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Director Evaluation & Knowledge Management
Right To Play
Location: Toronto, Canada
Last Date: September 30, 2010
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Reference:
Job Posting – “Director Evaluation &
September 30th, 2010
Right To Play is the
leading international humanitarian and development organization using the
transformative power of sport and play to build essential skills in children and
thereby drive social change in communities affected by war, poverty and disease.
Right To Play creates a safe place for children to learn and fosters the hope
that is essential for children to envision and realize a better future. Right To
Play’s mission is to improve the lives of children is some of the most
disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for
development, health and peace.
Evaluation & Knowledge Management, reporting to the Vice President International
Programs, is primarily required to provide an ongoing stream of program evidence
that can be communicated to donors, fundraisers, program staff, partners,
management and the Board. This role is responsible for guiding and leading all
internal and external evaluations at Right To Play. There is a considerable
amount of knowledge and scientific expertise required particularly as it relates
to working in developing countries. Overseeing a small evaluation team at
headquarters, the role will require consultation and collaboration at many
levels of the organization.
Job Responsibility #1:
Guide and lead all
internal and external program evaluations. Requires full and current knowledge
of the context within all Right To Play countries of programming.
Evaluation of staff participation in
needs assessments of the communities in which we work.
Evaluation of staff participation in
program design from concept ensuring that evaluation variables are appropriately
identified and that donor requirements can be measured.
Provides advice and guidance to
program staff during program implementation to ensure the highest quality of
Ensures a system of monitoring is in
place to regularly gather data that can be consolidated at organizational level,
including data required for the Balanced Scorecard.
Oversee the design of any program
evaluation within Right To Play (internal and external)
Oversee data collection methodologies
and actual data collection using the highest scientific rigor possible.
Oversee data analysis ensuring
accurate representation of findings.
Produces full and accurate scientific
documentation of all evaluations conducted within RTP including sampling,
methodology, data collection, data analysis, limitations,
% of Time: 25
Job Responsibility #2:
Dissemination of Knowledge
Deep understanding of the
communication needs in relation to program results of various Right To Play
stakeholders including staff, donors, fundraisers, communications and marketing,
executive management and board.
Ensure the timely, effective and
accurate use of evidence in reporting to each stakeholder group.
Work closely with program management
and staff to ensure learning acquired through evaluation is built into standards
of practice to ensure continuous program improvement.
Collaborate with Right
To Play teams to support resource development, effective training delivery,
project planning and development, proposal writing and program implementation
Prepare papers, reports and articles
for external public consumption that may include academic journals, topical
magazines, advocacy forums, other NGO’s etc.
Accurately present Right To Play
findings at conferences, forums, special interest groups nationally and
% of Time: 25
Job Responsibility #3:
Relationships and Partnerships
Builds and maintains
relationships with key evidence-based external organizations and individuals in
Right To Play’s sectors of operation including:
organizations, research organizations
Think tanks, thought leaders, world
Development and Humanitarian
Right To Play partner organizations
Doctoral/Master’s thesis students
% of Time: 25
Job Responsibility #4:
Evaluation Strategies and Plans
recommends an evaluation strategy and related plans that ensures critical and
timely knowledge acquisition and dissemination that adds strategic value to
Right To Play.
Develops a 5 year evaluation strategy
Develops annual evaluation plans and
Assesses industry-wide evaluation
trends and standards of practice
Recommends a comprehensive program of
research that would advance the ability of Right To Play to contribute to the
field of knowledge in our sectors of operation.
% of Time: 10
Job Responsibility #5:
Provide leadership to the internal
evaluation team at headquarters and provides technical guidance to M & E staff
in the field.
Build the capacity of the team to
effectively implement high quality evaluation functions
Further develop comprehensive M&E
frameworks and systems for international programs and continually refine the
framework and systems.
Lead, mentor, train and provide
technical support to the M&E Team (including Field Offices) to build capacity in
M&E systems and to enhance M&E vision and systems that inform and improve
performance, while maximizing organizational synergies that support the country
Ensure organizational compliance and
achievement of the standards set in the global framework.
Assess the capacity of RTP staff and
partners with respect to program delivery, evaluation and learning.
