GOAL Kenya Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator Job in Kenya

GOAL Kenya is an Irish NGO operating in Kenya since 1995, addressing the needs of vulnerable children and youth living in Nairobi’s informal settlements.

GOAL Kenya (GK) requires an experienced Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator who will head the MEAL Department and will be responsible for all the country programme monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning systems.

Reports to: Country Director
Supervises: 1 MEAL Manager
Closing Date: 04 March 2016


General Description of the Role: Over the lifetime of the current strategic plan GOAL Kenya’s country programme has grown to incorporate both emergency and development programmes focused on health, WASH, livelihoods, and protection. 
The centrally based country MEAL team provides support and capacity to all GOAL’s programming in Kenya. 
The MEAL Coordinator is responsible for all the country programme monitoring, evaluation and learning systems.

Specific Responsibilities
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator is responsible for the following; objectives:
Coordinate the overall country monitoring system
  • Support and carry out regular monitoring of standard indicators, activities and outputs of projects;
  • Maintain the standard indicator databases per sector;
  • Sampling of data from the standard indicator database on a monthly basis in each location for quality assurance purposes including sampling of partner monthly reports, MOVs for quality assurance purposes;
  • Support project managers to identify and resolve monitoring problems at individual project level;
  • Ensuring that mainstreaming issues mentioned above are included in the monitoring system as appropriate;
  • Work with the Sector Coordinators to provide monthly and quarterly graphic feedback to management of standard indicators for all sectors comparing information over time and between counties.
Coordinate the overall GOAL country evaluation system
  • Lead and support the implementation of GOAL’s global M&E framework, GOAL Kenya’s M&E strategic framework and the M&E Plans for all interventions
  • Revise, update and improve GK M&E strategic framework and M&E plan documents according to requirements
  • Provide technical support for the identification and management of external resources to carry out or support MEAL activities
  • Directly carry out, supervise and review all GOAL Kenya evaluations, surveys, mid-term reviews
  • Support the process of recruiting and managing external consultants carrying out independent assessments of GOAL Kenya’s programming outcomes.
  • Establish and keep up to date the consultants data base
  • Design and carry out or supervise surveys (MICS, KAPBS and other surveys)
  • Develop links with GOAL’s Survey and M&E Coordinator from the GOAL Technical Team
  • Familiarise self and team with implementation of GOAL’s standard surveys (MICS, KAPBs, Causal Assessments), if necessary organizing training from the survey advisor or other sources in consultation with the GOAL Technical Team Advisor
  • Ensure surveys are carried out in line with the M&E plan and the GOAL Framework
Working with Local Partners on M&E System
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of partner and other evaluations as required under the strategies, revise tools and M&E strategy regularly
  • Support the development of an evaluation system that will provide information for measuring outcomes and impact of GOAL Kenya’s support to partner organizations and directly implemented projects, designing and carrying out or supervising outcome evaluations across all projects and programmes. M&E systems development of partners may be accompanied by systems benchmarks to track progress towards strengthened systems.
  • Training- Lead the development and roll out of M&E capacity building plans of local partner organisations, including by providing tools and resources to partners.
  • Liaise with partners and team members to plan, design and implement and report on annual thematic outcome evaluations and ensure the databases for same are in place up to date and accurate
Coordinate the overall country learning system
  • As part of the learning function, seek to identify learning points across the range of work carried out and identify opportunities to share this learning through meetings, workshops and reports.
  • Evidence/learning from Pilots: Give technical support to programmes in learning from piloting new and alternative approaches
  • Where appropriate, share materials with GOAL’s best practice website
  • Design and carry out or supervise assessments and research exercises as appropriate and possible support to programme development, monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Design and implement case studies across the programme
  • Complete one short article for each project each year
  • Promote strengthened understanding and capacities within project and programme teams on MEAL, and the use and /or analysis of MEAL systems at the project and partner levels
  • Ensure that annual work plans are developed and monitored by the Senior Management Team
Coordinate the overall country M&E Plan
  • Keep the overall country programme M&E plan updated on a monthly basis, based on activities implemented and new project needs
  • Through regular liaison with Sector Coordinators and Assistant Country Director as well as support to the M&E Programme Manager.
  • Liaise with each Sector Coordinator and Area Coordinator to check progress on the implementation of M&E activities
  • Develop an individual detailed M&E plan for each project and monitor for implementation and quality
  • Identify needs that each project has to support implementation of M&E activities, provide mentoring training to teams in the field locations
Manage the MEAL team and be an active member of the Senior Management Team (SMT)
  • Manage the MEAL team to meet the above objectives, carrying out evaluation and surveys as required by the priorities of the plan and available capacities within the team
  • Develop and update the monthly and annual work plans for the MEAL team to meet the objectives of the M&E plan.
  • Prepare with team members monthly work plans and monitor their implementation.
  • Provide Country Director with a monthly report on the implementation of the work plans and achievement of objectives.
  • Develop performance management appraisal objectives with each member of the MEAL team, ensure objectives are SMART and reviewed and revised every six months.
  • Build the technical and analytical capacity of the M&E officers throughout the year
  • Work collaboratively with GOAL’s M&E Advisor & Roving MEAL Coordinator
Coordinate the country programme’s Knowledge Management
  • Follow up mechanisms- Focus on ensuring appropriate mechanism are in place and maintained for the follow up of evaluation and tech team findings by in country management with a view to maximising knowledge retention and use.
  • Ensure databases of programmes are kept up to date through an efficient process and ensure databases are accessible so that the information can be used effectively.
  • Develop and support the appropriate generation, documentation and dissemination of knowledge products by GK including Human Success Stories, lessons learnt, best practices, surveys and evaluation, and operations research studies.
Support the country programme’s business development efforts
  • Attend inception meetings convened to discuss CfPs/RFAs that GOAL Kenya is interested to pursue.
  • As is possible, draw attention to relevant statistics that could be used to strengthen GOAL Kenya’s grant applications.
  • Lead the development of logical frameworks, results frameworks, theories of change, M&E plans and M&E budgets in line with potential donor’s grant application guidelines.
  • Support with the development of innovative and promising intervention strategies
Coordinate Beneficiary & Other Stakeholder Accountability Mechanisms
  • Act as GK’s focal point for Stakeholder Accountability.
  • Assess beneficiary accountability mechanisms in place and lead strengthening of such mechanisms benchmarking on GOAL’s Stakeholder Accountability guidelines and international best practices. This should include appropriately structured dissemination of M&E findings, implementation of a Complaints Response Mechanism, and supporting meaningful engagement of stakeholders, particularly primary beneficiaries in project design, implementation and monitoring.
  • Master’s Degree in programme evaluation, business administration or related field
  • 5 years + programme related experience in international development
  • 3+ years specific Monitoring and Evaluation Management experience
  • Good computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Access and statistical software packages)
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate training and capacity building for staff
  • Ability to embark on regular travel from Nairobi to other fields sites in Kenya
  • Experience working with community based development projects
  • Experience in similar positions with an international NGO
NB: This Job Description only serves as a guide for the above position. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

How to Apply

Suitably qualified applicants are invited to apply by completing the application form (CLICK HERE to download) and send it by email only to keapplications@ke.goal.ie

Candidates who do not use the application form to apply for this position will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Closing date for application is 5.00 pm March 4th 2016.

NB. This is a national position.

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