ACDI / VOCA
Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI
/ VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed
in the global economy.
Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI /
VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers
technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services,
enterprise development, community development and food security in order to
promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society.
ACDI / VOCA currently has
approximately 49 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $151 million.
Overview of Resilience Learning
The Resilience Learning Activity
(RLA) USAID/East Africa flagship learning award was fully executed effective
October 1, 2019. It will support regional and country-level institutions to
conduct and act upon resilience learning for key knowledge gaps in the Horn of
Africa, contributing to the region’s Journey to Self-Reliance.
By building the capacity of
institutions to improve analytical capacity, increase the evidence base for
resilience programming, and strengthen CLA systems and networks, RLA will
contribute to the HoRN’s objective to strengthen regional and cross-border
collaboration and improve evidence-based learning.
Evaluation, Reporting and Learning Manager
Resilience Learning Activity
Technical Lead for Data Analytics
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL)
Manager will work on the USAID funded Resilience Learning Activity (RLA). RLA
supports regional and country-level institutions to conduct and act upon
resilience learning for key knowledge gaps in the Horn of Africa, contributing
to the region’s Journey to Self-Reliance.
The MERL Manager will coordinate project impact and results data
in conjunction with the project team under RLA. He/she will be responsible for
guiding the overall design and implementation of the RLA AMEL Plan in
coordination with the RLA Technical Lead for Data Analytics.
Key to this position will be management
of the RLA M&E functions that include data collection, analysis, reporting,
and knowledge management for learning and promoting accountability in project
Critical to this position is setting
up a project M&E system and ensuring effective implementation of the M/E
system. The MERL Manager will champion learning as a critical function of
M&E unit through various avenues such organizing review and reflection
feedback sessions with all project stakeholders.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Project Monitoring and Evaluation
Oversee implementation of RLA MERL,
develop performance monitoring indicators, AMEL Plan, and employs ACDI/VOCA
M&E LEAP system.
Recruits and supervises the work of
two interns per year to assist with DQA, data collection/analysis, OPI
measurement for RLA grantees, and assessments/studies/desk review exercises.
Establish M&E systems and data
collection efforts in collaboration with key stakeholders to ensure a process
of evidence-based learning that improves understanding while strengthening
local capacity, institutional development and sustainability of livestock
market system activities.
Coordinate with RLA program staff to
1) routine monitoring of program
2) the longitudinal baseline analysis
as outlined in the program design document,
3) an end line survey; and
4) special studies or reports as
determined necessary by program progress.
Ensure impact on gender and resource
utilization are tracked, monitored, analyzed and reported via the RLA M&E
system; disaggregate all baseline and monitoring data by sex (and any other
level of disaggregation as outlined in the indicator reference sheets) in data
collection forms, databases and data collection processes;
Works with RLA staff to ensure
effective SLI with donor activities, and monitors learning, results, and
adaptations using GIS data. Responsible the coordination of PREG layering
databases and GIS mapping; coaches and trains PREG partners and RLA on GIS
applications and geo-mapping data management.
Designs data collection
methodologies, ensures data quality, and analyzes data using PowerBI on RLA
LEAP Page. Collaborates with Leader to select RLA Performance indicators,
document PIRS and to synthesize and analyze M&E data.
Manages ongoing data collection
process on market actors and end markets in each county, in close consultation
with County Teams. Trains RLA staff on survey design, questionnaires and ODK
applications to collect, store and analyze data collected.
Develop data quality standards and
implement standard operating procedures to mitigate risk. Conduct periodic
internal Routine Data Quality Assessments (RDQA) to assess the validity,
reliability, integrity and timeliness of reported data and, where necessary, to
adjust as per the data audit findings. Ensure accuracy and timely data
reporting by working closely with partners and data enumerators by putting in
place data collection and management procedures.
Facilitate capacity building of
staff, RLA partners, and grantees on M&E systems, data collection and
understanding of indicators including strengthening the MEL capacity of our
partners, particularly of local sub-grantee partners, is important for
obtaining high-quality data and facilitating learning. Leads
information/coaching sessions at Pause and Reflect events, RLA meetings, grant
review/selection exercises to ensure constant alignment of activities and
proposed investments with indicators and targets.
Implement routine data quality spot
check field visits to check the accuracy of reported data and the correct use
of data collection tools. Through these visits, informal/refresher training
will be provided to those involved in data collection. Also, verify all RLA
M&E collected data including provision of dditional documentation for data
verification will be added on a case-by-case basis, to assess consistency
between the original data and that entered in the database.
Recruits and manages Research
Assistants and Data Entry clerks in support of the above activities.
Work with Tech Lead for Data
Analytics to write project performance reports by proving analytical data in
line with project performance indicators
Review project and other partners
reports by extracting and synthesizing performance data and use the same
undertake further analysis.
Guide the process for identifying key
learning questions and parameters for monitoring project performance and
comparing with targets, and spearhead the overall project learning agenda
through quarterly reviews, reflection and planning sessions.
Facilitate the project team to
document lessons learned through case studies and other methods such as most
Provide leadership in sharing lessons
learned through workshops, seminars and other forums
Promote best practices as well as
contribute to regional (Nairobi) and headquarters (Washington) efforts to build
effective learning systems as well as contribute to knowledge transfer during
communities of practice.
