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Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist and Education Cluster Co-Lead Jobs in Kenya

Save the Children UK is a leading international child rights organization, fighting to improve the lives of children in the UK and 50 countries around the world. 

Together with children, we are helping to build a better world for present and future generations by making a reality of children’s rights. Our programming activities in Kenya are in the North Eastern Province (Dadaab, Wajir and Mandera areas) and Eldoret in the areas of Child Protection, Nutrition, Livelihoods, Education and Health.
 

We are outraged that millions of children are still denied proper healthcare, food, education and protection and we are determined to change that.
 

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Education in Emergencies 
(6 month Contract)
 

The National Education Cluster has concluded an impact assessment of how the drought is affecting children’s education.
 

Amongst the findings is the need for a more comprehensive approach to monitoring and evaluation of education partner’s activities.
 

The incumbent of this position will support the development of a functional, sustainable system to capture data and information from the field and find ways of bridging this information with the existing EMIS system.
 

Key Responsibilities
 
  • Develop a simple, user-friendly M&E framework in line with the Education Cluster Drought Response Plan and compatible with the existing EMIS system.
  • Produce updates and situation reports based on the work of the partners as required.
  • Assist Education Cluster in developing a set of common standards and indicators (which may be coming from/included in the Education Cluster work plan) to help us monitor the effectiveness of the education response.
  • Oversee data collection, analysis and application including support to the identification of baseline data, standards and indicators, managing analysis and interpretation of information, collecting and sharing lesson learned and best practice (if available/applicable).
  • Liaise with various departments/subgroups in the Ministry of Education and across Clusters to ensure comprehensive overview of education response.
  • Work with sub-clusters to build capacity around data collection and monitoring that feeds into the national M&E framework.
  • Maintain an overview of funding being allocated to the Education Cluster and partners.
  • Take part in regular MoE coordination meetings as appropriate.
  • Establish a monitoring and evaluation framework to capture the work of Education Cluster partners and feed in to the existing EMIS system.
Desired Background and Experience 
  • Masters degree in social sciences/Statistics/Computer Science/another relevant field, or equivalent experience
  • Extensive understanding of the Kenyan education system
  • Demonstrated professional experience in field operation in emergency situations
  • Excellent report writing and communication skills
  • Capacity to work independently yet with ability to share information, collects feedback and engages in dialogue with other partners.
  • Training in Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Five or more years experience in data collection, collation, analysis, and report writing.
  • Strong organisational and analytical skills and ability to work well under pressure and with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent computer skills particularly in Access, SPSS, EPI Info and Excel
Education Cluster Co-Lead 
(6 month Contract)
 

The incumbent will support the Government of Kenya in planning, coordination and reporting of the education drought response with UN and NGO partners’ humanitarian programmes.
 

Key Responsibilities
 
  • Coordination of education partners for the education drought response. GoK focal point, in humanitarian coordination mechanisms as appropriate and ensure effective links with the Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator, other Clusters, and Donors.
  • Expand and further engage the humanitarian partners, in the education sector in the response – national/local authorities, Education Institutions; local civil society; faith based organisations, and other stakeholders;
  • Identify advocacy issues for the cluster, and develop appropriate messages in consultation with the GoK and Save the Children and UNICEF communications teams for appropriate use. Sustain advocacy for the right of children and youth to education in emergencies and to recognition of the need for education in emergencies as a first phase response.
  • Support partners in the development of funding proposals and coordinate timely inputs for the Consolidated Appeal Process; Central Emergency Response Fund; Flash Appeals and other available opportunities as may arise.
  • Ensure regular monitoring & evaluation of education response activities and the evolving education/learning needs of children and youth, and report against cluster indicators and the initial education assessment. Task will be carried out with the support of the IM manager.
  • Strengthen inter-cluster collaboration to facilitate a cross-sectoral response to education in emergencies.
  • Ensure that cross-cutting issues are identified and included in the education in emergencies response strategy in accordance with existing and emergent needs.
  • Ensure that cluster members are familiar with and adhere to relevant policy guidelines, minimum quality standards and relevant commitments e.g., EiE, INEE and GoK standards.
  • Undertake training and capacity development for the cluster, by identifying education personnel and involving them appropriately.
  • Ensure appropriate participatory and community based approaches to Education in emergencies.
  • Work with the Ministry focal person to further develop and institutionalize the existing Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan.
Expected background and Experience 
  • Advanced University degree in Education or Development or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five years of significant experience in education programme management in the context of international development, including the management of budgets and personnel in emergency contexts preferably in UN or NGO at middle management level.
  • Knowledge of the cluster approach guidelines and terms of reference.
  • Demonstrable ability to work with diverse groups of stakeholders and to develop consensus and partnerships.
  • Demonstrable technical expertise in education in emergencies, early recovery and post crisis transition. An under standing and training in INEE Minimum Standards for education in emergencies would be an added advantage.
  • Formal training in cluster coordination and or demonstrable experience of effective co-ordination at sector or national level would be preferable.
  • Ability to use and adapt cluster coordination tools (e.g. stakeholder mapping, CERF, CAP, Flash Appeals.)
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skill the ability to think and plan strategically, and to mentor staff in strengthening their own analytical and strategic capabilities.
  • Capacity to present ideas in a clear, concise and convincing manner while listening to and acknowledging other people’s perspectives.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and writing) and another UN language preferred.
  • Solid analytical, organizational, negotiating, advocacy and planning skills.
  • IT skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook).
  • Willingness/ability to travel to field locations.
Application process: 

If you meet the above requirements, please send your cover letter indicating your expected salary and detailed CV with current contacts of three referees including immediate supervisor addressed to:
 

Head of Human Resources & Administration,
 
Save the Children UK, Kenya Programme
 
Email: jobskenya@scuk.or.ke
 

not later than 30th August, 2011.
 

Quote the job title on the subject line.
 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
 

Due to the urgency to fill these positions, short listing will be done as applications are received.
 
“Candidates from North Eastern Province are strongly encouraged to apply”
 

Save the Children (UK) recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to equal employment opportunities and the protection of children from abuse.
 


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