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  • Posted: Sep 9, 2020
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    Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager

    Activity Overview and Role

    Palladium seeks a MEL Manager for the Regional Agriculture and Market Systems (RAMS) activity, a 5-year, $23 million task order under USAID’s Regional Integration and Stronger Economics (RISE) IDIQ mechanism. RAMS is designed to promote increased agricultural production, trade, improved policies, finance and investment, and resilience to shocks and stresses in the East Africa region by addressing agricultural issues that can only be solved on a regional basis. RAMS will collaborate closely with USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s regional intergovernmental partners, including the East African Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. The Activity is organized under four objectives: 1) Strengthening cross-border agricultural market systems, 2) Accessing and scaling technologies, 3) Strengthening regional resilience, and 4) Strengthening the regional agriculture policy and regulatory environment. The RAMS geographic area of focus includes the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zambia.

    The MEL Manager will be responsible for tracking and aggregating all project data to support the team in evaluating the project’s progress. S/he will train project staff in data collection and reporting, and regularly conduct visits to the field to supervise and validate data collection processes. S/he will report to the Deputy Project Manager.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    • Develop a flexible monitoring system across objective areas, supporting the adaptive management approach of a large, cross-cutting, regional program.
    • Employ an evidence-driven and collaborative approach to MEL to attribute change, leading qualitative and quantitative data collection and rigorous analysis to evaluate impact.
    • In coordination with RAMS staff, USAID, and other stakeholders, ensure that the RAMS MELP is updated as needed to reflect learning, changes in priority, adaptation in strategy, or unanticipated external events.
    • Promote the use of new technologies for electronic data collection to inform program design and implementation in real-time.
    • Ensure data are entered into the Palladium RAMS MEL system in a timely manner.
    • Complete regular reviews of data collection processes, performing data quality assessments, and making adjustments as needed.
    • Coordinate and consistently report on program results in coordination with the Project Manager, Objective Leads, and teams at Palladium Home Office.
    • Design and implement systems to track program progress against indicators; collect and verify information and maintain performance monitoring plans, reports, work plans and monthly reports.
    • Coordinate closely with partners and external stakeholders to build cohesive measurement and results systems.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Statistics, or related area of study; Master’s degree preferred.
    • 5-7 years of relevant monitoring and evaluation experience on donor-funded projects within the agricultural and economic development sector; experience on a market systems project a plus.
    • Understanding of USAID reporting requirements and approaches to MEL and CLA.
    • Proven ability to design manageable, transparent MEL systems for reporting progress against indicators throughout the life of the project.
    • Demonstrated expertise in gathering, organizing, and analyzing large amounts of data.
    • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write effectively and persuasively and to present information in a variety of settings and formats.
    • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure with limited guidance.
    • Strong Preference for Kenyan and East African citizens.

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    Deputy Project Manager

    The Deputy Project Manager will manage day-to-day operations and cross-cutting activities. S/he will contribute to the overall technical vision of RAMS, while ensuring seamless implementation through operational management. S/he will report to the Project Manager.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    • Support the Project Manager in the successful management of all administrative and programmatic functions and activities in line with the project’s Scope of Work and approved annual work plans.
    • In the absence of the Project Manager, serve as the project representative, liaising directly with USAID, national governments, regional intergovernmental bodies, Palladium Home Office, implementing partners and subcontractors, and the private sector actors.
    • Oversee finance, operations, and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activities under RAMS, ensuring USAID compliance and program cohesiveness among technical and operations staff.
    • Provide technical and managerial leadership and, in collaboration with the COP, build partnerships with key stakeholders.
    • Support adaptive management of RAMS, and work with staff, home office and USAID to adjust programmatic approach, staffing and resources if required based on continuous monitoring of the program course.
    • Support the annual work planning process and completion of high-quality deliverables.
    • Conduct communications and media relations in close coordination with USAID as required.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, economics, international development, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
    • Ten years of relevant professional experience, managing donor projects at the senior level.
    • Five years of experience working on agriculture-related projects within the EA context.
    • Demonstrated expertise in two or more technical areas related to RAMS’ scope (e.g., agriculture/livestock value chain development, regional integration, agricultural financing, accessing and scaling technologies, trade policy and trade facilitation, and resilience)
    • Thorough understanding of USAID policies and procedures from a compliance perspective, including knowledge of financial, operations, and monitoring and evaluation
    • practices.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with intergovernmental, private sector, and governmental representatives, particularly at the regional level.
    • Strong Preference for Kenyan and East African citizens.

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    Regional Policy and Regulatory Environment Lead

    Activity Overview and Role

    Palladium seeks a Regional Policy and Regulatory Environment Lead to lead Objective 4 of the Regional Agriculture and Market Systems (RAMS) activity, a 5-year, $23 million task order under USAID’s Regional Integration and Stronger Economics (RISE) IDIQ mechanism. RAMS is designed to promote increased agricultural production, trade, improved policies, finance and investment, and resilience to shocks and stresses in the East Africa region by addressing agricultural issues that can only be solved on a regional basis. RAMS will collaborate closely with USAID/Kenya and East Africa’s regional intergovernmental partners, including the East African Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. The Activity is organized under four objectives: 1) Strengthening cross-border agricultural market systems, 2) Accessing and scaling technologies, 3) Strengthening regional resilience, and 4) Strengthening the regional agriculture policy and regulatory environment. The RAMS geographic area of focus includes the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zambia.

    The Regional Policy and Regulatory Environment Lead will lead design and implementation of activities to promote trade policies throughout the East Africa region which encourage open trade, a resilient policy environment, and adhere to SPS protocols. S/he will work to establish dialogue between the private and public sectors to ensure that RAMS policy initiatives are demand driven and align with private sector needs. S/he will report to the Project Manager.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provide technical and managerial support to develop and implement innovative strategies to promote adoption and strengthen implementation of trade supportive policies in the region.
    • Support efforts toward harmonization of agricultural policies across East Africa region.
    • Coordinate with private sector alliances and other stakeholders, as well as regional policymaking bodies to ensure that regional policy initiatives are aligned with the needs of the private sector.
    • Build the capacity of regional stakeholders to develop and advocate for an open, trade-friendly and resilient agricultural policy environment.
    • Address technical barriers to trade across East Africa region, encouraging the adoption of common industry standards, to improve trade facilitation.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, economic policy, international trade, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
    • At least five years of experience working on agriculture-related projects within the EA context.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with intergovernmental, private sector, and governmental representatives, particularly at the regional level.
    • At least five years of experience managing and coordinating policy improvement activities.
    • Experience serving in an advisory capacity to high-level government officials or regional trade bodies such as EAC and COMESA on trade and agricultural policies strongly preferred.
    • Fluent in English, with excellent writing and communication skills. Fluency in one or more East African language is desirable.
    • Strong Preference for Kenyan and East African citizens.

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