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30-005 I Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

  • Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
  • Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
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30 I General Programs

Job description

VACANCY TITLE: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist

GCA TEAM: Research for Impact

LOCATION: Groningen or Rotterdam, the Netherlands


START DATE: As soon as possible


SALARY INDICATION: 70,000 – 96,000 EUR (Yearly gross –including all benefits)

The salary and seniority will be determined based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.


The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is seeking a creative and entrepreneurial candidate to join its offices in Groningen or Rotterdam (the Netherlands) as a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist.

GCA is a leading international organization dedicated to addressing climate change and promoting adaptation action for resilient development. We collaborate with governments, International Financial Institutions (IFIs), businesses, and communities to develop and implement innovative solutions that strengthen resilience and support adaptation to climate change impacts.

Join the Global Center on Adaptation’s Research for Impact Team (R4I) as a Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist. At GCA, you’ll contribute to transformative projects that make a lasting impact on global climate resilience. You’ll have the freedom to innovate and the support to bring your bold ideas to life. If you’re excited about creating meaningful change and building a sustainable future, we’d love to have you on our team. 


GCA’s strategy in Africa is implemented under the flagship Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), launched by GCA and the African Development Bank (AfDB) to scale up adaptation efforts and mobilize finance for climate-resilient development in Africa. To date, GCA has integrated adaptation solutions into $9 billion worth of investments funded by IFIs across Africa. GCA’s work under the AAAP focuses on four pillars where investments in adaptation and resilience building can yield high economic dividends for African nations, including: Food security; Infrastructure and Nature-based Solutions; Youth entrepreneurship and adaptation jobs; and Adaptation finance.

The role demands expertise in the Research for Impact (R4I) team’s business lines. R4I conducts research to support GCA’s programmatic work and develops academic and training programs on adaptation to empower scholars and professionals as well as serving as an adaptation incubator to globalize the exchange of adaptation knowledge which would have otherwise remained geographically constrained. The three R4I business lines designed for program support and expanding knowledge networks are: 

  • Advancing Climate Analytics: Supporting efforts to enhance climate analytics in data-scarce regions, assess risks to climate-vulnerable infrastructures.
  • Scaling Impact: Driving the development and implementation of comprehensive ex-ante and ex-post evaluation frameworks to guide data collection and analysis, ensuring effective monitoring, learning, and scaling of impact.
  • Capacity Enhancement and Knowledge Dissemination: Facilitating efforts to foster capacity building in impact evaluation in the field of climate adaptation within and outside GCA.

As a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist, you will lead the design and implementation of GCA’s results strategy, which includes developing comprehensive evaluation frameworks to enhance data collection, analysis, and reporting systems. Reporting directly to the R4I Manager and under the oversight of the Senior Director of Programs, you will collaborate with technical and regional teams to ensure effective monitoring, foster learning, and scale impact across our initiatives.


This position calls for an experienced, proactive individual who is committed to advancing global adaptation efforts through comprehensive evaluation and adaptive learning practices.

Responsibilities will include:

Strengthen and lead GCA’s approach to managing for results

  • Lead GCA’s monitoring and evaluation process, including supporting Program Teams in developing milestones and targets, validating data collected through GCA’s results monitoring systems, and facilitating activity completion reports for projects.
  • Develop and update internal procedures, including guidance notes for results reporting and develop a concise Operations Manual for the monitoring system.
  • Refine GCA's results strategy, including the Theory of Change and Results Framework.
  • Ensure alignment of the GCA Results Framework with country needs and donor funding mandates.

Strengthen and lead GCA’s approach to Business Line Reviews

  • Conduct regular and systematic reviews of all strategic business lines to assess their effectiveness and efficiency. Utilize both quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods to measure performance against the organization's strategic objectives and key performance indicators.
  • Generate actionable insights and identify best practices and lessons learned from evaluations that lead to informed decision-making and strategic adjustments and work closely with program leads and other key stakeholders to ensure that evaluation findings are clearly communicated, understood and integrated within operations.
  • Engage in proactive mentoring and coaching of junior officers, guiding their development along the organizational career trajectory within the monitoring and evaluation field.

Strengthen GCA’s learning, continuous improvement and knowledge management for strategic impact

  • Develop an Organizational Learning Agenda that incorporates GCA’s strategic goals, focusing on integrating continuous learning into program operations through regular analysis of key learning questions.
  • Develop and establish a centralized digital repository for learning materials, evaluation reports, and case studies, complemented by a dynamic learning dashboard to monitor real-time performance indicators and learning outcomes.
  • Facilitate discussions among program teams and other staff to identify and document key risks associated with the implementation of the Business Plans. Provide and implement corresponding mitigative actions to address these risks.

Provide inputs for donor proposals and other corporate priorities

  • Update the Business Plan for the implementation of the GCA Results Framework and the corresponding results reporting and monitoring system.
  • Facilitate discussions and document risks to the implementation of the Business Plan among Program Teams and other staff as appropriate. Provide corresponding mitigative actions.

Job requirements

Education and Experience:
• Master's Degree in climate change, international development, data science, economics, or other relevant field.
• Minimum of 10 years of experience working in international development, preferably related to climate adaptation in developing countries, including in Africa.
• Experience of working in international, intercultural environments.

Technical Competencies:
• Proven experience in developing results frameworks and indicators, as well as monitoring results under donor-funded programs.
• Strong knowledge and experience with M&E practices used by the international development community.
• Qualitative and quantitative analysis skills to enable results monitoring, and experience in translating results information into usable knowledge.
• Proficiency in using Microsoft Excel including developing macro applications, database, data collection systems, dashboards, and basic graphics.
• Proven ability to effectively convey development impact through quantitative and qualitative narrative.

Personal Competencies:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
• Exceptional interpersonal, including conflict management, active listening, negotiation, persuasion, and collaboration, with the ability to explain complex information clearly and guide colleagues through necessary changes in the non-profit, governmental, and/or private sectors.
• Proven planning, organizational, and collaboration skills.


GCA offers a dynamic, high-profile, and international working environment within a growing organization. Our global headquarters in Rotterdam is located in the award-winning Floating Office Rotterdam, the world’s largest floating office, with regional offices around the globe.

Joining our team means contributing to our global mission on climate adaptation. You will have the opportunity to tap into the extensive expertise available at GCA and its partner organizations worldwide. Furthermore, you will play a role in shaping international policies and global action on climate change, working at the highest governmental levels and collaborating with governments on all continents.

This staff position will be based in Groningen or Rotterdam, the Netherlands. GCA offers a competitive salary and 25 days of paid leave.

GCA does not discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, nationality, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


If you are interested in this position, please submit your motivation letter and CV by following the link before 25 July, 2024.

The recruitment process is composed of a written assessment and 3 rounds of interviews. Throughout these stages, you will engage with a diverse range of GCA team members, from various levels within our organization. While we acknowledge the length of our recruitment process, we believe it is essential for a comprehensive understanding. This approach is not only about us assessing your skills and potential; it's also an opportunity for you to gain a deep insight into our organization's culture and dynamics. This experience will enable you to clearly envision your future growth and success with us, ensuring a strong and mutually beneficial fit.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks. The Global Center on Adaptation also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.


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