Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Officer (Livestock for Livelihoods – UG) – Farm Africa

Organization:
Farm Africa
Reports To:
Project Coordinator.
Direct Reports: None
Duty Station:
Moroto, Karamoja sub-region, (with regional and national travel)
Duration & Hours: Fixed-term, full-time contract ending 31st March 2022.
Job Description and Person Specification
Farm Africa, founded
in 1985, is an international non-governmental organization working in Uganda,
Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. We drive agricultural and environmental change to
improve lives. Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural expertise,
management and preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive
prosperity. We believe Africa has the power to feed itself and are helping make
this happen by establishing and spreading the best farming and forestry
techniques so that poor farmers and herders have more food to feed their
families and to sell. We help smallholders manage their natural resources
sustainably so that they can withstand climate change challenges and shocks and
ensure their families have enough food in the future as well as now. Farm
Africa works in partnership with communities, government, local and
international organizations, and the private sector to innovate, learn and
share best practices for maximum impact of our projects.
Background
Farm Africa has the
ambition to be the leading European NGO specialising in Agriculture,
Natural Resource
Management and Market Engagement. Farm Africa is mid-way through delivering our
£5m Livestock for Livelihoods (L4L) programme in Uganda’s Karamoja sub-region
and Ethiopia’s South Omo zone funded by the UK government (UK Aid)
Under this programme
Farm Africa is working 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 is
addressing market failures in animal health and breeding services to improve
livestock productivity, building capacity and assets of herders, establishing
trade and enterprise opportunities and improving household nutrition practices
through behavioural change. It will also demonstrate how nutrition
interventions can build on women’s economic empowerment to contribute to both
increased income and improved household nutrition.
Purpose of the Role
The Monitoring,
Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Officer 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 team in
collecting and analysing robust evidence of project results and enable use of
its evidence as a vital input to management decision making.
The MEL Officer 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 Tasks and Responsibilities
The key
responsibilities of the MEL Officer will be:
1.      
Plan and deliver project monitoring and
evaluation activities for L4L Uganda
                                                                                                                             
·        
Working
with the Project Coordinator (PC) and Chief of Party (CoP) execute the
Monitoring & Learning Plan (MLP) for the L4L project in Uganda
·        
Ensure
that the project delivery team fully understand the MLP and the role that they
will be playing in ensuring the outcomes of the project and delivered and the
data required to demonstrate that
·        
Develop
(as appropriate), and disseminate data collection tools to project delivery
staff and ensure that they are fully understood
·        
Coordinate
data collection by the project delivery team – and in particular support the
delivery team to integrate regular data collection into their routine
activities
·        
Ensure
that all monitoring data as outlined in the MLP and requested by the PC and CoP
is accurately entered on to the project databases in a timely manner and is
readily available to support quarterly donor reporting requirements
·        
Organise
and facilitate bi-annual community feedback sessions
·        
Work
with nutrition partner (AFRII) to support with developing data collection tools
(as required), and ensure collection of dietary diversity monitoring
information throughout the project lifetime
·        
Work
with PC, CoP and MEL Officer (Ethiopia) to plan and deliver annual data
collection exercises and the 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 procedures
2.    
Work with the COP, MEL Officer (Ethiopia)
and London team to ensure coherent delivery of monitoring, evaluation and
learning activities across the entire programme.
·        
Work
with the MEL Officer in Ethiopia to ensure consistency of approach in indicator
reporting across the two countries of implementation
·        
Work
with the MEL Officer in Ethiopia to develop and produce data collection tools
for use by project staff and partners
·        
Work
closely with the MEL Officer 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 activities
3.    
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 & COP to compile donor reports, and in particular ensure
availability and timely cleaning and analysis of both outcome and output data
·        
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
4.    
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
guidelines.
·        
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



PERSON SPECIFICATION
Essential
·        
Relevant
academic qualification (Degree or equivalent) in numerate/ analytical subject
(e.g. statistics, economics, econometrics, applied social science) 
·        
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
projects           
Desirable
·        
Advanced
(Masters or equivalent) Academic qualification relevant to Farm Africa’s areas
of operation and the role
Experience
Essential
·        
Minimum
of three years’ relevant work experience in the area of monitoring and
evaluation (or similar)          
·        
Experience
of conducting quantitative and qualitative field research and analysis      
·        
Experience
in synthesising data and drafting clear written reports/ briefings   
·        
Experience
of producing and delivering monitoring and learning plans
·        
Experience
of organising and overseeing the execution of ongoing internal data collection
exercises           
·        
Experience
of designing data collection tools and disseminating them to colleagues in the
project delivery team
·        
Experience
of designing and/or maintaining databases of project information
·        
Experience
of designing and deploying a wide range of beneficiary feedback mechanisms
Desirable
·        
Experience
of working in an M&E or knowledge management role in an INGO
·        
Experience
conducting field research in pastoralist communities
·        
Experience
of commissioning and managing external consultant teams to deliver large-scale
data collection exercises
·        
Experience
of working in Karamoja 
Skills & abilities
Essential
·        
Ability
to inspire and capacity build colleagues to collect high quality data during
their daily project delivery duties.
·        
Ability
to draw key learnings from both qualitative and quantitative data and make
project delivery recommendations based upon it
·        
Strong communication
skills (verbal & written)
·        
Methodical,
thorough approach with attention to detail
·        
Expert
in data management and manipulation, especially using Excel
·        
Fluent
written and spoken English
Desirable
·        
Fluency
in Karamojong
·        
Managing
partner relationships
·        
Excellent
network and excellent relationship with government partners 
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.
How to Apply:
Please submit your CV, salary
history and a one page supporting statement explaining how you meet the
criteria laid out in the person specification to  
ugandarecruitment@farmafrica.org
by Thursday 31st October 2019 – 5.00pm EAT

Please do not submit
certificates etc. at this stage.

Interviews are expected to
take place w/c 11th November 2019 at Farm Africa's office in Kampala or
Moroto. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Should you have any enquiries,
please email ugandarecruitment@farmafrica.org or call the Kampala Office on
+256 394 823 131.

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