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Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (M, E & L) Officer
Reports To: Senior Project Officer
Staff Reporting to Post Holder: None
Location: Kisumu, with regular travel to project sites
Duration & Hours: May 2019 – February 2020, full-time, renewable based on performance and availability of funds.
Purpose of the Role: The M&EL officer, based in Kisumu, will form an integral part of Farm Africa’s Piloting Market-led Solutions to Aquaculture Development in Kenya. This is an 11 month project focusing on to test market-led solutions for production and market access constraints faced by pond farmers.
The project will increase the level and quality of fish production, markets and linkages within the aquaculture value chain. This innovative project builds on Farm Africa’s experience in developing the aquaculture industry to create a sustainable and accessible market for farmers to sell high quality produce. The area of intervention is Kisii, Vihiga, Kakamega and Nyamira.
Reporting to the Senior Project Officer, the M, E & L Officer is responsible for ensuring the consistent and high quality collection, use and reporting of project results data, throughout the project cycle.
The post holder will ensure that the project implements the appropriate M&E plans, based on the logical framework that is suitably updated to reflect changing situations and support the project team to use robust evidence of project results as a vital input to management decision making.
This position requires a monitoring, evaluation and learning practitioner with at least 2 years experience of field level data collection, ideally within the agricultural sector working with stakeholders across the agricultural value chain.
The candidate will have demonstrable understanding of the monitoring systems and standards adopted by both international non-governmental organisations and private sector companies. High competency in monitoring work planning, data collection, analysis, reporting and communication is essential to this role.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
The M, E & L Officer will plan and implement the KMAP monitoring activities and will be responsible for the following:
1. Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Planning
·         Support the project team and Senior Project Officer in reviewing data collection tools to ensure accurate and consistent data is collected
·         Work with the team to integrate M&E activities into project work plans for all relevant staff and stakeholders (including external partners)
2. Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Implementation
·         Conduct data collecting, entry and cleaning of project data
·         Training of data collection personnel on the data collection instruments, such as ODK, and data collection techniques
3. Project Quality Assurance
·         Support the M&EL officer in reviewing monitoring reports to assess interim impacts and identify causes of potential bottlenecks in implementation
·         Prepare and maintain the project database
·         Liaise with the project team staff on reporting and data sharing
4. Reporting
·         Support the Senior Project Officer to use Farm Africa’s templates to compile monthly, quarterly and annual reports and work plans for submission to the Programmes Manager.
·         Provide evidence and data for project donor progress reports as stipulated in the donor contracts
·         Produce reports/articles and other information as requested by the SPO and Farm Africa management team
5. Others
·         To play an active role as a member of the Farm Africa team
·         Any other duties as may be assigned by the SPO/ Farm Africa management team
Person Specification
Education, qualifications & other knowledge
Essential
·         University degree in project monitoring and evaluation, Aquaculture, agribusiness management, agricultural Economics, or any related field.
·         Knowledge & practical experience of farmer participatory research
Desirable
·         Training in Aquaculture
Experience
Essential
·         At least 2 years of experience in M&E role
·         Experience in analyzing data using Excel
·         Familiarity with the Log frame approach to results based monitoring
·         Experience carrying out focus group discussions and using other qualitative tools for data collection
Desirable
·         Experience in designing tools and protocols for data collection, analysis and production of reports
·         Experience in analyzing data using any statistical software
·         Knowledge of ODK and/or GIS software packages
·         Experience in the aquaculture and fisheries industry
Skills & abilities
Essential
·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills and computer literacy (including MS Office, Internet and email usage)
Desirable
·         Training skills and experience
·         Good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team
Our Values
Investing in smallholder farming is the number one way to combat poverty in rural Africa. Farm Africa is a leading NGO specialising in growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural Africa.
EXPERT. Deep expertise and insightful evidence-based solutions are at the heart of everything Farm Africa does.
GROUNDED. Positive change starts with Africa’s people, so our experts work closely with local communities, engaging them in every level of decision-making.
IMPACTFUL. We take a long-term view so we can deliver lasting changes for farmers and their families.
