Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.
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.
- 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.
- Generate reports and disseminate results of M&E to IoW team and funders, when appropriate, ideally using data visualization techniques, such as Tableau.
- Coordinate with IoW team members to develop, manage, and deploy surveys or other instruments for data collection. Experience with Qualtrics preferred.
- Track and monitor progress of grant deliverables and coordinate with IoW partners (such as IoW hubs) and IoW team members to ensure timely completion of deliverables.
- Prepare quarterly and annual grant reports.
- Collaborate with and support IoW team members to coordinate and develop fundraising proposals. This includes writing and content development where appropriate.
- Prepare contract documents and coordinate with IoW partners and Duke internal offices.
- Provide input to the IoW team in preparing grant budgets and tracking expenditure against those budgets.
Work requires analytical, communications and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.. Master’s degree in social sciences with training in evaluation preferred. Experience:
Work requires two years of experience in monitoring and evaluation (M&E). 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. Skills:
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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