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Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that designs and delivers technical and management solutions in agriculture, economic growth, and resilience to promote economic prosperity and social inclusion.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Consultant, Worldwide
ACDI/VOCA is seeking a MEL Consultant for the USAID Kuza project in Kenya. USAID Kuza works in Northern Kenya to improve the enabling environment for economic opportunities, expand county-level capacity to build resilience, accelerate public-private investment, and integrate monitoring, evaluation and learning to foster self-reliance and reduce the need for humanitarian assistance. The Activity has the following objectives:
- Facilitate an enabling environment for expanded economic opportunities in areas of recurring crisis for women, youth, and marginalized groups.
- Strengthen county-level institutional and governance capacity of county government and non-governmental organizations. This effort facilitates capacity strengthening to counties on budgeting, public financial management and planning processes.
- Develop private sector partnerships to expand investment, including the development of the Impact for Northern Kenya Fund (“The Fund”) aimed at increasing financial access to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the FCDC Counties.
- Advance progress and accelerate outcomes by integrating monitoring and evaluation with shared learning.
The MEL Consultant will develop an overall strategy to coordinate and implement the Activity’s MEL strategy in conjunction with the Chief of Party, MEL Manager and Objective Leads. The Consultant will also be responsible for guiding the overall design and implementation of the MEL capacity development efforts with target county government officials. The anticipated timeframe for this assignment is June to December 2021, with about 60% – 70%, and likely 100% during annual reporting (July – September 2021). This assignment is remote, but the MEL Consultant must be available for virtual coordination meetings with people in Nairobi, Kenya and Washington, DC.
- Oversee the development, revision, and or implementation of USAID Kuza MEL Plan.
- Establish M&E systems and data collection efforts in collaboration with key stakeholders to ensure a process of evidence-based learning that improves understanding while strengthening local capacity, institutional development, and sustainability of activities.
- Develop USAID Kuza’s strategy and framework for Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) in collaboration with the COP and Objective leads.
- Develop an implementation plan to make CLA systematic and intentional throughout the Activity. Identify the necessary resources and coordinate with USAID Kuza leadership to implement.
- Ensure impact on gender and resource utilization are tracked, monitored, analyzed, and reported via the USAID Kuza M&E system; disaggregate all baseline and monitoring data by sex (and any other level of disaggregation as outlined in the indicator reference sheets) in data collection forms, databases, and data collection processes.
- Facilitate capacity building of staff on M&E systems, data collection and understanding of indicators including strengthening the MEL capacity of our partners, particularly of local sub-grantee partners, to obtain high-quality data and facilitate learning.
- Work with Leader MEL Director to write project performance reports by proving analytical data in line with project performance indicators.
- Guide the process for identifying key learning questions and parameters for monitoring project performance and comparing with targets and spearhead the overall project learning agenda through quarterly reviews, reflection, and planning sessions.
- Coordinate with other stakeholders and organizations working in ACDI/VOCA’s implementation area, to share data management tools, project activity data and lessons learned, as well as to maximize cost effectiveness of data collection, ensure use of existing information and avoid duplication of results tracking.
- Represent ACDI/VOCA on external M&E-related working groups at USAID, other PREG partners, task forces, conferences, publications, and panels.
- Master’s degree in social sciences, environmental science, international development, or related field, and relevant training in monitoring and evaluation.
- Five years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation in complex organizational set-ups, preferably working with USAID.
- Experience working in arid and semi-arid environments as well as working with pastoral communities strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated experience in designing surveys, data collection; statistical analysis; and reporting; including experience with computer-based statistical packages and databases.
- Excellent communication skills, especially writing skills.
- Fluency in English is required.
Please apply online at https://internationaljobs-acdivoca.icims.com/jobs/5800/job The applications will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalists will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. ACDI/VOCA will never request payment or charge a fee to apply for any position.