Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager

Boulder, CO

RMI has grown significantly as it scales to meet the global need for urgent clean energy transformation. RMI is particularly dedicated to rising to meet the urgency of the climate crisis in this decisive decade and working with partners to avert the worst effects of climate change. To be successful, RMI recognizes that it must improve its ability to measure its impact across its global programs and integrate that learning into its planning. 

The organization has identified Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) as a critical core competency for continuing to improve the impact of our programs. Principles of outcomes-based MEL have been used over the past year as a strategic planning tool and to align each of our programs with MEL best practices, and the organization is ready to design and implement an organization-wide MEL framework.

We are now seeking to hire an individual who can serve as an MEL specialist and resource for the organization. This individual would be responsible for operationalizing RMI’s new MEL framework and integrating it into RMI’s on-going planning processes, growing MEL as a core competency within RMI including coaching program staff, and supporting donor MEL requirements and reporting. 

Position Overview

RMI is seeking an experienced MEL Manager to lead the implementation and continuous design improvement of operational monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework for RMI. The individual will guide and support RMI’s programs and departments to implement tools to effectively develop program theories, monitor progress and learnings, report to funders, and support mid-year and annual program evaluations with sufficient information to assess RMI's successes and learnings as laid out in its strategic planning. The position will report to the Managing Director of RMI’s Strategic Analysis and Engagement Group.

This is a new position which represents expanded core competencies within RMI. The individual will need to navigate and improve RMI’s internal systems and continue to establish MEL as a core practice area. A successful candidate will be a self-starter who commands a robust understanding of MEL principles and has experience applying them at non-profit organizations, at both the level of individual projects as well as the organization as a whole. Knowledge of MEL in global NGOs, funded by multilateral, bilateral and philanthropic sources is essential, and knowledge of implementing MEL in strategic planning and whole-systems thinking will be a plus. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operationalize an organization-wide M&E framework to show overall institutional impact while enabling RMI to track the progress and effectiveness of its individual programs against specific indicators.
  • Work closely with RMI program teams to integrate MEL methodologies into their annual strategic planning, funding proposals, and review processes.
  • Develop tools and systems, such as M&E tools, guidelines, trainings and other reference documents for M&E to ensure harmonized data collection systems.
  • Provide continuous support and coaching to program teams and local partners on how to plan, monitor & evaluate properly.
  • Work with partners to review and monitor project-based M&E plans to track results or fill identified gaps in current M&E plans and outputs. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Minimum 7 years of M&E experience with an international non-governmental organization (NGO);
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and/performance monitoring plans; 
  • Experience in program design and M&E plan development;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and knowledge;
  • Demonstrates high level of professionalism, entrepreneurial and results-oriented, flexible, well-organized, reliable, independent, decisive and strong team player with excellent communication and social interaction skills; and,
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Prior experience in the field of energy and/or climate change;
  • Experience coaching, mentoring and training colleagues with limited experience in MEL;
  • Direct experience with topics of gender, diversity, equity, and inclusion in strategic program planning and evaluation;
  • Knowledge or experience with applying MEL principles to whole-systems interventions;
  • Prior experience establishing organization-wide MEL frameworks;
  • Understanding of donor requirements and preferences with regards to MEL for discrete projects and programs.


This position can remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, we will remain flexible on location—with a preference that the successful candidate would live near one of RMI’s U.S. locations; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Boulder, CO; Basalt, CO; or Oakland, CA.  


The salary range for this position is $86,000-$116,000, with the target range between $86,000- $101,000. This is dependent upon experience that will be discussed and vetted through the interview process. This position also includes an additional 10% bonus target.   


  • RMI offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • 403b Retirement Options (5% match after the first year)
  • Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits
  • Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access)  
  • Generous paid time off 
  • Parental leave
  • Casual Work Environment


We strive for a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment, or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMI-er and collectively as an organization. This ensures that we:  

  • Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges  
  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect, and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supported, and valued  
  • Effectively connect, communicate, and build long-lasting relationships with decision-makers, stakeholders, and constituents within diverse communities 

Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas, and opinions within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future. 

RMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About RMI  

RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. RMI-India, a sister organization, has an office in New Delhi. 

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