TechnoServe, Inc. (www.technoserve.org) is an international nonprofit development organization founded in 1968. We work with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that hardworking people can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
In East Africa, we are currently present in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Across the region, we are implementing a range of large-scale value chain interventions (in sectors such as dairy, horticulture, cotton, coffee and staple crops) as well as several innovative entrepreneurship programs.
In 2013, Syngenta and TechnoServe partnered to improve productivity and input usage among Kenyan potato and tomato farmers. Syngenta is one of the world¡¦s largest agricultural input suppliers and aims to build a US$1 billion business in Africa over the next 10 years while increasing the productivity of 20 million smallholders. TechnoServe is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets.
After an initial diagnostic, we launched a pilot program (¡§Mavuno Zaidi¡¨), designed to assist 8,392 potato and tomato farmers in Rift Valley and Eastern Kenya to increase their income via improved input use, adoption of good production practices and improved market access. To date, the results of Mavuno Zaidi have been promising. In the first season of the program, potato and tomato farmers experienced a production increase and spent more on seed and other inputs.
Syngenta and TechnoServe is now looking to scale the pilot to improve the livelihoods of tens of thousands of farmers while building Syngenta¡¦s presence and sales in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The objective of the project would be to increase potato and tomato production and income of 15,000 smallholder farmers and expand sales of quality inputs in the region. The table below describes projected productivity, income and investment in seeds and crop protection. We expect 70 percent of the farmers to be potato farmers and 30 percent to be tomato farmers.
Provide management of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) components of the Mavuno Zaidi program in Kenya. The M&E Officer will report to Mavuno Zaidi SBA and work closely with E.A. Divisional M&E Manager. S/he will be responsible for enabling evidence-based decision-making processes, maintenance of Mavuno Zaidi M&E systems, and effective implementation of Mavuno Zaidi M&E activities.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
- Responsible for monitoring and evaluating program performance in accordance with the logical framework and reporting requirements;
- Be able to enter data into and analyze information from M&E systems for use throughout project lifecycle;
- Administrate Mavuno Zaidi program¡¦s management information system (MIS)
- Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of M&E activities;
- Ensure quality control and identify where adaptations might be needed;
- Ensure timely completion of major M&E deliverables, regular periodic analysis of data to identify and communicate lessons-learned, and regular periodic presentation of data and analyses to management;
- Work with country management to integrate M&E data into program planning and decision-making processes;
- Work with country project team members to collect and analyze data on a regular basis;
- Conduct analysis of data for weekly, monthly, half yearly and annual reports.
- Help to identify the cause of potential bottlenecks in implementation;
- Manage the production of narrative reports;
- Contribute to determining the effectiveness of technical training packages.
- Ensure M&E information is shared and flows transparently within the project team.
- Share best practices and lessons learned across the project.
- Support country-level adaptation and use of standard templates and tools for key project deliverables;
- Work closely with country management to help ensure that program work plans are on target to meet deliverables in a timely and effective manner;
- Share analyses and trends with project team members to help synchronize decision-making processes with M&E results;
- Establish and maintain strong working relationships with local partners/ contractors;
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of partners and sub-contractors;
- Make recommendations to country project management on the quality of partners and sub-contractors services.
- Ensure information is shared and flows transparently between regions
- Regular periodic analysis of data to identify and communicate lessons-learned
- Regular periodic presentation of data and analyses to Project management to identify opportunities and challenges for integration into project planning
- Ensure that country teams are abreast of project and industry developments across the region, are aware of their own performance against project milestones, sharing lessons-learned and benefiting from each other¡¦s work
- Consolidate lessons learned and leverage them for external dissemination
- Coordinate and supervise baseline and end of project evaluation following the project theory of change
- Coordinate and supervise annual surveys and disseminate the results externally and internally to introduce course correction
- Keep and maintain the project database with information from all data sources
- Mine the database to analyze the data and respond to ad-hoc requests from the donor and internal senior management
- Qualifications in business, economics, statistics or international development and similar business degree;
- At least 3 years of experience with M&E methods and approaches, including designing, planning, and implementing M&E systems, analyzing and reporting using a logical framework and other strategic planning approaches;
- Proven ability to work with various M&E methods and approaches;
- Ability to identify and measure social indicators is critical;
- Excellent information analysis and report writing.
- Experience working with youth training and/or mentorship programs preferred;
- Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills a must;
- Ability to generate innovative solutions in work situations;
- Proven ability and experience working with teams will be an added advantage;
- Fluency in English and Kiswahili required;
- Willingness to be based in Nairobi, ability to travel internationally, and ability to travel to remote rural locations.
Reports to: Senior Business Advisor, Mavuno Zaidi
Submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org marking the subject as “2166”, Your Full name & Phone number e.g. 2166, Barack Obama, 07xxxxxxxxx.
Please include the following in your application;
- cover letter describing your interest
- curriculum vitae
- three years’ salary history
- telephone contacts of three professional referees.
Deadline for receiving applications: 20th April 2016