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    The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) is an international centre that supports and promotes nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation through a combination of research and action that entails the strengthening of existing local capacities and enhancing the preconditions for building peace. LPI envisions a world where peace, justice and non-violent relations prevail through people’s active work and commitment. LPI has been active in making contributions towards achieving this goal since 1985. LPI works with a variety of local and regional partners in the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia) and in the Great Lakes region. At the core of LPI’s peacebuilding work is its commitment to reflectivepractice and learning**. This commitment, captured in the Institute’s third strategic priority - Knowledge and Learning to enhance practice - is accompanied by the recognition of the need for documentation, learning, and sharing of generated evidence and knowledge. Your role on our team is to be excited about learning and meticulous for documentation. You will assist with building monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems focused on data collection, data aggregation, data analysis and reporting (internal and external). This position will provide support to LPI in-house and to partners. You will be an expert listener and bring a range of experience for designing systems to support the reporting and learning components of our work. The MEL Officer will be based in Nairobi and will travel to programme implementation locations in** Kenya and Somalia**. This position will be a resource for all programme staff to enhance design, monitoring, evaluation, learning and quality.

    Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Officer - Kenya and Somalia Programmes


    Job Description


    • Leads and coordinates planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL) processes in LPI’s Kenya and Somalia programmes, more specifically:
    • Manages and continuously improves the programmes’ M&E system – including being the focal point for outcome harvesting system.
    • Provides technical advice, guidance and quality assurance of programme and project design and planning processes, including theories of change, results frameworks, SMART indicator development and monitoring systems.
    • Leads implementation, context and results monitoring processes in the programmes and supports LPI and partners’ staff in implementing effective monitoring processes; ensures databases are regularly updated.
    • As needed, conducts field visits to monitor programmatic activities.
    • Facilitates the development/revisions of annual performance monitoring plans in a participatory manner with staff and partners.
    • Facilitates regular learning sessions and supports staff in the documentation of lessons learnt and knowledge management at large.
    • Leads and documents the qualitative as well as quantitative data analysis process for data collected; as needed, contributes to data collection; drafts baseline, monitoring and programmatic reports.
    • Leads internal evaluations as needed and manages evaluations of LPI conducted by external consultants. Ensures effective utilization of evaluation results, in coordination with the programme leadership.
    • Coordinates, documents and follows-up learning events with practitioners and academics partners, etc.
    • Drafts and revises programmatic results frameworks, logical frameworks, and performance monitoring plans in participatory methods with staff and partners for a range of donor requirements.
    • Contributes to results-based reporting per donor requirements (such as Sida, European Commission, USAID and others) in compliance with all requirements of donors and LPI standards for monitoring and reporting.
    • Builds team and partner capacity in PMEL and provides mentoring support to programme staff. This includes identifying, creating, organising and delivering learning opportunities for self and others as well as exchanges between LPI staff and partners in different LPI offices.
    • Contributes to and strives for programmatic excellence, effectiveness and learning in LPI’s conflict transformation work in Kenya and Somalia.
    • Adheres to, and models, LPI’s values and key programme principles, including mainstreaming gender.
    • Energetically undertakes other tasks as assigned by the line manager

    Reports to: Kenya and Somalia Country Managers

    Key Internal Working Relationships: Nairobi office Somalia and Kenya teams, in particular Somalia and Kenya Programmes Country Managers; Nairobi office Finance & Admin team; MEL Focal Point in Uppsala; MEL officers in other country offices, external consultants (evaluation etc.)


    • Minimum Master’s degree in M&E, peace and conflict research, conflict management, political science, policy studies, international relations, or another relevant field.
    • Minimum 3-5 years experience (including field experience) working in M&E, with specialization in conflict transformation/ peacebuilding projects or programmes.
    • Demonstrated experience working with PMEL processes, preferably in peacebuilding-related work.
    • In-depth skills in the design and implementation of PMEL processes. This includes skills in data collection, analysis and interpretation.
    • Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel, SPSS, database management and data analysis software.
    • Experience in data visualization (through Excel and other software); ability to maintain and promote best practice in effective and intentional use of graphs, charts, (GIS) mapping, as well as audiovisual-based evidence.
    • Excellent report and proposal writing skills.
    • Analytical skills in relation to conflict issues and intersectional analysis.
    • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential; Somali and/or Kiswahili language skills are strongly desired.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility and ability to work as part of a team and under stress.
    • Experience working in an inter-cultural setting with a diverse team.
    • Willingness and ability to travel, including but not limited to Kenya and Somalia, sometimes with short notice.

    Method of Application

    Applicants should submit an email to nairobi@life-peace.org by 20 October 2017 with your detailed CV and a concise cover letter explaining your interest in and qualification for joining LPI’s Nairobi Office as the MEL Officer for Somalia and Kenya Programmes.

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