Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist - Research Officer III

  • 24 Jan 2022
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Full-time

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist for the USAID-Feed the Future funded Accelerated Institutions and Food System Development (AIFSD) program under its Livestock Value Chain (LVC) Component. The position will support monitoring, evaluation and learning of program interventions implemented by the livestock value chain component in Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu, Turkana, and Wajir Counties. 

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe, and sustainable use of livestock. ILRI is the only, among 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, ILRI has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia, as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

What is Accelerated Institutional and Food System Development (AIFSD) Livestock Component?

The overall goal of the FtF-AIFSD livestock value chain component is to improve the food and nutrition security, incomes, and resilience of the people in the arid areas of Kenya, through wide application of livestock technologies and innovations.  The aims to achieve this goal by enhancing technical knowhow of the respective county departments and line ministries, on the various technologies, innovations, and management practice so that they can application of the same by communities, improving the operational environment for communities and private sector to provide animal health and other animal production services.

Key responsibilities:

The MEL Specialist will take lead in implementation of the monitoring, evaluation and learning activities of the AIFSD Livestock value chain component. The specialist will participate in tracking of the set targets and how/whether deliverables are achieved, in quality, quantity, and time. S/he is expected to have demonstrable innovative skills in finding novel ways to efficiently collect, analyze and communicate disaggregated quantitative and qualitative data to inform and orient the project’s work. Ability to create a learning agenda, generated from the project’s experiences/lessons learnt is essential.  He/she will be expected to prepare bi-weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports of the project implementation progress in relation to the set targets. Previous exposure to monitoring and evaluation of USAID funded projects, GIS databases and M&E tools is an advantage.

Specifically, the expert is expected to:

  • Design and execute baseline stud(ies) and annual surveys to update LVC project performance indicators.
  • Continuously monitor implementation progress against project performance indicators and carry out regular update of the M&E system and provide technical advisory to the implementing team.
  • Develop and regularly update monitoring and annual survey tools, including training of enumerators and maintaining data quality assurance standards across the project.
  • Participate in the USAID data quality assurance (DQA) missions and other PREG Meetings.
  • Build the capacity of LVC staff on quality data collection, storage, and analysis, as well as understanding the USAID FtF indicators and set targets.
  • Work with the Program Senior M&E Specialist and other Value Chain M&E Officers to compile relevant data from the MEASURE digital platform, and to support data reporting through the USAID FtFMS system.
  • Develop and implement the livestock value chain Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (AMEP).
  • Prepare bi-weekly, monthly, and quarterly MEL reports, and liaise with LVC technical staff to provide input to enable completion. Reports shall include project implementation progress, achievements, challenges, lessons learned, and success stories.
  • Participate in reporting of AIFSD-LVC annual work plans and budget and support the monitoring of implementation.
  • Participate in organization-wide activities and represent AIFSD-LVC at various meetings or events as workshops, conferences, and trainings for capacity building of partners as directed by the value chain manager.
  • Work directly with the LVC Data Manager to retrieve, compile and report on Livestock Sales from counties.
  • Carry out any other duties as directed by the LVC manager


  • Master’s degree in agriculture economics with a bias in livestock sciences; or BSc. in agriculture economics with a MSc. dissertation biased to livestock.
  • A certificate in professional training in Monitoring and Evaluation from a reputable institution.
  • At least 7 years of relevant work experience and exposure to complex M&E systems in agricultural related areas.
  • Proven experience in designing, collecting, analysing, and reporting qualitative and quantitative data, preferably in the context of development, agricultural research, and natural resource management.
  • Proficiency in the use of spreadsheet and data analysis packages (Ms-Excel, database management systems, Ms-Word, Ms-Power-Point, the internet, SPSS, R and/or STATA).
  • Demonstrable strong donor report writing skills.
  • Previous practical experience and exposure to USAID M&E system and data quality requirements, and reporting.
  • Experience working successfully in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams and with diverse religious groups is a requirement.
  • Working knowledge in ODK and other electronic data capture programming.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to productively interact with a wide range and levels of organizations (both national and county government, private sector, NGOs, research institutions).
  • Strong proficiency in government staff training, and mentoring to project staff and partners
  • Proven problem-solving and negotiation skills, and evidence of successful team leader and player, especially in M E&L matters.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and juggle competing priorities to meet reporting and other deadlines.
  • Ability to work in isolated arid county/area in conditions of limited comfort.
  • Willingness to travel frequently within conflict prone areas is an added advantage.

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG 15. The position is a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes pension, medical and other insurances

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 23 January 2022. The position title and reference number REF: MEL/AIFSD/1/2022 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants' bank accounts.

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