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Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager, Ghana APY Program
TechnoServe seeks a Regional M&E Manager who will provide management of the M&E components of the APY Program in Ghana, which will focus mainly on poultry, soybean, tomato, and rice value chains.
S/he will work closely with the Deputy Program Director, other regional and country management, as well as TechnoServe’s East Africa Regional M&E Adviser. S/he will be responsible for enabling evidence-based decision-making processes by project leadership, timely development of project M&E systems, effective training and implementation of M&E activities and reporting on M&E results.
The M&E Manager will report to the Deputy Program Director.
Agriculture Productivity and Youth Program (APY) is a donor-funded program to improve the well-being and resilience of young women and men as a result of strengthened producers, processors, and agribusinesses in Agriculture & Adjacent Sectors. The program will implement a market systems facilitation approach that will leverage private sector actors to achieve more sustainable impacts. Program outcomes include a) Increased productivity of value chain actors in agriculture and adjacent sectors; b) Improved policy implementation to support growth in the relevant sectors; and c) Shift in mindset and fulfillment of youth towards employment and entrepreneurship in the sectors and rural futures.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities:
- Lead design, analysis, and execution of MEL activities for the program, tracking implementation and results and continually sharing learnings to strengthen the program’s approach.
- Design the initial baseline and subsequent evaluations; oversee baseline data collection and ongoing data collection and performance monitoring.
- Lead the development of the MEL Plan, encompassing a robust Learning Agenda, in close collaboration with the Program Director and donor.
- Drive the program Learning Agenda, including iterative updates based on relevant insights; lead and/or support research priorities over the life of the program, including conducting primary research and interviews with market actors, particularly members of the target group.
- Liaise regularly with the program team to ensure quality data collection and analysis, including ensuring that the program is consistently collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated data, and tracking rights-based power dynamics to generate insights for gender and youth interventions.
- Facilitate in-depth monthly Learning Review meetings to track progress against the program’s Learning Agenda.
- Foster a culture of learning amongst the program team and partners whereby sharing failure and/or success in achievement of results and communicating learning from implementation challenges is not only encouraged but expected.
- Document and routinely share learning for internal and external audiences, including the donor and stakeholders.
- Develop and support team members in crafting program knowledge management and communications materials such as synthesized learning, technical reports, blogs, social media posts and success stories, etc.
- Liaise with and secure on-demand, strategic STTA from TechnoServe Global Impact Team and Regional MEL Lead, as needed, to leverage expertise and programmatic learning to strengthen ReGenerate program MEL and team capacity.
- Supervise and mentor two MEL Coordinators and generally develop staff and partner MEL capacity, as required.
- Bachelor’s Degree with7 years experience, Master’s Degree with 5 years experience in business, economics, statistics or international development-related studies required.
- At least 5 years of experience with M&E methods and approaches, including designing, planning, and implementing M&E systems, analyzing and reporting using a logical framework, results chain and other strategic planning approaches;
- Prior experience developing baseline, mid-term and/or final program assessments/ evaluations and research protocols.
- Demonstrated understanding of – and commitment to challenging – barriers that disadvantage the vulnerable, women and youth and exclude them from economic opportunities.
- Proven track record designing qualitative and quantitative measurement tools for comprehensive MEL, including indicators that advance gender inclusion; experience developing MEL system that tracks systemic and social norm changes that result from women’s economic empowerment considered highly desirable.
- Demonstrated experience monitoring the progress of interventions and using field observations and results management data to update program assumptions.
- Demonstrated experience leading and coordinating consultative planning processes that involve input from a range of sectoral experts and stakeholders toward strengthened evidence-based programming and decision making.
- Proven experience managing, influencing, and motivating internal and external teams and stakeholders.
- Prior work experience in West Africa; Ghana experience strongly preferred. Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Additional qualifications that would make a candidate more desirable. We seek candidates who bring experience with:
- Experience using statistical analysis software (Stata or similar).
- Experience of developing Monitoring and Results Management (MRM) system for market systems development (MSD) programs.
- Familiarity with the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) standards for results measurement.
- Prior experience with collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) approaches and/or problem-driven iterative analysis (PDIA) and/or political economy analysis (PEA) considered highly desirable.
- Proficiency in Kinyarwanda or French preferred.
Required Languages: Fluency in English with excellent oral and written communication skills required.
Travel: Up to 30% travel to field offices and project sites.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and project reporting skills a must;
- Strong critical thinking skills, foresight, and vision to actively analyze program activities, challenge assumptions, update theories of change, and make decisions.
- Robust analytical skills; ability to synthesize information and distill insights and conclusions.
- Strong interpersonal and management skills required; Personnel management experience required.
- Ability to develop well written, clearly structured, cohesive analyses and reports in English, quickly and efficiently; very strong attention to details and commitment to high quality, error-free end products.
- Learning mindset and a passion for learning.
- Strong planning skills and experience working to strict time-guidelines;
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills and good computer skills in business software (Excel, MS Project, and PowerPoint); prior experience presenting content in a participatory way at conferences, forums, and workshops and a history of publishing articles/papers or developing blogs highly desirable.
- Detail orientation, including strong organizational, analytical and quantitative skills.
- Results-oriented, with demonstrated experience achieving program targets.
- Proven team player with strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.
- Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other administrative applications.
Supervisory Responsibilities – Typically, 4 to 6 senior and mid-level staff including M&E specialists, data collection coordinators, and data analysts. Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams is desired.