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    Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.

    CRS opened operations in Kenya in 1965. For over 50 years, we have worked throughout the country to implement programs in agriculture, health, microfinance, water, sanitation, emergency relief and peacebuilding. CRS has built deep relationships with the Government of Kenya and the Catholic Church through ongoing collaboration and support. CRS' projects currently include agriculture, health, services for orphans and vulnerable children microfinance, emergency response, and HIV care and treatment. CRS Kenya implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability.

    CRS will be submitting a proposal in response to the 2019 USAID Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) Request for Applications (RFA). CRS Kenya will serve as the prime on the application and will develop the proposal in consortium with other international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and international/national research institutions. The proposed program will involve a multi-sectoral response to addressing food insecurity and malnutrition in Kenya. The estimated timeframe for this program is 2019-2024.

    MEAL Technical Advisor II, East Africa Region

     

    Job Details

    The Technical Advisor for MEAL will provide technical direction within the EARO Region to strengthen organizational and staff capacity to design and implement effective monitoring, evaluation, learning and accountability systems. S/he will provide technical assistance to EARO Country Programs, their partners and staff to ensure that projects/programs are monitored as needed, enhance donors and stakeholders accountability of resources and program impact, and to enhance learning for quality programming, scopes for evaluation reflect key learning questions, high quality external or internal evaluators undertake evaluations, recommendations are adopted and lessons learned are disseminated through channels including EARO Country Programs and the CRS MEAL community of practice. S/he will be guided and advised by the Deputy Regional Director for Programming Quality.

    The TA-MEAL will be a part of the Regional Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Community of Practice (MEAL) and liaise with technical MEAL PMs/POs across the region. The TA-MEAL exists to promote best practices, learning and sharing and advance CRS' Agency Strategy (2019-2030), which recognizes MEAL as a Core Competency.

    Overall responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Providing CPs technical support on all matters pertaining to MEAL;
    • Developing and implementing a strategic plan for strengthening capacity of Country Program and Regional staff to design and implement MEAL systems as per CRS MEAL Policies and Procedures to improve program quality;
    • Assisting Country Programs to strengthen capacity of Local Partner staff to implement MEAL systems to improve program quality;
    • Assisting Country Programs and the Regional team in project design and the development and review of strategies;
    • Collaborating with Regional and Country Program staff to realize a learning agenda rooted in evidenced-based approaches.
    • Collaborating with Regional and Country Program staff Improve accountability to a range of stakeholders through increased participation, transparent communication, responsive feedback mechanisms, and adherence to internal and external quality standards and requirements.
    • Developing MEAL resources that benefit EARO staff primarily, but that also have wider agency resonance.
    • Actively participating in the agency regional MEAL Advisors community to strengthen MEAL practices in the region.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Technical/Professional:

    • Masters degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, International Development, Communications or related field
    • At least 5 years of progressive responsibility in MEAL in overseas relief and development programs; at least 3 experience working for an international agency on MEAL
    • Thorough familiarity with principles and current approaches to MEAL in relief and development programs
    • Strong conceptual knowledge about theories of change, logic model, food and nutrition security indicators, MEAL plan, data quality assurance, data utilization and gender integration into MEAL
    • Experience in data collection, including survey design and training enumerators
    • Understanding and experience with data management, including database design
    • Strong experience analyzing data, including both qualitative and quantitative methods, and experience with appropriate software
    • Experienced in developing data quality assurance strategies, data management and data visualization; including proficiency in database development/management, SPSS, Stata, EPI-Info, Access, Excel and skills in analyzing, interpreting and communicating information to various stakeholders
    • Understanding of donor expectations and trends for MEAL, especially of FFP, FtF, OFDA, USDA, PEPFAR, DFID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and non-formal methods
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and spoken fluency of local languages in East Africa is plus
    • Willingness and ability to travel approximately 30% of her/his time
    • Prior experience in sub-Saharan Africa preferred
    • Skilled in working collaboratively with others
    • Able to work with diverse groups of people in a multicultural, team environment.
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
    • Self-motivated and able to work without close supervision, including prioritizing work and multi-tasking to meet deadlines.
    • Excellent organization, planning and analytical skills; detail oriented.

