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This position is contingent on donor approval of the project and the effectiveness of the grant.



Heifer International


Prepared (28.04.2022)


Title: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer.

Position number:

New or Replacement: New

Central position: Yes__ No x

Pay level on the salary scale:

Level 03. Step 01.

Division/Dept.: Programs /GT0 (Guatemala)

Dept. # /WO of Subproject:


Submit reports to: MELS Coordinator

POSNO of the Supervisor :


RESNO / Supervisor Name:


Supervision: Employees Yes__ NoX | Volunteers Yes__ No X

Place: guatemala, guatemala

Reallocation Funds:

Does not apply

Required Travel: 60% annually.



Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or your status as a qualified individual with a disability.



Under the supervision of the project leader and in collaboration with Heifer’s regional and global monitoring and evaluation (M&E) experts, the MELS officer based in Guatemala will be responsible for:


  1. Guarantee the effective implementation of the project’s monitoring, evaluation and learning system;
  2. Manage quarterly data collection, cleansing, analysis, and visualization to inform decision-making and reporting; Y
  3. Prepare and submit follow-up reports for both countries, in collaboration with the MELS Officer based in Honduras.


The position will provide technical leadership, reporting and practical support to the M&E for the project in Guatemala and with the supervision of the project in Honduras.


The M&E Officer will provide M&E expertise and support to all activities and will specifically contribute to Components 1, 2 and 3 as well as M&E.



The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, autonomous, and has strong leadership skills.


  1. Prepare and update the project’s M&E plan in accordance with established CI GEF procedures, including a review of indicators, means of verification, and full definition of project staff’s M&E responsibilities.


  1. Organize and deliver key monitoring and evaluation tasks, including project inception workshop and report, progress reports, documentation of lessons learned, closing workshop, and support and cooperation with independent external evaluation exercises and related supervision missions of the project agency CI-GEF


  1. Design the instruments, monitoring systems and means of data collection necessary to calculate and report the established indicators in a timely manner (with emphasis on the use of digital tools).


  1. Organize project information into reports, websites, platforms, and other media as assigned.


  1. Accompany the baseline and terminal evaluation processes in alignment with the policies, methodologies and procedures of Heifer International and CI GEF


  1. Respond to periodic requests from CI GEF and Heifer International for additional information on project activities and results.


  1. Collaborate closely with the entire project team and consultants as needed.


  1. Collaborate with communications consultants and the project team as needed to incorporate lessons learned into knowledge management products.



Pilot improved climate-smart agriculture practices that increase resilience along value chains.



Deliverable 01: Improved climate-smart production practices in ecologically vulnerable areas of Guatemala and Honduras

  1. Work with the project team to identify producers.
  1. Participate with the hiring of the baseline study consultant.


  1. Identify information gaps with technical experts, companies and institutions related to value chains and help with the development of adaptation tools.
  2. Provide access to resources and training materials on relevant climate-smart practices.
  3. Oversee delivery of demo projects


Deliverable 02: Greater resilience and capacity of small producers, men and women, to adapt to climate change and crises related to economic and environmental volatility.

The MELS Officer based in Guatemala:


  1. Provide insights from the field in the report that will capture case studies, best practices, and recommendations emerging from the demonstration projects.
  2. Monitor the participation of living stakeholders in project workshops or community exchange events on climate-smart agriculture and how to measure its benefits
  3. Develop a monitoring system with community participation



Develop an Adaptation Equivalence Index by identifying, cataloging, and quantifying measures of climate-smart production practices.


There is a Functional Adaptation Equivalence Index that is flexible, scalable and capable of catalysing greater investment in adaptation and resilience measures in value chains.

  1. Provide input for analysis of adaptation benefits and metrics identified by government and other key stakeholders and from pilot projects, and support the integration of this information into the AEI framework and analysis.



  1. The AEI is recognized as a valuable tool for companies to achieve key adaptation results aligned with the GEF adaptation strategy.
  2. Collaborate with the project team to promote the use of AEI by the private sector, demonstrating the use of AEI by corporate partners and stakeholders.
  3. Increased understanding of the links between climate change adaptation and target value chains
  4. Monitor the number of AEI communication plans developed by companies.
  5. Provide inputs for the development of the learning modules, the monitoring platform and the project website.


Monitoring and evaluation

  1. Ensure the effective implementation of the project’s monitoring, evaluation and learning system.


  1. Manage quarterly data collection, cleansing, analysis, and visualization to inform decision-making and reporting.


  1. Prepare and submit follow-up reports for both countries, in collaboration with the MELS Officer based in Honduras.


Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in project planning, monitoring and management, economics and/or statistics, or equivalent with an academic focus in monitoring and evaluation or another related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating and working with international donors and recipients in PME/MLE systems.
  • Three (3) years of direct relevant MELS experience.


Preferred Requirements:

  • Five (5) years or more of relevant direct experience in MELS.
  • Experience carrying out M&E activities in general and in an institutionally financed project.
  • Experience in supporting and monitoring field programs in the region.
  • Experience in database management and coordination of evaluations, surveys and impact monitoring.


Most crucial competencies:

  • Innovative, analytical and solution oriented.
  • A good understanding and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger, agriculture and the environment, and knowledge of the context in which non-profit organizations operate.
  • Knowledge of market systems interventions and links to poverty alleviation.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including great attention to detail.
  • Proven experience in building the capacity of partner institutions to document and disseminate industry information, manage knowledge, measure progress, and plan and advocate within the industry.
  • Proficient knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, email (preferably Microsoft Office), and the Internet.
  • Strong knowledge and skills in data management and analysis using statistical software (eg STATA, SPSS, SAS, Eviews, etc.).
  • Demonstrated command of English, both oral and written.
  • ICT experience.
  • Capacity for teamwork.


Essential functions of the position and physical demands:

  • Ability to understand, appreciate and implement Heifer’s values-based holistic community development model.
  • Demonstrated creativity, ability to think systematically, willingness and ability to incorporate innovative solutions.
  • Quantitative and qualitative approaches to assessment and the ability to clearly communicate MEL concepts with leadership, partners, and staff at all levels.
  • Willingness and ability to assign and review the work of direct reports and use participatory management skills with junior and senior staff.
  • Proven team leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff, including field staff at various locations.
  • Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the public.
  • Work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks with little supervision while meeting sometimes inflexible deadlines.
  • Availability and willingness to travel.



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