We’re currently looking for a Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) – Strategic Initiatives to support Community Foundations of Canada. This role will primarily support the implementation of the Community Services Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund). Specifically, data collection and analysis related to the Recovery Fund program progress and program outcomes as outlined in the contribution agreement. However, it will include some additional MEL capacity to contribute to CFC’s reporting deliverables for the Investment Readiness Program and Healthy Communities Initiative. 

The Recovery Fund is a $400M funding program, supported by the Government of Canada, to help Community Service Organizations (CSOs. e.g. charities and nonprofits) adapt and modernize their operations and mode of delivery. 

Key Facts: 

  • Status: 24-month contract, dependent on project funding availability.
  • Location: Anywhere in Canada but must be able to participate occasionally in virtual meetings as early as 9 AM Eastern time. Must be able to work from home. A small budget to support office set up will be provided. 
  • Compensation package: The package is between $65,000 – $75,000 per year, depending on experience.

Who are we looking for? 

You are a highly organized and detail oriented individual experienced with MEL and general project management support. You provide high-quality, error free, data-driven insights, analysis and summaries to the rest of the team, allowing them to maintain positive relationships with members of the public, and other external and internal stakeholders. 

You understand and apply an anti-oppression, anti-racist, and feminist lens to your work. You uphold the values of CFC and help advance our commitments.

This role will involve working on a project focused on funding a broad and diverse range of organizations in the non-profit sector. This position reports to the VP, Strategic Initiatives but has day to day engagement with the Program Manager of the Recovery Fund, Healthy Communities Initiative and Investment Readiness Program. This role will also engage frequently with the Communications, Network Engagement and Data/Tech departments.

What does the role involve? 

Monitoring and Project Insight/Analysis (50%)

  • CSO Application intake / Review / Decisions. Continually analyze the existing application intake dashboard and reports to provide line-of-sight on volume of CSO applicants. Support participating community foundations (via Coordinators, Recovery Fund) plus other CFC committees with supplementary application data and information to aid in their decision making. As funding decisions are being made, ensure that program reports are properly recorded and dashboards and reports are reflective of the program reporting framework. Propose updates to dashboards and reports that will enhance their performance.
  • Meeting preparation. Prepare regular and ad hoc reports for the Project Manager, Recovery Fund in preparation for meeting with intermediaries and program funder, ESDC, regarding application requests, funding decisions, etc. Assist the Project Manager with developing speaking points and other forms of deeper analysis on data, trends and other contextual information, as needed
  • Program enhancements. Strengthen and fine-tune the monitoring and evaluation procedures and/or logic model throughout the program delivery
  • Project insight and analysis. Leading up to and during internal and external meetings, prepare key project details, highlights and implications that enhance and elevate discussion and decision points, where appropriate.

Evaluation (30%)

  • CSO end-recipient reporting. For CSOs that CFC funds directly, work closely with the Coordinators, Recovery Fund to ensure CSOs submit timely reporting on their activities and outcomes. And help identify gaps – where gaps exist – in the timely collection of CSO end-recipient reports
  • Community foundation (CF) insight and reporting. Work closely with Coordinators, Recovery Fund to ensure timely reports from participating community foundations on the successes and challenges of running the program, and the CSOs they have funded directly. Additionally, review and analyze all sources of feedback from community foundations provided during webinars, from surveys/forms or information logged into the CRM
  • CFC’s Interim and final reports. Work closely with the Program Manager, Recovery Fund to draft and submit interim and final reports to ESDC

Learning (20%)

  • In addition to helping the Program Manager, Recovery Fund develop internal learning for CFC, you will work closely with other CFC team members managing ongoing programs. This may include, but not limited to, deeper dives on program reports across major CFC programming, looking for trends and/or recommendations to enhance future design and delivery. 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • You have 3+ years of experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning 
  • You have a demonstrated track record of implementing successful MEL initiatives
  • You have an excellent qualitative and quantitative data analysis skill set
  • You have a proven ability to recommend and implement right-sized activities to promote organizational/program learning and change
  • You are aware of and have experience with leveraging external data sources – such as Statistics Canada, Sustainable Development Goals, etc. and incorporating them into your analysis
  • You value collaboration and have skills to work across time zones and geographies
  • You have strong attention to detail and are able to think and plan strategically
  • You have strong problem solving skills and a solutions-oriented mindset
  • You are highly organized and detail-oriented, with a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines 
  • You have the ability and/or comfort with learning new software systems
  • You have comfort with online tools such as Google Suite (Gmail, Google Sheets, Slides, Docs and Google Drive)
  • You are a quick learner who is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment independently and as a part of a team
  • You have demonstrated the ability to exercise discretion, tact, and maintain confidentiality

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience in the charitable, not for profit or foundation-sector is desirable
  • Lived experiences or knowledge that contribute to CFC’s purpose, creativity and perspectives
  • Experience with project management tools, methodologies (e.g. Waterfall versus Agile) and definitions (e.g. milestones, tasks/sub-tasks, dependencies, etc)
  • Bilingualism is an asset

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to the following form: click here. Please make your cover letter out to Geneviève Vallerand, VP Strategic Initiatives. In your cover letter, please explain why you are a good fit for this role.

The deadline for applications is February 6th, 2023, although applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so please apply early. The selected candidate must be able to start no later than March 13, 2023 and preferably earlier.