    MEAL Lead, Kenya

     

    Job Details

    The purpose of the M&E Lead is to design, manage, strengthen and provide strategic direction to the Kenya DFSA's Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) system, ensuring cross-learning in MEAL among Kenya-based projects, as well as collaborating on learning across CRS food security and nutrition projects in the Horn of Africa and collaborating with MEAL counterparts on learning across DFSA initiatives within Kenya. S/he will work across CRS and consortium staff to build capacity of MEAL and project staff. The M&E Lead will be responsible for coordinating and supervising MEAL activities, particularly during times of emergency, and assessments required for learning and adaptive management. S/he will work closely with CRS program teams and partner staff to develop high quality monitoring systems and tools that address indicators set out in project proposals. S/he will ensure that learning from projects is systematically captured and used throughout the country program. S/he will also take learning needs into account and develop and conduct capacity building for MEAL and program staff, with support of the Chief of Party (COP), Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) and Technical Advisors for MEAL.

    The M&E Lead is expected to have a high level of self-initiative and use critical thinking skills to identify and fill gaps. S/he should have the ability to work sensitively and positively with the DFSA team and promote a learning environment -- success of the position relies on this.

    Specific Responsibilities

    MEAL Strategy and Design

    • Provide strategic high-level feedback, analysis and interpretation throughout the program startup and implementation processes.
    • Ensure that the MEAL systems compliant with CRS' global and regional policies, procedures, standards and strategic initiatives, and USAID/FFP MEAL and Reporting Policies and guidance.
    • Provide strategic direction for the development and maintenance of MEAL systems and the roll-out of new initiatives.
    • Support the project team and MEAL team in the design and implementation of assessments, gender analysis, stakeholder analysis, organizational capacity assessments and other pre-program data collection and analysis.
    • Ensure the consistency of indicators and tools across all partners, sectors, and programs as appropriate, maintaining a bank of key program indicators.
    • Support programming staff to incorporate participatory methods into community level MEAL systems and tools.
    • Collect and analyze lessons learned and best practices from previous and ongoing programs capturing the impact of activities to ensure they feed into the DFSA strategy as appropriate.
    • Leverage lessons learned, best practices, program data, evaluations and other information to generate donor communication pieces, proposal annexes, success stories, case studies and other high-quality, results-based documentation.
    • Work with the senior DFSA management team to identify and pursue strategic opportunities for program expansion

    MEAL Implementation

    • Lead mandated evaluations, needs assessments, annual surveys, case studies, and other research.
    • Develop MEAL operating manual using SMILER coaching methodology to ensure complete, up-to-date, high quality MEAL system, containing essential data collection tools, data flow maps and analysis plans to address need to know information for program quality and donor reporting.
    • Manage agency level MEAL requirements (e.g. annual data quality assessments, beneficiary count reporting and MEAL Policies and Procedures (MPP) self-assessments).
    • Contribute to donor reports through high quality project data interpretation and report inputs.
    • Lead the project MEAL team to strategically prepare and review MEAL calendars and workplans.
    • Support learning-to-action events and reflection sessions to systematically analyze data to promote adaptive management and to document and incorporate lessons learned into program design and implementation.
    • Ensure MEAL and program teams regularly review and adjust MEAL plans and tools as needed by the project context.
    • Ensure that transparent high-quality accountability mechanisms, including beneficiary feedback and response mechanisms, are in place for the DFSA and are regularly discussed at the appropriate level with necessary responses and feedback documented.
    • Ensure that beneficiary feedback is adequately captured, addressed, analyzed and used by program team.

    Capacity Strengthening

    • Collaborate with the Kenya Country Program M&E Lead on the Kenya MEAL Community of Practice to share learning, resources, and support across offices.
    • Develop and co-facilitate MEAL workshops and modules for staff and partners to share country program, regional and global MEAL tools, processes and best practices to cultivate a culture of learning.
    • Conduct orientations for new DFSA program staff on CRS systems and key MEAL resources.
    • Provide mentoring to CRS and partner DFSA staff to increase capacity and to achieve annual performance and development plans.
    • Remain updated with developments among the CRS MEAL community and worldwide MEAL trends and resources to ensure the DFSA MEAL team is applying CRS MEAL guidance and policies appropriately and in a timely manner.
    • Conduct field monitoring visits events frequently with project teams and implementing partners.
    • Provide feedback to senior DFSA program and MEAL staff to improve the overall MEAL system and ensure quality implementation of MEAL activities.

