Knowledge and Learning Manager

Commonland Foundation is an international system change developer of large-scale landscape restoration projects. We bring solutions to increase biodiversity, combat climate change, boost regenerative agriculture and revitalise communities – all at the landscape scale. Our mission: to transform 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes before 2040, together with other landscape partners, farmers, policymakers, businesses, NGOs, and investors. To make this happen, we have developed the ‘4 Returns Framework’. This practical and holistic approach to transforming degraded ecosystems into thriving landscapes and communities focuses on 5 process steps resulting in 4 Returns supported by 3 landscape zones during a minimum period of 20 years. 


As a growing organisation, we identify ourselves using three core values:


  1. Empower each other – We empower and challenge ourselves and colleagues and provide them with the needed support to grow.
  2. Honesty & Compassionate – We are interested in understanding the other and teasing out misunderstandings if and when they occur.
  3. Put words into action – We say what we do: proactive information sharing and gathering. A lot of our work is relevant across teams and relies on cross-team collaboration.


We are looking for an experienced and dedicated Knowledge and Learning lead (0,8-1 FTE) to strengthen Commonland’s network of landscape partners to become a true learning community. You will be part of the Knowledge, Education and Innovation (KEI) team. 

Do you have experience in developing and managing a learning agenda? Do you know (almost) everything about creating a learning culture? Do you have experience in working for a multi-stakeholder organisation? 

Are you a Knowledge and Learning Lead who wants to join us building a global landscape restoration movement? Then we’re looking forward to hearing from you! 


Context & Content of the role 

As the Knowledge and Learning lead you are the main focal point for stimulating and facilitating knowledge exchange, learning and innovation within Commonland’s 4 Returns network. In this role, you will closely collaborate with various Commonland teams and you are especially equipped to serve the knowledge, learning and innovation needs of our direct landscape partners and the wider group of professionals and practitioners in the 4 Returns network. Currently, we have direct collaboration with ±20 landscape partnerships. Connecting with the wider network of organisations and professionals has resulted in participation of over 1,000 individual members on the digital 4 Returns platform 


Your responsibilities 

As Commonland’s Knowledge and Learning Lead, you are responsible and accountable for our Knowledge and Learning strategy. This means: 

  • Co-creating, designing, and implementing a Knowledge and Learning strategy to support the 4 Returns network in becoming a true learning community. 
  • Developing good working relations with internal project teams, landscape partners and the wider 4 Returns network to build an active learning culture by regularly harvesting lessons and insights, through for example learning journeys, community of practice sessions, webinars, offline learning events, and (impact) team events. 
  • Creating structures, processes, and ways of working for learning within the organisation and the broader network through developing and coordinating a year-round Learning agenda. 
  • Developing a structured and clear way of aggregating lessons learned and translating these insights into products that can easily be shared like blogs, reports, how-to guides or (action research) proposals for further innovation. 
  • Aligning the Knowledge & Learning strategy with the 4 Returns Community plan (together with the Community project team) and incorporating the Learning agenda in the Community plan. 


Your experience and skillset 

You have at least 5 years of working experience in (international) projects and programs focusing on knowledge, learning and innovation, preferably in a similar work field (conservation, restoration, social change). You are an active explorer of “learning landscapes” who knows how to apply conceptual approaches and models for different ways of learning, development and innovation into practice. You are an inspiring team player experienced in setting up systems and structures for (team) learning in a scale up environment. Other requirements are: 

  • Master’s degree in learning & innovation, learning & development, educational sciences, change management or a related field. 
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and experience with harvesting of lessons learned/insights in a participatory way (with partners) and translating these into interesting knowledge products. 
  • Experienced in setting up and facilitating participatory workshops for learning purposes. 
  • Ability to enthusiastically mobilize and engage groups of people in a network around learning events. 
  • Strong affinity with important knowledge fields and topics relevant to the field of landscape restoration, regenerative agriculture, business model innovation, multi-stakeholder environments and/or social change. 
  • Demonstrated strong project/program management skills. 
  • Inspiring and successful in working with both external & internal teams. 
  • Experience with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning processes or Knowledge Management in general would be a plus. 
  • Fluent in English (verbal & written), preferably also Spanish 


We offer you 

Within Commonland we are making impact, so for sure you will get the opportunity to create long-term sustainable impact across continents. Next to this, we offer: 

  • A market conform salary 
  • A dynamic and international scale-up environment with passionate, enthusiastic team members 
  • The opportunity to develop and implement your own ideas in line with our strategy 
  • A collective pension scheme 
  • A yearly training budget to develop your skill set 
  • Fun activities to get to know your colleagues better 
  • Contribution to your home office to make it almost as pleasant as our brand-new office location 
  • Weekly healthy lunch, good coffee, Dutch tea, monthly drinks, and a great office view 


If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Simon Moolenaar, Director of Knowledge, Education & Innovation at 

Please send your CV & application in a way that you like most to, before 01-12-2021.