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Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Job in Thika Kenya

Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1 billion in assistance to people in 82 nations.

Supported by headquarters offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, the agency's unified global programs employ 3,500 staff worldwide and reach 9 million people in more than 40 countries. Over the last five years, more than 90 percent of the agency's resources have been allocated directly to programs that help people in need.

Mercy Corps is implementing in the Rift Valley & Central Province the Yes Youth Can Initiative funded by USAID. The Primary Objective of Yes Youth can is to empower youth as agents of positive change in their communities.

Together with the Local empowerment for Peace Program Mercy Corps works towards building and strengthening sustainable local mechanisms for conflict mitigation and reconciliation, supporting inter- and intra-community reconciliation dialogues, strengthening youth voices to engage in local and national issues and cash-for-work community reconstruction projects and youth income generation activities coupled with Entrepreneurship skills, life skills and civic engagement skills. 

General Position Summary:

The
 M&E Officer will be based in Thika with frequent travel to implementing sites in Central Province and Rift valley as required and surrounding areas. This position will act as a resource for all program staff, to enhance program design, monitoring and evaluation, and quality.

The position will assist with building M&E systems focused on data collection, data aggregation, data analysis and reporting (internal and external). Similarly collect and compile information about the program for dissemination to program beneficiaries, stakeholders, the government, CSOs and donors as per the instructions of the Country Director.
 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Together with YYC & HQ TSU Carry out assessments of Youth Skills, Labour market and business opportunities and economic situations within the program operational areas and make recommendations for actions that are consistent with program objectives.
  • Identify/design in collaboration with youth comprehensive projects that include activities to promote sustainable enterprises and livelihoods as per the findings of assessments and youth skills gaps. Analyze data with the team and support town hall report dissemination meetings after successful completion of the reports.
  • Train Youth joint monitoring teams and reporting teams and engage them in monitoring their own projects and implementing youth mentorship programs.
  • Train program staff and local partners on the logical framework, data management, data analysis and results-oriented programming, basic surveying and sampling techniques, monitoring and evaluation methods and principles and report writing techniques and requirements for Mercy Corps and USAID.
  • Develop, standardize and deploy survey tools, and other data collection forms to realize the effective use of monitoring plans.
  • Implement and improve existing monitoring tools for the youth & staff to ensure the appropriateness of the program and to gauge its impact, including a system of recording and presenting relevant data.
  • Together with external evaluators, conduct final survey and program evaluation
  • Provide reporting including contributions to regular conflicts reports, as well as more general situation reports.
  • Prepare other documentation for internal Mercy Corps use and external requirements as may be required.
  • Travel to the field to monitor and evaluate project sites, work with beneficiary groups, and organize and conduct assessments as necessary.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
Supervisory Roles: None

Reports Directly To:
 Program Manager

Works Directly With:
 Program Coordinators, Program Officers logistics and procurement

Knowledge and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Sociology, Statistics, Economics or related field
  • 2 – 3 years experience or more in Youth Development and livelihoods in a similar role
  • Experience should include conducting assessments and surveys, proposal development, program design, selecting indicators, implementing monitoring plans, and data analysis.
  • Strong English writing skills required
  • Experience with USAID or other donors required
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and basic statistics is required; demonstrated skill in statistical analysis, SPSS, MS Access and other databases formats strongly desired.
  • Work experience in post-conflict zone
  • Ability to work effectively as part of team in a cross-cultural and politically sensitive setting.
  • Strong inter-personal, cultural and diplomatic skills.
Success Factors:
  • Excellent communication and team-building techniques
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment
  • Demonstrated strong understanding of cultural and social environment in Central Province & Rift Valley.
  • Willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to work as part of a team and coordinate with other project personnel
  • Strong computer and organizational skills
  • Proactive, creative, problem-solver
Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit on or before July 7, 2011 4.00 p.m. a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent or supervisor) to hr@ke.mercycorps.org 

Applicants must clearly indicate on the email subject “Application for the position of Monitoring & Evaluation Officer”.

Applications without this subject heading will be disqualified.

Please do not attach any certificates.

Only qualified short-listed candidates will be contacted

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