Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

  • Full Time
  • Lodwar
  • Posted 2 days ago

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization driven by the belief that a better world is possible. We partner with communities in over 40 countries to implement bold solutions that help people overcome adversity and build stronger communities. We work tirelessly to support communities in disaster and hardship, aiming for sustainable, positive change now and in the future.

Program Summary:

USAID’s Office of Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) has awarded funding to a Mercy Corps-led consortium of Kenyan and international partners for an 8-year Resilience Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Turkana and Samburu Counties of Kenya. The USAID Nawiri program aims to drive sustained reductions in acute malnutrition through a phased approach that emphasizes evidence gap analysis, partnership, learning, and co-creation with government, civil society, communities, and the private sector. By leveraging global leadership, research capacity, technical expertise, and implementation experience, the consortium partners with local institutions to test, adapt, and scale evidence-based solutions. The program focuses on a robust county-centered design with active engagement from communities, the private sector, and civil society to sustainably reduce acute malnutrition for vulnerable populations.

General Position Summary:

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer plays a critical role in program quality assurance, accountability, documentation, and learning. This position supports the USAID Nawiri team in planning and executing M&E activities at the county level, ensuring implementation quality, and providing essential feedback for learning, accountability, and decision-making. The M&E Officer will support the program’s adaptive management agenda, collaborating, learning, and adapting while aiding county and sub-county teams in rolling out a responsive M&E system.

Essential Responsibilities:

Strategy and Planning:

  • – Support the development and implementation of the USAID Nawiri monitoring and evaluation strategy and tools.
  • – Participate in program management and collaboration platforms at county and sub-county levels to promote evidence-based county and program adaptive management.
  • – Provide M&E leadership to program teams and M&E Assistants at the sub-county level, ensuring program implementation coherence and integration.

Result-Based Monitoring & Evaluation:

  • – Conduct data collection, collation, review, validation, and analysis at county, sub-county, and ward levels.
  • – Support the County Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Coordinator in rolling out the M&E Plan.
  • – Develop and implement a supportive supervision and mentoring plan for the program team on data collection, entry, analysis, and use for decision-making.
  • – Facilitate documentation of lessons learned and success stories.
  • – Conduct regular Routine Data Quality Assurance (RDQA) to ensure adherence to USAID/Mercy Corps data quality standards.
  • – Prepare quarterly/annual activity reports and verify reported data.
  • – Participate in county government M&E system strengthening strategies, including rolling out the Actionable Context monitoring system.

Capacity Building:

  • – Facilitate periodic reflection and analysis of project monitoring information.
  • – Support timely production of donor reports based on agreed performance indicators and timelines.
  • – Build the capacity of relevant team members to implement program-monitoring tools, accurately enter program data, and develop excellent reports.

Program Advisory:

  • – Maintain an active advisory role to guide the program team in robust and relevant data collection, validation, analysis, and decision-making.
  • – Provide timely feedback on service delivery quality during implementation monitoring.
  • – Establish and maintain strong relationships with partners and government departments.
  • – Support the testing and adoption of relevant technologies for improving the program’s MEL function.

Other Duties:

  • – Maintain professional and personal conduct that brings credit to Mercy Corps and does not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • – Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • – M&E Assistants, Temporary Research Assistants.

Accountability:

  • – Reports Directly to: County M&E Coordinator with administrative oversight from the Field Director.
  • – Works Directly with: USAID Nawiri Program Quality and Learning team, all program staff, and implementing partners at county and sub-county levels.

Minimum Qualifications & Transferable Skills:

  • – Bachelor’s degree in social science, statistics, international development, health, agriculture, or a relevant field with coursework in M&E, research, evaluation methodologies, statistical analysis, or organizational development.
  • – 2-4 years of program monitoring and evaluation experience.
  • – Experience with USAID-funded projects and familiarity with USAID/FFP M&E guidance and requirements.
  • – Knowledge of MEL concepts and skills in MEL systems (Theories of Change, Results Frameworks, MEL Plans, Data Collection tools).
  • – Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative data collection and reporting techniques.
  • – Fluency in Microsoft Excel and at least one data management software (SPSS, STATA, Power BI/Tableau).
  • – Fluent in both spoken and written English; understanding of local language is an added advantage.

Success Factors:

  • – Ability to work effectively and comfortably in complex environments.
  • – Excellent communicator and multi-tasker with confidence and humility to engage with diverse groups while being sensitive to political and cultural nuances.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions:

  • – Based in the County/Sub-County Office, Samburu/Turkana County with frequent travel to activity field sites.

Ongoing Learning:

  • – Dedicate 5% of time to learning activities that further personal and/or professional growth and development.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

  • – Build a diverse and inclusive team to leverage collective strengths and solve complex challenges.
  • – Foster a culture of trust and respect where everyone can reach their potential.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity:
  • – Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion.
  • – Provide an environment of respect and psychological safety with equal employment opportunities for all.

Safeguarding & Ethics:

  • – Ensure respect and dignity for all individuals we contact through our work.
  • – Adhere to core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • – Maintain a safe and inclusive work environment, respecting local laws and customs, and adhering to Mercy Corps’ Code of Conduct Policies and values. Complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and annually.

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