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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.

Monitoring and Evaluation Lead

Specific Responsibilities

MEAL Strategy and Design

  • Provide strategic high-level feedback, analysis and interpretation throughout the program startup, research and collaboration phase, and activity implementation phase.
  • Ensure the MEAL system is compliant with CRS’ global and regional policies, procedures, standards and strategic initiatives, and USAID/FFP MEL and reporting policies and guidance.
  • Provide strategic direction for the development and maintenance of MEAL systems and the roll-out of new initiatives.
  • Support the project and MEAL team in the design and implementation of assessments, gender analysis, stakeholder analysis, organizational capacity assessments and other pre-program data collection and analysis.
  • Ensure the consistency of indicators and tools across all partners and sectors, as appropriate, maintaining a bank of key program indicators.
  • Support programming staff to incorporate participatory methods into community level MEAL systems and tools.
  • Leverage lessons learned, best practices, program data, evaluations and other information to generate donor communication pieces, proposal annexes, success stories, case studies and other high-quality, results-based documentation.
  • Work with the senior DFSA management team to identify and pursue strategic opportunities for program expansion.

MEAL Implementation

  • Lead mandated evaluations, needs assessments, annual surveys, case studies, and other research.
  • Develop the MEAL operating manual using CRS’ SMILER coaching methodology to ensure a complete, up-to-date, high quality MEAL system, containing essential data collection tools, data flow maps and analysis plans to address needed information for program quality and donor reporting.
  • Manage agency level MEAL requirements (e.g. annual data quality assessments, beneficiary count reporting and CRS’ MEAL Policies and Procedures (MPP) self-assessments).
  • Contribute to donor reports through high quality project data interpretation and report inputs.
  • Lead the project MEAL team to strategically prepare and review MEAL calendars and workplans.
  • Support learning-to-action events and reflection sessions to systematically analyze data to promote adaptive management and to document and incorporate lessons learned into program design and implementation.
  • Ensure MEAL and program teams regularly review and adjust MEAL plans and tools as needed by the project context.
  • Ensure that transparent high-quality accountability mechanisms, including beneficiary feedback and response mechanisms, are in place for the DFSA and are regularly discussed at the appropriate level with necessary responses and feedback documented.
  • Ensure that beneficiary feedback is adequately captured, addressed, analyzed and used by program team.

Capacity Strengthening

  • Collaborate with the Kenya Country Program M&E Manager on the MEAL community of practice to share learning, resources, and support across offices.
  • Develop and co-facilitate MEAL workshops and modules for staff and partners to share country program, regional and global MEAL tools, processes and best practices to cultivate a culture of learning.
  • Conduct orientations for new DFSA program staff on CRS systems and key MEAL resources.
  • Provide mentoring to CRS and partner DFSA staff to increase capacity and to achieve annual performance and development plans.
  • Remain updated with developments among the CRS MEAL community and worldwide MEAL trends and resources to ensure the DFSA MEAL team is applying CRS MEAL guidance and policies appropriately and in a timely manner.
  • Conduct field monitoring visits events frequently with project teams and implementing partners.
  • Provide feedback to senior DFSA program and MEAL staff to improve the overall MEAL system and ensure quality implementation of MEAL activities.
  • Build capacity of County Governments M&E teams in Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu and Turkana for using data for decision making.

ICT for MEAL

  • Support the DFSA MEAL and program team to develop strong project tracking, record keeping and filing methodologies for all activities.
  • Work with MEAL and IT staff to maximize the value and utility of ICT4D in MEAL initiatives.

Supervision and Coaching/Mentoring Responsibilities

The DFSA M&E Lead directly supervises project-based MEAL staff and participates in the hiring and supervision either directly or indirectly of future MEAL staff. Additionally, s/he will provide support in mentoring all MEAL staff across the consortium.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Accountability and Stewardship
  • Build Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation
  • Strategic Mindset

Program Manager Competencies

These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each program manager to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Sets clear goals and manages toward them
  • Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
  • Manages financial resources with integrity
  • Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning

Key MEAL Competencies (specific for this position)

