Standards Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager
Textile Exchange is a global non-profit driving positive impact on climate change across the fashion and textile industry. It guides a growing community of brands, manufacturers, and farmers towards more purposeful production from the very start of the supply chain.
By 2030, its goal is to guide the industry to achieve a 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions within fiber and raw material production. Its focus is holistic and interconnected, accelerating the adoption of practices that improve the state of our water, soil health, and biodiversity too.
For real change to happen, everyone needs a clear path to positive impact. That’s why Textile Exchange believes that approachable, step-by-step instruction paired with collective action can change the system to make preferred materials and fibers an accessible default, mobilizing leaders through attainable strategies, proven solutions, and a driven community.
At Textile Exchange, materials matter. To learn more, visit TextileExchange.org.
Working at Textile Exchange
We work remotely with a team located in 20+ countries. We are a diverse group committed to harnessing the strengths of the global textile industry to accelerate change toward climate and other key environmental goals. We work collaboratively on important environmental issues around the world by working and interacting with farming groups, processors, brands, retailers, and environmental experts in the textile and fashion industries around the world.
We offer an opportunity to join a cutting-edge global environmental nonprofit and to help strengthen the impact of our organization. Each Textile Exchange employee is offered a competitive compensation package with paid time off, yearly bonus, opportunities for continuing education, and more.
The Manager, Standards Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL), reports to the Senior Technical Manager, Standards and is part of the Standards and Assurance Platform that develops and oversees independent tools for the verification of responsible practices that support driving positive impacts related to raw material production in the textile industry. The platform covers three primary areas: setting and managing standards systems, assurance oversight for the implementation of standards, and overseeing claims and labeling related to standards.
This is a fantastic opportunity to work for a mission-driven organization.
The role of the Manager, Standards, MEL is integral to our commitment to achieving the Textile Exchange Climate+ goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and other key impact outcomes. In this role you will be responsible for the design, implementation, quality monitoring and reporting of the Impact Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework for the standards system. The framework will ensure data accuracy and enable valuable insights to enhance our standards and assurance systems.
Like all roles at Textile Exchange, this role will be primarily home-based. Textile Exchange is a US-based, remote-working organization with a global team. This position is open to domestic and international candidates. Some overlap of working hours with Europe and the US Pacific Standard Time zones is required.
Duties and Responsibilities
Setting up the Impact Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Framework for the standards system:
- Identify and develop the MEL strategy, plans, methodologies, and tools that reflect the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for the Textile Exchange standard system.
- Collaborate with the Climate+ Impact team and technical content leads across the organization in the development and implementation of the organization’s Impact Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Framework that connects with the Textile Exchange Climate+ goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and other key outcomes;
- Ensure adherence to Textile Exchange’s Data Governance Policy in the design and implementation of the MEL framework and contribute to the continuous improvement of the Data Governance Policy;
- In collaboration with technical content leads, identify the MEL indicators that will be collected and monitored to establish core baseline data and demonstrate impact as part of the unified standard system;
- Work with the Assurance Monitoring team that oversees certification body performance to establish measurements to be monitored over time that provide an indication of standard effectiveness and performance;
- Work with the Assurance and Data & Tech teams to establish a data integrity program to ensure reliability of data collected and recorded, thereby enhancing reporting accuracy and decision-making value;
- Work with Data & Tech to develop and maintain a data collection system for standards including guidelines for collection, forms of collection, training for those involved in the process, in alignment with the organizational digital strategy;
- Develop and implement an MEL monitoring plan that includes collection frequency, evaluation cycles, and integration of learning; and
- Develop a plan for capacity building on MEL and for any technology and/or knowledge support that may be required for the functions of this role.
- And other duties as assigned.
Implementation and coordination of MEL activities:
- Solicit and manage feedback and analysis of MEL data from internal experts and external stakeholders on the MEL system;
- Collaborate with Data & Tech and technical experts on administration of the MEL data, including analyses and aggregating findings;
- Collaborate with Data & Tech to implement a system to monitor data quality;
- Collaborate with Assurance to evaluate certification body data and learn where adjustments are needed in standards;
- Plan and oversee pilot testing of proposed MEL indicators to ensure quality of the data, the methods of collecting it, and the degree to which it will provide a good baseline for program impact evaluation;
- Review data collected on a regular basis to measure progress and performance against the MEL indicators for standards and use learnings to refine action plans and outcomes;
- Identify lessons learned and areas where technical support to stakeholders is required and participate in calibration training as needed;
- Participate in forums relevant to our MEL system for standards and stay informed on the evolving approach to setting standards based on outcomes and best practices and in collaboration with internal experts incorporate these into the MEL framework;
- Develop the MEL reporting system for key stakeholders and public information on impacts of the standards;
- Report on certified sites in hotspots to the Climate+ team; and
- Perform other duties as may be assigned
Minimum Experience and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in natural, environmental sciences, sociology, etc.;
- Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in an MEL position with experience in designing, implementing, and operating MEL systems;
- Strategical thinker with ability to devise and shape an MEL framework;
- Working knowledge of sustainability programs and impact areas in the agriculture sector;
- Experience with database systems;
- Proven ability to understand, interpret and apply technical and scientific information and data;
- Experience in performance measurement, including indicator selection, target-setting, reporting, database management, and developing MEL and performance monitoring plans;
- Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies;
- Experience in planning and managing surveys; developing and refining data collection tools; conducting data quality assessments and oversight;
- Exceptional communicator and collaborative team player with experience engaging stakeholders and collaborating with cross-functional teams;
- Experience in managing and providing training to implementing partners and target beneficiaries;
- Experience working within a global environment and cultural diversity;
- A driven individual with a strong work ethic and high degree of autonomy. Self-starting and proactive;
- Highly attentive to detail with strong organizational and planning skills;
- Able to hit the ground running – you will need to have experience working in a fast-paced and results-driven environment;
- Motivated, energetic, determined, and strong interpersonal skills; and
- Highly literate, with excellent written and grammatical skills in English.
- Able to produce high quality work across all forms of media.
- Honest, professional, responsible, discreet, and able to act with the utmost confidence at all times.
Preferred Experience and Qualifications
- Experience with GIS software & field data collection
- Experience with Salesforce
- Experience with Microsoft 365 products
- Knowledge of or experience with textiles, agriculture, supply chains, or raw material resource management
- Experience with ISEAL codes of conduct
- Previous experience working in an international context
- Reports to: Senior Technical Manager, Standards
- Full Time Position, 40 Hours a Week
- Location: Virtual/Remote, working hours in USA time zones preferred.
- Annual Salary Range: $60,000 – $75,000 USD
- To be filled as soon as possible (start date to be agreed between both parties).
- Our offers for salary and benefits are dependent on the region of the final candidate. We post most positions based on a US-based Team member but final offers are done in alignment with the final candidate’s permanent residence and in line with Textile Exchange’s regional employment package.
- For Global Benefit packages (if applicable) please see FAQ: https://remote.com/preemployment-faq
How to Apply
Please submit the following here:
- Cover Letter
If you have any pressing questions after completing your application, and meet the qualifications, please contact email@example.com.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are submitted. Early application submission is strongly encouraged.
Textile Exchange is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.