Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Specialist (MEKMS) UK Aid Project Jobs – Farm Africa

Organization: Farm
Funding Source: UK Aid
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Farm Africa is an international
non-governmental organization working to end hunger and bring prosperity to
rural Africa. We work to increase the incomes and improve food security of
smallholder farmers, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and forest dwellers in
East Africa. A core part of our strategy is to ensure that our interventions
are both economically sustainable and scalable. The systematic integration of
market linkages in implementing programmes is crucial to our ability to scale
our interventions cost-effectively.
About UK Aid Project:
Farm Africa was recently been
awarded a £5m grant for a Livestock for Livelihoods (L4L) programme operating
in Uganda’s Karamoja sub-region and Ethiopia’s South Omo zone funded by the UK
government (UK Aid). During this four year programme Farm Africa will work with
local civil society, SMEs, cooperatives and farmer organisations to develop
market systems that support livestock services and enterprises for 21,000
women, contributing to women’s economic empowerment, reduced poverty and
improved nutrition of women and children. The project will address market
failures in animal health and breeding services to improve livestock
productivity, build capacity and assets of herders, establish trade and
enterprise opportunities and improve household nutrition practices through
behavioural change. It will demonstrate how nutrition interventions can build
on women’s economic empowerment to contribute to both increased income and
improved household nutrition.
Job Summary: The
Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Specialist (MEKMS) is a
technical post responsible for ensuring the consistent and high quality
collection, use and reporting of results data throughout the project cycle. The
post holder will develop and implement appropriate M&E plans, based on
robust logical frameworks that are suitably updated to reflect changing
situations. The post holder will adapt Farm Africa’s appropriate tools and
systems to support the project teamin collecting and analysing robust evidence
of project results and enable use of its evidence as a vital input to
management decision making. The MEKMS will provide critical analysis and
technical input to project learning and evaluation processes, ensuring Farm
Africa can maximise the learning potential from the project. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Plan and deliver project
monitoring and evaluation activities for L4L Uganda
  • Working
    with the Project Coordinator (PC) and Technical Manager for Livestock
    (TML)  develop a Monitoring &
    Learning Plan (MLP) for the L4L project in Uganda
  • Disseminate
    MLP and data collection tools to project delivery staff and ensure full
    understanding of, commitment to collection of ongoing monitoring data
    throughout the project lifetime
  • Coordinate
    data collection, and collate monitoring data as outlined in the MLP and
    requested by the PC and TML to support project reporting
  • Support
    the delivery team to integrate regular data collection into their routine
  • Organise
    and facilitate bi-annual community feedback sessions
  • Work
    with nutrition partner (AFRII) to develop tools for, and ensure collection
    of dietary diversity monitoring information throughout the project
  • Work
    with PC, TML and MEKMS (Ethiopia) to plan and deliver mid-term and final
    project evaluation.
  • Work
    with the PC and the Project Accountant and Administrator (PA&A) to
    ensure all activities are planned and conducted according to the
    organisation’s and the donor’s financial and procurement requirements and
Work with the TML, MEKMS
(Ethiopia) and London team to ensure coherent delivery of monitoring,
evaluation and learning activities across the entire programme.
  • Work
    with the MEKMS in Ethiopia to ensure consistency of approach in indicator
    reporting across the two countries of implementation
  • Work
    with the MEKMS in Ethiopia to develop and produce data collection tools
    for use by project staff and partners
  • Work
    closely with the MEKMS in Ethiopia to ensure harmonization of all M&E
    tools and processes and coordinate with them on the learning components of
    the project
  • Work
    closely with the Quality and Impact team in London to ensure their input
    and review in planning, implementation and reporting of all the above
Supporting project planning
and reporting:
  • Lead
    regular reviews of the project’s log-frame and data collection plans, and
    ensure that the project is collecting the breadth of indicators required
    at a frequency and timing in line with reporting purposes
  • Lead
    on the preparation and reflection processes leading to the annual project
    performance review (PPR) and ensure integration of the PPR’s conclusion
    and action points into further project planning
  • Support
    the PC & TML to compile donor reports, and in particular ensure
    availability and timely cleaning and analysis of both outcome and output
  • Participate
    in reviews of the project’s work plan and budget as part of the quarterly
    and annual planning processes
  • Work
    closely with the PC to collect and compile lessons learned, ensure
    dissemination and maintain dialogue on key project findings
Play a key role in delivering
the wider objectives of both the L4L programme, and Farm Africa’s work in Uganda.
