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Senior Officer–Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is currently reviewing and revising its internal monitoring, evaluation and learning systems to align with current industry best practice and to meet the organization’s needs for continuous assessment of programs and impact. The position of Senior Officer-Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) will be critical to the successful assessment, design, support, and rollout of new systems. S/he will ensure efficient and comprehensive uptake across the organization, oversee the ongoing implementation of protocols, and lead efforts in analyzing data and reporting on impact.

The Senior Officer-MEL will be responsible for managing AWF’s monitoring, evaluation and learning efforts, with a renewed focus on programmatic analysis and impact assessment. Key to these responsibilities will be leading a (re)design of AWF’s organizational M&E system and protocols, and ensuring any proposed design fulfills the following objectives:

  • Adequately assesses the overall impact of AWF in the context of organizational goals.
  • Provides adequate information to meet donor reporting requirements.
  • Meets or exceeds international best practice standards in monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks.
  • Is flexible to meet AWF’s current and foreseeable future needs.

Primary Responsibilities and Work Objectives

  • With oversight by the VP-Management Systems, lead the design framework for a revised M&E process across the organization.
  • Articulate goals and functions of the M&E system, as well as its objectives and limitations.
  • Ensure proposed designs meet international best practice standards, fulfills donor requirements, and adequately monitors and evaluates AWF’s programs in the context of the organization’s strategic goals.
  • Develop resource requirements for proposed design (both financial and human).
  • Work with the internal M&E committee to ensure proposed designs integrate across field offices and HQ to report comprehensively on strategy results.
  • Work with the Program Design team and field program managers to ensure proposed designs adequately fulfill donor reporting requirements.
  • Work with senior managers and department heads to determine staff requirements for M&E system implementation.
  • Work with VP-Management Systems on M&E system proposals and presentations for AWF Board of Trustees review and approval.
  • Work with Program Design team to develop standard M&E system descriptions, process descriptions and budget needs for inclusion in all future proposals.
  • Develop system rollout plan and related training on the M&E system for AWF staff.
Monitoring: Process Implementation and Field Support
  • Oversee overall rollout and implementation of the M&E system across the organization.
  • Monitor program implementation and make recommendations on adjustments and modifications where necessary.
  • Work with field office managers and department heads to address M&E implementation challenges.
  • Monitor system adherence by all stakeholders, ensuring data is collected on time, entered into the system correctly, and verified for data errors.
Evaluation: Data collection and analysis
  • Work with project teams to ensure accuracy of data collection at the project level as part of implementation of the M&E system.
  • Analyze and compile data across business units.
  • Evaluate data to highlight trends (positive and negative) and forewarn of potential challenges or risks to the success of either implementation or impact.
  • As part of an adaptive management process, recommend improvements to AWF’s Strategic Conceptual Model, based on programmatic monitoring, evaluation, and lessons learned.
  • Provide inputs, analysis, and statistics for quarterly, annual and other reports to Management Systems Group, ensuring the data quality and integrity of all information reported.
Learning: Dissemination of results
  • Design and produce reports (both internal and external) based on M&E data collected.
  • Ensure intelligence from data analysis is incorporated into future strategy development.
  • Assist program teams and the Program Design department with M&E information and outputs for donor reporting.
  • Provide comprehensive quarterly internal reporting.
  • Assist VP-Management Systems to prepare relevant reports to guide program planning and reviews.
  • Participate in annual program reviews and planning workshops, advising program teams based on evaluation results.
  • Participate in program inception meetings to ensure adequate adherence to M&E system and related protocols.
  • Work with VP-Management Systems on impact presentations to AWF Board of Trustees and other key stakeholders.
  • Work with Marketing and field teams to support the development of publications based on AWF program results and impacts.
  • Develop ad hoc reports based on M&E data as requested.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in technology, natural resource management, data management or related fields.
  • At least 5 years of work experience in M&E system implementation, and or development program evaluation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current monitoring, evaluation and learning standards plus best practices.
  • Prior experience within an M&E department of a non-governmental organization, non-profit, or other grant-based institution is an advantage.
  • Current understanding of M&E requirements of major bilateral and multilateral donors (including US Agency for International Development, UK Agency for International Development, European Union).
  • Proficiency in data analysis and analytical reporting, gathering intelligence from disparate sets of data.
  • Prior experience in data collection in remote field locations in Africa preferred.
  • Prior experience in database development, structured query language (SQL), business intelligence/data visualization, and other technical subject areas considered advantageous.
  • Ability to work with diverse teams, to build consensus, and to ensure adherence to protocols.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, flexibility, and cultural sensitivity. Knowledge of French, Kiswahili and/or local languages is an advantage.
  • Patience, listening skills, diplomacy, and a sense of humor.
  • Willingness to travel at least 25% of the time, often to remote field office sites in Africa.
  • Commitment to conservation and wildlife protection in Africa.

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