MONITORING AND EVALUATION OFFICER IN RESILIENT APPROACHES IN NATURAL RANGELAND ECOSYSTEMS (RANGE)PROGRAM

About Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC)

The Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) is a regional economic bloc composed of the County Governments of Lamu, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Turkana, Samburu, and West Pokot in the aftermath of devolution. The Council promotes cooperation, coordination, and information sharing between Counties to strengthen devolution, enhance socioeconomic development, and promote peaceful coexistence among its members.

About RANGE Program

A consortium led by Mercy Corps, including the FCDC and the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente, is implementing the Resilient Approaches In Natural Rangeland Ecosystems (RANGE) Program. The program will run from January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2028 (5 years). The program will be implemented in the counties of Samburu, Marsabit, and Isiolo.

The outcomes of the Project are:

Outcome 1:  Improved rangeland management repairs ecosystem health and increases food, nutrition and water security.

Outcome 2:  Sustainable livestock and alternative livelihood production and competitiveness of markets strengthened within an improved policy environment.

Outcome 3: Improved linkages among and between communities and government structures to support collaboration on economic, environmental, and social issues promote stability and sustained development.

Outcome 4:  Strengthened Research and evidence-based programming contribute to impactful project implementation, effective coordination, early warning and early action, innovation and learning for resilient ASAL communities.

FCDC Role of the Consortium

FCDC is responsible for implementing Outcome 3: “Improved linkages among and between communities and government structures to support collaboration on economic, environmental, and social issues promoting stability and sustained development.”. The outputs are as follows:

Output 3.1: Improved government accountability and service provision through inclusive participatory planning.

Output 3.2: Facilitated conflict resolution and peacebuilding frameworks that promote communal and/or regional collaboration on conflict prevention and response.

Output 3.3: Supported and/or developed platforms for government-to-government engagement enabling collaboration on critical economic, environmental, and social issues.

Output 3.4: Influenced policies, legislation, and budget allocations at the national and county levels through evidence generated by the project and community priorities

Output 3.5: Supported private sector engagement and Public-Private Partnerships encouraging private sector investments in ASAL counties.

Scope of Work

The M&E Officer will be responsible for the following tasks and activities:

  • Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
  • Develop and implement the M&E framework for the RANGE program.
  • Design and manage data collection processes to track progress against program indicators.
  • Develop tools and systems to collect, manage, and analyze data.
  • Data Management and Analysis
  • Collect, compile, and analyze data from program activities to assess progress and impact.
  • Maintain and update databases to ensure accurate and timely data availability.
  • Conduct regular data quality assessments to ensure data integrity and reliability.
  • Reporting and Documentation
  • Prepare regular M&E reports, including progress reports, impact assessments, and case studies.
  • Document lessons learned best practices, and success stories from program implementation.
  • Ensure that all M&E reports and documentation are well-organized and accessible.
  • Capacity Building
  • Provide training and support to program staff and partners on M&E tools and processes.
  • Build the capacity of local stakeholders to conduct M&E activities.
  • Promote a culture of learning and continuous improvement within the program team.
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Work closely with program staff, partners, and stakeholders to ensure alignment on M&E activities.
  • Present M&E findings to internal and external stakeholders to inform decision-making.
  • Facilitate workshops and meetings to share M&E results and gather feedback.

 

Key Deliverables

  • Comprehensive M&E framework and tools.
  • Regular M&E reports and impact assessments.
  • Accurate and up-to-date program databases.
  • Documentation of lessons learned and best practices.
  • Training materials and capacity-building sessions for program staff and partners.

Qualifications:

Education

  • Degree: A bachelor’s degree in social sciences, Monitoring and evaluation, economics and statistics, or a related field is usually required.

Skills

  • Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative data to assess program performance and outcomes.
  • Research Skills: Proficiency in designing and conducting evaluations, including developing methodologies, tools, and data collection instruments.
  • Statistical Skills: Knowledge of statistical software (e.g., SPSS ) for data analysis.
  • Reporting Skills: Strong ability to prepare comprehensive reports, including visualizations and presentations of data findings.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Project Management Skills: Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.

Experience

  • Work Experience: Previous experience in monitoring and evaluation, research, or a related role. 5 years of experience in mid-level positions
  • Field Experience: Experience in the food security Sector is required.
  • Experience with Donors: Familiarity with the reporting requirements of major donors (e.g., USAID, EKN-funded, SDC, USAID, EU, and Mercy Corps-) can be advantageous.

Certifications

  • M&E Certifications: Certifications such as the Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation from recognized institutions or universities can enhance qualifications.

Technical Knowledge

  • Program Evaluation Techniques: Knowledge of various evaluation techniques, such as logical frameworks (log frames), results frameworks, and theories of change.
  • Data Management: Proficiency in database management systems and data visualization tools

Personal Attributes

  • Attention to Detail: Ensuring accuracy and reliability in data collection and analysis.
  • Problem-Solving: Ability to identify issues and develop practical solutions based on data findings.
  • Critical Thinking: Ability to assess complex situations and make sound judgments based on available evidence.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work collaboratively with team members, stakeholders, and beneficiaries.

Duration and Timeline

The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer position is a full-time role from July 1, 2024, to December 31, 2028.

Reporting

The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will report to the Programme Manager and regularly update the consortium partners.

Application Process

Apply by sending your cover letter and CV addressed to the Finance and Administration Manager, FCDC, on email address info@fcdc.or.ke. Your cover letter must indicate your current Gross Salary and expected salary range. The closing date is 14th   June 2024. Clearly indicate the position title Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the subject line of your email message.

Selection Process:

Applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews, and the final selection will be based on merit.

 

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