Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

at Farm Africa
Location Benishangul Gumuz, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 31, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Social Sciences
Job Type Contract
Currency ETB

Description

ABOUT FARM AFRICA

Effective agriculture has the power to change lives. It underpins prosperity, food security and stability the world over. Farm Africa focuses on transforming agriculture and managing natural resources sustainably. We champion a holistic approach that boosts yields, protects the environment and connects smallholder farmers to thriving markets.

We work with different types of farmers in a range of regions. Their local situations vary, but the problems they face are all too familiar: lack of training and technology, inadequate inputs, no finance, vulnerability to climate change and poor links to markets.

We have an ambitious strategy to expand our work over the next five years. We’ll increase our impact. Lift more communities out of poverty. Work with more corporate partners who share our vision. Open up more agricultural markets. Provide more expertise.

We’ll make change happen.

BACKGROUND

Farm Africa is implementing a large number of projects/programmes in the areas of agriculture (crop and livestock), natural resources management and market engagement across Ethiopia. We are increasingly designing and implementing complex and integrated multi-sector projects, some by ourselves and others in partnership with like-minded organizations in the form of consortium.

Currently, Farm Africa is implementing GiZ funded PFM project in partnership with Assosa Environmental Protection Association in the Benishangul Gumuz Region. The project is implemented in different woredas of namely Assosa, Kurmuk and Ma’o and Komo special woredas.

The project will test and demonstrate interventions in an integrated multi-sectorial approach, to show how improved management of the environment will provide multiple socio-economic and ecological benefits in a way this ensures resilient and sustainable development. As the project follows an integrated and multi-sectorial landscape approach it focuses on Community-based NRM, forest based livelihoods, market development; Village Saving and Loan Association, and setting up new Forest Management Cooperatives and strengthening existing Forest Management Cooperatives as well as policy influencing.

PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will contribute to the development of an effective results-based M&E system, ensuring that knowledge generation, management and use is effectively built into the whole project cycle. The position holder will play a major role in project monitoring, periodic data collection and analysis, devise mechanisms and lead the process for effective dissemination, utilisation and documentation of learning. S/he actively takes part in the design as well as the execution of baseline, midterm evaluation and final evaluation of the aforementioned project. In addition, s/he works very closely with Farm Africa’s Programme quality team and partners to support monitoring, and evaluation of the project.

REPORTS TO:  Project Coordinator

REPORTING TO POSTHOLDER: None

LOCATION: Assosa, Benishangul Gumuz Region

KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITY

  • Establish a robust M&E system for data collection, analysis, feedback and reporting by working closely with Farm Africa’s Programme Team. Report after analysis can include OCAT results, cost benefit analysis on coffee business, PFM business plan development, VSLA results, etc
  • Develop strategies for long-term, sustainable systems to support data production, storage, analysis, documentation, dissemination and use
  • Work in consultation and partnership with project Team Leader and other staff members to ensure consistency across the M&E system
  • Represent the organization in discussions and events relating to cross learning
  • Design tools and oversee implementation of Community/Beneficiary feedback
  • Support program team on preparation of annual work plan. Also, document & follow up the implementation of plan of action (where necessary) to strengthen the positive impacts on the lives of target communities/households
  • Actively engage in the design and execution of baseline, midterm and final evaluation surveys and documentation and dissemination of findings
  • Update records regularly and facilitate monthly project progress review sessions at field sub-office level
  • Review and ensure quality of baseline, log frame indicators, reporting formats and contents and other relevant management tools from the perspective of knowledge management and learning
  • Support the establishment of and work closely with an M&E taskforce that will meet periodically
  • Assist in the preparation of weekly, monthly and quarterly reports that will be used internally, and for government as well as for donor reporting.
  • Make sure the report answers the 5Ws, rich-in gender and other segregated data, that includes challenges during implementations and justifications for over/under achievements.
  • Follow up all training activities of the project are ended with joint plan of action with the view to help cascading and wider dissemination of the training given. Also, follow up and collect data for its implementation after planning.
  • Facilitate biannual and annual review meetings to help share progress and outcome level changes and seek solution for problems of the project. Assist in organizing and lead knowledge and learning events/workshops
  • Compile lessons learned & best practices of the project. Also, prepare case studies/stories and regular reports and submit it to supervisor timely
  • Capacitate project team in the area of monitoring and evaluation. Train, advice and coach project staff members and partners in proper planning, monitoring, data collection, and reporting.

These essential functions are not to be interpreted as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related duties as required. All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established.

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 Requirements

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Education, Qualifications & other knowledge

Essential

  • BSc/BA/MSc/MA in social studies, Rural Development, Agricultural Economics, Applied statistics or other related discipline
  • Training / knowledge on statistical software, and ability to interpret what conclusions can and cannot be drawn from data
  • Strong understanding of participatory approaches and current developments trends
  • Knowledge of gender and social inclusiveness

Experience

Essential

  • Minimum 5 years work for BSc/BA holders and 3 years for MSc/MA holders working in M&E
  • Skills and hands on experience on conducting or commissioning qualitative and quantitative research methods, designs and impact evaluations
  • Working in multi partner environments to insure sufficient rigour in M&E.
  • Demonstrable experience of participatory development approach

Desirable

  • Experience on coffee or any other commodity in export market
  • Experience of finance programmes / projects
  • Experience working in rural and semi urban areas

Skills & Abilities

  • Essential
  • Ability to analyse data to extract findings, lessons and recommendations and to further develop M&E systems
  • Ability to write and present analytically sound documents clearly to a wide range of audiences
  • Highly organised with attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and motivational skills
  • Firm belief in teamwork and gender equality
  • Good facilitation and coordination skills
  • Very good English language skills (written and spoken)
  • Excellent record keeping and report writing skills
  • Computer literacy, friendly with MS-Office packages
  • Ability to work in a multi partner environment

Desirable

  • Skills in developing and implementing new creative strategies
  • Ability to facilitate marketing

Applying Instructions

Those who meet the above requirements should submit their short CV (maximum of 3 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 1 page) addressing ethrecruitment@farmafrica.org or in person to Farm Africa’s Benishangul field office with the subject

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for GIZ PFM project by August 06, 2020.

Documents cannot be returned and due to large number of applications, only short listed candidates will be contacted. Applications are especially welcomed from female applicants.

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