We're Hiring! BEA Program Evaluation Consultant

December 10, 2021

BEA seeks an experienced individual to serve as an evaluation consultant for a two year term. The evaluation consultant is creative and entrepreneurial and will serve as a strategic partner to BEA in our efforts to support grantee partners and drive more and better resources to frontline communities. The consultant will be BEA’s key advisor as we begin to conceptualize and implement a robust learning and evaluation strategy for the organization, including for the Justice40 program. Specifically, they will build and implement an evaluation system with an infrastructure that supports data collection, data analysis and reporting for all of our grassroots grantees. They will also enable BEA to analyze impact at the individual, community, institutional, and policy levels. The position works closely with the Deputy Director and supports learning among staff and partners to continuously increase the impact of BEA’s work and the impact of the BEA Fund. 

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Title: Program Evaluation Consultant
Reports to: Project Director 
Location: remote, anywhere in the U.S. 
Building Equity and Alignment (BEA), a fiscally sponsored project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), seeks an experienced individual to serve as an evaluation consultant for a two year term.

About BEA and the BEA Fund: 
BEA’s mission is to foster authentic cross-sector relationships to advance the progress of the environmental movement towards a just transition. We shift power and resources from institutions to grassroots leadership to transform the environmental movement. BEA generates courageous collaborations and open communication by bringing together grassroots organizations, national organizations, and philanthropy. BEA also manages the BEA Fund which is a participatory grantmaking process born out of the BEA as a shared recognition that in order for the environmental movement to be successful, it must support and resource grassroots groups to institutionalize community-based solutions to the ecological crisis.
BEA has recently been awarded a Bezos Earth Fund grant to power grassroots' visions, strategies, and innovative environmental justice solutions to maximize the impact of the Justice40 Initiative. Justice40 is a whole-of-government effort to ensure that Federal agencies work with states, Tribes, and local communities to make good on President Biden’s promise to deliver at least 40 percent of the overall benefits from Federal investments in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities.
About the Position: 
The evaluation consultant is creative and entrepreneurial and will serve as a strategic partner to BEA in our efforts to support grantee partners and drive more and better resources to frontline communities. The consultant will be BEA’s key advisor as we begin to conceptualize and implement  a robust learning and evaluation strategy for the organization, including for the Justice40 program. Specifically, they will build and implement an evaluation system with an infrastructure that supports data collection, data analysis and reporting for all of our grassroots grantees. They will also enable BEA to analyze impact at the individual, community, institutional, and policy levels. The position works closely with the Deputy Director and supports learning among staff and partners to continuously increase the impact of BEA’s work and the impact of the BEA Fund. 
The consultant will be working with a small team that values a process-oriented and iterative approach. 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Develop an evaluation strategy to capture  and quantify diverse data and leverage it to amplify grantee and grassroots partners’ successes.
  • Lead on the development of a data and evaluation infrastructure for BEA and the BEA Fund that is complementary across different areas of BEA’s work and positions the organization to identify and collect grassroots and grantee data. This includes conducting qualitative and quantitative data analysis on an aggregate level to measure impact across individual, community, institutional, and policy levels. 
  • Coordinate the evaluation process for the BEA Fund at all stages of the grant cycle. 
  • Develop systems to ensure continual learning across programmatic areas so that BEA is able to adapt and build upon lessons learned. 
  • In collaboration with the Communications Director and other staff, support efforts to challenge mainstream conceptualizations of grantee accomplishments and work with staff to develop alternative narratives of success.
Experience and Skills
The ideal candidate will have the following professional experience and skills:
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of participatory approaches to evaluation and learning and knowledge of a variety of quantitative and qualitative evaluation techniques.
  • Prior experience in supporting organizations to conceptualize and implement learning and/or evaluation strategies. 
  • Familiarity with online databases and analysis tools, data management and administration.
  • Commitment to equity-centered participatory approaches to program evaluation and rootedness in a process-driven approach. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to contribute effectively to teamwork and contribute to broader organizational goals and strategies.
  • Have a flexible and adaptable approach and be able to respond to changing priorities 
  • Understanding of the realities of frontline communities, including  strengths, challenges, and opportunities they face. Lived experience in communities impacted by racism and environmental injustice is highly valued.
Racial Justice 
BEA strives to integrate values of equity and fairness into our work, which includes bringing an intentional racial justice analysis to our programmatic work and organizational structure. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this ongoing process and work with us to create a just and inclusive work environment and world. BEA provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities while also staying committed to providing accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. We strongly encourage applicants of color, in all their diversity, to apply for this position. 

Compensation, Position Length and Location: 
● We have an available budget of $75,000-85,000 for this two year project and we will work with the successful consultant to develop the specific scope of work. 
● This consultancy is for a two year project. We anticipate that most time will be spent at the start, midpoint, and conclusion of the project with some regular check-ins throughout the project lifespan.
● Remote / Location Flexible 

How to Apply: Please email a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications, and your CV to: @email  with the subject “Evaluation Consultant: (Applicant Name).” 

Please note: BEA will be closed for a winter break and we will begin reviewing applications in early January. We do not expect to contact any candidates for interviews before January 10, 2022, but wanted to provide the opportunity for candidates to submit applications during the winter holiday break. We hope this work can begin in February 2022.