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Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, CONNECT Project

Vacancy #:   2894
Unit:   ESARO - Conservation Areas and Species
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya
Reporting to:   Regional Head, Biodiversity Conservation, IUCN-ESARO
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   20 June 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   25 October 2018
BACKGROUND
JOB DESCRIPTION
OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES
Working under the supervision of the Project Manager, Conserving Natural Capital and Enhancing Collaborative Management of Transboundary Resources in East Africa (CONNECT), the M&E Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of M & E activities related to the project.

SPECIFIC DUTIES
The M&E Officer will be responsible for the following main duties:

1. Monitoring
• Develop a performance monitoring plan (PMP) and other project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning tools in line with USAID requirements, IUCN guidelines and procedures and in consultation with programme team and partners
• Provide technical advice for the development/revision of Theory of Change (TOC) and performance indicators;
• Identifying sources of data, collection methods and resources needed and related cost;
• Coordinate with Implementing Partners (IPs) for collecting data against agreed indicators;
• Engage with IPs to collect and manage essential data of their respective projects;
• Ensure quality of data collected by partners;
• Provide feedback to partners and programme teams on projects’ performance based on monitoring data findings;
• Assist in building capacity of IPs on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E)

2. Evaluation
• Develop mid-term and end term evaluation terms of reference
• Assist in developing key evaluation questions
• Assist the Project Manager in designing, coordinating and conducting project evaluations (mid-term and end-line)
• Support the dissemination of evaluation findings
• Assist the Project Manager in providing a management response to evaluation findings and recommendations
• Track the implementation status of evaluation recommendations

3. Reporting and Documentation
• Assist the Project Manager in developing progress reports, including quarterly and annual reports;
• Develop and maintain a project database (with updated information and reports)

4. Planning
• Assist the Project Manager in project planning and budgeting process, ensuring alignment of annual workplans and budgets to project logical framework and performance plan
• Assist the Project Manager and implementing partners in reviewing project plans during the project planning process
• Ensure quality of data/ statistics in project plans.

5. Learning and Sharing
• Assist in developing project learning agenda and questions
• Ensure that lessons and experiences from projects activities emerging are identified, captured and synthesized with a view to sharing knowledge within the project implementation team, implementing partners, within the region and beyond as well as being systematically deployed in delivery of regional policy activities.
• Lead the trainings in application of M&E tools for project staff and implementing partners;
• Support partners, including the EAC, in improving learning and sharing mechanisms in their projects
• Work collaboratively with other relevant programmes/initiatives in the region, as identified by the project, for strengthening integration and cross-learning in programmes;
• Support implementing partners in designing and disseminating research studies by providing relevant input
• Support project critical reflections and distill lessons learnt.

6. Other responsibilities:
Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Degree in social sciences, development studies, statistics, environmental studies, natural resources, economics or related field; Training/certification in Monitoring and Evaluation including data collection and analysis preferred

• Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), database, spreadsheet and graphics presentations, including one or more of the following database and statistical applications such as SPSS, SAS, or STATA.

• At least six years work experience in planning processes, performance, management, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building in large governmental or international organization;

• Experience in (i) monitoring and evaluating natural resource management or nature conservation related projects; (ii) field data collection and (iii) report writing and presentation;

• Skills in (i) Monitoring and evaluation techniques and processes; (ii) Data collection and management; (iii) Analytical and research skills; (iv) Good command over report writing in English;

• Excellent knowledge of advanced statistics and research methodology including skills in sampling techniques and use of computer software for statistical and other relevant applications;

• A solid understanding of the management of cross cutting issues, with a focus on participatory processes, integrated programming, protection and gender issues;

• Proven success in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages

• Experience with USAID data collection and reporting requirements.

• Fluency in written and spoken English is a must. A working knowledge of Swahili is an added advantage

• Adheres to IUCN ESARO core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability;

• Skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting.

• Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

• Proven ability to lead or work effectively as a team member.

• Ability to organize, analyze, interpret and utilize program performance data

• Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners, and the ability to lead multi-sector and multi-disciplinary teams.

• Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills;

• Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong team player with proven communication and diplomacy with the ability to work effectively with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams with sensitivity and respect for diversity;

• Committed to continuous learning and proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;

• Willing to travel frequently within the Eastern African region.
APPLICATIONS

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