(based in eastern Africa)
The Firelight Foundation is seeking a Learning & Evaluation Officer to lead and carry out the monitoring, evaluation, and learning agendas for our initiatives in eastern and southern Africa.
Firelight (www.firelightfoundation.org) is a unique philanthropic fund set up to support catalytic community-based organizations in Africa that are working to build smart, sustainable and scalable solutions to the challenges faced by children and youth.
We partner with major foundations, family foundations and individual philanthropists to find, fund and strengthen local community organizations that are addressing significant gaps and opportunities for vulnerable children in Africa.
Through a combination of multi-year financial grants, capacity building and mentoring, we help community-based organizations realize their own collective visions of safe, strong and nurturing environments where children and youth thrive and can fulfill their potential.
We work with these organizations as they seek to strengthen their programs, their infrastructure, their ability to effect long-term social change, and their own community’s capacity to address its needs. We work to foster community organizations so that they can take care of children today, strengthen their own capacity for tomorrow and be agents of long-term structural change in the future.
LEARNING & EVALUATION AT FIRELIGHT
The Learning & Evaluation Team at Firelight leads the organization and supports our grantee-partners in (a) using evidence to inform our design and planning, (b) monitoring our work, (c) evaluating our impact, and (d) intentionally and continuously learning from our experience to improve our approach and work in the short and long term. As part of this, we establish and strengthen an organizational culture of learning and evidence-informed decision making – for ourselves and for our grantees. We also work with our colleagues to determine and implement a common set of indicators to assess our impact and our grantee-partners’ progress across all of Firelight’s work. In addition, we design and coordinate the implementation of specific monitoring, evaluation, and learning frameworks for each of our strategic initiatives, enabling us to assess effectiveness and progress on initiative-specific outcomes. Moreover, as part of Firelight’s undertaking to build the capacity of grantee organizations, the Learning & Evaluation Team works closely with the Initiatives Team to build grantee-partners’ capacity in monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
OVERVIEW OF ROLE
The Learning & Evaluation Officer, as part of the Learning & Evaluation Team, will work closely with Firelight’s Initiatives Team and our grantee-partners to achieve the objectives outlined above. Specifically, the Learning & Evaluation Officer will be responsible for developing and implementing monitoring, evaluation, and learning frameworks for each of our strategic initiatives, enabling us to assess progress on organization-level, community-level, and child- and family-level outcomes that are of interest to our grantee-partners, our donors, and Firelight.
At this time, Firelight funds and supports early childhood development, education, child rights and child protection, and adolescent girls’ initiatives in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, and Lesotho. Firelight is seeking a Learning & Evaluation Officer based in eastern Africa.
Reporting to the Director of Learning & Evaluation, the Learning & Evaluation Officer will:
(1) Lead the planning and implementation of monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities for several of Firelight’s strategic initiatives:
- Design and coordinate the implementation of monitoring, evaluation, and learning frameworks for each of our strategic initiatives, enabling us to assess effectiveness, progress and outcomes that are of interest to our grantee-partners, our donors, and Firelight on an organization-level, community-level, and child- and family-level.
- Coordinate large and small, quantitative and qualitative, research/evaluation projects in different countries to answer learning questions, test hypotheses, and/or evaluate impact.
- Lead all aspects of such evaluation/research projects – including to:
- Design the evaluation/research activity and obtain necessary ethics reviews and approvals,
- Develop and implement workplans in collaboration with colleagues and consultants,
- Identify and adapt, or develop data collection tools,
- Coordinate data collection and entry,
- Consolidate and clean data,
- Conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis,
- Write and share results in different formats and with different audiences – including reports for grantee-partners, donor reports, blog posts, dashboards, conference presentations, etc.
- Develop and manage budgets related to learning and evaluation processes for each initiative.
(2) As part of the Learning & Evaluation Team, collaborate with Firelight’s Initiatives Team to develop and implement plans to build grantee-partners’ capacities in monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
(3) As part of Learning & Evaluation Team, contribute to Firelight’s organization-wide learning and evaluation agenda:
- Coordinate and engage Firelight staff and grantee partners in a culture and process of learning and adaptation.
- Identify learning questions and pursue them through guided inquiry to inform organizational learning.
- Support the determination and implementation of common indicators to be tracked across all of Firelight’s initiatives.
- Support Firelight efforts to streamline data collection, aggregation, analysis, and dissemination using appropriate technology tools.
- Conduct background research and maintain up-to-date information and statistics on children and community-based organizations in Africa to inform Firelight’s current and new initiatives.
- Support the development and implementation of community-driven approaches to monitoring, evaluation, and learning across our initiatives.
- Engage in analysis, reflection, and sharing to improve Firelight’s strategy and practice, and influence development practice and scholarly discourse.
- Respond to information needs and requests from Initiatives Team, Executive Director, Managing Director, grantee-partners, and donors.
- Sound understanding of how monitoring, evaluation, and learning can be used to strengthen the effectiveness and impact of programs.
