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Monitoring and Evaluation Manager Career in Nairobi Kenya

Position: Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Nairobi, with frequent travel to Merlin field sites

Department: Programmes

Reports to: Kenya Country Health Director with input from Somalia Country Health Director

Staff directly supervised: Health Information Officer

Technically supervise: Field based M&E Officers and HISO’s

Relationships internally: All programme and support staff

Relationships externally: MoMS/MoPHS personnel, other governmental UN agencies counterparts.


Merlin is a UK humanitarian agency which responds worldwide with vital healthcare and medical relief for vulnerable people caught up in natural disasters, conflict, and health systems collapse.

Merlin has been working in Kenya since 1998 and in Somalia since 2005. Currently, Merlin in Kenya is operational in two regions of the country - the Western Highlands and Northern Kenya.

In Somalia, Merlin operates in the three semi-autonomous regions of Somalia (Somaliland, Puntland, and South Central). 

Overall Objective of the Position

The Monitoring and Evaluation Manager will be responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities for Merlin Kenya and Somalia programmes. He/she will on routine basis track project performance against baseline and targets analyzing relationships among performance.

He/she will be expected to communicate performance results to team members and ensuring targets are met. Periodically the M&E manager will be expected to conduct evaluations individually or in conjunction with project consultants. 

The M&E manager will provide technical oversight to field based Monitoring and Evaluation teams and will be directly answerable to country health Directors for both Kenya and Somalia programmes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design and preparation of M&E plans of project proposals and participation in development of strategies and logframes for new projects
  • Develop of M&E frameworks, systems and tools as well as work plans
  • Assessment of Merlin Kenya and Somalia programmes against established goals, targets and indicators as stated in project proposals and logframes
  • Present achievements against targets and baselines during quarterly review meetings
  • Review technical and donor reports to ensure completeness and accuracy
  • Network with partners, MOH, UN agencies and other stakeholders on M&E matters
  • Represent Merlin at external forums as required.
  • Build capacity of and train partners in M&E through formal and informal adult learning methods
  • Documentation of M&E best practices and lessons learned for purposes of accountability and replication
  • Prepare and disseminate periodic reports on projects, incorporating service statistics and survey data as available
  • Prepare briefings, papers, and slide shows for presentation to donors, MOPH and other stakeholders on the project activities and lessons learned in collaboration with project teams
  • Provide support to the collection and analysis of M&E data from field interventions and work with field teams to improve quality of analysis coming from field reports
  • Take lead in ensuring implementation of humanitarian accountability standards
  • Supervise Nairobi-based HIS Officer
  • Provide technical support on M&E and data collection to all field teams and specifically to field-based HIS officers
Qualifications and Experience
  • Degree in public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, or health information systems from a recognized academic institution, with a strong preference for a master’s degree. Relevant training in M&E will be an added advantage.
  • A minimum of five years of direct experience in managing and executing monitoring and evaluation of donor-funded health and nutrition programmes in developing countries.
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative M&E methodologies for health and nutrition, HIV/TB, malaria and RH interventions including participatory and quasi-experimental evaluation designs that incorporate rigorous statistical methods
  • Experience coordinating with developing-country governments, ministries, UN agencies, INGO’s and/or local NGOs for design and implementation of evaluations, including addressing capacity weaknesses as needed.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with and understanding of impact evaluation and participatory monitoring and evaluation techniques; and developing and monitoring both output and outcome indicators.
  • Able to effectively use statistical analysis software, including EpiInfo, Stata, and SPSS.
  • Able to undertake field visits on regular basis.
  • Oral and written fluency in English.
  • Good communication skills and interpersonal relationships.
  • Committed and experienced in working in multi-cultural settings.
How to Apply

All applications should be sent to: 

HR Department,
Merlin, Nairobi Office, 
P.O Box 3350 – 00200, 
Nairobi, Kenya

OR Email to:

Application deadline is 5:00pm on Friday, 2nd March 2012. 

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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