  • MEAL in Design: Developing project-level Theories of Change, Results Frameworks, Proframes, related MEAL system tools and components, and accompanying MEAL narratives.
  • Monitoring: Implementing monitoring activities, including timely collection of quality data, set up and maintenance of databases, facilitation of participatory reflection on monitoring results, and submission of timely progress reports.
  • Evaluation: Supporting project and program evaluations and reviews by ensuring the quality of evaluation methods, tools, and data and facilitating the use of evaluation results to inform decision-making and enhance learning.
  • Accountability: Improving our accountability to a range of stakeholders through increased participation, transparent communication, responsive feedback mechanisms and adherence to internal and external quality standards and requirements.
  • Learning: Promoting excellent knowledge management and collaborative learning processes at the project, program and institutional levels, generating robust evidence for project and programmatic learning that leads to action, decision-making and influence.
  • Analysis and Critical Thinking: Engaging with data, challenging biases and assumptions, posing thoughtful questions, pursuing deeper understanding of evidence through reflection and perspective-taking, and making informed programming decisions.
  • ICT for MEAL: Applying knowledge on information and communication technologies (ICT), both hardware and software, for opportune and accurate data collection, database management.
  • MEAL in Management: Managing financial and human resources in a way that optimizes the quality, effectiveness, and utility of MEAL systems.

Key Working Relationships

Internal: CRS’ Country Representative, Head of Programing, COP, Gender Youth and Social Dynamics Lead, Systems strengthening and Institutionalization Lead, Strategic Learning Lead, Research and Design Lead, Technical Leads (e.g. Gender, Nutrition, Health), MEAL Officers, Country Program M&E Manager, MEAL Advisors (regional and HQ), CRS’ MEAL community of practice.

External: USAID and other donors, international and local partners, other Kenya DFSA implementers.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Master’s degree in economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology or other relevant subject with strong quantitative background. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Five years of experience working in a development setting preferably with an international NGO, with at least three years of experience progressively increasing MEAL responsibility in international development projects and at least two years of experience as a supervisor; Title II and ICT4D experience preferred.
  • The candidate must have demonstrated experience leading the M&E of a large project.
  • Experience working with large donors, USAID/FFP and/or USAID/FTF preferred.
  • Strong conceptual knowledge about theories of change, logic model, food and nutrition security indicators, M&E plan, data quality assurance, data utilization and gender integration into M&E.
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and operationalizing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with FFP M&E and Reporting Policy and Guidance for the components of an M&E plan.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in developing and operationalizing routine monitoring system designed to track both output and outcome indicators from project design to implementation (including work with results frameworks and theories of change) as well as building staff capacity to utilize systems; experience with participatory MEAL system required.
  • Strong quantitative background and demonstrated expertise in designing annual monitoring surveys including probabilistic sampling strategy and estimating sample size, developing appropriate weights and analyze quantitative data; including previous experience with leading and managing studies and consultants.
  • Demonstrated expertise in designing qualitative studies, in-depth knowledge about qualitative sampling and experienced in using interview and interactive tools to generate qualitative information and analysis.
  • Experienced in developing data quality assurance strategies, data management and data visualization; including proficiency in database development/management, SPSS, Stata, EPI-Info, Access, Excel and skills in analyzing, interpreting and communicating information to various stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in data utilization strategies and can creatively think about active data sharing techniques.
  • Knowledge of program quality standards, MEAL standards, Catholic Social Teaching and the justice lens preferred.
  • Experience with facilitation, capacity strengthening and partnership building through formal and informal training, with the capacity to empower staff through opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Detail-oriented and excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely and quality manner.
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team and to work closely, understand and support local Church partners.
  • Ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required and other language(s) as required.
  • Ability to travel for field missions for 30-50% level of effort as needed.

Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics Lead

Job Summary

The Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics (GYSD) Lead will ensure the social dimensions of malnutrition, food security, and community resilience are effectively addressed across all activity components, at all levels, throughout the entire award period. S/he will work across CRS and consortium staff to build the capacity of all project staff in gender and youth sensitive programming. S/he will contribute to the Country Program’s (CP) efforts toward quality design and implementation of gender and youth initiatives to promote right relationships among targeted families and communities. The GYSD Lead will coordinate assessments required for learning and adaptive management to address the changing and unique needs of men, women, boys and girls. S/he will also lead capacity building efforts of county governments to ensure contextually appropriate social dynamics are incorporated into county policy and practice.

Primary Responsibilities

Coordination

  • Lead the DFSA strategic engagement of men, women, boys and girls to promote female empowerment and access to economic opportunities.
  • Lead the execution of the DFSA Gender Analysis Plan.
  • Liaise with key external stakeholders to provide guidance on gender and youth perspectives in all aspects of the CRS DFSA award.
  • Lead preparation of reports, issues-papers and case studies on gender and youth perspectives to promote gender and youth integration.
  • Ensure that CRS and partners are in compliance with gender and youth related USAID/FFP requirements.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

  • Oversee the setting of indicators for assessing progress with gender and youth integration, adapted to specific contexts of Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu, Turkana.
  • Ensure DFSA captures required level of gender and youth disaggregated data and gender specific success stories.
  • Support programming staff in incorporating gender and youth issues in project MEAL systems (performance questions, indicators, sampling methods, procedures, etc.); assist in gender sensitive participatory planning and support implementation.
  • Arrange the dissemination of information from MEAL data on the degree to which gender and youth-related objectives are being achieved and the gender-differentiated impact of the project.