- Intellectual curiosity and attention to detail, completed by sound analysis, critical thinking skills, and understanding of the big picture.
- Master’s degree in related field, preferably with a strong research component demonstrating training and skills in research design, implementation, and analysis.
- Experience and skill using analysis software, including SPSS, NVIVO, and MS Excel (or similar applications).
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues and grantee-partners.
- At least 5-7 years of work mid-to senior-level experience developing and executing thoughtful monitoring, evaluation, and research plans to assess impact and improve programming.
- Experience working with diverse teams implementing and evaluating programs in international settings.
- Ability to work collaboratively and constructively with community organizations that are on the front lines of impact for at-risk children and youth.
- Strong time management skills with the ability to effectively multi-task and prioritize to meet deadlines.
- Ability to maintain timely, meaningful and collaborative communication with a multi-country, bi-continental team and a wide range of grantee-partners and other collaborative partners.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills in English.
- Excellent interpersonal and team skills.
- Ability to travel over 50% of time; ability to maintain a fairly rigorous schedule during travel.
- Experience in community development, health, education, or social service programs in low-income countries, preferably African countries.
- Experience working with and supporting the work of grassroots organizations.
- Experience and skill in data visualization principles and techniques.
- Fluency in one or more local languages spoken in Tanzania, Malawi, or Zambia.
- Program development and management experience.
- Sense of humor.
This is a full-time position. Hiring range is 70,000 to 90,000 USD, commensurate with experience.
- Send updated CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please note “Learning & Evaluation Officer” and your full name (last name first) in subject line of e-mail.
- Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and this position is open until filled. Only persons short-listed for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.
(based in USA)
The Firelight Foundation (www.firelightfoundation.org) is a public charity with a bi-continental, mostly virtual team in the Northern California Bay Area, centered around mid-Peninsula, South Bay and in Africa. Firelight Foundation is a public charity that supports the efforts of community-based organizations in sub-Saharan Africa to meet the needs of vulnerable children in Africa. We partner with major foundations, family foundations, and individual philanthropists to find, fund and strengthen local community organizations that are addressing significant gaps and opportunities for vulnerable children in Africa. Through its grant-making program, Firelight offers grants to organizations providing direct, effective services to children and youth in difficult circumstances.
The Finance Manager is responsible for Firelight’s accounting operations, the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company's reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Prepares internal and external financial reports. Monitors and confirms financial condition. Protects assets by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing internal controls. Coordinates annual audit, prepares or oversees required tax and informational reporting. Leads budget development and tracking for the overall organization and program initiatives. The Finance Manager participates in organizational strategic decision-making, and serves as staff liaison to the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board of Directors. The Firelight accounting and reporting function supports a mostly virtual, bi-continental team of California and Africa based staff. This position will be based in the South Bay, California.
- Oversee and manage internal and external financial reporting and accounting system to ensure accuracy and timeliness.
- Implement and monitor all internal financial and accounting controls to assure compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and all applicable regulations.
- Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters to the ED, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, and the Board of Directors.
- Coordinate and lead the annual audit and Form 990 preparation, liaise with external auditors and the Audit Committee, the Finance Committee, and Board of Directors; assess any changes necessary.
- Direct and maintain operational accounting services including cash and investment management, SIMPLE IRA plan, grants payment processing, payroll, accounts payable, and donation processing.
- Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the ED; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep ED, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, and Board of Directors informed of Firelight’s financial status.
- Support Finance Committee in monitoring Firelight’s investment performance; maintaining and updating investment policy.
- Work with Fundraising and Program team members to develop budgets for proposals, and translate to budget reports for initiatives when awarded.
- Oversee project/program accounting, grants accounting, and donor reporting.
- Maintain or oversee document retention according to Firelight’s policy, including but not limited to accounting records, contracts, leases, insurance policies, personnel files, and grant files.
- Oversee contract administration.
- Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; maintain and improve the accounting policy and procedure manual.
- Coordinate and oversee Fiscal Sponsorship relationships, including budgeting, accounting and recording.
- Supervise Accounting Associate
Experience and Qualifications
- This position requires a high degree of professionalism, demonstrated skills, and dedication.
- Minimum six years’ experience in an accounting or financial position, demonstrating increasing responsibility.
- Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting or related discipline.
- Strong organizational and decision-making skills.
- Ability and desire to take initiative.
- Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills.
- Nonprofit experience and familiarity with nonprofit reporting requirements strongly preferred.
- Significant experience with business accounting software (MIP, Intacct), and Microsoft Office applications. Familiarity with DonorPerfect and FileMaker desirable.
- CPA desirable.
- An understanding and appreciation of the values and mission that underlie the work of the Firelight Foundation.
Send updated CV and cover letter to email@example.com. Please note your full name (last name first) and then Finance Manager in subject line of email. Only persons short-listed for interviews will be contacted and this position is open until filled. No phone calls please.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Hiring range is 80-100K, commensurate with experience. Full benefits include: medical/dental/vision/chiropractic coverage, generous vacation, life insurance and a retirement plan.