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Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Kenya Irrigation Project

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Project, program management
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary

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Job Summary

Project Description:

Kenya Irrigation Project is a 5-year $14M-$18M project funded by the USDA Food for Progress Program. The project will work closely with the National Irrigation Board and act as a steward of USDA funds to design and construct small and medium sized irrigation projects that demonstrate a strong potential for expanding agricultural production and trade.

Job Summary:
The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist will be responsible for the development and oversight of all monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) activities for Kenya Irrigation Project. This will include developing and implementing a robust MEL system that meets the requirements of USDA and Land O’Lakes’ MEL policies. Specifically, the M&E Specialist will manage a team of field-based MEL coordinators to create quantitative and qualitative data collection tools and processes documented in a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan (MELP), train staff and partners in MEL system implementation, coordinate all data collection efforts, ensure data quality, process and analyze the data for donor reporting, adaptive management, and learning purposes, and provide oversight support to external evaluators. Additionally, the M&E Specialist will support the development and roll-out of a tablet-based data collection system that will assist in tracking indicators. The M&E Specialist will also take an active role in adaptive management through active participation in stakeholder, learning and work planning meetings. This individual will report to the Chief of Party with technical support from the headquarters Global MEL staff.


  1. Lead the development of the MELP and update as necessary throughout the life of the project;
  2. Implement appropriate mechanisms for monitoring and tracking of program activities and results;
  3. Train all project staff in project monitoring and learning;
  4. Manage a tablet-based data collection platform, including training staff ensuring timely data entry.
  5. Select and manage appropriate consultants for required evaluations and monitor these activities, including the following:
  6. Review survey design and tools in consultation with Global MEL Team and/or appropriate consultant
  7. Assist with selection of consultant with skills appropriate to conduct study,
  8. Oversee quality control/monitor progress of the consultant’s work, and
  9. Review and comment on content of evaluation reports.
  10. Regularly review data collection processes, perform data quality assessments, and adjust as needed;
  11. Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of MEL and to identify where adaptations and improvements might be needed;
  12. Provide regular updates on project progress against key metrics to the Chief of Party for inclusion in donor reports, work planning and learning events
  13. Lead the regular sharing and learning from the findings of M&E data with program staff and partners.
  14. Assist project staff to use project data to report and disseminate evidence of project work to the wider community, USDA, Land O'Lakes, Host Government, and other external stakeholders.
  15. Demonstrate the highest degree of integrity throughout all activities, and raise any concerns with implementation quality immediately with the Chief of Party
  16. Utilize established sharepoint system to store key documents and share key project and country related information with other staff.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Project, program management
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required skills: Project management; Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Quality management; Training program planning; Project implementation; Agriculture and natural resources; Data analysis
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

Land O’Lakes International Developmen

Non-profit, social workCompany size: 500-1000 people

Since 1981, Land O’Lakes International Development has applied an integrated approach to international economic development that capitalizes on Land O'Lakes, Inc.'s nearly 100 years as a leading farm-to-market agribusiness. We use our practical experience and in-depth knowledge to facilitate market-driven business solutions that generate economic growth, improve health and nutrition, and alleviate poverty. We believe in the value of people and ensuring our work is rooted in honesty, integrity and respect.