Partnership

  • Provide leadership and technical support to local partners in developing effective gender and youth-focused project strategies.
  • Assist partner staff to communicate information from the field to the appropriate decision-making forum on the gender integration in activities undertaken in all components, processes and impacts.
  • Provide support, coaching, mentoring and technical guidance to partner gender officers.

Capacity Building and Supervision

  • Develop and lead the integration of social dynamics into all capacity-building efforts in support of Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu and Turkana county governments.
  • Identify relevant training and learning opportunities for CRS and partner staff to advance knowledge and skills in gender and youth; manage a gender and youth DFSA learning agenda in alignment with CRS Learning policies and procedures.
  • Ensure inclusion of gender and youth learning agenda as part of CRS Kenya’s annual learning and development plans.
  • Supervise and mentor project specific Gender and Youth Officers through a matrix management model, through shared project and partner visits, coaching sessions, and coordination with the Gender and Youth Officers’ direct line supervisors.
  • Develop capacity building plans and strategies.
  • Roll out agency-wide gender policies.

Representation

  • Attend important and relevant events on gender and youth and the substantive areas covered by CRS to disseminate information on progress made in gender mainstreaming as necessary.
  • Represent CRS at workshops and events on gender and/or youth integration.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Supervision and Coaching/mentoring Responsibilities

The DFSA Gender Technical Advisor directly supervises project-based gender staff and participates in the hiring and supervision either directly or indirectly of future gender staff. Additionally, s/he will provide support in mentoring all gender-focused staff across the consortium.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

System Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead

Primary Responsibilities

Partnership and Capacity Building

  • Along with Strategic Learning Lead, collaborate with the County Governments of Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu and Turkana to advance their strategic learning priorities to address acute malnutrition.
  • Take the lead on multi-sectoral stakeholder engagement with relevant national, county and community-based government of Kenya (GOK) staff.
  • Along with the M&E Lead, build county government partner capacity to use available nutrition and other relevant sector information for decision making, program planning, and performance and results monitoring.
  • Lead DFSA efforts to build capacity of county government to plan manage, and evaluate nutrition programs, including allocation of capable human resources, effective institutions, and functional systems.
  • Support county governments to effectively engage and advocate for resources from GOK and outside sources in support of county development priorities.
  • Support county governments in the transition from DFSA Phase 1 (Research and Collaboration) to Phase 2 (Activity implementation) through joint development of detailed implementation plans (DIPs).

Project Design and Implementation

  • Ensure linkages and concurrence between DFSA activities and GOK’s strategic plans at national and county levels (e.g. Kenya Ending Drought Emergencies Framework, County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs)).
  • Ensure DFSA activity design is realistically viable for county governments to absorb and sustainably scale up following DFSA implementation.
  • Incorporate strategies to address governance and systems-related drivers of acute malnutrition in each county of implementation into activity design.
  • Incorporate lessons learned and best practices for capacity strengthening and institutionalization approaches from other projects and donors into DFSA activity design.
  • Along with the DFSA Research & Design Lead and M&E Lead, develop and oversee the transition plan from Phase 1 (Research and Collaboration) to Phase 2 (Activity Implementation).
  • Conduct program field visits to understand and document program results, both successful and unsuccessful, for improved program quality.
  • Along with the DFSA M&E Lead, identify and monitor key metrics to measure institutional strengthening, including demonstrated management capacity around policies, strategies, guidelines, standards, and protocols for malnutrition; demonstrated leadership around malnutrition; capacity to manage data and research; effective use of data and research outcomes.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: CRS’ Country Representative, Head of Programming, Chief of Party, M&E Lead, Research & Design Lead, DFSA Technical Leads, M&E Officers, regional and HQ staff.

