In the United States, water data have been collected by multiple federal, state, and local agencies for decades, yet we are still unable to answer fundamental questions about our water systems in a timely way: How much water is there? What is its quality? How is it used? Because the data have been collected by different agencies, for different purposes, at different scales, and are scattered across multiple platforms with different standards, they are rarely used beyond their original purpose. The Internet of Water (IoW) is a bold vision for how to improve water data infrastructure to fundamentally transform water management. “Internet of Water” describes a network of data producers, hubs, and users to facilitate the sharing and integration of federated open water data.
The IoW was established in 2018 at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. The IoW plays the essential role of coordinating efforts among data hubs articulating a clear vision for policies and procedures to share data, demonstrating the value of integrating water data, and capturing that value to ensure the IoW is sustained over time. The IoW also provides technical and non-technical resources for data producers and data hubs alike.
This position will work directly with the IoW Executive Director, the Senior Policy Associate for Engagement and Outreach, other team members, and key external partners to support the needs of the IoW Project. This position will be housed at the Nicholas Institute in Durham, NC with the expectation that the individual must be able to travel on occasion. This position has an initial term-limit of one year with the potential for continuity based on the performance and sustainability of the project.
Monitoring & Evaluation Management for the IoW Team (60% time)
1. Monitor and evaluate program performance to improve management of outputs, outcomes, and impact using qualitative and quantitative research techniques, such as the MER framework for indicator development.
2. Generate reports and disseminate results of M&E to IoW team and funders, when appropriate, ideally using data visualization techniques such as Tableau.
3. Coordinate with IoW team members to develop, manage, and deploy surveys or other instruments for data collection. Experience with Qualtrics preferred.
4. Track and monitor progress of grant deliverables and oversee the progress reporting of deliverables.
5. Collaborate with and support IoW team members to coordinate and develop fundraising proposals. This includes writing and content development where appropriate.
6. Provide input to the IoW team in preparing grant budgets and tracking expenditure against those budgets
Communication and Outreach Assistance for the IoW Team (40% time)
1. Manage the IoW Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Networks, including management and maintenance of the IoW P2P Forums and the development and management of P2P webinar series
2. Develop and compose IoW data stories intended to evaluate and demonstrate the value of open, shared water data to a general public.
3. Organize and assist the IoW team in planning, coordinating, and administering activities of IoW programs, including the scheduling of team meetings and conference calls, and similar activities with key IoW stakeholders.
4. Work in coordination with the IOW team to plan public events, stakeholder engagements, workshops, and other related programs; develop and coordinate new ideas and concepts for program themes, materials and resources to supplement, expand or replace existing program components.
5. Conceptualize and write newsletters, promotional materials, and publications, and assist in the management of social media accounts and networks where appropriate.
6. Manage the development of plans and schedules for release of publicity materials
7. Coordinate student hires for the IoW Project as assigned, whether internal to the Nicholas Institute or in partnership with departments and other institutes internal to Duke.
Bachelor's and two years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation. Master’s degree in social sciences with training in evaluation preferred.
Work requires two years of experience in monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Monitoring, evaluation, and reporting (MER) experience is mandatory. Experience with writing under deadline in a professional setting is mandatory.
A degree higher than a Bachelor’s degree or significant expertise may substitute for two years of experience.
Experience in analytics.
Ability to work within team environment.
Ability to create verbal and written reports.
Ability to work independently, meeting deadlines and accountabilities with limited supervision.
Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with all levels of the organization and external partners.
Ability to successfully prioritize assignments and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Experience with software packages such as Tableau, Qualtrics, and Adobe products a plus.
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