SND Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) Manager Career Opportunity in Kenya

The Strategies for Northern Development (SND) is seeking application from qualified individual to fill the following open position;

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) Manager

Location: Moyale

Post: 1

The Strategies for Northern Development (SND) is a local non-governmental organization working with Nomadic Pastoralist Communities in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia.

SND is guided by a vision to see a society where all Pastoralist Communities are resilient and live a dignified life.

Key areas of focus include;

(1) Peace Building and Governance,

(2) Food Security, Sustainable Livelihoods and Resilience,

(3) Child Protection and Education,

(4) Water, Sanitation and Health and (5) Humanitarian assistance.

SND is currently implementing the Cross-border Community Resilience (CBCR) Activity project, a 4-year cross border project in Moyale cluster funded by USAID through Chemonics International and ACDI / VOCA with the main objective of strengthening cross-border livelihoods, enhancing social cohesion, and shielding the development gains made over the years by state and non-state actors against the adverse effects of recurrent ravaging droughts.

Key Competence

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Project planning & management / Development Studies/ Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation or any other related disciplines.
  • Graduate degree or equivalent expertise is an added advantage.
  • Prior experience with performance monitoring and evaluation for development programs, including developing performance indicators, data collection and analysis.
  • At least 5 years’ progressive experience in the development and implementation of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation policies & processes in a multi sector Programme environment.
  • Skills and experience with numerical methods, database management and MS Excel
  • Ability to use advance level of statistical softwares (DHIS2, Excel, SPSS and STATA) or any other.

Skills Required

  • The ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a team player
  • Self-directed/self- motivating personality, with proven ability to manage demands from multiple
    supervisors while adhering to program deadlines and priorities.
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking skills.
  • Highest quality, professional writing and communications skills.
  • Strong report writing skills.

Roles and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning Manager will
provide MERL support to SND operations in Moyale cluster.

S/He will support the cross-border project in the development of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans and their implementation, and put in place Programme quality management measures.

Other Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop comprehensive MEL plan to track progress toward the Projects goal and objectives and adheres to SND/CBCR guidelines and expectations.
  • Lead the development of MERL activities across SND and specifically CBCR project.
  • Provide detailed review of all grantee activities to align to CBCR MEL level indicators.
  • Facilitate the design of Activity communications materials including success stories, and social media in collaboration with the Communications Manager, CD and program staff;
  • Prepare periodic reports such as, monthly and quarterly reports, and the annual and final report.
  • Monitor Activity activities to identify impact and success stories and ensure they are captured, developed, and distributed to CBCR MEL/ Communications Manager and effectively used.
  • Contribute to the development of CBCR annual work plans and review the relevance of the MEL Plan against these work plans.
  • Establish and maintain the MERL systems and processes for the cluster. Periodically evaluate systems and processes effectiveness and adjust as necessary to provide the Activity with accurate and useful data.
  • Train staff to ensure proper and standardized MERL of Activity activities are achieved. Assist them in defining and obtaining data for relevant indicators; ensure data is input into the RMS MEL system and monthly reports are delivered on time.
  • Provide MERL data to the client and counterparts in a timely manner periodically.
  • Efficiently track, report, and update objectives activities, indicators, and results over the implementation period.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of SND MERL strategy, including action plan, pipeline, and process for measuring reach.
  • Conduct on-the-job training on developing a MERL strategy and appropriate channels to approach grants under contract partners in the cluster, on MERL and impact analysis skills and the development of MERL for each group of partners.
  • Develop standardized data collection tools, shared data management systems, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Draft tools and their revisions as well as data collection procedures (e.g., logical framework, project performance tracking, indicators, data flow chart, M&E manuals).
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor

How to Apply:

Letter of applications along with a copy of your resume, a contact telephone number and the names of 3 referees preferably from your previous work places, quoting their email addresses/contact numbers properly and Clearly label/quote the job title above on your envelope and hand deliver to the SND Moyale Office or via email:

Deadline for the submission of application is Friday, 16th April 2023 5:00 PM.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Phone calls are not acceptable.

Female Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

SND is an equal opportunity employer.