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Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant Job in Kenya

Job Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Job Description

IFDC is a public international organization addressing critical issues such as international food security, the alleviation of global hunger and poverty, environmental protection and the promotion of economic development and self-sufficiency.
 

IFDC’s East and Southern Africa Division (ESAFD) invites applications from suitably qualified Kenyan nationals to fill the post of Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant to work in its Nairobi office.
 

IFDC needs an assistant to implement frontline monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as part of the East and Southern Africa (ESAFD) Division team.

The M&E Assistant is a nationally recruited position. The M&E Assistant will work in a supportive capacity to projects in the region, as well as an in institutional capacity, contributing to IFDC initiatives of divisional and global scope. 

The incumbent will contribute to efforts that monitor outcomes against targets; enable management, donors and partners to gain feedback and deduce lessons; determine the direction of progress; and make vital adjustments to interventions for optimum effectiveness.

Required Skills

Data Collection and Handling

  • Design data collection and survey exercises based on Division and/or project needs and conduct pre-tests and adjustments for uniform comprehension
  • Working closely with project leadership, provide guidance to partner institutions, in particular grant recipients, to strengthen their capacity to actively engage and benefit from the data collected from them
  • Undertake data collection tasks, particularly for evaluations and projects administered at the Divisional level having Country-based local partners
  • Receive, inspect, screen/filter and handle questionnaires
  • Oversee data entry into database or data file
  • Maintain data storage and data quality
  • Conduct data analysis, including creation of GPS maps
  • Avail data in required formats, along with contextual information and interpretation, to support decision making and periodic reporting
  • Support vital links between IT systems (e.g. working closely with AMITSA)
  • Support development of work plans and annual reports
Evaluation Exercises
  • Contribute to planning phases of baseline, program, and impact evaluation studies, including drafting of TORs
  • Contribute to workshops to train enumerators
  • Support survey exercises by providing guidance and solutions
  • Handle survey logistics
Quality Assurance
  • Assure quality of trainings and other activities delivered by local partners and compose reports of observations and recommended action
Institutional M&E system
  • Engage with partner organizations in initiatives to advance strategic collaborations that may lead to vital new programs, institutional knowledge generation and core capacities
  • Train Country office project personnel to interact with M&E systems and draw on lessons in their work
  • By virtue of operating within the M&E system, generate adjustments for continuous improvements in ease of use; provision of relevant information; and integration of technological advances
  • Follow trends and interventions that are working such that they may form IFDC M&E standards, best practices and recommendations. With travel throughout the ESAFD region and resultant knowledge of divisional programs, forge ties for learning and sharing between individuals, units and programs working on similar technical areas and tasks
  • Draft reports and communications pieces required
  • Assist in analyzing M&E aspects of proposals and plans and implementing M&E guidelines
  • Contribute towards reporting against the African Productivity Initiative
  • Participate in other initiatives and systems as the evolution of M&E capacity requires
Working conditions

Job may occasionally require travel and work on nights and weekends

Required Experience
  • Bachelors Degree in Statistics, Agricultural Economics or other related fields
  • Minimum three years experience with participatory monitoring and evaluation which may include designing and conducting survey exercises, data collection (key stakeholder interviews, focus groups, surveys, and secondary data analysis techniques), and data management
  • Experience in agricultural donor-funded projects
  • Demonstrable experience in performing statistical analysis and interpreting results correctly
  • Excellent command of computers and statistical software, especially experience with MS Access and SPSS or STATA. Ability to manipulate large data sets.
  • Ability to work independently and to take initiative
  • Service-oriented attitude towards work-- providing positive and timely feedback to colleagues and staff of partner institutions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including the ability to present materials in meetings and at conferences and to write project documents (including evaluation design plans, results frameworks, data collection and data analysis plans, and progress reports)
  • Proficiency in additional languages spoken in Eastern and Southern Africa is highly desirable
Closing Date for Application: 05/10/2011

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