  • Participate
    in project team meetings as requested by the PC
  • Provide
    technical support to the project and country team and ensure high quality
    of all project M&E deliverables
  • Build
    capacity of local communities, partners and staff on data collection,
    management, analysis and results-based monitoring principles
  • Review
    and contribute to the development of various project or organisational
    presentations, reports, or other publications on M&E and knowledge
    management at Farm Africa.
  • Support
    the implementation of the project’s visibility strategy in line with donor
  • Contribute
    to the relevant forum to share M&E and knowledge management experience
    of the project and contribute to the growth of Farm Africa’s expertise in
    these areas
  • Maintain
    regular and effective communications with the wider project team, Uganda
    Country Office and implementing partners.
  • In
    consultation with the PC, act as an ambassador, promoting the project and
    the work of Farm Africa, including hosting visitors, speaking at workshops,
    conferences and meeting donors and other officials as and when required.
  • Contribute
    to the development of relevant Farm Africa policies and strategies

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Farm Africa Monitoring. Evaluation and Knowledge
    Management Specialist (MEKMS) job placement must hold relevant academic
    qualification in numerate/ analytical subject (e.g. statistics, economics,
    econometrics, applied social science)
  • At
    least two years’ relevant work experience in the area of monitoring and
    evaluation (or similar)
  • Demonstrable
    understanding of monitoring and evaluation principles and practices,
    including the application of the log frame approach
  • Knowledge
    of rural development issues in Uganda
  • Understanding
    of market-based approaches to development and particularly approaches
    which encourage greater participation of women
  • Understanding
    of project learning processes and knowledge management within and across
  • Desirable
  • Academic
    qualification relevant to Farm Africa’s areas of operation
  • Awareness
    of broader trends in international donor landscape, relating to M&E
    and results-monitoring
  • Detailed
    understanding of the pastoralism sector in Uganda
  • Proven
    experience conducting quantitative and qualitative field research and
  • Experience
    in synthesising data and drafting clear written reports/ briefings
  • Experience
    of producing and delivering monitoring and learning plans
  • Proven
    experience in training and capacity building in M&E practices
  • Ability
    to build strong relationships with stakeholders based on trust,
    collaboration, demonstrated commitment and impact, deploying a wide range
    of influencing techniques as required
  • Ability
    to lead and inspire a team of enumerators
  • Excellent
    network and excellent relationship with government partners
  • Strong
    communication skills (verbal & written)
  • Ability
    to provide challenge and critique others in a constructive and open manner
  • Fluent
    written and spoken English
  • Methodical,
    thorough approach with attention to detail
  • Expert
    in data management and manipulation, especially using Excel
  • Adept
    in Microsoft Windows
  • Desirable: 
    Fluency in Karamojong and managing partner relationships
  • Experience
    of working on projects with a market component
  • Experience
    conducting field research in pastoralist communities
  • Experience
    of managing external consultants
  • Experience
    of working in Karamoja 
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send an updated CV, salary history, and a two-page
supporting statement detailing how you meet the person specification to including ‘MEKMS – L4L’ in the subject line.
NB: Please DO NOT send
additional documents such as certificates and references with your application.
Shortlisted candidates ONLY will be required to provide these documents during
the interview process.  Interviews are expected to take place w/c 26th March
2018 at Farm Africa’s country office in Kampala. Only shortlisted candidates
will be contacted.
Deadline: 13th March 2018 by 5.00pm EAT
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