Location: Bristol, UK
Closing date for applications: 09 July 2017
Start date: August 2017
Contract duration: Permanent
Remuneration: Competitive salary based on experience
Blue Ventures is an award-winning marine conservation organisation working to rebuild tropical
fisheries with coastal communities. We’re committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that
benefit coastal people. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies,
and where there is a fundamental unmet need to support human development.
Summary Job Description
Blue Ventures is seeking an exceptional early-career conservation professional with a passion for all
things data to join our fast-growing UK team. The new position of Monitoring, evaluation and
learning officer will play a key role in developing and maintaining data systems that track key
conservation impact metrics across partners working to scale and replicate our marine conservation
As part of our ambition to reach at least three million people worldwide by 2020, we’re increasingly
focusing on supporting like-minded organisations to implement some of our successful conservation
approaches. This year we’ve joined forces with an amazing array of new partners from India,
Indonesia and around the Western Indian Ocean region, and now we’re looking for a talented and
highly numerate individual to help ensure these partners and communities have access to the
technical support and monitoring systems they need to thrive.
In this varied and highly rewarding role, you’ll be improving data processes, supporting technical
teams in the field to design effective monitoring programmes, and designing innovative systems for
rapid data collection, management, analysis, visualisation and dissemination.
The successful candidate will ideally have a background in scientific monitoring and evaluation, and
experience of managing large, varied datasets. An excellent understanding of developing data
systems and processes is also highly desirable.
You should be a team player that thrives in a lively and hard working environment, ready to work
across several teams and to solve problems under tight deadlines.
The Monitoring, evaluation and learning officer will report to the UK-based Head of monitoring and
evaluation, and be preferably based in our Bristol office, with frequent international travel to work
with colleagues, partners and field teams.
Blue Ventures is a fast growing and mission-driven social enterprise, offering excellent opportunities
for further professional development.
Data management and reporting: scale and impact
- Support the development and implementation of tools and processes to capture key performance indicators related to the scale and impact of Blue Ventures conservation programmes.
- Ensure that Blue Ventures partner data are effectively and efficiently measured, capturing their contribution to global conservation impact.
- Develop and maintain secure “partner platform” launched integrating interactive dashboards with partner results and fisheries data with a comprehensive library of training materials and resources
- Work closely with the Head of monitoring and evaluation to collate impact reporting from global partnership support and outreach efforts.
Technical support and guidance for field teams
- Working with the Head of monitoring and evaluation and conservation programme staff, support BV technicians and partner field teams to develop and implement monitoring plans that capture progress on key activities, outputs and conservation outcomes.
- Work with the M&E team to develop and implement methods to understand changes in community attitudes and perceptions across different geographies and timescales
- Support on the identification of key research questions for testing and improving conservation models and the development of methods and sampling plans to achieve this with partners.
- Lead on the development of new data collection and management tools to support data collection and management across programmes.
- Work with field teams to develop and test systems for dissemination of data to a variety of audiences, including communities, partners, authorities and funders.
- Provide backstopping for colleagues on conservation team as required, and support or carry out overseas field visits, partner support visits, scoping visits, and other technical or outreach missions as required
- Work with the Head of monitoring and evaluation and field teams to improve online dashboards (using Tableau, Excel etc.) for reporting of key metrics across programmes, sites and countries
- Lead on internal and external dissemination of data and research outputs including working on priority analyses as needed for broader dissemination/peer review
- Work closely with partner support team and partner organisations to develop innovative communication mechanisms for engaging communities in using data to adapt local fisheries management
- Contribute content for funding proposals, donor reports, ad hoc updates, and presentations as required
Learning and training
- Work with the partner support team to identify and synthesise key lessons from partner sites for sharing across other partners and within BV sites
- Develop data toolkits for key in-country staff members to support training of partners in data processes from collection through to community reporting and adaptive management.
- Provide training in the use and implementation of data toolkits to key technical support staff.
Skills and Experience required
- Degree in related field such as Conservation and/or Development
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation, data management systems and processes
- Experience in developing or managing community-led monitoring programmes or citizen science platforms
- Previous project management experience including the development of logframes and associated reporting
- Expertise in research design, as well as data management, analysis and reporting
- Excellent knowledge of MS Office (particularly Excel) and Google Apps
- Experience with statistical analysis, GIS and data visualisation software
- Experience in teaching, capacity building, or of delivering training to diverse audiences, both to groups and in one-to-one settings
- Fluency in English
- Masters or equivalent in related field such as Conservation and/or Development
- Experience of designing and using participatory/collaborative socio-economic research methodologies
- Good knowledge of fisheries monitoring
- Experience of working in health or development projects
- Knowledge of database development and SQL
- Experience with statistical analysis, GIS and data visualisation software
- Excellent writing skills, with a proven track record in both report writing and peer-reviewed publication
Why work with us:
We operate at the frontline of some of the world's most pressing environmental and social
problems, innovating effective and scalable responses with tropical coastal communities. We are
recognised as a transformative force in our sector.
We're a fast-moving social enterprise, quick to embrace and implement promising ideas without
We expect and support our staff to take a lead in their own work, offering scope for creativity and
We challenge and support our staff to grow their skills, providing considerable exposure to different
work experiences and training opportunities.
We offer extensive opportunities for travel, working in diverse environmental and cultural contexts.
We look out for one another as we work closely together in challenging situations, celebrating
successes and spurring each other on when the going gets tough.
Our organisational values are central to everything we do.
Applicants should apply online, using the link below, by 9th July 2017:
Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and first-round interviews may be
conducted with short-listed candidates before the application deadline.
All shortlisted candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date.