Job Title: Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist (Push–Pull Programme)

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icipe – African Insect Science for Food and Health is an intergovernmental organisation funded by governmental aid agencies, UN organisations and private foundations to carry out research and training in environmentally sound and sustainable management of arthropods for improving health and agricultural productivity in the tropics. 
icipe has over 400 staff to support its research and capacity building programmes located at various sites in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.

icipe wishes to urgently recruit a suitable person to fill the position of Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist in the Plant Health Division, Push–Pull Programme.

The position is tenable in Mbita Point, South Nyanza in western Kenya at the icipe Thomas Odhiambo campus, and also involves travel to various locations covered by the programme in Kenya. 

This is a two-year contract, with a possibility of extension after successfully completing a six-month probation period of the first contract. 
A competitive compensation package will be offered to the right candidate. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
Overall purpose of the job: To establish and manage an overall results-based framework, and a robust monitoring, learning and evaluation system with well-defined results, milestones and targets for the implementation of various donor-funded research projects under the Push–Pull Programme.


  • Establish and manage a performance monitoring framework with clear-cut goals, outcomes, outputs, inputs, processes, indicators, data needs and sources, and reporting formats and frequency for effective monitoring, reporting and updating progress of projects in the Push–Pull Programme;
  • Develop comprehensive baselines of projects, including biophysical and socio-economic conditions in the target areas or populations, and collect periodic data and information against the baselines to assess and report progress on the overall development of beneficiary communities, and on project-specific benchmarks;
  • Create and manage geo-referenced databases from baseline and periodically collect performance data, project results, publications, and general reference data and information;
  • Work closely with scientists and take lead in developing M&E tools with performance indicators and targets embedded in each project’s intervention logic for implementation and tracking;
  • Assist scientists in developing overall Push–Pull Programme, project and implementing partner-specific work plans and overall monitoring framework;
  • Coordinate closely with each project’s partners’ project implementation teams for data planning, identification of data sources, and collection of data for monitoring purposes;
  • Prepare periodic project progress reports, and the overall Push–Pull Programme Results Based Management (RBM) annual reports with the support of scientists, partner organisations and project management staff;
  • Work closely with scientists in developing project proposals;
  • Monitor and follow up progress on various proposals, meetings, reports, working papers etc. with scientists and partner organisations;
  • Identify key issues, lessons learned and best practices in the Push–Pull programme and projects, and organise research documentation; and
  • Organise and conduct ex-ante baseline, mid-term and post-project evaluations of all Push–Pull projects.
Knowledge required for performing the job
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, monitoring & evaluation programmes (including indicator development, research study design and data analysis).
  • Demonstrated ability in development of project design, and monitoring & evaluation of research and development projects.
  • Experience developing results and logical frameworks, or similar tools for project management is required.
  • Experience developing and/or using performance management plans is required.
  • Experience using knowledge management software or database is highly desired.
  • Experience in managing grants or contracts is also highly desired.
Requirements / Qualifications:
  • Masters degree in project management, or in the social sciences (such as rural development, economics, agricultural economics, or similar relevant developmental fields). An advanced degree in one of the above fields is desirable.
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in monitoring & evaluation in a research-related field preferably linked to international agricultural research, applied sciences or research for development (R4D).
  • Demonstrated experience in project planning and M&E in a donor-funded project is highly desirable.
Other desirable attributes:
  • Excellent analytical skills along with strong organisational ability;
  • Must be able to obtain, analyse and evaluate a variety of information, and organise, interpret and present it in meaningful oral or written forms for varied audiences, and provide solid analysis leading to sound decision-making;
  • Excellent interpersonal and team working skills and a high degree of computer literacy are preferred.

This position reports to the Principal Scientist & Programme Leader.

The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.

How to Apply

All applications must arrive via email on or before the 30th January 2015. 

Please quote the job reference number NRS/91/012015 on the email subject line. 
Interested applicants should submit: 
(a) a confidential cover letter,
(b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses, fax numbers), and 
(c) a one-page write-up on how you consider yourself suitable for the job, to:

icipe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Women are strongly encouraged to apply

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