M&E Associate Manager

Semilla Nueva
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Summary of the position
The M&E Associate Manager will lead our impact evaluation, reporting, co-lead the development and publishing of third-party impact evaluations and assist in program design. This position will report to the R&L Director and collaborate closely with the Leadership team. Over the last three years Semilla Nueva has continually refined and strengthened our data collection practices ranging from marketing analyses to home consumption surveys. Our next level of growth will depend on a refined and high-quality strategy to measure our corn’s economic and nutritional impact. This position will be responsible for executing this strategy in partnership with our operations team. They will significantly shape the direction of Semilla Nueva’s impact evaluation as we grow in both scale and quality. This position will be a critical contributor to our fundraising team, translating data into compelling external materials such as reports and applications as well as leading fund research processes
for grants specifically related to impact evaluation.

The position will require collaboration across teams and will be based primarily in our main office in Guatemala City. The position will require frequent travel to corn growing areas across the country and our Experimental Center to oversee and assess survey implementation and quality.

Summary of the Organization
Malnutrition is one of the greatest barriers to the world’s poorest people escaping poverty. The 900 million people in Africa and Central America who eat corn daily are some of the most affected, with nearly half of Guatemala’s children suffering from stunted growth. Semilla Nueva launched the world’s first social enterprise dedicated to the development, production, and sale of more nutritious, biofortified corn seed directly to small farming families. Farmers buying our seed increase their yields and incomes, while improving the diets of hundreds of thousands— and someday millions—of the world’s poorest consumers.

In 2022, Semilla Nueva is reaching over 18,000 families, feeding over 400,000 people in Guatemala in collaboration with other seed companies and the Guatemalan government. We’re working to launch in Honduras and El Salvador over the next 18 months and developing seeds for Africa.

Semilla Nueva works with some of the world’s leading scientists at organizations such as CIMMYT, HarvestPlus, INCAP, and universities like Purdue, Cornell, Tufts, and Harvard. Our donors include some of the most prestigious in impact philanthropy, including Cartier Philanthropy, Mulago and the U.S. Government. Our seeds are based on conventional breeding (non-GMO), although we are not opposed to well-tested biotechnology.


  • Proven M&E abilities and experience in other nonprofit organizations or data-driven corporate programs, preferably in Central America
  • 2+ years of experience in monitoring or program management for nutritional/agricultural value chain interventions
  • Experience in developing, implementing and/or maintaining organization wide impact evaluation strategies
  • Experience developing and implementing surveys and evaluations research experience and data analysis
  • People and resources management: ability to directly execute, coordinate, manage, and prioritize workload to meet objectives and timelines
  • Strong technical writing abilities in English and Spanish
  • Strong networking and inter-organizational collaboration skills
  • Proven expertise in Excel, CRM systems, and the Google Suite
  • Fully fluent English
  • Advanced Spanish


  • Graduate degree in nutrition, global health, agricultural economics, international development, or related field
  • Experience working with bi-laterals and/or governments on major research projects
  • Experience contributing to RCT and/or large scale study execution
  • Background in nutrition

– Ability to work independently, proactively, and prioritize/coordinate a variety of activities
– Ability to represent organizational values and develop strategy in a lead role
– Ability to work effectively in a multicultural team
– Comfortable working in a fast-paced, constantly evolving work environment
– Desire to constantly learn and iterate based on new information

Specific Tasks

M&E Strategy
o Participate in the design of the organization wide M&E strategy in line with globally
recognized indicators and data collection tools
o Work with the field team to align and improve Semilla Nueva’s data collection systems
and improve the measurement of the economic and climate resilience impacts of
biofortified maize on farmers and their families

Research and Data Collection
o Participate in the design and manage nutrition studies (RCTs) with third party
researchers in Guatemala and the United States, to measure the nutritional impact of
biofortified maize on farmers and their families
o Lead data collection and analysis for all farmer-related data
o Research and implement new data collection and analysis methods
o Manage and update internal and external databases
o Pilot and lead data collection and analysis on emerging research topics (e.x. migration,
climate change, poverty)
o Collaborate with NGOs to measure the impact of biofortified maize on subsistence
o Work with the development team to identify and comply with grant reporting
o Support the development team in writing grant proposals, individually write grant
proposals for research and evaluation projects
o Work with the development team to translate data and evidence into external content
and visualize the impact of Semilla Nueva’s work

Management and Leadership
o Develop and manage relationships with third party organizations in the context of data
collection and analysis
o Train and manage surveyors working from home and in-person
o Provide surveyors with opportunities to learn and use technical skills in the context of
M&E (Excel, data dashboards, survey coding, etc.)

Organizational reporting
o Participate in the development of bi-annual reports to all donors
o Participate and support in any individual donor reporting requirements
o Create reports and presentations to convey the impact of biofortified maize in Guatemala
Bilateral Relationships and Proposals
o Participate in relationship management with major donors and bilaterals such as USAID
o Participate in proposal writing

Semilla Nueva is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to sustaining a diverse community with a
work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. We foster a culture of inclusion
that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender
identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, out-of-home care, age, national origin, socioeconomic
status, religion, ability, culture, and experience.