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Closed Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist Job in Kenya at FAO

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Closure Date: 26/Oct/2018, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FAO Representation in Kenya
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Primary Location : Kenya-Nairobi
120 days per year (renewable for the duration of GCP/KEN/90/GFF)

Organizational Setting

The post is located in the FAO representation in Kenya

The GEF Secretariat has approved the Kenya project GCP/KEN/090/GFF on “Restoration of arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) of Kenya through bio-enterprise development and other incentives under The Restoration Initiative” under the Global GEF thematic programme (The Restoration Initiative-TRI) with FAO as the Executing Agency and the Ministry Environment and Mineral Resources (MENR) as Executing partners. The overall objective is to restore deforested and degraded lands through the FLR approach and enhance the socioeconomic development of local communities through the development of bio-enterprises of Non-Timber Forest Products and Services (NTFPS) in ASALs. The project strategy is built around four components: (i) Policy development and integration aims to build the gap from the FLR policy to a strategy, and to support the decentralization of FLR policy and the development of a NFTPS policy; (ii) the implementation of FLR actions in two specific landscapes and the development of NTFPS bio-enterprises, and includes an assessment of ecosystem services on project sites; (iii) strengthening capacity of counties and communities to implement and coordinate FLR; and (iv) knowledge management and monitoring on FLR in Kenya, as well as knowledge sharing with other TRI projects. The overall goal of the GEF project is to reduce the overall proportion of degraded land by 20% in the areas covered by the project.
The GEF project will be implemented in the following two specific landscapes: i) the Mount Kulal Biosphere Reserve in Marsabit county, a UNESCO Man-and-the-Biosphere reserve due to its unique and varied ecosystems; and ii) the Mukogodo forest and landscape in Laikipia and Isiolo counties, which have high biodiversity, in particular wildlife of touristic interest. Both forests are key water towers for Kenya and are threatened by deforestation, while their surrounded landscape are threaten by land degradation and their biodiverse natural resources are under strong pressure.
Summary of institutional set up of the project GCP/KEN/090/GFF :
GEF Agency:
FAO will ensure the overall management and financial execution in accordance with rules and procedures of GEF and FAO. FAO will also provide technical guidance and ensure coordination and linkage with the global TRI programme.
Project implementation: The Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MENR) will be the institutional anchor of the project and the Kenyan Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) will play a lead role in the execution of project activities as well as day-to-day monitoring.
Project Management Unit (PMU):
The PMU will be established within the KEFRI and will act as Secretary for the National Project Steering Committee. It will be responsible for the daily management of the project and ensure effective implementation in close collaboration with relevant Ministries and technical partners. The PMU will include:
  • A full-time National Project Coordinator (NPC), with a restoration background;
  • A full-time National technical assistant, with a business development and/or a bio-enterprise background;
  • A part-time Monitoring and Evaluation expert;
  • A Financial Manager; and
  • A Local Technician based in Gatab.
Project Steering Committee (PSC): The PSC will have the role of overseeing and coordinating the project’s planning and implementation. It will review project progress and achievement of planned results, advise on issues and problems arising during project implementation and facilitate cooperation between all project partners and other relevant programmes in the country. It will be chaired by the MENR and will be comprised of representatives of the following institutions (TBC): FAO, KEFRI, Kenya Forest Services (KFS), IUCN, Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT), National Museums of Kenya (NMK), the three county governments, the GEF focal point and civil society.

Reporting Lines
The M&E Specialist will be selected by FAO and MENR following an open and transparent process. The incumbent will work under the overall administrative leadership and supervision of the FAO Representative in Kenya (Budget Holder), and under the direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator (NCP) in collaboration with the Chief Technical Advisor and the M&E expert within the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism at FAOHQ.
Technical Focus
The expert will lead the monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management of the project GCP/KEN/090/GFF and will be responsible for the following tasks and duties:

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Design a project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system and strategy in close collaboration with the NPC to support project operations and oversee its execution and contribute to the preparation of harmonised M&E guidelines in line with the other TRI projects in collaboration with the CTA and the M&E expert of the FLRM unit of FAO;
  • Ensure the M&E strategy captures well the relevant GEF focal area indicators
  • Assist the NPC and the PMU in executing the project M&E system, incorporating inputs from project partners and implementing periodic M&E activities;
  • Conduct or support of M&E related workshops, training and consultations with stakeholders as appropriate and contribute to the baseline study of the selected sites of the project in line with the harmonized TRI protocol;
  • Ensure that project indicators are measured in a timely and consistent manner in accordance with “SMART” principles, including the measurement during the first year of the project of the baseline values still pending in the results framework;
  • Ensure that the acceptability, gender sensitivity, diversification, seasonal relevance and community’s (including indigenous) needs are adequately implemented in the project’s M&E system;
  • Contribute to the development of Annual Work Plans (AWP) and associated budgets;
  • Participate and represent the project in partner meetings and Project Steering Committee meetings as appropriate;
  • Perform other related duties as required by the FAOR in Kenya and the NPC.

Minimum Requirements

  • University degree related to natural resources management, forestry or landscape restoration;
  • At least 5 years of experience working in Kenya’s ASALs, and at least 5 years of experience working with communities, group ranches and conservancies of Kenya;
  • Working knowledge of English
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

    Technical/Functional Skills.
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in the Africa region, is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge and field experience in a technical area of assignment listed
  • Extent and relevance of experience in analysing problems and developing effective, practical solutions
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge in the implementation of international standards related to pertinent field of expertise
  • Extent and relevance of experience in resource mobilization, programme formulation, implementation and monitoring in the pertinent field of expertise
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge and understanding of the work of international organizations, regional entities and national governments
  • Extent and relevance of experience in drafting quality written materials for a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to organize and conduct meetings, conferences and workshops when applicable

Selection Criteria
  • Relevant working experience with responsibilities in M&E acactivities or an international development or humanitarian organisation;
  • Proven experience in development of data collection/entry platforms in Kobo toolbox/ODK/survey solutions/EpiData.
  • Proven experience in managing field data collection activities using mobiles phones or tablets
  • Proven experience in undertaking and managing monitoring & evaluation exercises including data analysis (using relevant statistical packages e.g. Stata, R and SPSS) and reporting;
  • Ability to use a logical and structured approach to collate, archive and synthesis information;
  • Experience in undertaking primary and secondary data reviews, data collection and analysis;
  • Computer literacy of the Microsoft package including Word, Excel and PowerPoint and database software;
  • Initiative, judgment, organizational ability and a good sense of teamwork and human relations;
  • Experience in development work in remote areas is highly desirable;
  • Good knowledge of administration functions.
  • Experience in working with UN bodies and/an international development or humanitarian organization.
  • Computer proficiency and especially data collection applications.
  • Good judgment and ability to organize office work and prepare correspondence on own initiative.
  • Willingness to work as a team member and attention to detail.
  • Solid working experience in project management, including results-based management and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Knowledge of GEF project evaluation and FAO procedures would be an asset;
  • Previous experience working with international partners on related issues;
  • Strong report-writing skills in English and knowledge of local languages would be an asset.

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