Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Lead - DFSA Kenya

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 February 2019

Job Description

Job Title: Program Manager (PM) II, USAID Food for Peace DFSA Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Lead

Reports to: DFSA Chief of Party

Location: TBD, Kenya

Note: This position is contingent upon grant and candidate approvals by the donor.

Background
CRS will be submitting a proposal in response to the 2019 USAID Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) Request for Applications (RFA). CRS Kenya will serve as the prime on the application and will develop the proposal in consortium with other international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and international/national research institutions. The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s ASALs, focusing on Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu and Turkana counties. . The estimated timeframe for this program is October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2024.

The activity will be implemented in two phases:
* Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.
* Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening

Job Summary
The M&E Lead will provide technical expertise and leadership to generate and analyze quality evidence and data through monitoring, assessments, and evaluations. The M&E Lead must have demonstrated experience in building or strengthening monitoring systems, quantitative and qualitative analysis, survey and sample design and effectively promoting evidence-based program management. S/he will play a central role in ensuring the learning from the initial Research and Collaboration Phase of the DFSA is captured and integrated into the activity implementation phase.

The M&E Lead will design, manage, strengthen and provide strategic direction to the Kenya DFSA’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems, ensuring cross-learning in MEAL among Kenya-based projects, as well as collaborating on learning across CRS food security and nutrition projects in the Horn of Africa and collaborating with MEAL counterparts on learning across DFSA initiatives within Kenya. S/he will work across CRS and consortium staff to build capacity of MEAL and project staff.

Qualifications and Skills:
* Master’s degree in economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology or other relevant subject with strong quantitative background. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
* Five years of experience working in a development setting preferably with an international NGO, with at least three years of experience progressively increasing MEAL responsibility in international development projects and at least two years of experience as a supervisor; Title II and ICT4D experience preferred.
* The candidate must have demonstrated experience leading the M&E of a large project.
* Experience working with large donors, USAID/FFP and/or USAID/FTF preferred.
* Demonstrated expertise in developing and operationalizing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan.
* Demonstrated expertise and experience in developing and operationalizing routine monitoring system designed to track both output and outcome indicators from project design to implementation (including work with results frameworks and theories of change) as well as building staff capacity to utilize systems; experience with participatory MEAL system required.
* Demonstrated expertise and experience in data utilization strategies and can creatively think about active data sharing techniques.
* Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team and to work closely, understand and support local Church partners.
* Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required and other language(s) as required.
* Ability to travel for field missions for 30-50% level of effort as needed.

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Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS's Agriculture and Livelihoods team supports farming communities using our Pathway to Prosperity approach, which enables rural families to increase their productivity within sustainable landscapes, achieve a living income and build more resilient communities.

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