Learning and Evaluation Officer


Organization Name: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Location: Westlake Village, California, United States
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 25-March-2020
Closing Date: 20-April-2020

Who we are:

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help individuals throughout the world living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage. The Foundation invests in 11 program areas, including providing access to safe water, supporting transition age foster youth, ending chronic homelessness, hospitality workforce development, disaster relief and recovery, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, and supporting the work of Catholic sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 billion in grants, distributing $110 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2019. Foundation assets increased from approximately $2.9 billion to $6.6 billion following the 2019 passing of Barron Hilton who, like his father, pledged virtually his entire estate to the Foundation. For more information, please visit
Our Culture:
Our employees are inspired by the Foundation's mission and are committed to support our program areas in a thoughtful and effective way. Everyone is expected to cultivate the work environment in a way that contributes to respectful, open, and engaging dialogue and connection that support meaningful innovation, learning, progress and outcomes.
Our Benefits:
We value the health and well-being of our employees and offer comprehensive and generous health care coverage options including fitness benefits, disability coverage, paid holidays, paid time off, paid parental leave, flexible work schedules and technology benefits. Professional learning and development are supported through educational assistance and participation in professional conferences and seminars. To encourage charitable giving, the Foundation triple-matches employee gifts to qualified non-profit organizations.
About the Role
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation seeks to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people worldwide. An essential part of our philanthropic approach is setting ambitious yet feasible goals that address significant social challenges. Each of our strategic initiatives currently has a third-party Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) partner that works with our program staff, grantees, and other stakeholders to continuously strengthen our impact by supporting the development of and measuring strategic goals, highlighting areas of opportunity and gaps in the field, and sharing lessons learned with the public. The Foundation is looking to expand its in-house Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning functions to help centrally distill, analyze, and communicate key learning's from each of these partnerships and from research and evaluation work conducted internally.
Reporting to the Senior Learning and Evaluation Officer (Sr. LEO), the Learning and Evaluation Officer (LEO) will support MEL activities to ensure our grant performance monitoring and strategy evaluation efforts reinforce organizational learning. The Learning and Evaluation Officer will also work with our Program, Grants Management/Knowledge Management, and Communications teams to support the Foundation's collaborative commitment to continuous learning and improvement throughout the organization and in partnership with external stakeholders.
Responsibilities and Tasks
Strategic Initiative Support
Under the supervision of the Senior Learning & Evaluation Officer, supports Strategic Initiative teams on developing Initiative learning and evaluation agendas.
Conducts project management responsibilities including oversight for research and evaluation grants and contracts in support of Initiative learning and evaluation, including: supporting the identification/prioritization of research and evaluation needs, scoping projects, sourcing research and evaluation partners, supporting third-party approaches to design and implementation, receiving/reviewing findings, and supporting synthesis and communication of findings
Supports the development of working hypotheses underlying Strategic Initiative strategies to best attain program goals.
Works with Foundation staff and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) partners to implement standards of evaluation practice and explore potential areas for cross-program learning.
Supports Strategic Initiative teams in preparing annual MEL reports into user friendly formats for internal and external stakeholder use, including the preparation of materials for board and Program Committee presentations.
In partnership with Grants Management, supports Strategic Initiative teams in their monitoring of grantee performance using the Foundation's online grants management system, including the collaborative development of meaningful and measurable results for specific grants.
Attends Initiative convenings and site visits to promote partnership with MEL, and other grantees, as well as to collaborate with Communications in the development of MEL media assets.
Learning and Evaluation Development and Dissemination
Helps ensure MEL findings inform ongoing and future Foundation investments in the work of our implementing partners.
Acts as an advocate for understanding and application of evidence-based learning and decision-making across the organization and supports a shared culture of learning.
Supports collaborative learning across program areas through the organization of internal peer-based learning exchanges and the cross-pollination of evaluation approaches, methods, and lessons learned between program teams
Supports the dissemination of learning to external audiences, such as through conference presentations and in evaluator communities of practice
In collaboration with Communications, supports the creation of multimedia learning products (ex., video, infographics, briefs, etc.) that effectively share learning with internal and external audiences.
Learning and Evaluation Systems Support
Supports the implementation of internal systems and processes (including grantee reporting templates, internal analysis processes, and third-party MEL partner plans and reports) that enable greater learning, reflection and strategy improvement.
Coordinates MEL-related events, such as internal and partner meetings, including MEL Partner convenings
Remains informed of current research, evaluation design and methodologies, activities, and trends in the issues related to MEL for the purposes of advising, and where appropriate integrating into Initiative MEL activities
Education / Training

Graduate degree in program evaluation, public policy, or areas related to our programmatic priorities (e.g. public health; global development, social sciences).
Experience/Technical Skills
Five or more years' experience in evaluation
Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to listen well, interact effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization, and build strong relationships both internally and externally.
Willingness to seek out, receive and act on feedback to achieve better performance and work products.
Has the ability to travel domestically and internationally.
Working knowledge about evaluation methodologies, performance metrics and standards, data collection, and effective sampling instruments.
Skilled at planning and facilitating meetings and effective learning sessions, with solid understanding of adult learning principles and approaches to encouraging engagement in the learning process.
Strong project management skills and exceptional attention to detail.
Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
Accessible and flexible style that builds trust and confidence in staff. Easily able to collaborate with, positively influence and inform others.
Two or more years' work experience in international contexts, particularly developing country contexts
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is an equal opportunity employer with values grounded in promoting equality and inclusion and embracing diversity. We welcome qualified applicants of all races, colors, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic classes, ages, religions, national origins, and ability/disability statuses. Veterans and individuals with lived expertise are encouraged to apply. We respect and seek to empower every member of our Foundation community. We support and celebrate our collective array of cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, skills and experiences; fully realizing that such diversity is what makes our organization flourish and better enables us to fulfill our mission in the world.

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