    ICT for MEAL

    • Support the DFSA MEAL and program team to develop strong project tracking, record keeping and filing methodologies for all activities
    • Work with MEAL and IT staff to maximize the value and utility of ICT4D in MEAL initiatives.

    Supervision and Coaching/mentoring Responsibilities

    The DFSA M&E Lead directly supervises project-based MEAL staff and participates in the hiring and supervision either directly or indirectly of future MEAL staff. Additionally, s/he will provide support in mentoring all MEAL staff across the consortium.

    Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

    These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

    • Serves with Integrity
    • Models Stewardship
    • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
    • Promotes Learning

    Program Manager Competencies

    These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each program manager to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

    • Sets clear goals and manages toward them
    • Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
    • Manages financial resources with integrity
    • Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning

    Key MEAL Competencies (specific for this position)

    • MEAL in Design: Developing project-level Theories of Change, Results Frameworks, Proframes, related MEAL system tools and components, and accompanying MEAL narratives.
    • Monitoring: Implementing monitoring activities, including timely collection of quality data, set up and maintenance of databases, facilitation of participatory reflection on monitoring results, and submission of timely progress reports.
    • Evaluation: Supporting project and program evaluations and reviews by ensuring the quality of evaluation methods, tools, and data and facilitating the use of evaluation results to inform decision-making and enhance learning
    • Accountability: Improving our accountability to a range of stakeholders through increased participation, transparent communication, responsive feedback mechanisms and adherence to internal and external quality standards and requirements.
    • Learning: Promoting excellent knowledge management and collaborative learning processes at the project, program and institutional levels, generating robust evidence for project and programmatic learning that leads to action, decision-making and influence.
    • Analysis and Critical Thinking: Engaging with data, challenging biases and assumptions, posing thoughtful questions, pursuing deeper understanding of evidence through reflection and perspective-taking, and making informed programming decisions.
    • ICT for MEAL: Applying knowledge on information and communication technologies (ICT), both hardware and software, for opportune and accurate data collection, database management.
    • MEAL in Management: Managing financial and human resources in a way that optimizes the quality, effectiveness, and utility of MEAL systems.

    Key Working Relationships

    Internal: CR, HOP, COP, DCOP, Project Technical Leads (e.g. Gender, Health and Agriculture), Project Managers, Project MEAL Officers, CP M&E Lead, MEAL Advisors (Regional and HQ), CRS MEAL Community of Practice

    External: USAID and other donors, international and local partners, other Kenya DFSA implementers

    Qualifications and Skills:

    • Master's degree in economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology or other relevant subject with strong quantitative background. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
    • Five years of experience working in a development setting preferably with an international NGO, with at least two to three years of experience of progressively increasing MEAL responsibility in international development projects and at least two years of experience as a supervisor; Title II and ICT4D experience preferred. The candidate must have experience in leading the M&E of a large project.
    • Experience working with large donors, USAID/FFP and/or USAID/FTF preferred.
    • Strong conceptual knowledge about theories of change, logic model, food and nutrition security indicators, M&E plan, data quality assurance, data utilization and gender integration into M&E.
    • Demonstrated experience and expertise in developing and operationalizing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan; familiarity with FFP M&E and Reporting Policy and Guidance for the components of an M&E plan.
    • Demonstrated expertise and experience in developing and operationalizing routine monitoring system designed to track both output and outcome indicators from project design to implementation (including work with results frameworks and theories of change) as well as building staff capacity to utilize systems; experience with participatory MEAL system required.
    • Strong quantitative background and demonstrated expertise in designing annual monitoring surveys including probabilistic sampling strategy and estimating sample size, developing appropriate weights and analyze quantitative data; including previous experience with leading and managing studies and consultants.
    • Demonstrated expertise in designing qualitative studies, in-depth knowledge about qualitative sampling and experienced in using interview and interactive tools to generate qualitative information and analysis.
    • Experienced in developing data quality assurance strategies, data management and data visualization; including proficiency in database development/management, SPSS, Stata, EPI-Info, Access, Excel and skills in analyzing, interpreting and communicating information to various stakeholders.
    • Demonstrated expertise and experience in data utilization strategies and can creatively think about active data sharing techniques.
    • Knowledge of program quality standards, MEAL standards, Catholic Social Teaching and the justice lens preferred.
    • Experience with facilitation, capacity strengthening and partnership building through formal and informal training, with the capacity to empower staff through opportunities for professional growth and development.
    • Detail-oriented and excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely and quality manner.
    • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team and to work closely, understand and support local Church partners.
    • Ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required and other language(s) as required.
    • Ability to travel for field missions for 30-50% level of effort as needed.

