USAID M&E Jobs – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager (MEL) at TechnoServe (TNS)

Organization: TechnoServe
(TNS)
Project Name: USAID Feed the
Future (FtF) Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party
About US:
TechnoServe
(TNS) is an international non-profit international development organization
founded in 1968. Its mission is to help entrepreneurial men and women break the
cycle of poverty by building businesses that create jobs, income, and economic
opportunities for their families, their communities, and their countries.
About USAID Project:
TechnoServe
(TNS) will work in partnership with the Uganda Cooperative Alliance after being
recently awarded a grant to implement the Feed the Future – Producer
Organizations Activity. 
The USAID
funded Feed the Future Uganda Producer Organizations Activity seeks to
strengthen the Governance, management and service delivery capacity of Producer
Organizations (POs) with the goal of helping to establish durable and enduring
institutions that are able to plan,
 mobilize resources, and deliver services that
meet the evolving needs of their members in a rapidly changing competitive
environment. To achieve this vision, the activity will harness the potential of
Uganda’s secondary POs in 12 of the Feed the Future focus districts in Uganda
to serve as critical agents of change in equipping member POs with the skills,
knowledge, and linkages needed to develop into sustainable businesses that meet
the demands of their farmers.
Job Summary: The Monitoring,
Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Manager will oversee the day-to-day Monitoring,
Evaluation and Learning of the activity, using the multi-faceted Collaborating,
Learning and Adapting (CLA) approach. The incumbent will be responsible for enabling
evidence-based decision making processes by program leadership, providing the
necessary data and information to improve performance and effectiveness as well
as inform planning and management decisions. S/he will also be responsible for
timely development and effective implementation of the program’s MEL systems,
including program monitoring and quality control systems, evaluation systems
(e.g. baseline and end line surveys), analytical planning processes, management
of all project data. Working together with the MEL team, s/he will enable the
program to develop the most suitable context specific interventions that adapt
to changing context.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1.
MEL Systems and Processes:
·        
Develop a living MEL framework for effective,
participatory monitoring of program performance and evaluation of the validity
of the hypotheses underlying the program interventions;
·        
Facilitate annual workshop reviews and revision of
project MEL plan by project team;
·        
Ensure that monitoring data collected at field level
is regularly and accurately verified before being uploaded into the developed
Management Information System;
·        
Carry out regular field support supervision visits
to the field teams and producer organizations on monitoring and evaluation
activities;
·        
Conduct bi-annual and annual data collection on key
outcome indicators for evidence based reporting, in collaboration with Chief of
Party and East Africa MEL Manager, and sharing summary results and
recommendations with project team;
·        
Develop and regularly update on annual basis the
M&E Plan and activity calendar for the duration of program that lays out
start and end dates for major deliverables;
·        
Work with senior program management to integrate MEL
data into program planning and decision-making processes;
·        
Carry out annual cost benefit analyses for key
program activities and work closely with the Chief of Party and program team in
generation of high quality program reports that meet corporate, contractual,
and donor standards.
2.
Coordination of MEL Work and Personnel Management:
·        
Work in liaison with the Regional Program Manager
and EA Division Regional MEL Manager to help ensure that program work plans
adhere to standards and are timely and effectively delivered;
·        
Actively participate in country-level M&E
working groups to strengthen collaborative learning and adaptation and
cross-pollination of MEL methods and tools by ensuring that lessons learned in
one area of operation are adopted by another as appropriate;
·        
Provide coaching, direction, and leadership support
to program team members in achieving results as necessary;
·        
Work with program staff to identify M&E needs at
both regional and country levels and provide training, as appropriate.
3.
Coordination with MEL partner and evaluation of Partners & Sub-contractors:
·        
Build and establish working relationships with local
partners/ contractors while monitoring their work, and building their capacity
in Monitoring and Evaluation;
·        
Identify capacity gaps on the part of partners and
sub¬contractors and where necessary, support relevant capacity building
efforts;
·        
Work closely with USAID M&E Specialist and
external firms that USAID contracts to carry out performance evaluation of the
program.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The applicant should hold qualifications in
business, economics, statistics or international development-related studies
required;
·        
A minimum of ten years of professional development
work with 5 years leading and managing M&E systems, and reporting , using
theory of change and other strategic approaches with international development
agencies;
·        
Ability to develop well written, cohesive analyses
and reports;
·        
Strong analytical, program management, and financial
analysis skills including knowledge of Excel and Stata skills;
·        
Excellent interpersonal and management skills
required;
·        
Excellent oral and written communication skills a
must;
·        
Past exposure and experience working in emerging
markets. Preference will be given to persons with sound knowledge and practical
experience with Market Systems development approaches;
·        
Detailed knowledge and understanding of agricultural
value chains (beans, maize, and coffee preferred);
·        
Prior international development experience
preferred;
·        
Fluency in written and spoken English required;
·        
Strong focus on results.
·        
Previous experience working with producer
organizations;
·        
Prior and proven experience on USAID-funded
programs;
·        
Fluency in English and other local language(s) is an
added advantage.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications via Email
only to the Human Resources Manager: jobs@tns.org.
Please include an updated resume, cover letter, salary history and three
professional references with the job title in the subject line of your email
and on the application letter.
Deadline: 
Friday, 6th November, 2015

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