Monitoring & Evaluation Manager - LIFT

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Apply by 17 August 2018
Posted on 23 July 2018

Job Description

M&E Manager

Land Investment for Transformation (LIFT) Ethiopia

About DAI

DAI is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries.


The Land Investment for Transformation (LIFT) is a six-year (2014-2020) programme jointly developed by the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) and the UK Department for International Development- Ethiopia Office (DFID-E).

The objective of the LIFT programme is to improve the incomes of the rural poor and to enhance economic growth, through second-level land certification (SLLC) of up to 14 million parcels of land, improved rural land administration systems (RLAS), cross-cutting policy reviews, and development of the rural land sector through the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach to enhance productivity and investment (referred to as the Economic Empowerment Unit – EEU).

Specifically, LIFT aims to:

  • Enable the provision of map-based land certificates to farmers in four regions through support for the production of aerial imagery, development of a digital cadastre, engagement of landholders to identify their land parcels on the resulting photographic map and resolve any disputes, ensuring women and Vulnerable Groups (VGs) secure their land rights, and issuance of land certificates;
  • Strengthen capacity in the rural land administration system to register, update and enforce rights through the development of land administration systems backed by IT, train land administrators, and refine and document administrative processes;
  • Facilitate increased investment and productivity through support to the development of the land market, based on detailed analysis and research; and
  • Strengthen existing land policies and procedures, with the aim of enhancing security of tenure for communal land holdings, pastoralists and customary land use and improving the transparency of land allocation.

LIFT is being implemented by the four regional states of Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples, through the programme woredas, with overall co-ordination from the Rural Land Administration & Use Directorate (RLAUD) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. DAI is an international consultancy firm, providing technical assistance to LIFT under contract to DFID-E.

Scope of work

The M&E Manager manages all of LIFT’s M&E activities, including management of the land and EEU M&E Coordinators, management of external M&E consultants, overall responsibility for reporting on programme performance, including Value for Money (VfM), working with the programme’s external evaluators, and management and updating of the programme’s log frame and theory of change.

This is a full-time position until LIFT ends in August 2020, and is based in Addis Ababa.


Specific responsibilities include:


  • Support the LIFT team in ensuring a results-oriented approach is achieved throughout the programme.
  • Manage work, programme and outputs of LIFT’s M&E team, which includes two M&E Coordinators (one each for the programme’s land and EEU components).
  • Manage the inputs of subcontractors and external consultants.
  • Work collaboratively with the programme’s External Evaluation Technical Service Provider (EETSP) to ensure that LIFT provides them with all required information and to act as lead focal point during LIFT’s Annual Reviews.
  • Manage and update LIFT’s log frame, theory of change, risk matrix and VfM framework.


  • Coordinate the measurement, reporting and communication of programme results and progress against milestones and targets to the LIFT Management Team and external stakeholders.
  • Produce LIFT’s monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports and specific SLLC milestone reports to a high standard while ensuring strict adherence to agreed deadlines.
  • Work with external consultants to produce LIFT’s VfM reports.


  • Continually review LIFT’s approach to M&E and propose changes as required to ensure it is as effective as possible.
  • Audit LIFT’s data and reported results.
  • Update and manage LIFT’s M&E framework and tools, as needed.
  • Work with the Strategic Communications Manager to continually review reporting methods and tools to improve their suitability and usability to ensure that regular monitoring information flows from programme interventions to enable real-time learning and feedback loops at all levels (regional, woreda, Head Office).
  • Manage the development and delivery of surveys conducted by LIFT in coordination with LIFT’s M&E subcontractor and external evaluators.
  • Track LIFT’s progress against its log frame milestones and other targets, including reviewing action plans.


  • Develop an annual workplan for LIFT’s M&E team and provide regular progress updates.
  • Quality assurance of data collection and reporting on indicators in LIFT’s M&E workplan.
  • Data quality assessment of survey work, evaluations and other M&E-related activities.
  • Work with the Strategic Communications Manager to develop a strategy to incorporate monitoring data into programme management and external communication products to enhance programme effectiveness and visibility.
  • M&E reporting to DFID and GoE stakeholders as required, in conjunction with the Strategic Communications Manager and Team Leader, and assisting with other ad hoc reporting and data requests.


The M&E Manager reports to LIFT’s Strategic Communications Manager.

Required experience

  • Fluency in English (written/spoken).
  • A university degree (minimum undergraduate) in a relevant field.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in monitoring, evaluation and results measurement, some of which must be in a senior, client-facing role.
  • A good understanding of private sector development issues, and the making markets work for the poor (M4P) approach.
  • Experience of managing a team.

Desired experience

  • Educated to Masters level.
  • Experience with DFID log frame development and reporting.
  • Experience of major land reform programmes.
  • Experience of managing M&E initiatives in the land sector in Africa.
  • Experience of implementing the DCED Standard for Results Measurement.
  • Experience of working and living in Ethiopia.
  • An understanding of environmental and gender issues.

Closing date for submission of applications is 17th August 2018.

About the Organization

About DAI

DAI is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

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