Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Associate, Marsabit

Posted Date 3 months ago(1/13/2020 1:16 PM)
Regular Full-Time


International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over three hundred projects.  IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.


Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Associate, Marsabit

Department/Location: SEAD/Marsabit, Kenya

Reports To: MEL Team Lead

Type: Regular Full-Time

Classification:Exempt; this position is not eligible for overtime pay. 



IBTCI seeks an expert in monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) with strong data analytical skills and field experience to be part of a team working on the NAWIRI Food for Peace program in Kenya. This is a full-time, locally hired position based in Marsabit County, Kenya. The MEL Associate assists with developing, testing and refining data collection approaches, systems, tools and processes for program monitoring in line with the required donor indicators. The MEL Associate will support activities under the direction of the MEL Lead including to develop data collection tools, monitor data quality conduct surveys and build capacity of field staff. The Associate will play a central role in ensuring learning from the initial Research and Collaboration Phase of the project onward. 


The estimated timeframe for this program is February 1, 2020 – September 30, 2024, depending on funding. This is not a fixed term position. The activity will be implemented in two phases:

Phase I (1.5-2 years): Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.

Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening


Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:  

  • Cooperate with MEL Lead to design, manage, strengthen and provide strategic direction to the Kenya food aid Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems, ensuring cross-learning in MEAL among Kenya-based projects, as well as collaborating on learning across partners;
  • Support day-to-day implementation of all key MEL processes;
  • Reinforce activity-level monitoring and verification of results in the field, including ensuring that data is complete, accurate, and consistent with agreements and reports;
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge and understanding of all project activities, target populations and implementation approaches;
  • Support the roll-out and implementation of the County Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System (CIMES) which provides an integrated structure and process for counties to engage stakeholders, plan, govern, manage and operate independently and in sync with one another;
  • Develop relevant county level data collection tools and protocols that reflect the NAWIRI’s consortium needs;
  • Gather and compile county level programmatic information from the relevant Government sector offices;
  • Oversee NAWIRI internal monthly statistics reports, provide inputs to NAWIRI reports and support in the documentation of NAWIRI activities for wider dissemination and use;
  • Oversee the routine data collection processes and county-based data management activities, including encoding, storing, and transferring data as well as processing. Analyze data and information collected at county level and locally;
  • Track and record the routine monitoring data at county level for key performance indicators of NAWIRI program;
  • Work closely with the MEL Team Lead and other project staff on a variety of tasks as assigned;
  • Implement quality control management policies and processes for checking all incoming and outgoing details of data;
  • Coordinate with database staff on verifying and cross-referencing incoming data and completed reports as needed;
  • Conduct data quality checks and data quality internal assessments;
  • Develop/update training materials in key aspects of monitoring and verification tools, protocols and processes;
  • Lead and execute the roll-out of county-based M&E capacity and needs assessment;
  • Conduct trainings and develop the capacity of field staff;
  • Manage county-level performance based dashboard tools;
  • Facilitate implementation of population-based surveys;
  • Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with developing, testing, and refining data collection approaches, systems, tools and processes for program monitoring in line with required FFP indicators;
  • Knowledge of relevant USAID rules and regulations (incl. ADS 204 and ADS 320) related to monitoring and verification activities and approaches;
  • Experience supporting local institutions to help them to improve their information systems;
  • Ability to multi-task within tight deadlines and with strong attention to detail;
  • Strong collaborative and relationship management skills.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have at least four (4) years working experience in related topics in Kenya and/or East Africa;
  • Familiarity with database management and data analysis tools including Excel and statistical software, such as SPSS or STATA;
  • Experienced in developing data collection tools, data collection protocols, quality assurance strategies, data management and data visualization;
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills required for working with multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic teams;
  • Fluent English and Kiswahili, oral and written.


Education:  A Bachelor’s degree in the field of evaluation, international development or a related technical field.


Working Environment: The majority of work is performed in the field and in a typical corporate office environment.


Physical Requirements:  This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.


Supervisory Responsibility: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


Travel: This position requires travel in and around Marsabit County and travel to Nairobi as needed.


Work Authorization: Must be a Kenyan national.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


No phone calls please. Applications will be acknowledged, but only final candidates for particular activities will be contacted.




IBTCI is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable anti-discrimination laws.  We prohibit and do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.  We are an E-Verify Employer.  VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


If you are an applicant with a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability, or unable to use the online application system and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact Human Resources at 703-749-0100.


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