Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor Career Oppotunity in Kenya

Job Title: Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor

Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your skills to make a difference, not just a living? Do you want to improve millions of lives, including your own?

At Living Goods, you will have the chance to apply your ideas and creativity at work every day. If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, and meet challenges with determination and a sense of humor, you’ll thrive here at Living Goods.

We support networks of trusted government community health workers (CHWs) to transform health outcomes for women and children and work to advance systems change by partnering with governments to sustainably lead. We focus on ensuring CHWs are treated as essential health workers who are digitized, equipped, supervised, and compensated, and we harness community-level data to transform health systems. We focus on treating some of the deadliest but most easily treatable deadly childhood diseases, supporting women of reproductive age with family planning and safe pregnancy care, and ensuring every child is fully vaccinated.

The opportunity

USAID’s Health System Strengthening (HSS) Vision 2030 draws upon the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen, while reaffirming USAID’s longer-term goal of worldwide resilient health systems. The vision recognizes that integrated, systems-based approaches for strengthening health systems are now more critical than ever due to COVID-19 and other pandemics and asserts that:

  • All people and institutions including communities, health workers, leaders and policy makers should be engaged in HSS efforts.
  • Reliable links between the public and private sectors, including communities, lead to stronger health systems.
  • Health systems are resilient when they are able to adjust resources, policy and focus to varying degrees to respond to challenges.
  • Locally led, inclusive HSS efforts that account for social and behavior change lead to more sustainable results and greater self-reliance.
  • Locally designed approaches take into account the unique conditions of country conditions and often result in higher quality health care reaching the most disadvantaged and vulnerable.

Living Goods is undertaking a USAID HSS project, and is seeking to fill the position of a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor

Summary of the Position

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of the project monitoring and evaluation framework and information system to track delivery against targets, outcomes, and impacts. They will lead the analysis of data collected for assessment of progress and areas of improvement, and overall data management, including health systems audit, monitoring, and learning.

The candidate will guide reporting processes amongst Technical Staff and consolidate project reports, and promote learning and knowledge sharing of best practices and lessons learned. S/He will support all the technical staff in MEL functions and will manage any other staff working in the project. Actual hiring is contingent upon successful activity award and USAID approval.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with Chief of Party (COP) and the project team to ensure that MEL deliverables as per donor requirements are met
  • Oversee the baseline, midline and final project evaluation
  • Lead the project research and learning agenda and ensure dissemination of generated research findings
  • Oversee the MEL framework (including reporting) development and implementation
  • Ensure data quality assessments and audits are done
  • Conduct regular visits to project sites to provide technical assistance and ensure proper monitoring of project activities
  • Provide direct coaching and reinforcing capacity of all staff under MEL section including documentation
  • Represent the project at national and county including technical working groups, communities of practice, conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Ensure gender transformative approaches are incorporated in the project

Key Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as mathematics, statistics, informatics, biostatistics, information systems or a related field with knowledge/skills of Geographical Information Systems and information technology
  • At least ten years of experience leading monitoring and evaluating activities for complex projects in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing technical support, setting up and managing M&E systems that track performance as per the objectives of this activity (e.g., performance against each result area) and in the application of statistical methods and database management.
  • Demonstrated experience developing performance indicators, assessing and tracking data quality, data management, and/or training in performance management topics.
  • Demonstrated experience training/facilitating workshops with several types of stakeholders on M&E topics; proven ability to distill complex information down to useable and understandable information for stakeholders.
  • Experience developing and implementing performance monitoring plans.
  • Strong knowledge of USAID rules and regulations around M&E and familiarity with USAID’s approach to project management.
  • Exceptional technical skills in data management, MEL, survey design, mapping and/or assessment required.
  • Exceptional skills in Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Office software and data analysis software, such as SPSS or Stata.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills and ability.
  • Must be professionally proficient and fluent in written and spoken English
  • Nationals of Kenya and especially women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Key Requirements

  • Complete and current resume demonstrating the candidate’s qualifications and experience
  • Minimum of three current references (provide name and contact information of each reference).

Living Goods is an equal opportunity employer and will consider every qualified applicant for employment. Living Goods does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Our current job openings are displayed on our website, where you can search for open positions and apply directly. Living Goods does not offer any positions without an interview and never asks candidates for money. If you are asked for money, we strongly recommend that you do not respond and do not send money or personal information.

How to apply