Coordination and Compliance
Liaise and coordinate with RLA Partners,
RLA program staff, and ACDI/VOCA’s project management, M&E staff based in
the regional office and ACDI/VOCA home office in Washington DC.
Coordinate with other stakeholders
and organizations working in ACDI/VOCA’s implementation area, to share data management
tools, project activity data and lessons learned, as well as to maximize cost
effectiveness of data collection, ensure use of existing information and avoid
duplication of results tracking.
Represent ACDI/VOCA on external
M&E-related working groups at USAID, other PREG partners, task forces,
conferences, publications and panels.
Ensure compliance with USAID policies
and procedures, as well as ACDI/VOCA’s corporate M&E policy and procedures.
The MERL Manager will carry out other
roles and responsibilities in accordance with ACDI/VOCA policy and the
applicable laws of Kenya.
Master’s degree in social sciences,
environmental science, development or any related field, and with relevant
training in monitoring and evaluation;
Five (6) years’ experience in
monitoring and evaluation in complex organizational set-ups, preferably working
with USAID is strongly preferred.
Experience working in arid and
semi-arid experience as well as working with pastoral communities
Strengths in GIS and design of data
Fluency in English is required
Communications Specialist will take a dynamic approach to developing and
executing the Resilience Learning Activity communications strategy. S/he will
build relationships across the RLA project portfolio with staff and take a
proactive approach to identifying stories and messaging that communicates RLA
learning and results to various stakeholders, especially USAID.
S/he will lead both internal and external communications
efforts, S/he will contribute to content-development of project outreach
materials, including learning, success stories, Facebook/LinkedIn postings,
Tweets, presentations, photography, videography, events management, and media
S/he will liaise between project partners, beneficiaries,
key project staff, and local service providers to build a strong bridge for the
exchange of information and incorporate the project’s learning, results and
findings into the overall communications and outreach activities of the
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Review the existing communication
strategy and update it regularly, as applicable
Develop the annual communications
work plan based on project’s work plan;
Execute the activities in the
communications work plan using overarching communication strategy for RLA;
Attend monthly USAID communications
meeting and actively participate in the RLA Communications Working Group and
execute on action items that come out of these meetings;
Proactively work with field staff
across RLA using the project updates from the field and other reporting to
identify learning and achievements;
Craft messages (case studies, one
pagers, webinar, tweets, LinkedIn posts etc.) to disseminate learning and
results to different stakeholders (USAID, implementing partners, the Government
of Kenya and others);
Coordinate with program staff to
gather information for writing programmatic communications including manuals,
graphics, articles, success and impact stories that offer analytical
Share appropriate content with
ACDI/VOCA’s HQ to be distributed on the weekly internal newsletter “AV Global”,
on ACDI/VOCA’s public website and social media;
Edit project reporting deliverables
such as quarterly and annual reports to ensure we are communicating our
progress, learning, and results in alignment with USAID’s Journey to
Lead and coordinate with field staff
the organization of events. This includes drafting communications collateral
(manuals, press releases, key messages, success stories, talking points,
Build the capacity of and provide
communications support to RLA team;
Maintain a comprehensive database of
communications consultants who can offer niche communications services;
Manage RLA’s photo library and
conduct photo editing as appropriate.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Mass
Communication or its equivalent
Experience: A minimum of 5 years’
experience in communication, especially using digital media and excellent
Excellent written and verbal English
Experience drafting and executing a
comprehensive communication plan in support of a project strategy,
incorporating a variety of media and tactics;
Experience writing and managing
content for a variety of media including digital and social media platforms
(Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.), video scripts and story-boarding, case
studies, and factsheets/briefings;
Ability to work proactively with
teams to anticipate and identify learning and results occurring in the field
and craft messaging around those;
Ability to work independently as well
as build relationships across a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
Ability to represent the project in
external meetings including with the donor;
Ability to research, analyze,
evaluate and synthesize information quickly;
Ability and willingness to travel in
RLA’s implementation counties (Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, Wajir),
including to remote locations;
Knowledge of graphic design and
photo/video editing software.
/ Admin Assistant
and Logistics Specialist
Office and Administrative Assistant will handle all aspects of the
administration and operations in the country office.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinating front-desk activities,
including receiving phone calls, screening and determining the nature of calls,
distributing correspondence and redirecting correspondence and redirecting
phone calls appropriately
Handling the flow of people through
Arranging appointments and meetings
when requested including managing an active calendar of appointments, composing
and preparing correspondence
Filing, records keeping and offering
administrative support to the team
Assist the Operations Manager in
arranging travel movements e: g pickups/drop offs if needed.
Welcoming guests positively and
executing all administrative tasks to the highest quality standards
Maintaining safe clean reception area
Perform other tasks as requested by
your supervisor or management.
Bachelor’s degree in Business
Management, secretarial, front office operations or any relevant field
At least two years of experience in
an administrative role preferably in an NGO
Must be pleasant with a warm and outgoing
Good written and verbal communication
and interpersonal skills
High level of organizational skills
Ability to multitask, handle pressure
as well as possess stress management skills
Must be a problem solver and
Must exercise creativity and
innovation, good communication, leadership and reporting skills.
How to Apply:
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Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to
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Only those candidates considered for an interview will be
ACDI / VOCA is an equal opportunity employer.
Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are
encouraged to apply.