Research Management-Monitoring Coordinator

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Full-time
  • Corporate Services

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Monitoring Coordinator to serve as ILRI’s focal point for monitoring and reporting on the CGIAR research initiatives.

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

Background

Project monitoring and reporting are essential components of the project management process. Tracking and reporting our outcomes, outputs, and impacts are integral to our ability to improve continuously. Accurate and on-time reporting are our responsibility and a corporate obligation within our contractual agreements with the CGIAR System Organization and with the donors who directly fund our bilateral projects.

The Project Monitoring Coordinator will ensure that best practices for monitoring, evaluation and learning are employed across ILRI’s research portfolio. The coordinator will serve as ILRI’s focal point for monitoring and reporting on the CGIAR research initiatives. The coordinator will support ILRI research teams to understand and comply with CGIAR reporting requirements; they will also represent ILRI in meetings, conversations, and process design with CGIAR’s System Organization on this topic.

The coordinator will support research teams to design Theories of Change at proposal development stage, and will support collaboration, learning, and adaptation during projects’ life cycles. The coordinator will support the definition and implementation of sensible and standardized indicators.

Key Responsibilities: -

The coordinator will support research teams to design Theories of Change at proposal development stage, and will support collaboration, learning, and adaptation during projects’ life cycles. The coordinator will support the definition and implementation of sensible and standardized indicators

Monitoring (30%):

  • Support Initiative teams and bilateral teams in developing, using, and learning from Theories of Change and project monitoring plans.

Reporting (30%):

  • Ensure that all initiatives and projects understand reporting requirements and that they have practical and implementable plans for doing so. Follow up to ensure initiatives and teams have implemented reporting requirements on a timely basis.
  • Serve as focal point between CGIAR System Organization and ILRI: Ensure that all teams understand reporting requirements. Lead and support project teams as they adhere to the requirements.

Coordination and Learning (25%):

  • Ensure efficient exchange of information and alignment of expectations between ILRI and the centres that support ILRI-led Initiatives.
  • Support project teams to design and implement collaboration, adaptation, and learning activities.
  • Coordinate internal and external evaluations.
  • Support country representatives to strengthen interdisciplinary interaction within their teams.

Knowledge Management and Capacity Development (15%):

  • Design and deliver events, trainings, and materials to improve the capacity of ILRI’s staff in project monitoring and reporting.
  • Support the (PMO) Program Management Office and CKM (Communications and Knowledge Management) to design and implement processes to ensure ILRI’s knowledge management practices are simple and effective.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in business, international development, natural science, or relevant field
  • Ten years’ relevant experience in an international or similar organization with a focus on monitoring, evaluation, program design, and/or impact reporting
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to summarize and present information; Proficiency in a second language is desirable.
  • Prior experience working in a multi-donor organization specifically with USAID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Proven experience in developing and tracking project monitoring and evaluation plans                                           
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships, persuade, influence, and adapt communication style to different situations and individuals. Exposure to developing countries is essential.
  • Good understanding of CGIAR processes is desirable
  • Strong and varied experience of administration and operations in complex programs.
  • Demonstrated leadership, ethics and sound judgment, both independently and as part of a team
  • Value honesty, integrity and diversity
  • Building and maintaining partnership and relationships
  • Selecting, coaching and appraising staff

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

Terms of Appointment

This is position is at job level HG 17 It is open both national and international applicants. The position is a three (3) year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes; medical and other insurances.

Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role 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 through our recruitment portal by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above. Screening of applications will start on 21 November 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The position title and reference number: MC/691/2022 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the high 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

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer