Programme Monitoring Officer, Nairobi, Kenya
Job no: 498798 Work type: Contract Location: Kenya Categories: Agriculture and Food Security, Economic Growth, Stabilization
Despite progress Kenya remains fragile and at risk of instability and insecurity. Security represents a significant challenge for Kenya. Poor and marginalised Kenyans suffer from a multiplicity of violent attacks. Between 2012 and 2015, over 2300 people were killed in conflict in the northern/coastal regions of Kenya alone, including 560 killed in attacks by violent extremists. In 2017, armed pastoralists invaded conservancies in Laikipia County, and several conservationists were shot. Kenya ranked 12/124 in the Global Terrorism Index in 2014. A nationwide perception survey reported that approximately 20% of respondents had been victims of crime or violence during the preceding year. According to the 2014 Kenya Democratic Health survey countrywide, 40.7% of Kenyan women aged 15-49 have experienced sexual or physical violence, of which 25.5% had experienced it in the previous 12 months. Kenya remains a fragile country in a fragile neighbourhood, and its stability remains important for the wider region. The northern regions of Kenya have high levels of insecurity and poverty, as well as porous borders with neighbouring Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda.
To address these high levels of violence FCDO Kenya established the Reducing Insecurity and Violent Extremism in the Northern and Coastal regions of Kenya (REINVENT) Programme. REINVENT is a £20m 5-year programme that aims to enhance Kenyan capacity and capability to address inter-communal conflict, weak community-police relations, violence against women and girls (VAWG), violent extremism and election related violence. It will support the continued advancement of police reforms to improve the management, oversight and accountability of the police force. The geographical focus will be in eighteen counties: Coast (Kwale, Kilifi, Mombasa and Lamu ), North Eastern (Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Tana River), Upper Eastern ( Isiolo, Samburu, Marsabit, Laikipia) Western & Rift Valley (Nakuru, Kisumu, Bungoma, Baringo,Turkana, West Pokot)
The programme will build on the experience of the Jamii Thabiti Programme (2014-19), also known as the Kenya Improving Community Security Programme (ICS), and expand FCDO support across more counties. It will support new areas of work including on conflict sensitivity, pastoral livelihoods and combating violent extremism. The expected Impact of the programme is ‘improved community safety and security in Kenya, enabling investment, inclusive growth and equitable service delivery.’ At the Outcome level the programme aims to ensure that ‘State and non-state actors collaborating in a mutually accountable and inclusive way to respond effectively to causes of violence’
The programme outputs are:
- Output 1: Accountable and effective police (and other security agencies) addressing community security, violent extremism and election security.
- Output 2: Strengthened agency of women and girls in peace, safety and security.
- Output 3: Intra and inter institutional commitment to address the root causes and drivers of conflict.
- Output 4: Knowledge and evidence generated and utilised to enhance community and institutional learning and adaptation
Position title: Programme Monitoring Officer
Reporting to: Monitoring Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Lead
Direct Reports: None
Purpose of the position
The Programme Monitoring Officer will support the implementation of REINVENT Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning strategy, with a focus on strengthening data quality and research aspects of the programme for enhanced knowledge/evidence generation and utilisation. The officer will further ensure that programme and partner staff have full understanding of REINVENT’s MERL systems and use these to capture quality data and information from implementation activities. The officer will work closely with the Programme Research Officer, MERL Lead, Deputy Team Leader (Head of Technical Delivery) and the programme team to ensure MERL processes are conducted appropriately, and information is fed back into the programme.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Support the upgrading and Implementation of REINVENT M&E System: The officer will support the initiative to upgrade the REINVENT M&E system and its implementation that ensures the collection and management of quality data. That includes reviewing and updating the ToC, Results Framework/programme log frame, indicators and M&E strategy, review/upgrade and maintain a uniform and consistent data collection and reporting system, and ensure consistent and timely application of all components of the M&E system. Furthermore, the position holder will support the establishment of data quality protocols, conduct routine data quality assessments as well as manage data and information for easy retrieval and analysis.
- M&E data collection and analysis: The incumbent will contribute to M&E processes, including reviewing/updating M&E tracking forms and tools, involve in timely data collection, analysis, and reflection. They will track key performance indicators and support ongoing critical reviews of progress on results for programme improvement and learning.
- Reporting processes: The officer will be involved in report writing activities. They will ensure sound and accurate data are compiled and reported in a timely and useful manner in appropriate formats to key stakeholders (including our donor/client, REINVENT senior management, REINVENT programme team and partners). They will also be extensively involved in writing internal and external reports and in the documentation of stories of change from REINVENT programme interventions.
- Knowledge generation and dissemination: The incumbent will contribute to the production and dissemination of knowledge and information through various knowledge products such as publications, presentations and audio-visual content.
- Baseline and evaluation studies: The officer will be involved in the design and implementation of M&E studies, including baseline studies, mid-term evaluations, and impact evaluations.
- Contribute to M&E capacity development: The position holder will contribute to staff and partners’ M&E capacity development and provide training and resources needed to collect data and use the M&E system for ongoing reflection, learning and reporting. They will train and guide staff and partners to understand and implement protocols, forms, and guidelines for data collection, analysis, and reporting on both qualitative and quantitative data.
Research and Data Mining
- Develop research ideas: The officer will support in identifying programme research ideas and contribute to the research design and planning processes.
- Data collection: The officer will contribute to the development and review of research instruments, data collection tools, and actual data collection while ensuring that the data collected is of high integrity.
- Data mining and analysis: The officer will analyse and synthesize existing REINVENT datasets and package it in appropriate formats for utilisation by programme staff, senior management, FCDO and REINVENT partners.
- Writing and publishing: The incumbent will contribute to the production and publication of high standard research and learning reports. They will also contribute to other publications that REINVENT initiates alone or with other partners.
- Internal/external presentations: The position holder will prepare various presentations in line with the M&E and research findings, both internally and externally. They will also be prepared to present the findings in relevant conferences/workshop
- MERL Lead
- Programme Research Officer
- Technical team
- Regional team
Required Skills, Experiences and Competences
- Master’s degree in social science, with training in research, monitoring and evaluation
- Minimum five years practical experience in MERL system coordination/implementation in a large international non-governmental organisation or other international development bodies
- Strong background in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; well-developed research, analytical (qualitative and quantitative), documentation, report-writing and strategic planning skills, with particular competency in data collection using any of the following: surveys, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, or other participatory methods; and documentation of events through direct observation and secondary data collection
- Demonstrable good track-record in data tracking and evaluation, with the ability to support staff and partners on MERL methodology and analyse and disseminate complex information to a range of stakeholder audiences
- Expertise in database development and maintenance, data management and use of data collection and statistical analysis software such as Power Bi, SPSS, KoBoCollect, STATA and Nvivo
- Practical knowledge of current Peace and Security thematic issues and debates in the Kenyan context, and of the major institutional donors such as FCDO desirable
- Knowledge of gender aspects of programming and conflict analysis desirable.
Advertised: 16 Feb 2021 E. Africa Standard Time Applications close: 02 Mar 2021 (12:00 PM) E. Africa Standard Time