Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Strategist, Grantmaking (Contractor)


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a collaborative, analytical, and creative Strategist to design the learning and evaluation plan to monitor the outcomes and the impact of our new grantmaking strategies. We are seeking an experienced consultant who has a track record of designing an overall framework for monitoring our progress and measuring our impact of the newly designed grants strategy that aligns with the 2030 Movement Strategic Direction. Our overall vision is to foster a culture of evaluation, reflection, and learning so that the Foundation and Wikimedia Movement are equipped to create meaningful social change.

We want to ensure that the principles we have set forth in our strategy are reflected in our practices of monitoring and evaluation: Subsidiarity & Self Management, Equity & Empowerment, Collaboration & Cooperation, People-Centeredness Listening and Reflection, Efficient Data & Iterative Practices.

You are responsible for:

  • Creating an overall framework to understand the impact of the new grant strategy in a manner that reflects WMF principles
    • Are grant programs achieving their goals? Are our proposed strategies being effective? 
    • Are grantees meeting their programmatic objectives?
    • Are our grant programs moving towards the stated mid and long term impact objectives?
    • The framework should be designed to allow us to compare trends over time and report on those as part of the strategy process
    • Consultation with grantees should be an aspect of the framework development process
  • Grants Program Evaluation and Learning Plan
    • Design approaches to measuring the technical and social impact of our distributed and wide ranging grantee activities, tapping into best practices from evaluation approaches such as equitable, participatory, developmental, collective impact, and empowerment evaluation.
    • Learning plan to support grantees in understanding the evaluation process and how to incorporate evaluation plans into their processes for monitoring and evaluating their own programs. 
    • Create process/tools that grantees can use to develop their own evaluation questions and plans and which can work in conjunction with broader grants data architecture systems and tools
  • Framework around Data Management and Reporting
    • Work with the Data Analysts to ensure that the framework for data collection, management, and reporting is aligned with the data architecture revamp plan
    • Develop a cadence of regular, user-friendly reports for program leaders and staff to monitor their results and make strategic decisions
    • Design quantitative and qualitative data collection tools that enable program officers and grantees to measure progress toward goals and understand program effectiveness
    • Contribute to an internal culture of learning and evidence-based decision-making among colleagues and program leaders
  • Deliverables:
    • A report on the overall learning and evaluation plan for the new grants strategy outlining the strategy and how to operationalize it
    • A presentation that focuses on the high-level strategy for the learning and evaluation plan

Skills and Experience:

  • Masters-level degree or equivalent training in an applied research field with a minimum of 7-10 years experience using a range of program evaluation methods and practices. 
  • Experience developing learning and evaluation strategies at a grantmaking organization. 
  • Quantitative data collection and analysis skills, especially with smaller sample sizes or non-parametric data.
  • Qualitative data collection and analysis skills, especially in mixed-method settings.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A proficient level of written and spoken English, including the ability to communicate clearly with non-native English speakers.

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Comfort with innovative, iterative, bottom-up collaborative teams, especially around crowd-sourced projects which rely on volunteer engagement.
  • Familiarity with community service-focused, volunteer-based, and/or international initiatives. 
  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity. Cross-cultural sensitivity and awareness.
  • Fluency in languages other than English.

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Experience working with online communities, particularly as part of the free knowledge or open source movement.
  • Experience living or working internationally.

The Wikimedia Foundation is... 

...the nonprofit organization that hosts and operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge, free of interference. We host the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive. The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive financial support from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at or (415) 839-6885.

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