Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager/Officer

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager/Officer

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Apply By: 21 Feb 2023

Location: New Delhi(Delhi) Bhopal(Madhya Pradesh)

Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager/Officer  

Who We Are:  


This is an exciting time at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the  world, seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature — issues such as climate  change, conserving lands, waters, and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and  helping make cities more resilient and sustainable.  

Our Mission  

TNC’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Rather than viewing development – including  economic growth – and conservation as contradictory goals, TNC works to demonstrate how nature has value for people and  development and how nature can provide enormous economic benefit. TNC envisions a future where people and nature can  flourish together.  

Our Vision  

A world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfil our needs  and enrich our lives.  

The Conservancy Team  

We achieve this through the dedicated efforts of our 3,800 diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom  support conservation in 76 countries and all 50 United States. We are striving to develop a workforce as diverse as the places  where we work, and we have a deep commitment to diversity.  

Organizational History  

TNC is the largest conservation organisation in the world, working in all 50 states in the United States and more than 76  countries. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia on October 22, 1951. TNC is science based and in every place, we work, we partner with governments, businesses, and local communities. TNC is advancing its  mission by protecting and restoring rivers, landscapes and oceans for people and their development at an unprecedented  scale; it is transforming the way humanity uses the Earth’s natural resources to sustain ourselves.  

What We Can Achieve Together: 

The Lands Programme at TNC India has the goal of achieving specific targets related to biodiversity and climate by 2030,  along with associated benefits to people. These targets are measured through defined quantitative metrics related to amount  and extent, as well as metrics that measure depth and quality. The role of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)  manager is to design, implement and maintain a comprehensive MEL programme that enables the Lands Programme to  monitor and improve the delivery of projects, thereby improving conservation impact. The MEL Manager/Officer will  undertake this work on a portfolio of projects that include conservation (such as biodiversity conservation outside protected  areas and management of community conserved areas), restoration (such as restoration in buffers and corridors of key  biodiversity areas and riparian restoration), agroforestry (such as improved market linkages for tree-based products) as well  as policy-related work (such as the promotion of Natural Climate Solutions). Existing and planned projects are located within  key ecoregions of India including the Himalayas, the Northeast, Western Ghats and Central India.  

The MEL Manager/Officer ’s location is expected to be in New Delhi or in Bhopal, although there is potential for flexibility in  the location upon mutual agreement. The position will involve frequent travel to all project sites. This position is with an  initial one-to-two-year contract, renewable upon mutual agreement. 

We’re Looking for You:  


The MEL Manager/Officer will undertake the following functions, in collaboration with the programme lead, relevant project  managers and social scientist:  

  • Define the specific indicators that will be measured at project level, in accordance with organizational priorities and within  the framework provided by the Shared Conservation Agenda 2030 goals and associated guidance 
  • Develop a monitoring system to measure these indicators, which may include field-based data as well as remotely sensed  data, and span the biological as well as social sciences  
  • Build the capacity of programme team as well as implementing partners on the principles and execution of the MEL  framework  
  • Oversee implementation of the MEL system, including collection and maintenance of high-quality data (both spatial and  aspatial), at the project level (with implementation partners)  
  • Periodically evaluate and produce reports on project progress, via visualization as well as analyses of data 
  • Support subsequent modifications to projects based on the above analyses, in discussion with the programme lead and  relevant project manager  
  • Synthesize learnings and share them within and outside the organization in the form of workshops and papers 
  • Periodically may have to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and  under physically demanding circumstances.  

What You’ll Bring:  

  • MA/MSc degree in a field related to ecology, geography, statistics, mathematics or another related field of study with at  least 5 years of experience relevant to this position, or equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Experience in developing and implementing monitoring systems to measure forest metrics; biodiversity metrics across  taxonomic groups; carbon stocks and sequestration  
  • Expertise in the collection and analysis of spatial data (both field-collected and remotely sensed) and the effective use of  associated software such as ArcGIS, QGIS or R  
  • Expertise in the development and maintenance of relational databases  
  • Knowledge of effective data visualization techniques and associated software such as Tableau or Power BI 
  • Knowledge of data analytical techniques such as inferential statistics, regression, spatial statistics, and time series analysis 
  • General awareness of issues related to forests, carbon and biodiversity in India  


  • MA/MSc degree in a field related to ecology, geography, statistics, mathematics, or another related field of study with at  least 5-8 years of experience relevant to this position, or equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Experience in the monitoring of complex conservation projects in high-priority conservation landscapes of India 
  • Experience in the development of capacity building programmes including curriculums 
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex concepts in a simple manner for field-based stakeholders
  • Knowledge of social science data collection methods 
  • Multi-lingual (in Indian languages relevant to the above field sites) and multi-cultural/cross-cultural experience
  • Politically savvy. 

What We Bring:  

Nature Conservancy India Solutions Private Limited (NCIS) is a private limited company incorporated under the Companies  Act 2013, having it registered office in India in New Delhi. India. It is a wholly owned Indian subsidiary of The Nature 

Conservancy. The company currently provides technical consultancy, monitoring & evaluation, and other related services in  the domain of conservation and environment to its various clients within and outside India.  

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we  employ!  

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.  

Our Competencies:  

How to apply

How to apply: Visit this link: https://careers.nature.org/  

To apply for job ID 52920, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by  11:59 PM EST on 21-Feb-2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.  

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