-linked reforestation
  • Locally sourced feeding for vulnerable communities, e.g. schools and refugees
  • Community Training Farms impacting women and youth


Key Responsibilities:

  1. Data processes and analysis
    • Review existing MEL processes and indicators across Acceso’s programs focused on social impact and improve
    • Design, implement and oversee processes, in coordination with local teams, to track, collect, visualize and analyze social impact data
    • Lead the development of a Theory of Change across Acceso and Acceso programs
    • Design and prepare dashboards and reports for internal and external review, including supporting the preparation of social impact reports for donors
    • Train and supervise local staff on monitoring and evaluation procedures, data collection tools, and data management practices
    • Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of MEL activities
    • Ensure data quality through data verification procedures and routine data quality audits
    • Create and support a culture of quick feedback loops (rather than post-program reports) using data to inform programmatic and commercial adjustments to maximize impact
  2. Program impact and feedback
    • Contribute to program design, in coordination with central Acceso program and local teams
    • Perform field work involving surveys, focus groups, user testing, and other methodologies to gauge program success
    • Support the execution of randomized control trials (RCTs), including logistical planning and execution, review of results, and other tasks as required
  3. New Program Development
    • Oversee and guide monitoring, evaluation and learning plans including development of indicators for new projects and expansion.
    • Establish and support new project teams putting in place all monitoring, evaluation and learning procedures, roles and responsibilities


The experience and qualifications we are looking for:

  1. Hard Skills
    • Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, engineering, business administration or international development
    • 10+ years of program and/or MEL experience; led program development or MEL processes
    • Experience leading MEL on large programs reporting directly to USAID, IDB or other multi-lateral or bi-lateral donors
    • Proven ability to manage complex projects involving rural communities, NGOs, public sector and private sector actors
    • Previous experience of working in Latin America preferred, in projects related to agriculture, sustainable fishing, livelihoods, agtech, and/or rural development
    • Strong analytical skills, database management experience and proficient in Excel and other data analysis/visualization/reporting tools such as CommCare, Farmforce and Tableau
    • Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, data analysis and presentation
  2. Soft Skills
    • Genuine interest in the use of data to drive impact, make decisions and improve rural livelihoods
    • Entrepreneur-minded and creative (out-of-the-box thinker)
    • Enthusiastic and optimistic individual, with the drive to change the world for the better
    • Ambition to consolidate Acceso as a change agent to transform livelihoods in rural LAC
    • Detail oriented and meticulously organized
    • Flexible, comfortable with uncertainty
    • Results-oriented decision maker
    • Strong team player and values-oriented
    • Ability to travel internationally
  3. Language skills: Fluency in Spanish and English. French or Haitian Creole a plus.


Benefits:

As a full-time employee, you will be eligible to receive Acceso’s standard employee benefits. You should note that Acceso may modify benefits from time to time as it deems necessary, as we are exploring adding additional benefits for health, wellness, performance and retirement plans.


Application Instructions:

To apply, please send your CV/Resume and Cover Letter to HR@acceso.org with the subject “Manager/Director, Program Impact and Data – Your Name” In order to be considered, we ask that you submit your application materials in English. We are hoping to bring a new hire onboard as soon as possible, so please do not hesitate to apply!