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MEAL Officer – Rural Women Entrepreneurs

Closing: Jan 25, 2023

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Published: Jan 18, 2023 (14 days ago)

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The Monitoring, Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (MEAL) Specialist will be responsible for contributing to the implementation of activities for the Scaling Rural Women Entrepreneurs for Community-Led Digital Adaptation & Resilience in Africa project. This innovative pilot is testing the relevance & efficacy of a women-led social enterprise model for digital service delivery in Kenya. Using a range of participatory mixed methods, the project will map existing market systems in Nakuru, evaluate care seeker needs, and build marketing strategies from consumer needs, best practices, and contextual perspectives. The MEAL Officer will be responsible for progress monitoring throughout the project period, assessment tool design, data management, and facilitating participatory analysis exercises. This position will be based in Naivasha with 60% travelling across Self Help Africa Project location.

Knowledge, Experience, and Other Requirements:

  • A first degree in Economics/ agricultural economics/ development studies/ project planning & management/ monitoring & evaluation or other related discipline and Master’s degree will be an added advantage
  • At least 3-6 years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation in development sector
  • Experience in participatory learning & analysis methods
  • Knowledge and understanding of project monitoring and evaluation, including data management tools
  • Knowledge of the current M&E trends and especially M&E systems in development organizations
  • Good abilities for training, mentoring, and coaching skills (supervising enumerators and field staff)
  • Good technical writing skills, presentation, facilitation, abilities for synthesis
  • Proactive, resourceful, and results-oriented
  • Must be a good team player, honest, dependable, and willing to be flexible with work hours
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, with the ability to speak local languages
  • Gender, intercultural and interfaith sensitivity.
  • Willing to work additional hours at crucial times.
  • Positive outlook and stand-alone disposition.
  • Adaptable and responsive disposition relative to the demands and development of the programme.


Responsibilities
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (MEAL) Specialist will be responsible for contributing to the implementation of activities for the Scaling Rural Women Entrepreneurs for Community-Led Digital Adaptation & Resilience in Africa project. This innovative pilot is testing the relevance & efficacy of a women-led social enterprise model for digital service delivery in Kenya. Using a range of participatory mixed methods, the project will map existing market systems in Nakuru, evaluate care seeker needs, and build marketing strategies from consumer needs, best practices, and contextual perspectives. The MEAL Officer will be responsible for progress monitoring throughout the project period, assessment tool design, data management, and facilitating participatory analysis exercises. This position will be based in Naivasha with 60% travelling across Self Help Africa Project location.

Knowledge, Experience, and Other Requirements:

  • A first degree in Economics/ agricultural economics/ development studies/ project planning & management/ monitoring & evaluation or other related discipline and Master’s degree will be an added advantage
  • At least 3-6 years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation in development sector
  • Experience in participatory learning & analysis methods
  • Knowledge and understanding of project monitoring and evaluation, including data management tools
  • Knowledge of the current M&E trends and especially M&E systems in development organizations
  • Good abilities for training, mentoring, and coaching skills (supervising enumerators and field staff)
  • Good technical writing skills, presentation, facilitation, abilities for synthesis
  • Proactive, resourceful, and results-oriented
  • Must be a good team player, honest, dependable, and willing to be flexible with work hours
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, with the ability to speak local languages
  • Gender, intercultural and interfaith sensitivity.
  • Willing to work additional hours at crucial times.
  • Positive outlook and stand-alone disposition.
  • Adaptable and responsive disposition relative to the demands and development of the programme.


Technical M&E lead and advice:

  • Develop and adopt M&E tools for measuring and reporting against progress and impact indicators
  • Identify community-derived impact indicators using participatory methods
  • Provide technical support in developing/refining participatory assessment tools
  • Contribute to updating the log-frame and results against programme indicators with more detailed input provided towards preparing annual reports.
  • Conduct participatory data gathering and analysis focus groups with various stakeholders involved in the project
  • Jointly define market assessment strategies with community partners and other project staff
  • Visit project sites for monitoring and quality assurance of Women business Centers training on nutrtion
  • Monitoring and data checks on digital nutrition service delivery s to ensure reporting compliance.
  • Work collaboratively with other programmes to strengthen integration and cross-learning in the country programme and with Donors.
  • Represent the project to community partners and stakeholders

Training and supporting partners:

  • Capacity building of partners and local government authorities.
  • To supervise regular data collection and ensure the quality of the data by verifications and validations.
  • Provide feedback to staff on project performance based on data collected and findings, and lead staff in reviewing project plans as part of the learning and sharing process.

Reporting:

  • Provide regular updates reports as per guidance of the Project Manager, summarising the progress made in project implementation, lessons learned, recommendations for improvement, and case studies

Documentation and learning:

  • Set up and manage the Program Monitoring & Evaluation and learning system while ensuring adequate technical capacity to enhance the system’s performance to achieve optimal program reporting.
  • Participate in regular meetings with key stakeholders at the community/civil society/Local Government level, ensuring a common understanding of the project’s objectives and outcomes.
  • Other reasonable duties may be assigned to you that are consistent with the job and its level of responsibility. These will require pre-approval by your line manager.


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