For nearly 50 years, AKF has been partnering with communities, governments and local leaders to harness the best from people from all backgrounds to improve the quality of life. The Foundation’s work is rooted in core values of self-reliance, pluralism, and respect for human dignity. AKF is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), one of the world’s leading poverty solutions networks. The AKDN’s integrated approach makes long-term investments, builds permanent institutions and cultivates an active civil society, impacting tens of millions of people annually in 30 countries. Alongside its sister AKDN agencies, the Foundation implements innovative, community-driven solutions that are based in decades of experience, learning and evaluation.
The USAID and AKF co-financed the Yetu Initiative since 2014, contributing to the self-reliance of Kenyan civil society by building the capacity of Kenyan civil society organizations (CSOs) to engage and catalyze citizen support for their missions. USAID and AKF are both looking to further expand and support civil society in Kenya, through the Kaunti Kuimarisha Uendelevu – Strengthening County Sustainability - Annual Program Statement (APS). The goal of Yetu extension is to “Enhance capacity of Kenyan civil society to catalyze and engage citizen, government and private sector support for county-level development”. Yetu will engage county-wide Local Development Organizations (LDOs) to foster community-led, community-managed and community-owned development to build local civic engagement capacity. In addition, Yetu will also build the capacity of LDOs and county-level CSOs in community philanthropy to build assets, capacity, and trust in addressing local development and sustainability of local civil society.
The organization and system design specialist will play a key role in formation, engagement, strengthening and positioning for LDOs at the counties. He/ She will report to Program Director – YETU Initiative and work closely with AKF East Africa Civil Society Advisor.
The Foundation is now looking for a dynamic specialist for the MERL Manager Position for the YETU initiative. Working with the different stakeholders, the MERL manager will advance the initiative’s MERL using the Collaboration Learning and Adaptation (CLA) efforts throughout the intiative. He/she will measure program results and utilizes knowledge to develop a comprehensive learning agenda and dynamic results chain to further inform program adaptation, sequencing, and collectively, influence CLA within the initiative. He/ She will report to Program Director – YETU Initiative and work closely with AKF East Africa MERL lead.
Specific responsibilities include:
Leverage a mix of informational sources and research methods – project M&E data, observations from staff and partners, primary and secondary research – to;
analyze project progress towards goals and learning objectives,
communicate those findings externally (e.g. to donor, external partners) and internally (e.g. to initiative staff), and
apply that learning into improved work planning and project activities.
Provide support in capacity strengthening of LDOs to establish MERL processes that contribute to effective collaboration, learning, and adaptation systems to instill a culture of adaptive managementt for county development.
Drive the research and learning agenda to generate evidence to inform initiative implementation.
Coordinate the implementation of project evaluations with reputable consultants, as needed.
Qualifications & Competencies Required
Interested and qualified applicants in this exciting career opportunity should send their cover letter, CV and the names and contact information of 3 professional referees to the following email address: email@example.com, with “Organization and System Design Specialist” or Yetu Initiative MERL Manager in the subject line, addressed to the Regional Head of Human Resources, Aga Khan Foundation East Africa by 18th October 2019.
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