    Gender Advisor, Kenya

     

    Department: Kenya

    Supervisor: DFSA Deputy Chief of Party

    Area of Interest: Gender, Program Quality

    Location: TBD, Kenya

    FLSA: Exempt

    Note: This position is contingent upon grant and candidate approvals by the donor.

    Job Summary

    The purpose of this position is to design, manage, strengthen, and provide strategic direction to the Kenya DFSA's Gender Strategy, ensuring a holistic and robust approach to address the needs of men, women, boys and girls in CRS' food security and nutrition interventions. S/he will work across CRS and consortium staff to build capacity of all project staff in gender sensitive programming. S/he will contribute to the Country Program's (CP) efforts toward quality design and implementation of gender initiatives to 'promote the right relationships' among targeted 'families and communities'. The Gender Advisor will take primary responsibility to advocate for greater attention to gender perspectives, by providing the necessary technical support and leadership to gender mainstreaming throughout CRS' programs and operations. The Gender Advisor will be responsible for coordinating and supervising the integration of gender across all activities, particularly during times of emergency, and assessments required for learning and adaptive management to address the changing and unique needs of men, women, boys and girls. The Gender Advisor will work closely with CRS program teams and partner staff to develop high quality contextually appropriate gender approaches. S/he will also take learning needs into account and develop and conduct capacity building for all program staff, with support of the Chief of Party (COP), Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) and Senior Technical Advisors (STA) for Gender.

    The DFSA Gender Advisor is expected to have a high level of self-initiative and use critical thinking skills to identify and fill gaps. S/he should have the ability to work sensitively and positively with the DFSA team and promote an inclusive development environment -- success of the post relies on this.

    Primary Responsibilities

    Coordination

    • Lead, in collaboration with the COP and DCOP, the DFSA Gender Strategy engagement of men, women, boys and girls to promote female empowerment and access to economic opportunities.
    • Lead the DFSA Gender Analysis Plan roll out as set forth in the program design documents, approved by USAID/FFP, in Year 1 of the intervention.
    • Act as a contact person in gender and youth integration with other stakeholders and provide guidance on gender perspectives in all aspects of the CRS DFSA award.
    • Support preparation of reports, issues-papers and case studies on gender and youth perspectives with the help of other CRS colleagues to help ensure synergies as the basis for efforts to promote gender and youth integration and achievement of common goals.
    • Assist technical staff in setting indicators for assessing progress with gender and youth integration, adapted to the various DFSA interventions.
    • Assist the DFSA team in ensuring that CRS and partners are in compliance with gender and youth related USAID/FFP requirements.

    Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

    • Ensure gender and youth-based indicators are covered in the DFSA MEAL system.
    • Review DFSA reports and ensure they capture required level of gender and youth disaggregated data and gender specific success stories;
    • Support programming staff in incorporating gender and youth issues in project MEAL systems (performance questions, indicators, sampling methods, procedures, etc.). Assist in gender sensitive participatory planning and support implementation.
    • Arrange the dissemination of information from MEAL data on the degree to which gender and youth-related objectives are being achieved and the gender-differentiated impact of the project.

    Partnership

    • Provide leadership and technical support to local partners in developing effective gender and youth-focused project strategies.
    • Assist partner staff to communicate information from the field to the appropriate decision-making forum on the gender integration in activities undertaken in all components, processes and impacts.
    • Provide support, coaching, mentoring and technical guidance to partner gender officers.

