Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Internal/External

  • 16 Dec 2019
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Full-time
  • International Potato Centre (CIP)

The Position: The International Potato Center - Ethiopia (CIP) seeks to recruit a Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist with experience in conducting baseline survey, M&E and impact assessment for the DFID-funded Development and Delivery of Biofortified Crops at Scale (DDBIO) project.

General:  CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is: Roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. CIP works with partners to contribute high quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. CIP is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations.

Job Purpose:

The M&E specialist will contribute to development of effective results-based M&E system, ensuring that knowledge generation, management and use is effectively built into DDBIO project cycle. S/he will play a major role in project monitoring, periodic data collection and analysis, devise mechanisms and lead the process for effective dissemination, utilization and documentation of learning. S/he actively takes part in the design as well as the execution of baseline, midterm and final evaluations of project, which will be implemented in Oromia and SNNP Regions. In addition, s/he works very closely with CIP Ethiopia Country Office, CIP Regional M&E team and partners to support monitoring and evaluation of DDBIO and other CIP Ethiopia supported projects. This position will be based in Addis Ababa with frequent travels to project implementation sites. The successful candidate will report to the Country Sweetpotato Program Coordinator based in Addis Ababa.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contributes to the planning, design and implementation of the development and delivery of orange Support the implementation of the Development and Delivery of Biofortified Crops at Scale (DBBIO) M&E plan;
  • Designs and implements a beneficiary tracking database system to collect and manage M&E data;
  • Trains project partners on the implementation of the monitoring system, in particular the use of data forms and reporting formats, and provide ongoing coaching support through regular site monitoring visits for quality control and timely problem solving;
  • Together with other team members implements field survey tools - including training of enumerators, quality assurance standards and checks;
  • Collects data using desktop research, interviews, participatory observation, surveys and other tools
  • Carries out data analysis for baseline survey, M&E and impact assessment data in sweetpotato value chain using qualitative and quantitative methods and produce a summary table for the reports to monitor progress of the DDBIO project towards its research and development output and outcome targets;
  • Works with and strengthen the capacity of partners in research, development and extension organizations in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, using both formal and experiential learning methods.
  • Contributes to the development and use of livelihood, gender and impact indicators for evaluating the outcomes and impacts of RTB-related interventions, technologies and policies;
  • Contributes to the production of publications including M&E reports, annual reports, policy briefs, journal papers and other scientific publications in collaboration with CIP staff and project research partners
  • Participates in selected operational research activities and surveys;
  • Participates, as advised by your supervisor, in regional M&E meetings and other program-level activities;
  • Manages and regularly updates and maintains baseline and M&E databases
  • Documents good practices, lessons learned trends, cross-cutting policy and implementation issues, among others;
  • Any other duties as may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements:


  • MSc degree in Monitoring & Evaluation, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics or related Agricultural Science
  • Broad / specialized knowledge of methods, techniques and processes
    MSc degree in Agricultural Science or Development or related field with
  • Good understanding of Impact, Monitoring and Evaluation theory, and applications extending to study design, quantitative and qualitative analytic methods;
  • Experience in producing project reports, training manuals, and peer-reviewed publications;


  • Five years’ relevant work experience in database management, monitoring and evaluation with national and international organizations related to agricultural research and development
  • Experience in the development and implementation of Baseline Survey, Impact Assessment and M&E frameworks and tools (including household-level surveys);
  • Experience of applying these skills to agricultural research for development projects necessary;

Skill and Competence:

  • Familiarity with agricultural system issues and challenges;
  • Good analytical skills and extensive experience of using statistical packages for data analysis (SPSS, STATA);
  • Ability to work effectively in multi-sectoral teams and partners with members drawn from a diverse range of scientific disciplines;
  • Ability to work under pressure, often to tight deadlines without compromising the quality of deliverables;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and able to work with little or no supervision;
  • Experience in informal and formal capacity development of colleagues and partners;
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken mandatory
  • Willingness to travel frequently, often to rural areas

Position level:   HG 14                                  

Duty Station:    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Minimum Base salary:                  

  • Birr 38,223 per month (Negotiable depending on salary history of the candidate)

Terms of appointment: Initial appointment is for two years which will be renewable based on performance and funding availability.  CIP offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits in line with ILRI salary applicable for its Nationally Recruited Staff. CIP is an international and equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of its staff contributes to excellence.  The ILRI campus is set in a secure, attractive campus with dining and sports facilities.

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: MES/60/29 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter. All applications to be submitted online on our recruitment portal: on or before 16 December 2019.

To find more about CIP, visit our Website at

Suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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