For direct reports,
has the responsibility and authority to create/revise the position role and
responsibility, interviews and selects staff with input from others. Orients,
trains, and coaches direct reports (and other staff) as required. Recommends or
initiates personnel actions for direct reports such as merit increases and other
salary adjustments, promotions, transfers, terminations, and disciplinary
actions including performance improvement plans. Completes all performance
management activities for direct reports including performance planning,
monitoring, and regular performance appraisals.
For indirect reports,
provides input to, and veto if necessary, the actions and activities of indirect
reports. May be consulted on the design of position, may interview and recommend
candidates for the position, may provide input on performance, and will delegate
tasks as required. May veto any action that is not aligned with RTP approved
culture and policies and local legislation.
% of Time: 15
Required (must have):
in Social Sciences or International Development
and certification in Monitoring and Evaluation
or certification in a professional evaluation association (Canadian Evaluation
in project management
10-15 years work experience in
monitoring and evaluation in the international development context.
2 years field experience in developing
Planning & Organizing
Monitors the external environment and
recommends appropriate changes to operational plans or the organization’s
Translates and aligns the
organizational strategic goals into concrete operational plans for the
department that are 3-5 years into the future. Develops and uses monitoring
systems to organize and keep track of performance and progress.
Financial & Business
Establishes budgets that realistically
reflect the department’s goals.
Implements and oversees monitoring and
audit procedures to track variation of actual expenditures to budget.
Identifies and explores INGO sector
funding trends that impact revenue generation
opportunities to support long range financial strategies of the organization.
Analyzes the implications of proposals
for change and makes authoritative recommendations.
Assesses impact of
change and implications to the organization, partners, donors, governments, etc.
Is able to work effectively with
ambiguity, where full information cannot be known or anticipated or
data is questionable.
Ensures the knowledge of the unit is
captured, shared with others and used in making new
Seeks out knowledge in various areas
of the organization.
Ensures that the organization
continually builds on its current knowledge base.
Values & Ethics
Understands and behaves in accordance
with Right To Play’s mission, vision, values, Code of
Conduct, Child Protection Policy and other relevant standards.
Maintains high personal standards of
ethics and integrity and honours commitments.
Does not discriminate based on race,
sex, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, marital status,
status, age, sexual orientation or disability; is against harassment and
Builds and strengthens partnerships
and alliances that support strategic interests of Right To Play.
Values and recognizes individual and
Is able to provide strong arguments
that will change firmly held opinions or positions to ones that
better advance the organization’s interests.
Anticipates and manages conflicts.
Communicates a compelling vision that
generates excitement, enthusiasm and commitment to
To Play’s vision, mission, purpose and goals.
Understands and demonstrates the
importance of integration between departments and across
functional areas inside Right To Play.
Understands and demonstrates the
importance of partnerships and collaborative activities between
To Play and other key international organizations, governments, donors and
Adopts a facilitative management style
where each person is enabled to contribute their best to the
organization and achieve superior outcomes.
INGO / Development
Knowledge and understanding of
International Development Sector including key players,
stakeholders, the legislative environment, the research environment, role of
United Nations, international literacy and standards of practice.
Deep knowledge of the key players in
research and evaluation in Right To Play’s core
thematic areas; research methodologies used in developing countries; variables
studied and reported.
Deep knowledge of evaluation design
and data collection methodologies, particularly when
working with children in developing countries.
Able to analyze both numerical and
narrative data and report on findings.
Able to teach non-technical staff to
collect date rigorously and scientifically.
Able to write complete and detailed
technical reports in scientific format.
Familiarity with the Logic Framework
model for program planning, program design and
Computer proficiency in word
processing, database, spreadsheet and graphics,
presentations, and one or more of the following statistical programs: SPSS,
Clear understanding of sport for
Knowledge of child growth and
Knowledge of holistic programming in
Ability to modify program
implementation to achieve superior outcomes.
Able to communicate technical findings
(verbal, written report, presentation, multi media,
to a variety of stakeholders – donors, management & Board, program staff,
fundraisers, marketing, governments, universities, peer reviewed journals,
colleagues, mass market via web sites.
Knowledge and skill in delegating work
and managing performance of staff.
Knowledge and skill at providing
technical advice and guidance to other departments.
Ability to manage teams to achieve
We offer a competitive
salary and benefits package
Employment Start Date:
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