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M & E Officer Job in Kenya

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. 

Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve.

Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individuals to take up the following position:

M & E Officer - Eldoret

Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps is implementing the Yes Youth Can program in seven counties of Rift Valley namely Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Kericho and Nakuru.

The Primary Objective of Yes Youth can is to empower youth as agents of positive change in their communities.

Mercy Corps works towards this objective by 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 Eldoret with frequent travel to Kericho, Nakuru, Nandi, Keiyo, and Kericho, Trans Nzoia, West pokot 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:
  • Carry out assessments of conflict and economic situations within the affected communities and make recommendations for actions that are consistent with program objectives. Together with HQ expats and YYC technical team, conduct the baseline survey, be part of the Labour/employability assessment, Value chain Assessments and Gender Assessments.
  • Identify/design in collaboration with the County Bunge Forums comprehensive projects that include activities to promote sustainable peace and livelihoods as per the county priorities that have been discussed and agreed by the AGM Caucus.
  • Train the youth leaders in joint monitoring teams and reporting teams and engage them in monitoring their own projects and implementing any findings.
  • 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 institutions 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 Monthly, quarterly, and annual 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Roles: None

Reports Directly To: Program Manager, COP

Works Directly With: Field Officers, Youth Enterprise specialist, Communications Officer

Knowledge and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree, Sociology, Statistics, Economics or related field
  • 2 -3 years’ experience or more in Monitoring & Evaluation and development 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 the 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

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit on or before July 18, 2014 at 4.00 p.m. a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to  

Applicants must clearly indicate on the email subject; the position and location they are applying for, e.g “M & E Officer - Eldoret”

Applications without the right subject heading will be automatically disqualified. Please do not attach any certificates.

(ONLY Qualified short-listed candidates will be contacted)

NB: Mercy Corps does not charge any fee at any stage of recruitment process.

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