    Capacity Building and Supervision

    • Identify relevant training and learning opportunities for CRS and partner staff to advance knowledge and skills in gender and youth; and manage a gender and youth DFSA learning agenda for staff to follow in alignment with CRS Learning policies and procedures.
    • Coordinate with the COP and the DCOP on the inclusion of gender and youth learning agenda as part of CRS Kenya staff's annual Learning and Development Plans.
    • Supervise and mentor CRS Kenya project specific Gender and Youth Officers through a matrix management model, through shared project and partner visits, coaching sessions, and coordination with the Gender and Youth Officers' direct line supervisors.
    • Develop capacity building plans and strategies.
    • Roll out agency-wide gender policies.

    Representation

    • Attend important and relevant events on gender and youth and the substantive areas covered by CRS to disseminate information on progress made in gender mainstreaming as necessary.
    • Represent CRS at workshops and events on gender and/or youth integration.
    • Performs other related duties as required.

    Supervision and Coaching/mentoring Responsibilities

    The DFSA Gender Advisor directly supervises project-based Gender staff and participates in the hiring and supervision either directly or indirectly of future Gender staff. Additionally, s/he will provide support in mentoring all Gender-focused staff across the consortium.

    Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

    These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

    • Serves with Integrity
    • Models Stewardship
    • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
    • Promotes Learning

    MEAL Competencies

    • Monitoring: Implementing monitoring activities, including timely collection of quality data, set up and maintenance of databases, facilitation of participatory reflection on monitoring results, and submission of timely progress reports.
    • Evaluation: Supporting project and program evaluations and reviews by ensuring the quality of evaluation methods, tools, and data and facilitating the use of evaluation results to inform decision-making and enhance learning.
    • Accountability: Improving our accountability to a range of stakeholders through increased participation, transparent communication, responsive feedback mechanisms, and adherence to internal and external quality standards and requirements
    • Learning: Promoting excellent knowledge management and collaborative learning processes at the project, program and institutional levels, generating robust evidence for project and programmatic learning that leads to action, decision-making and influence

    Key Working Relationships

    Internal: CR, HOP, COP, DCOP, Project Technical Leads (e.g. MEAL, Health and Agriculture), Project Managers, Project Gender Officers, CP Gender and Youth Technical Manager, HQ-based Gender Advisor, CRS Gender Community of Practice

    External: USAID and other donors, international and local partners, other Kenya DFSA implementers

    Qualifications

    • Master's degree in international development, human rights or other relevant subject with a strong rural development background.
    • Minimum five years of progressive management and technical responsibility, including supervising and mentoring multi-sectorial teams, for humanitarian and development assistance, preferably with an international NGO; preferred experience in youth workforce development, youth entrepreneurship, or youth peacebuilding; USAID experience preferred. The candidate must have experience in leading the Gender Strategy of a large project.
    • Experience working with large donors, USAID/FFP and/or USAID/FTF preferred.
    • In-depth understanding of gender, age and other socio-cultural factors in food security context.
    • Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis and utilization of information from a broad range of sources in order to ensure effective integration of gender and youth concerns throughout the project's duration. Experience leading participatory analytical processes and learning required.
    • Ability to foster commitment and build capacity among activity staff and in-country actors to gender integration and empowerment.
    • Demonstrated capacity to understand and advise on critical technical and operational issues related to gender and youth: education, job skills, employment creation, social cohesion, health, psycho-social wellbeing, HIV prevention.
    • Knowledge of the Principles of Positive Youth Development and ability to assist CP staff and partners to understand, articulate and apply these principles in their work with youth.
    • Prior experience working with MEAL development and integration in programming to capture gender and youth project-specific information to monitor change and outcomes, with experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis highly desirable;
    • Ability to self-manage and succeed in matrix management model, with demonstrated proactive and flexible nature in resolving problems and leading a productive, committed team;
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with groups;
    • Knowledge of program quality standards, MEAL standards, Catholic Social Teaching and the justice lens preferred.
    • Experience with facilitation, capacity strengthening and partnership building through formal and informal training, with the capacity to empower staff through opportunities for professional growth and development.
    • Detail-oriented and excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely and quality manner.
    • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team and to work closely, understand and support local Church partners.
    • Ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required.
    • Ability to travel for field missions for 30-50% level of effort as needed.

    Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

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