Monitoring Evaluation Research & Learning(MERL) Coordinator Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya

International Justice Mission

Position Title: Monitoring Evaluation Research & Learning(MERL) Coordinator 

Who We Are

International Justice Mission (IJM) is the global leader in protecting vulnerable people from violence around the world. Our team of over 1,200 professionals are at work worldwide in over 30 offices. Together we are on a mission to rescue millions, protect half a billion, and make justice unstoppable.

We are a global community that cares for one another. We believe that the way we work is as important as the results we achieve. We provide professional excellence with joy and celebration to all those we serve.

The Need

For 25 years, IJM has pioneered the work to protect vulnerable people from violence. As we grow to expand our impact to protect 500 million people from violence by 2030, we are seeking to fill the position of Coordinator, MERL in our Kenya Country office. The successful candidate will coordinate all monitoring, evaluation and learning activities for the Police Abuse Power (PAP) Program. The position will ensure that the MERL Strategy for the program is implemented in accordance with the IJM MERL protocols and as per the program MERL plan. This position is based in Nairobi and reports directly to the Senior Manager, MERL.


  • Implementation of program MERL plan in an efficient, ethical and timely manner.
  • Generation of quality and timely data and use of data for program learning and other strategic program decision making.
  • Effective coordination and capacity strengthening of the key program partners on related M&E interventions.
  • Coordinate adoption and utilization of JDS for reporting and program documentation.
  • Support the continuous knowledge generation on PAP and use of data driven evidence for improvement of the IJM PAP strategy.
  • Coordinate on program level data analysis, progress reviews and action planning to improve project adaptations and strategic decision making.
  • Support in design/redesign of new or existing Program(s) including development of MERL plan and associated components (Theory Of Change (TOC), Monitoring Framework Matrix (MFM), Program Indicator Tracking Table (PITT) etc).
  • Coordinate indicator identification, lead in routine data collection and analysis and updating of the MFM and PITT.
  • Support program data audits and general data quality assurance interventions.
  • Contribute to design of Program Evaluation designs/concept notes/protocols/TOR/SOW
  • Support the Inter Agency collaborations on data sharing and learning.
  • Any other duty as may be assigned.

Travel Requirements

  • This position requires travel within Nairobi and its environs during working hours and less frequent travel to other parts of Kenya in support of program initiatives.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management, Statistics, Economics, Development Studies or any other related Social Sciences.
  • Extensive experience and expertise in program design, with a strong understanding of monitoring, evaluation and research methods.
  • At least 5 years of specialist or medium level support development programs in Africa preferably on advocacy, accountability, justice and governance programs.
  • Membership of a professional society on M&E or Project Management would be an added advantage.

Critical Qualities:

  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office programs, data analysis and data management software’s (ODK, ONA, tableau, SPSS, etc.)
  • Proficient writing & presentation skills
  • Ability to use tools for monitoring and evaluation and data analysis
  • Passion for excellence and attention to detail
  • Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills

What does IJM have to offer?

  • Comprehensive Health Insurance benefits
  • Retirement/Pensions benefit
  • Annual Paid leave
  • Daily, quarterly, and annual community spiritual formation
  • Robust employee wellness program

How to apply

Application Process:

Please send your Resume, Cover Letter & statement of faith* to quoting the Position Title in the subject heading before October 25, 2023. Applicants must have legal rights to work in Kenya. The role does not provide relocation and immigration support.

Applications received after the closing date and applications without all the specified/ required documents will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

*What is a statement of faith?

A statement of faith should describe your faith and how you see it as relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can either be incorporated into the cover letter or submitted as a separate document and should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of worship.

*IJM holds strict safeguarding principles and a zero tolerance to violations of the Safeguarding Policy, Protection against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Policy and Code of Conduct. Parallel to technical competence, recruitment, selection and hiring decisions will give due emphasis to assessing the candidates value congruence and thorough background, police clearance and reference check processes.