BOLD. We model innovative new approaches and are not afraid to challenge strategies that are failing.

Job Title: Senior Project Officer (SPO)
Reports To: Progammes Manager
Staff Reporting To Post Holder: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning officer
Location: Kisumu with regular travel to project sites in Kisii, Vihiga, Kakamega and Nyamira.
Duration & Hours: May 2019 – February 2020, full-time, renewable based on performance and availability of funds.
Purpose of the Role: The Senior Project Officer (SPO) based in Kisumu, will form an integral part of Farm Africa’s Piloting Market-led Solutions to Aquaculture Development in Kenya. This is an 11 month project focusing on to test market-led solutions for production and market access constraints faced by pond farmers.
The project will increase the level and quality of fish production, markets and linkages within the aquaculture value chain. This innovative project builds on Farm Africa’s experience in developing the aquaculture industry to create a sustainable and accessible market for farmers to sell high quality produce.
The area of intervention is Kisii, Vihiga, Kakamega and Nyamira.
Reporting to the Programmes Manager, the SPO is responsible for timely and high quality project delivery, liaison with private sector, farmers and other actors. Budget management and reporting on progress, throughout the project cycle.
The post holder will ensure that the project implements the appropriate activities, based on the work plan and budget for the project and reflect on how to improve the delivery of the project based on data and field observations gathered during the project.
This position requires an experienced officer with strong agri-business background and management skills and experience working with the private sector. S/he will have a track record of value chain development including production, marketing, linkages and developing business plans. High competence in budgeting, reporting, work planning, line management and ensuring project deliverables are met, are essential.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
The Senior Project Officer will oversee project implementation by Farm Africa and will be responsible for the following:
1. Project Implementation
·         Ensure all project outputs, as listed in the project documents, are effectively achieved.
·         To provide overall technical and operations leadership in development of business groups while networking with farmers and actors from the private sector.
·         To manage and nurture mutually beneficial partnerships with other stakeholders, including various service providers, Government departments, Local NGO’s and private sector companies.
·         To oversee the formation of farmer business groups and facilitates their integration within the aquaculture market system.
·         Ensure high quality training delivery and appropriate participatory didactical methods for training and hands on support to diverse stakeholders for aquaculture farmers, agents and relevant stakeholders.
·         To facilitate the formation of aggregation and marketing organisations, and support the development of business management competency for market orientation of producers, input providers and marketers.
·         Organise networking events in collaboration with other actors in the aquaculture sector.
·         Collate all activity progress and monitoring & evaluation activity into monthly reporting templates for feedback to Farm Africa.
2. Business development
·         Improve entrepreneurial skills and business thinking of actors along the value chain
·         Improve market orientation of the actors
·         Foster business linkages horizontally and vertically in the value chain
·         Provide capacity building on all elements of the project’s clients business enterprises, organizational development
3. Project Management
·         Take responsibility for effective management of the project’s field activities.
·         To lead in project work planning and ensure relevant Farm Africa support staff and consultants are notified in due time to support high quality deliverables.
·         To prepare monthly project budgets and work plans in line with Farm Africa’s planning process and schedules on timely basis
·         To manage the project in accordance with project documents, work plans and budgets and ensure that work is consistent with Farm Africa’s strategies and the conditions of donor contracts.
·         In collaboration with the M&EL officer, develop and implement a project monitoring and evaluation process, capturing project outcomes/impact and lessons learned and use this information to improve project implementation.
·         To line manage the M&EL Officer staff in Kisumu office.
·         To ensure the smooth implementation, management and sustainability of all project activities completed by Farm Africa and project partners.
·         Prepare field visits for visitors and networking events
4. Staff Management
·         Providing leadership and motivation to the project team.
·         To provide expert guidance and support for staff in development of business focused initiatives to support sustainable private sector uptake of interventions.
·         Supervise staff and ensure they provide the required inputs for successful project implementation.
·         Evaluate staff development needs for the project and ensure they have the right skills necessary for the successful implementation of the project.
·         To carry out Mid-term reviews and annual appraisals with all line-managed staff in line with Farm Africa staff appraisal system.
