Monitoring and Evaluation Lead

Overview

International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over three hundred projects.  IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies.  IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.

 

Job Title:                                         Monitoring and Evaluation Lead, Food for Peace, Kenya        

Department/Location:                 AFE3

Reports To:                                     Chief of Party

Type:                                                Regular Full-Time

Classification:                                 This is a exempt-level, managerial position and is not eligible for overtime pay.                             

 

Overview: 

IBTCI seeks an expert and Program Manager (PM) in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) based in Kenya, with strong data analytic and leadership skills for a large Food for Peace project in Kenya. 
The M&E Lead in Kenya will provide technical expertise and leadership to generate and analyze quality evidence and data through monitoring, assessments, and evaluations. The M&E Lead will play a central role in ensuring the learning from the initial Research and Collaboration Phase of the project onward. The M&E Lead will design, manage, and provide strategic direction to the Kenya food aid (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 partner.

 

This position is contingent upon award.

Responsibilities

Background:

IBTCI is recruiting a senior, experienced monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officer to lead the overall consortium’s M&E activities in Kenya. The estimated timeframe 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 in Kenya.
  • Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening.

 

Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:  

  • Review, filter and clean data and organize datasets.
  • Provide strategic high-level feedback, analysis and interpretation throughout the program startup, research and collaboration phase, and activity implementation phase.
  • Provide strategic direction for the development and maintenance of MEAL systems and the roll-out of new initiatives.
  • Partner with the project and MEAL team in the design and implementation of assessments, gender analysis, stakeholder analysis, organizational capacity assessments and other pre-program data collection and analysis.
  • Ensure the consistency of indicators and tools across partners and sectors; maintain a bank of key program indicators.
  • Support programming staff to incorporate participatory methods into community level MEAL systems and tools.
  • Leverage lessons learned, best practices, program data, evaluations and other information to generate donor communication, proposal annexes, success stories, case studies and other results-based documentation.
  • Lead mandated evaluations, needs assessments, annual surveys, case studies, and research.
  • Collaborate on learning events to systematically analyze data to promote adaptive management and to document and incorporate lessons learned into program design and implementation.
  • Ensure that transparent high-quality accountability mechanisms, including beneficiary feedback and response mechanisms, are in place for DFSA and are regularly discussed with necessary responses and feedback documented.
  • Ensure that beneficiary feedback is adequately captured, analyzed and used by program team.
  • Partner with the DFSA MEAL and program team to develop strong project tracking, record keeping and filing methodologies for all activities.
  • Collaborate with the Kenya Country Program M&E Manager in regard to the MEAL community of practice to share learning, resources, and support across offices.
  • Develop and facilitate MEAL workshops and modules for staff and partners to share, program, regional and global MEAL tools, processes and best practices to cultivate a culture of learning.
  • Build capacity of local Kenyan governmental counterparts and their M&E teams in Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu and Turkana for using data for decision making.
  • Analysis and Critical Thinking: engage with data, challenge biases and assumptions, pursue  understanding of evidence through perspective-taking, and make informed programming decisions.
  • Apply knowledge on information and communication technologies (ICT), both hardware and software, for opportune and accurate data collection, and database management.
  • Manage resources to optimize the quality, effectiveness, and utility of MEAL systems.
  • Create data presentations for dashboards, maps and webinars, in Google Slides or Powerpoint.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Previous experience teaching in person and/or online preferred, especially in Kenya.
  • USAID funded project experience strongly preferred.
  • Strong M&E experience in development and the food and agriculture sector desired.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Eight years’ experience working in international development preferably with international NGOs, with six years experience of MEAL responsibility in development projects and  two years of experience as a supervisor; Title II work.
  • Experience leading the M&E for a large project, and working with USAID/FFP and/or USAID/FTF.
  • Understand anthropometric surveys, indicators of malnutrition, and best practices in treatment of acute malnutrition.
  • Experience building or strengthening monitoring systems, quantitative and qualitative analysis, survey and sample design and effectively promoting evidence-based program management.
  • Strong knowledge of theories of change, logic models, food and nutrition security indicators, M&E plan, data quality assurance, data utilization and gender integration into M&E.
  • Expertise in developing and operationalizing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan.
  • Ability to set team goals and manage toward them; collaborate effectively; and manage financial resources for MEAL work.
  • Familiarity with FFP M&E and Reporting Policy and Guidance for components of an M&E plan.
  • Expertise developing and operationalizing monitoring to track output and outcome indicators from project design to implementation (including with results frameworks and theories of change) and build staff capacity to utilize systems; experience with participatory MEAL systems.
  • Strong quantitative expertise designing annual monitoring surveys including probabilistic sampling strategy and estimating sample size, developing appropriate weights and analyze quantitative data; including experience managing studies and consultants.
  • Expertise in designing qualitative studies, in-depth knowledge about qualitative sampling and experience using interview tools to generate qualitative information and analysis.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in data utilization strategies and ability to creatively design data sharing techniques.
  • Experience with facilitation, capacity strengthening and partnership building through formal and informal training; capacity to empower staff through opportunities for professional growth.
  • Analyze complex data patterns in large datasets, using Excel/statistical software, (SPSS or STATA).
  • Cultural sensitivity, flexibility and ability to work in a multi-sector team including faith partners.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required; other language(s) as needed.

 

Education:  

  • Master's degree in economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition, sociology, anthropology or relevant subject with a strong quantitative background.

 

Working Environment:  Work is typically performed in an office environment; however, candidate must be able to travel on field missions for 30-50% level of effort as needed.

 

Physical Requirements:  This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.

 

Supervisory Responsibility:  This position has supervisory responsibilities.

 

Travel:  This position may require travel to Northern and Southern Kenya.

 

 

 

No phone calls please.  All candidates will be acknowledged, but only final candidates for particular activities will be contacted.

 

 

 

IBTCI is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable anti-discrimination laws.  We prohibit and do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.  We are an E-Verify Employer.

 

If you are an applicant with a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability, or unable to use the online application system and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact Human Resources at 703-749-0100.

Deadline/closing date: 
Friday, August 30, 2019