Rare is committed to evidence-based practice: ensuring that our program implementation both draws on and adds to the existing body of evidence connecting behavior change with lasting conservation. We are also committed to using the results from research, data collection and experience in the design of our conservation interventions integrating scientific principles with local information and community knowledge.
Rare's Fish Forever program is an innovative global movement to transform near-shore fisheries (www.fishforever.org). Fish Forever has ambitious objectives to combat chronic overfishing: recovering fish stocks; increasing the economic value of local fisheries; ensuring food security to vulnerable communities; protecting the most biologically diverse marine habitats; contributing to climate change resilience; and building local leadership capacity to ensure sustainability. Fish Forever focuses on implementing managed access areas that give tenure to local fishing communities and within these areas establish fully protected reserves to enable fish populations to recover and replenish surrounding fishing areas.
The Global Fisheries Solutions team works to support country teams implementing Fish Forever. The team provides technical support in the areas of reserve design, data collection through standardized Monitoring and Evaluation, data analysis, technology innovation and information sharing. We continue to invest in data collection across our global programs and have strong partnerships with leading academic institutions around the world to collaborate on analysis, modeling and developing innovative solutions. We seek an Associate for Applied Science who can work with us to provide support to Fish Forever staff as they design, implement, and evaluate the managed access and reserve approach across the coastal zone of tropical countries including coral reef, seagrass, mangrove and pelagic ecosystems.
We realize that effective conservation must be based on the best available science, but that connecting research to application is a difficult challenge requiring a broad range of skills spanning study design, expert analysis, keen interpretation and effective communication. Further, effective conservation scientists need to find solutions that can balance the conservation objectives with a range of societal needs. We seek a Senior Manager Monitoring and Evaluation who can work with us to provide support to Fish Forever countries as they design, implement and evolve the monitoring and evaluation strategy across the program.
Reporting to and working closely with the Director for Applied Science, the Senior Manager Monitoring and Evaluation will be responsible for the data management and analysis needed to evaluate the success and impact of the program across all Fish Forever Countries. This includes managing key relationships across Rare's internal global network of conservation professionals; coordinating the collection, storage, and sharing of data and programmatic learning; conducting ecological modeling and statistical analyses, and supporting donor reporting. The Senior Manager, will serve as a thought partner and technical support to country teams as they implement managed access areas and reserves with community groups and carry out the monitoring and evaluation strategy.
The Senior Manager will lead the execution of the monitoring and evaluation plan and management of all data collected under the program. S/he will also serve as the primary contact with partner academic institutions collaborating on research of shared interest. S/he will conduct ecological modeling and statistical analyses that inform program impact and assist Rare staff with interpretation of analyses to support communication efforts of Fish Forever's work to peers, donors, and the wider conservation and social development communities. S/he will also be responsible for ensuring that the monitoring and evaluation plan is adequately measuring Fish Forever's contribution to facilitating ecological resilience to climate change. Finally, the Senior Manager will provide guidance and support to the Director of Applied Science as ecological resilience to climate change is incorporated in to marine reserve design.
The successful candidate in this position will be excited about working in a practitioner-oriented, solution-focused culture and using science to advance conservation, with ongoing problem solving and iterative learning. In this environment, the candidate will have the opportunity and the responsibility of helping shape systems and processes, particularly those related to data inputs for monitoring managed access and reserve efficacy, and the management and analysis of large data sets. S/he will be able to balance the rigor required for good science and data management / analysis with the need for pragmatic solutions in an applied, operational and time bound setting.
The Senior Manager will have primary responsibility and exercise independent judgment regarding the following areas of significance:
Monitoring and Evaluation
Serve as the main technical support to Fish Forever country teams for monitoring and evaluation
Provide guidance on the implementation of the monitoring and evaluation plan including country level sampling design, data collection protocol execution, and contractor selection
Conduct data analyses using ecological modeling and appropriate statistical approaches necessary to evaluate Fish Forever program outcomes and goals.
