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M & E and Collaborating, Learning and Adaptating Specialist

Job Description

We are seeking a highly competent and outstanding individual to fill the position of Monitoring & Evaluation and Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (M & E and CLA) Specialist

for an upcoming opportunity, Feed the Future Crop and Diary Market Systems Program whose aim is to advance the objectives of Global Food Security Strategy.

Purpose of the Position:

M & E and CLA specialist has overall responsibility for providing coordination and leadership for monitoring, evaluation and CLA of the grant, including both formative (pre-intervention), ongoing data collection, and summative research (post-intervention), as well as development and implementation of the CLA approach.

The position will support local partners in establishing their M & E, and CLA implementation reporting systems and provide technical assistance to improve their understanding of project evaluation and a performance based management approach. In addition to monitoring, evaluation and CLA, the position will support report activities, including training of staff.

In order to successfully do so, the M & E and CLA Specialist must be able to effectively communicate World Vision’s Christian ethos and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that serves as an example to others.

Major Responsibilities

Technical Leadership and Support

  • Develop and update framework for grant M & E and CLA in accordance to the grant design document and donor requirements.

  • Ensure that the project’s interventions are effectively supported in terms of the assessment, design, implementation, baseline, monitoring, evaluation, transition, learning and documentation.

  • Participate in development of the annual work plan and budgets, ensuring alignment with technical approach and Technical program.

  • Take lead in conducting periodic peer reviews to check for alignment and compliance to USAID and WV Partnership standards.

  • Ensure that Sub grantees demonstrate required M & E capacity and produce quality M & E reports.

  • Ensure that core information for grant management, partners, and funding agencies is available.

  • Identify the requirement for collecting baseline data, prepare terms-of-reference for and arrange the conducting of a baseline survey, as required.

  • Clarify and facilitate process for monitoring and evaluations of sub-grantees.

  • Oversee and execute M & E and CLA activities with particular focus on results and impacts as well as lesson learnt.

  • Conduct readiness assessment: the incentives at the system level, the beneficiaries and existing capacity.

  • Identify the need and draw up the Terms of References for specific studies; procure, guide and supervise consultants or organizations that are contracted to implement special surveys and studies required for evaluating grant effects and impacts.

  • Ensure timely communication of M & E findings at all levels.

  • Actively support the inclusion of monitoring and evaluation tools with gender indicators and for monitoring for negative impacts/unintended consequences.

Quality Assurance

  • Ensure the successful development, elaboration and roll out of implementation strategies and operational guidelines.

  • Coordinate and ensure the timely submission of a quality and comprehensive progress report.

  • Guide staff and executing partners in preparing their progress reports in accordance with approved reporting formats and ensure their timely submission.

  • Prepare consolidation progress reports for grant management including identification of problems, causes of potential bottlenecks in the project implementation, and providing specific recommendations.

  • Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of M & E and CLA so as to identify where adaptations might be needed.

Capacity Building

  • Organize (and provide) refresher training in M & E for grants staff, implementing partners, local organizations and primary stakeholders with view of strengthening local M & E capacity.

  • Ensure the consolidation of a learning culture - based upon evidenced based best practices and industry standards - to enable project staff to achieve and/or surpass established targets and standards.

  • Impart appropriate mentoring, coaching and supervision in order to equip, motivate and empower technical specialists in the area of M&E.

  • Clarify M & E responsibilities of different project personnel.

Networks and Engagements

  • Ensure involvement of stakeholders in M & E process as appropriate.

  • Network with external and WV internal partners to promote learning and achieve M & E excellence.

  • Ensure effective engagement with Government departments, Regional technical/sector representatives.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  1. A Master’s Degree in relevant field

  2. A minimum of 7 years of practical experience in managing performance monitoring plans, evaluation, collaboration and learning, and measuring systemic change

  3. Demonstrated practical experience in using monitoring, evaluation and learning activities to inform activity implementation and results

  4. Technical expertise in a field related to gender-sensitive monitoring, evaluation, knowledge management, and learning

  5. Experience in strengthening local organizations and building local capacities for self-management

  6. Experience working with multiple stakeholders and familiarity with Feed the Future project will be an added advantage

  7. Familiarity with using the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) is an added advantage

  8. Excellent report writing, analytical and communication skills, including oral presentation skills, knowledge management and dissemination of research findings (in English).

Working Environment:

  • Work environment: Based in Kisumu office with frequent travel to other project areas

  • Travel Required: 40% domestic and International travel