Self Help Africa – Monitoring & Evaluation Officer (Nairobi).

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Job Title: Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Organisation: Self Help Africa – Kenya
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Reports to: Team Leader: AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund
Benefits: 22 days annual leave, medical insurance (self + spouse and up to 4 children) and 10% employer pension contribution, 25% leave allowance
Expected Travel: national level travel will be required
Restrictions: 6 months’ probation, employment contract from reporting date to 31st December 2022

About Self Help Africa:

Self Help Africa (SHA) is an international NGO dedicated to the vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa. We have 50 years of experience working with smallholder farmers, farmer associations, cooperatives and agribusinesses across Africa to help farmers grow and sell more food, improve diets, diversify incomes and make their livelihoods more sustainable and resilient to external shocks. SHA also builds awareness of issues affecting smallholders and represents their interests at policy and institutional levels. SHA is currently implementing a portfolio of 32 projects in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Togo, Malawi and Zambia, funded by a variety of institutional and private donors including USAID, the European Commission, Irish Aid and World Food Programme. In 2019, we supported 380,000 households, reaching 2.2 million people in rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa, and had a turnover of €33.3million.

SHA is a core member of The Gorta Group, alongside three social enterprise subsidiaries – TruTrade, which supports market access for small-holder farmers in the agricultural value-chain; Traidlinks, providing market-linkages to agri-business in East Africa; and Partner Africa, an ethical auditing and consultancy firm that operates across more than 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. 

Job Purpose:

The Monitoring & Evaluation Officer will be part of the AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund team and will advise the Team Leader in planning, implementation and reporting of monitoring, evaluation and learning related activities of the Programme. S/He will contribute to the development of programme related M&E systems, tracking performance indicators, development of data collection tools, data collection, analysis and reporting, drafting of learning papers and thought leadership papers. Independently manages surveys through SHA specific methodologies and tools. Provides accurate analysis and presentation of information to enhance SHA’s position as a strong development partner. Provides analysis to support the Team Leader and Portfolio Manager roles

Key Responsibilities

  1. Ensures planning and implementation focusing on overall M&E framework of the programme:
  • Ensure effective and efficient implementation of the programme’s Monitoring and Evaluation plan including periodically reviewing the M&E plan to ensure it is fit for purpose.
  • Develop measurement methods and identify data sources for project performance and impact indicators at programme as well as agri-enterprise project levels, in conjunction with the M & E Coordinator and programme team
  • Provide quality assurance through the development and implementation of SHA’s M&E system
  • Ensure that project data are entered and updated on a timely basis by all responsible officers
  • In liaison with the M & E Coordinator and programme team, manage the undertaking of project baseline surveys, Individual Household Method, Livelihood Zoning, QUIP and progress surveys
  • In liaison with the other M and E Officers, develop quarterly and annual work plans and associated budgets for M&E related activities for approval by the Team Leader
  • Development of results measurement metrics for the engaged companies-including results chains

2. Ensure proper reporting of monitoring outputs, focusing on achievement of programme results:

  • Draft regular M&E project reports and manage the preparation of project evaluation and/or review reports
  • Participate in the drafting of quarterly, annual and other reports required by SHA and/or the donor with inputs from the programme team
  • In liaison with the Communication Officer, ensure accurate data is utilised in press releases, media and project webpages, as needed
  • Manage the creation of human- interest stories (most significant change) through own inputs and inputs from other team members.
  • In liaison with the portfolio managers and the Team Leader, ensure that lessons learned are fed back into project implementation
  • In liaison with the portfolio managers and the Team Leader, identify, assess and report on risk elements within the projects

3. Provide support in facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing on achievement of the following results:

  • Facilitate capacity building of companies to collect data & contribute to development of the knowledge management system
  • Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice related to M&E.

4. Any other duties as assigned by the Team Leader.

Key Relationships


  • AgriFI Team (Portfolio Managers, Communications Officer, Accountant, Support functions)
  • M & E Coordinator – SHA Kenya
  • Head of M&E, M&E Advisor and Evaluation Officer – HQ
  • Head of Programmes
  • Head of Finance and Administration


  • Imani M & E Team
  • Companies engaged by the programme
  • Smallholder farmers,
  • Government Ministries/ departments,
  • Other like-minded organisations and institutions

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least 3 years relevant working experience in Monitoring and Evaluation roles in donor funded projects (EU projects preferred)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and practice in Project Cycle Management and MEAL
  • Excellent skills in result-based M&E frameworks, indicator tracking, M&E systems development, development of data collection tools, data analysis and report writing
  • Practical knowledge and skills of database development/management and statistical analysis
  • Practical/ field experience in data collection, analysis & data quality control
  • Excellent knowledge of full Windows Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access)

Qualifications/Other Requirements:Essential:

  • A first degree in Economics/ agricultural economics/ development studies/ project planning & management/ monitoring & evaluation or other related discipline from a recognised university.

Role Competencies:

  • A strong commitment to the aims, objectives and values of SHA Kenya
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity 
  • Demonstrate strong organisational skills and sound judgement
  • Self-development, initiative-taking, working well with limited supervision, ability to meet deadlines
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others

Download the Job Description

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available and SHA reserves the right to make necessary changes.

How to apply:

Please download the Application Form and fill it in. A completed application form, up-to-date CV and a motivational letter outlining your suitability for the role should be uploaded to our recruitment portal by clicking on this link. (Clicking the link will take you to the recruitment portal).

Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.

Closing date is Friday 5th February 2021 at 5pm

Please note that Self Help Africa Kenya advocates for equal opportunity and does not require applicants to pay any fee at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Self Help Africa is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, transparency, and accountability in all its affairs and is completely against fraud, bribery, and corruption. All employees are bound by code of conduct, child protection and conflict of interest policies.

Any candidate offered a job with Self Help Africa will be expected to sign Self Help Africa’s Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

Police vetting is required.

All applicants are encouraged to read through the following safeguarding policies as you make your applications:

  1. Code of Conduct
  2. Conflict of Interest
  3. Child Protection

Women applicants are highly encouraged; Self Help Africa is an Equal Opportunities Employer




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