·         To chair the weekly project management meetings and ensure adherence to work plans of all personnel.
·         Ensure that all project staff have developed individual operations plan for tracking of implementation of activities.
5. Project Development
·         Assist in identifying new areas of intervention and partners for project implementation and scaling up.
·         To support in identifying new funding opportunities for the project (both public and private).
·         To co-ordinate in the design of new phases for project implementation and ensure that evidence based lessons learned are documented and built into future project designs.
·         To keep abreast of relevant policy matters and to ensure that the project is actively engaged with all relevant agriculture sector developments.
6. Finance management
·         To monitor and ensure the spending for the projects is in line with the annual work plan and budget and donor contractual obligations.
·         To ensure compliance with and support production of up to date financial reporting to Farm Africa Country Office and HQ monthly reconciliation band statements, and ensure accuracy and timeliness in submissions.
7. Networking
·         Ensure strong partnership and liaison with project partners and work effectively to maintain and develop dialogues on policy with the Ministry of Agriculture, livestock and fisheries, county governments, private sector interest associations, etc.
·         In consultation with the Farm Africa Country Director (or representative) / Programmes Manager, represent Farm Africa’s interests in relevant forums.
·         Convene a monthly reflection meeting and ensure effective participation of all stakeholders.
8. Reporting
·         Using Farm Africa’s templates, compile monthly, quarterly and annual reports and work plans for submission to the Programmes Manager.
·         Responsible for the production of training and workshop reports of a high standard Compiling project donor progress reports as stipulated in the donor contracts
·         To participate in regional programme meetings with other project coordinators, as requested by the programmes Manager.
·         Produce reports/articles and other information as requested by the Farm Africa management team.
9. Others
·         To play an active role as a member of the Farm Africa Kenya team.
·         Any other duties as may be assigned by the Programmes Manager / Farm Africa management team.
Person Specification
Education, qualifications & other knowledge
Essential
·         Bachelor degree or higher in Agribusiness, Business Management or any other related field.
·         Knowledge of the development and policy environment in Kenya
·         Demonstrable understanding of private sector agriculture value chains and rural development in Kenya
·         Good understanding of how small scale producers can be linked to the private sector or markets for their produce
Desirable
·         Knowledge in Aquaculture; Masters degree in agribusiness, Agricultural economic
·         Knowledge & practical experience of farmer participatory research
·         Knowledge & practical experience of the farmer business group model
Experience
Essential
·         At least 5 years management experience with a private sector Agricultural actor and a strong value chains and market engagement focus
·         At least 3 years’ experience of line management and project planning with staff members.
·         Experience in monitoring and evaluation practice.
·         Work experience with an international NGO with experience of report writing for large-scale donors.
Desirable
·         At least 3 years field based experience implementing private sector and small holder projects in agriculture
·         At least 3 years field based experience implementing private sector and small holder projects in agriculture
·         Experience in the aquaculture and fisheries industry
Skills & abilities
Desirable
·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills and computer literacy (including MS Office, Internet and email usage)
·         Training skills and experience
Essential
·         Negotiating & managing partner relationships
·         Driving licence category B
·         Experience in off-road driving in rural project sites
Our Values
EXPERT. Deep expertise and insightful evidence-based solutions are at the heart of everything Farm Africa does.
GROUNDED. Positive change starts with Africa’s people, so our experts work closely with local communities, engaging them in every level of decision-making.
IMPACTFUL. We take a long-term view so we can deliver lasting changes for farmers and their families.
BOLD. We model innovative new approaches and are not afraid to challenge strategies that are failing.
How to Apply:
If you meet the above requirements for this position, send your cover letter indicating the title of the position and the expected salary along with an updated CV with email and telephone contacts of three professional referees to: The Corporate Services Manager, mail: kenyarecruitment@farmafrica.org and copy KMAP@farmafrica.org before 5.00pm on 19th April 2019.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Farm Africa is an equal opportunity employer and promotes gender equity.
Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
Farm Africa does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. (E.g. Application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees).
Please note this position is subject to donor approval.

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