Research and Evaluation Manager

Oxford, United Kingdom
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NGO/Civil Society
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Earthwatch is recruiting for an experienced Research and Evaluation Manager to manage business case analysis for citizen science and sensor development, with an initial focus on the potential integration of these in water monitoring and nature-based solutions.

The Research and Evaluation Manager will work across Earthwatch’s Engagement and Science, Corporate Partnership and Communications teams to explore market trends and end-user requirements (private sector, public bodies, NGOs and citizens) for participative monitoring and management. You will support exploitation and output mapping of major Earthwatch citizen science projects by identifying potential end-users and market characteristics. You will also help Earthwatch to measure the impact of citizen science on the environment and society, by overseeing a rigorous programme of capturing and measuring outputs, outcomes and impacts of different citizen-science approaches on society, democracy, the economy, science itself, and the individual citizen scientists involved in the activities.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who combines strong business development skills with an affinity for citizen science and a background in science and technology, preferably with a focus on environmental monitoring and nature-based solutions. You will also need to have a strong background in research on monitoring and evaluation and an exceptional ability to gather and analyse data to generate information and knowledge. We offer you the opportunity to develop a new role and to make a difference.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK; Earthwatch is unable to support visa applications.


Role purpose:

To develop and implement an impact measurement framework for citizen-science projects and to increase the alignment of projects with market trends and end-user requirements, maximising post-project sustainability and impact.

Key deliverables:

  • Identify and develop potential endusers of innovative and participative monitoring approaches (private sector, public bodies, NGOs and citizens) and gain understanding of end-user requirements and exploitation opportunities through market analyses and scoping workshops.
  • Carry out validation and impact assessment of new technologies related to citizen science based environmental monitoring and support business case analysis and development for innovative technologies to increase the effectiveness of citizen-science research projects.
  • Manage delivery of Earthwatch and partners’ IP to safeguard project marketability.
  • Develop exploitation roadmaps and accompanying documentation to be used by end-users, consortium partners and developers.
  • Identify and organise opportunities at national and international events to present project outputs.
  • Create quantitative and qualitative data collection tools and protocols for consistent data gathering, including mechanisms for quality control conducting regular data verification exercises to ensure overall quality and accuracy. Challenge established methods to measure impact and work with partner organisations across the world to share best practice in measuring impact.
  • Review data collected on legacy projects, exploring ways to link historical impact to current framework.
  • Gather statistical and evidence data, and support programmes in analysing data and information.
  • Where necessary, develop training sessions for those responsible for collecting and inputting data, to ensure a consistent approach.
  • Analyse, produce and strategically disseminate and present reader-friendly, results-oriented reports for internal and external audiences.
  • Work closely with the communications team to ensure that results are effectively communicated to all stakeholders.


Person specification:

  • Suitably qualified scientist (at least to degree level, but preferably with MSc or PhD) with a good understanding of technology, business development and monitoring and evaluation
  • Significant experience of conducting research on monitoring and evaluation, including qualitative and quantitative data design, collection and analysis
  • Demonstrable passion and enthusiasm for environmental issues, which enables you to engage others
  • A demonstrable passion for citizen science, good understanding of volunteer motivations and current developments in the field of citizen science
  • Experience in exploring market trends and end-user requirements, undertaking emerging needs and trends analysis, and in developing exploitation roadmaps
  • A track-record in the development and exploitation of research and technology projects, ideally with a focus on water and monitoring methods
  • Excellent relationship management skills and track record of effective partnership management, proven ability to work with diverse and large teams including virtual teams and to foster a positive working environment with international stakeholders
  • A strong communicator, used to speaking to a wide range of academic and non-academic audiences
  • Excellent IT skills (analytical tools)
  • Flexible, self-motivated and goal-oriented with excellent administrative and organisational skills, able to manage a complex and varied work load and deliver results to deadline
  • Written/spoken fluency in English is required
  • Commitment to the mission, values and operating principles of Earthwatch

The above list of job deliverables is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.