The Position: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Monitoring and Evaluation Associate/Data Manager who will be a member of Africa RISING Project team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
General: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org.
Africa RISING (AR) program comprises three research-for-development projects supported by the United States Agency for International Development as part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future (FTF) initiative. Through action research and development partnerships, the Program will create opportunities for smallholder farm households to move out of hunger and poverty through sustainably intensified farming systems that improve food, nutrition, and income security, particularly for women and children, and conserve or enhance the natural resource base. The three projects are led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in West Africa (Ghana and Mali) and East and Southern Africa (Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia) and the International Livestock Research Institute in the Ethiopian highlands. The International Food Policy Research Institute leads an associated project on monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment across all the Program countries. To aid with its monitoring activities, IFPRI has developed a web-based project monitoring and mapping tool (PMMT) and assisting program researchers with the management of program-generated data using ILRI’s data repository (CKAN).
The objective of this position is to contribute to the M&E of research activities in Ethiopia providing all the necessary backstopping activities to AR researchers and IFPRI’s M&E team. The incumbent is expected to accomplish this by working in close consultation with AR researchers in Ethiopia, the M&E team at IFPRI, and AR researchers in other program countries.
Liaise between AR researchers in Ethiopia and IFPRI’s M&E team regarding overall monitoring of research activities and management of project generated gender-disaggregated data;The incumbent will act as a focal point and local coordinator for Ethiopia with the following duties:
- Through field and desk activities, provide AR researchers necessary overall support with the planning, implementation, and documentation of AR activities, as well as the necessary protocols and requirements for gender disaggregated data collection;
- Assist AR researchers and the M&E team with data management through CKAN and the PMMT. Monitor compliance with the Africa RISING data management plan by the researchers, especially timely uploading of data and embargo period;
- Engage with relevant stakeholders in the technical and operational design and implementation of AR activities as well as gender disaggregated data collection;
- Together with AR researchers in Ethiopia and in collaboration with the M&E team, through field visits and desk activities collect and ensure timely (and complete) upload of FTF and custom indicators data through the PMMT, for final submission to the FTF Monitoring System;
- Work with the M&E team and AR researchers in Ethiopia to analyze the data collected and write reports and joint publications, as well as develop necessary project monitoring tools;
- Interact with AR researchers in the program country and travel occasionally to program countries, as necessary, for in-country meetings and trainings.
Academic and professional qualifications:
- At least Master’s degree in agricultural economics, applied economics, applied statistics, biometry, monitoring and evaluation or a very closely related field
- At least 3 years of proven experience in Monitoring & Evaluation in a complex, multi-stakeholder project
- Demonstrated success in the design and application of monitoring & evaluation systems in a development context, preferably on the agriculture development sector
- Experienced in survey methodologies and design, data collection protocols, management, analysis and compilation
- Ability to work independently, pay due attention to details, and deliver with efficiency
- Solid knowledge of Microsoft Applications (Excel, Word processor) and data analysis software (such as STATA, SPSS, SAS, R, Genstat, etc.)
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Amharic
- Demonstrated strong writing skills and capacity to analyze complex phenomena and to publish findings in various forms
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience in effective interactions and negotiations in a multi-cultural setting with researchers, policymakers, donors, and civil society, facilitating impact of research, capacity strengthening, and bridging across disciplines.
- Willingness to travel extensively within country and to program countries as required
- Good organizational skills
- Good knowledge of the agriculture sector in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Ethiopia.
- Working knowledge of a local language of relevance to the geographic areas of research focus.=
Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with frequent travel to project sites.
Minimum Base Salary: Birr 21,367 (Negotiable depending on experience, skill and salary history of the candidate)
Terms of appointment: This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position, initial appointment is for two years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and the availability of funding. The ILRI remuneration package for nationally recruited staff in Ethiopia includes very competitive salary and benefits such as life and medical insurance, offshore pension plan, etc.
The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus in Addis Ababa. Dining and sports facilities are located on site
Applications: Applicants should provide a cover letter and curriculum vitae; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to be included in the curriculum vitae. The position and reference number: REF: MEA/DM/03/2017 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 16 February 2017.
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Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.