SUNY-AHADI Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Officer (MERLO) Job in Kenya

Vacant Position: Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Officer (MERLO) – On Short term contract (Consultancy)

Introduction: The Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) is a governance support program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/The Department for International Development (DFID) in Kenya and is implemented by The State University of New York / Center for International Development and its partners.

AHADI is designed to support Kenya’s vision and agenda for achieving the promise of devolution. The program’s interventions aim to promote governance systems that are transparent, accountable, effective in service delivery, and responsive to empowered citizens by working at both the national and county government levels.

AHADI has three key objectives:

Objective #1: Targeted Counties provide higher quality services through improved governance

Objective #2: Functionality and effectiveness of the devolved system increased through improved intra-government engagement and cooperation.

Objective #3: Improved representation of citizen interests and oversight of targeted County government performance

The program is currently seeking a skilled, diplomatic, effective, and highly motivated Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning OFFICER (MERLO).

Position Summary: The Officer will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, Learning and Adapting (MERLA) for the project, including designing and putting in place robust MERLA systems, tracking indicator data for the prime contractor and partners, data quality control, drafting required reports, and facilitating mechanisms for programmatic learning and adapting.

Reports to: M&E Specialist

Interrelationships: The MERLO liaises and coordinates with the M&E Specialist, Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), the AHADI Technical Advisors, Knowledge management and communication team members, other members of the M and E team, AHADI partners and other program staff as appropriate in the course of his duties.

Employment Terms: Consultancy


Professional Qualification

  • Masters’ degree in any social science discipline
  • Knowledge and understanding of project monitoring and evaluation
  • Understanding of the current M&E trends and especially M&E systems in development organizations
  • Knowledge of governance program implementation


  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation with at least 2 years in a DFID funded program
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating governance projects
  • Experience of field data collection
  • Experience of report writing
  • Experience of organizing lesson-learning events and sessions


  • Monitoring and evaluation techniques and processes
  • Data collection and management
  • Analytical and research skills
  • Good command over report writing in English
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent computer knowledge with command on MS Excel among other packages of MS Office


  • Time management and ability to prioritize multiple tasks
  • Self-motivated person able to work without close supervision
  • Able to work effectively in a diverse team environment
  • Able to effectively promote AHADI’s objectives



  • Develop a project monitoring plan (PMP) and enhance team members’ knowledge and adherence
  • Manage the collecting of data against agreed indicators
  • Manage essential data with respect to specific activities outlined in the PMP
  • Ensure quality of data collected by program team members
  • Keep the team lead appraised on the projects’ performance based on monitoring data findings
  • Build internal capacity of the program team in project monitoring and evaluation (PM&E)


  • Assist the team lead in designing, coordinating and conducting internal project reviews
  • Coordinate any external project evaluations
  • Manage regular project data review
  • Design and implement outcome mapping exercises
  • Support the program lead in designing and disseminating research and learning studies

Reporting and Documentation

  • Develop monthly, quarterly, and annual reports
  • Review field reports from county liaison officers and regional program officers
  • Develop and implement a mechanism for field visit reports
  • Manage the internal data base including uploading key reports to the AHADI common drive

Project Planning

  • Assist in work planning, design of specific activities, in line with the project log frame
  • Provide quality control to project planning and design
  • Assist the team lead in reviewing project plans during the project cycle
  • Ensure quality of data/ statistics in project plans

Research Learning and Sharing

  • Support the team lead in designing and implementing learning forums within and without AHADI
  • Support the team lead in convening review meetings with county government officials throughout the project cycle
  • With other M and E and communication team members, develop and implement practical mechanisms for sharing learning from project activities
  • Support the design and implementation of studies to foster growth in the devolution support

Contribution to Effectiveness of AHADI

  • Work collaboratively with all other program teams, knowledge management, communication and grants team members in order to strengthen integration and cross-learning

Location and Duration: The Officer will be based in the AHADI Nairobi office.

Travel: Travel in country is expected. Transportation, accommodations and per diem will be provided by the project in accordance with AHADI and USAID/DFID regulations. It is anticipated that the travel will be between 30%-40%.

How to Apply

If you possess the skills and qualifications as contained in the respective position descriptions, please send (1) a Cover letter (2) CV and (3) References from three Professional Referees, one referee should be previous or current supervisor to

Closing date: July 22, 2018.

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SUNY-AHADI is an equal opportunities employer.

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Updated: July 18, 2018 — 3:25 pm