Provide guidance on ecological resilience to climate change as it relates to monitoring and evaluation and marine reserve design
Draft reports summarizing data analyses findings
Review data analyses and write-ups produced by M&E consultants, as necessary
Support routine reporting and communications (e.g., donor reporting, website updates, etc.)
If necessary, provide support for working with geospatial data for monitoring in GIS
Author or co-author reports, briefs, presentations, papers, and other knowledge products to share and publicize findings
Manage partnerships with academic institutions and other organizations collaborating on research to refine the monitoring and evaluation strategy, as appropriate
Data Management, Interpretation and Use
Coordinate with country and program leads to help to ensure effective implementation of data collection activities and assist in data transmission, storage, visualization and dissemination
Help manage external partners and contractor relationships to deliver data requirements
Support the development of data collection templates, forms, and/or protocols
Set up and manage relational databases to: (1) support the development, advancement, and evaluation of conservation strategies and fisheries management, and (2) fulfill reporting requirements to a variety of audiences including donors, country partners as well as internal and external audiences
Manage multiple database platforms
Write medium to complex SQL queries to explore and understand data
Integrate dashboards with multiple platforms to help users visualize and understand data using tools such as PowerBI, Tableau, Google Data Studio
Executive Support for External Communications, Change Management
Working closely with the Director, Applied Marine Science, to support the organization's executive leadership, communications and fundraising functions in making accurate, evidence-based claims about Rare's work
Conduct quick turnaround, one-off analyses to support communications with donors, media, and supporters, turning data or existing analyses into high-level messages
Help foster an organizational culture of understanding and respect for evidence based stories using data and explaining confidence
Help maintain the organizational culture of respect for data and evidence as a basis for decisions and communications
Data Sharing Practices
Maintain current knowledge of scientific issues and emerging topic of relevance to Fish Forever or wider marine conservation topics
Maintain current knowledge of evaluation approaches and design techniques to the extent that they influence the types of data collected for monitoring and evaluation, and use of this knowledge to help shape decisions on data collection
Represent the organization at conferences, meetings and other events, including supporting the preparation of materials for distribution to internal and external audiences
Represent the organization with professional associations, partnerships, and alliances.
Experience & Education
PhD in marine science, ecology, fisheries biology, marine spatial planning, or similar
Demonstrated excellent research design skills making extensive use of quantitative data in tropical marine environments
Demonstrated superior data management and data analysis skills including the use of complex data sets and ecological modeling
Extensive familiarity, with large data sources relevant to environmental conservation, livelihoods, resilience and natural resource management that can be integrated into decision frameworks during conservation planning
Desirable proficiency, or the ability to develop a working proficiency, with other relevant software that Rare uses for the purposes of extracting data and transferring them to analysis software (e.g., SurveyPro)
Ability to envision and sketch out data visualizations based on analyses, and work with others on visualization
Ability to integrate scientific data with participatory information from communities
Direct experience supervising others implement quantitative research at a graduate level or above
Strong familiarity with mixed methods and qualitative methods and data handling
Familiarity with issues pertaining to long-term data management, e.g. data-sharing policies of academic journals and funding agencies
Experience representing organizations at professional conferences and delivering presentations, including preparing papers, posters and other materials for conferences and panels
Capacity to thrive in a practitioner-oriented, pragmatic-minded organization, and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, adjust own timelines with sensitivity to priorities, and deliver a quality product on time
Experience in supervising staff and/or consultants
Demonstrated ability in managing client relationships across departments of the organization and with partner organizations
Ability to work well and communicate effectively cross-culturally
Superior interpersonal, organizational, planning and analytical skills
Excellent project management skills
Excellent writing skills
Fluency in English is essential; Fluency in a Fish Forever country program language would be a plus (Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish )
A focus on results and solutions with flexibility and a sense of humor.
Ability to travel, including to implementation sites where primary data collection is carried out, up to 20% of the time
Spanish, Mandarin, Tagalog, and/or Bahasa Indonesia language skills, and/or experience living overseas, a plus.
Rare is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply; EOE/M/F/D/V