Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Lead Job Vacancy in Kenya - SoCha LLC

Position Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Lead

SoCha (a portmanteau of Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges. We are a US-registered, veteran-owned small business and staff support offices in Nairobi, Bangkok and Mauritius. SoCha currently supports multiple foreign assistance interventions across Asia and Africa.


SoCha is contracted to deliver the USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) Localization, Inclusion and Sustainability Activity (LISA) with the aim to assist staff and stakeholders to be more efficient, effective, transparent, inclusive, and skilled in achieving development outcomes.

The LISA team will support USAID’s work to increase locally led, owned, and managed development outcomes. It will utilize local expertise and seek to partner with local entities with in-depth knowledge and networks in Kenya, including local organizations, counties, companies, institutions, and government.

To support the work of LISA, SoCha is seeking a qualified Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Lead.


The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) will:

  • Manage M&E and data visualization staff, and a four-person monitoring and verification (M&V) team that will conduct 60 M&V visits annually across Kenya.
  • Develop, review, and align project and activity MEL plans to Mission’s performance management plans (PMP) for the Country and Regional Development Cooperation Strategies (CDCS and RDCS).
  • Advise USAID/KEA on the development of evaluation, assessments, and analyses statements of work, cost estimates, and the utilization of findings.
  • Oversee GIS and DataViz deliverables, including the creation of customized data visualization dashboards.
  • Oversee Third-Party Monitoring, including data verification, context monitoring, implementation monitoring, data quality assessments, compliance monitoring, data analysis and visualization.
  • Enhance implementing partner (IP) knowledge of how to conduct their own effective monitoring site visits.
  • Collaborate with other LISA technical staff to design and conduct trainings for Mission personnel and other stakeholders.
  • Report writing for technical deliverables.
  • Quality assurance of all products, documents, and deliverables prepared by the MEL team.
  • Present findings to USAID representatives and implementing partners.
  • Line management and capacity building of team members and relevant STTA.
  • Other duties as requested by SoCha Management and/or Chief of Party

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's or PhD degree in economics, international development, or a relevant field (or substitute an additional 5 years of experience with a Bachelor’s)
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • 10+ years of experience in performance management, data management, analysis, or MEL, including 5 years managing teams
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex operations and staff;
  • Ability to document and presenting actionable findings;
  • Ability to understand and mentor staff on multiple analytical methods


The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Lead will be based in Nairobi, with occasional travel within the country.


The MEL Lead will report to the Chief of Party.

How to apply

To lodge an application, please lodge CV via the following link:

Applications close at 1700hrs Kenyan time on March 27, 2023, application review will be on a rolling basis.