External: DFSA consortium members, USAID Food for Peace, county governments of Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu, Turkana, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, other related government bodies and authorities, and private sector service providers.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Accountability and Stewardship
  • Build Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation
  • Strategic Mindset

Program Manager Competencies:

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Sets clear goals and manages toward them
  • Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
  • Manages financial resources with integrity
  • Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning

MEAL Competencies:

  • MEAL in Design: Developing project-level theories of change, results frameworks, Proframes, related MEAL system tools and competencies, and accompanying MEAL narratives.
  • Accountability: Improving our accountability to a range of stakeholders through increased participation, transparent communication, responsive feedback mechanisms, and adherence to internal and external quality standards and requirements.
  • Learning: Promoting excellent knowledge management and collaborative learning processes at the project, program and institutional levels, generating robust evidence for project and programmatic learning that leads to action, decision-making and influence.
  • MEAL in Management: Managing financial and human resources in a way that optimizes the quality, effectiveness, and utility of MEAL systems.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • A Master’s degree in policy, communications, economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology, or another relevant subject. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Five (with Master’s degree) to seven (with Bachelor’s degree) years’ relevant work experience preferably in a development setting with an international non-governmental organization, progressively increasing learning and coordination responsibilities in international development projects and at least two years of experience as a supervisor; Title II and ICT4D experience preferred.
  • Experience working with large donors, USAID/FFP and/or USAID/FTF preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful provision of technical assistance to government ministries and/or decentralized government structures, including
    • Quantifiable milestones of Institutional capacity building achieved
    • Successful and innovative approaches to securing government buy-in for program or policy
    • Demonstrated success facilitating sustainable transition of activities and resources to government partners.
    • Demonstrated experience creating an environment conducive to learning and provision of feedback.
    • Knowledge of program quality standards, monitoring and evaluation standards, Catholic Social Teaching and the justice lens preferred.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with groups.
    • Experience with facilitation, capacity strengthening and partnership building through formal and informal training, with the capacity to empower staff through opportunities for professional growth and development.
    • Detail-oriented and excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely and quality manner.
    • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently.
    • Demonstrated personal accountability and drive to serve others.
    • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team and to work closely, understand and support local Church partners.
    • Ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges.
    • Ability to travel for field missions for 30-50% level of effort as needed.
    • Excellent English language oral and written communication skills required.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook required.

Strategic Learning Lead

Primary Responsibilities

Project Design and Organizational Learning

  • Design and maintain the overall learning strategy with a focus on promoting knowledge acquisition, management, documentation, and dissemination.
  • Ensure DFSA learning agenda aligns and complements CRS’ learning strategy and objectives.
  • Set up the appropriate learning system for the program (collection, analysis, documentation, dissemination).
  • Support M&E and program management staff to facilitate learning events to ensure promising practices, success/failure factors, lessons learned, and recommendations are identified.
  • Organize reflection sessions (after-action reviews, learning to action discussions, quarterly reflection sessions, etc.) with teams to collect lessons learned, and prepare related reports, capturing key successes and lessons learned within CRS Kenya.
  • Conduct program field visits to understand and document program results, both successful and unsuccessful, for improved program quality.
  • Organize assessment workshops and self-evaluation sessions for various program and development actors.
  • Execute learning for adapting functions and tasks such as facilitating regular meetings, compiling lessons learned, sharing relevant information, and documenting processes.
  • Work with technical leads to develop a learning agenda which will incorporate CLA strategies within each of the proposed technical activities.
  • Supervise implementation of action-based learning and other prospective, complexity-aware monitoring tools such as network analysis, most-significant-change, etc.

Project Implementation and Reporting

  • Along with the DFSA Research & Design Lead and M&E Lead, develop and oversee the transition plan from Phase 1 (Research and Collaboration) to Phase 2 (Activity Implementation).
  • Support the M&E Lead and officers in conducting case studies and operational research using new communication and information technologies.
  • Organize the collection, analysis, documentation, utilization, and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned.
  • Explore and establish working relations with well-known, reputable organizational research and consulting entities for collaboration and sharing of organizational management, learning, and performance knowledge (researched and tacit), effectively creating learning program partnerships.
  • Conduct analyses of organizational culture and time management studies to illuminate opportunities for making advances in CLA and provide a baseline for tracking organizational learning and change.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders on the implementation of diverse and adaptive knowledge sharing activities within and outside of the project.
  • Assist the DFSA Chief of Party in facilitating collaboration with key stakeholders in sharing findings and gathering inputs to inform an adaptive management approach.
  • Document the capitalization, sharing, awareness and mobilization of results from the project activities.

Partnership and Capacity Building

  • Provide capacity building for field staff in learning, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Coordinate with different levels of staff with both CRS and partners on learning principles such as how to collect, analyze, document, utilize, and disseminate information.
  • Collaborate with County Governments of Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu and Turkana on advancing strategic learning agenda

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: CRS’ Country Representative, Head of Programming, Chief of Party, M&E Lead, Research & Design Lead, DFSA Technical Leads, M&E Officers, regional and HQ staff, and research partners.

External: Consortium members, USAID Food for Peace, county governments of Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu, Turkana, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, other related government bodies and authorities, and private sector service providers.

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