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Knowledge and Impact Manager Job in Kenya

Job Title: Knowledge and Impact Manager

 Policy and Advocacy

Job Family: Programmes

 National / International


Fairtrade Africa Purpose:
 To improve the socio-economic conditions of African producers through increased access to better trading conditions.

Reporting Lines

Post holder reports to: Programmes Director

Staff reporting to this post:
 (None) – but coordinating M&E activities with Regional Coordinators; and volunteers from time to time

Scale Level:

Salary Range:
 USD 2,075 - 3,288

Budget Responsibility:


Fairtrade Africa is the umbrella organisation of all Fairtrade certified producers in Africa and a member and co-owner of the International Fairtrade Labelling Organisation.

Fairtrade is a passionate and ambitious development organisation committed to tackling poverty and injustice through trade.

Fairtrade is an independent, not-for-profit body behind the FAIRTRADE Mark, a product label assuring consumers that their purchase helps disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries secure a better deal.

Fairtrade Africa as part of its development agenda wishes to undertake labelling work as the Africa member of Fairtrade International, a global network of organisations working to common standards and verification systems.

Fairtrade Africa operates in 28 countries in Africa and has regional offices in Southern, Eastern and West Africa.

The position is expected to support the Policy and Advocacy team in overseeing the M&E and technical aspects (mapping, data collection, database management, etc.) of FTA programmes and activities to ensure the smooth implementation of FTA’s strategies and programmes across Africa.

And to support advocacy work of FTA by enabling access to well analysed data for policy positions and decision making.

Job Purpose:

To be responsible for developing and implementing knowledge and learning systems within Fairtrade Africa.

This will include the creation and management of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) systems and Impact work for assessment against internal and external goals.

Monitoring -
 Leads the design and implementation of monitoring frameworks to track delivery against FTA goals and objectives on both internal programme work and external goals.

Evaluation -
 Leads analysis of data collected under the monitoring framework for assessment of progress and areas for improvement on both internal programme work and external goals.

Learning -
 Leads on developing a culture of learning within the organisation to contribute towards policy and programme direction.

Delivery -
 Ensure that all the FTA projects and programmes are aligned and delivering towards FTA Vision and Goals.

Reporting -
 Provides regularly updated reports on the status of implementation against
FTA goals and objectives to the FTA Senior Management Team.

Specific Tasks

  • Creates and implement a unified organisational M&E system for assessment against FTA objectives and programme activities.
  • Manages the development and implementation of cost-effective and efficient data collection systems.
  • Identifies innovative approaches in monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management learning systems.
  • Manages existing and new Impact Assessment projects and ensures effective dissemination and communication of findings.
  • Works in close harmony with the policy unit to ensure learning from M&E and impact work is influencing policy and programme direction.
  • Contributes to Fairtrade system wide learning by preparing and disseminating data, lessons learned, good practices and statistical, qualitative, and anecdotal evidence provided by activities of FTA staff to stakeholders.
  • Contributes to the imbedding of a culture of learning within the organisation.
  • Responsible for all data analysis and M&E, Impact and learning reporting (e.g. annual report, donor reports, Board).
  • Develops close working relationships with FTA staff, members and other key stakeholders (including donors) to establish a shared vision of FTA’s systems for M&E and adaptive management learning.
Knowledge and Experience
  • Masters qualification in Agricultural economics, development studies, social science, development or other related field
  • At least 3 years working experience in designing and/or implementing organisational level systems for M&E and/or adaptive management learning
  • Direct experience of applying M&E and/or organisational learning to address sustainability issues (e.g. the environment, social development, good governance, economic resilience)
  • Experience in project management and experience in developing and reporting using Logical Frameworks
  • Experience in designing and/or implementing data collection and data management systems
  • Experience in engaging and supporting others to contribute to M&E work
  • Experience in data analysis and evaluation and translation into accessible reports for diverse audiences
  • Knowledge in the use of SPSS or other statistical tools
  • Knowledge of participatory methodologies
  • Excellent knowledge and use of English language; and knowledge of French (desired).
Other competencies/ skills
  • Strategy and planning skills
  • Ability to work alone, meet deadlines, and establish priorities
  • Ability to undertake training and /or learning events
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills
  • Excellent analytical and attention to detail skills
  • Ability to analyse information to identify and understand issues, problems and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions
  • Experience in the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED)
Personal Attributes
  • Committed to using M&E to contribute to social and environmental sustainability
  • Willingness to participate in field activities/surveys and travel to remote areas within Africa
  • Interested in developing innovation in M&E
  • Able to inspire others through strong leadership qualities as well as being a team player.
Working Relationships:

Internal –
 Reports to the Programme Director. Works closely with team heads and regional coordinators and special project teams.

External -
 Works closely with officers within the Fairtrade fraternity and donor partners (bilateral and multilateral), including governmental and non-governmental organisations.

How to apply

Applications will only be considered if submitted on this form (click here to download). Please do not send CVs.

Application Deadline:
 10th December 2011

An application form (CVs will not be accepted) can be found on the jobs and volunteering page of our website.

If you have any queries, please e-mail or call +254202721930
and ask to speak to a member of the Admin team.

Qualified applicants will be subjected to background checks as a condition of employment.

The final hiring decision is anticipated end of December 2011 for a start date of January 2012.

Completed applications should be e-mailed to

All applicants should state how they meet essential requirements of the post and include their email address, telephone contacts and three referees with contact details on the application form.


This job description is intended as a guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification as it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic developments following discussion with the post holder.

The post holder will be expected to work to agreed objectives, which should facilitate achievements of the key responsibilities in accordance with the Performance Review Process.

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