NGO Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Lead Job in Kenya,Salary over Ksh250,000



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Work type: Contract
Location: Kenya
Categories: International development

  • Coffey are looking for a Research Monitoring and Evaluation Lead with experience of RME system coordination and implementation
  • Starting in November 2017 through to March 2018
  • Based in Nairobi, Kenya on the DFID funded Jamii Thabiti programme


Security represents a significant challenge for Kenya. Poor and marginalised Kenyans suffer from a multiplicity of violent attacks. Almost 500 Kenyans were killed and over 55,000 displaced due to inter-communal violence and resource conflicts during 2013[1]. Women and children were most affected by the brunt of sexual violence, killings, injuries, and loss of property and displacement that occurred. Kenya ranks at 12/124 in the Global Terrorism Index[2]. A nationwide perception survey reported that approximately 20% of respondents had been victims of crime or violence during the preceding year[3]. Countrywide, 39% of Kenyan women aged 15-49 have experienced sexual or physical violence, according to the latest Kenya Democratic Health survey[4].

In order to address these high levels of violence DFID Kenya established the Jamii Thabiti Programme, also known as the Kenya Improving Community Security Programme (ICS). Jamii Thabiti is a £13.5 million, 3.5 year[5] DFID funded problem driven programme that aims to increase security and safety for men, women and children in Kenya through increasing the capacity of key institutions (such as the police and county government) to prevent and respond to violence. In doing so, the programme will address three types of violence: criminal violence, inter-communal violence and violence against women and girls (VAWG) initially in eight counties: Kisumu, Bungoma, Wajir, Mandera Nakuru, Baringo, Kwale and Kilifi.

The programme brings together DFID’s work on conflict resolution, police reform and violence against women and girls in Kenya. It is designed to respond to opportunity presented by devolved government under the 2010 constitution in Kenya and will work at the national, county and local level to address specific drivers of violence and insecurity. The Impact of the programme is “increased security and safety for men, women and children in Kenya through greater capacity to prevent and respond to violence.” The Outcome is “improved safety and security institutions at national level and in 8 counties that provide more effective, accountable and responsive services to a public that is actively engaged in improving safety and security.”

The outputs are:

  • Output 1: Strengthened national frameworks for enabling improved safety and security interventions at the county level.
  • Output 2: Enhanced effectiveness, coordination, oversight and accountability of safety and security actors at the county level.
  • Output 3: Improved community knowledge of, and interaction with, safety and security service providers in resolving violence.
  • Output 4: ICS programme is supporting effective partnerships, programming and lessons learning at the national level.

Position title and reporting lines

Position title:

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) Lead

Reporting to:

Head of Technical Delivery

Direct Reports:


Purpose of the position

The purpose of this role is to provide strategic direction on the programme research, monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management components.

Key responsibilities/accountabilities

The RME Lead:

  • Monitors and updates the management team on a monthly basis on the programme’s progress against its logframe milestone targets; annual review recommendations; as well as partners and consultants’ progress against their deliverables.
  • Leads on the review and update of logframe indicators and targets.
  • Oversees the timely delivery of programme reports (quarterly, milestone, annual and end of programme) to quality standards. This entails developing the reporting schedules; supervising the development and update of reporting templates; and liaising with relevant individuals to ensure their timely and quality contribution to programme reports.
  • Supervises the timely review of partners’ reports (e.g. activity and milestones), working closely with the Technical and Finance teams, to inform subsequent milestone disbursements.
  • Develops a tracker of partners’ reporting and payment timelines, and updates the management team on a monthly basis on progress to date, flagging delays, challenges and risks in advance.
  • Oversees the periodic spot checks of partners’ performance to ensure compliance with the agreed workplans, verifies the achievement of results, and confirms that partners are following the prescribed M&E processes and tools. Updates the management team accordingly, including highlight any issues and risks.
  • Leads on reviews of the RME framework, including the PDIA approach.
  • Oversees the development and updates of the PDIA manual.
  • Leads the development of the M&E Framework and accompanying plan including appropriate methodologies, resource requirements and indicative budgets.
  • Provides strategic inputs into the programme’s learning agenda, and supports the documentation and dissemination of lessons learned. This includes overseeing the implementation of the research agenda.
  • Oversees and leads the preparation of internal and external programme evaluations, including annual reviews and end of programme reviews.
  • Leads the six-monthly PDIA reviews and documents the process and its key findings.
  • Identifies external RME support needed for the programme and working closely with the London-based evaluation consultants/ experts develop a workplan and terms of reference outlining the timings and nature of their deliverables.
  • Supports implementing partners with their M&E systems.
  • Works with the technical team to ensure that partners’ capacity building plan are implemented, effectively monitored and assessed.

General requirements

  • Submit all technical outputs for peer review prior to client submission in accordance with Coffey International Development’s quality assurance procedures.
  • Report in advance possible resourcing decisions and/or any procurement to the Programme Manager to ensure all programme costs are properly supported within the Jamii Thabiti budget.
  • Engage in the activities of the Programme Management Team and contribute to the progression of the programme, to ensure delivery of project outputs and outcomes in line with Jamii Thabiti’s log-frame. This will involve routine whole-of-project meetings (each week) to undertake detailed review of progress against the log-frame, adjusting workplans and resourcing on an on-going basis to remain on track.
  • Adhere to all security advice from Coffey’s Risk Management Team.
  • Adhere to Coffey International Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Operations Manual.
  • Adhere to Coffey International’s behaviours: Ingenuity, Collaboration, Respect, Intelligent Risk, Integrity and Delivery.
  • Comply with and promote all Jamii Thabiti internal and global policies on child safeguarding, Fraud, conflict of interest, conflict-sensitivity, and Health and Safety.

Special requirements

  • Some travel and out of hours work may be required.

Duration and phasing

The implementation phase of the programme will start in November 2016, and it is scheduled to end in March 2018.

Key Relationships

  • Head of Technical Delivery
  • RME Officer
  • Coffey Evaluation and Research Consultant
  • Regional Technical Leads

Qualifications and experience

  • First degree in Social Science, monitoring and evaluation, or relevant area
  • Minimum three years practical experience in RME system coordination/implementation in a large international non-governmental organisation or other international relief/development body;
  • Background of implementing effective RME systems and/or accountability mechanisms in development interventions and
  • Demonstrable good track-record in data tracking and evaluation, with the ability to support staff and partners on RME methodology and analyse and disseminate complex information to a range of stakeholder audiences.
  • Well-developed research, analytical (qualitative and quantitative), documentation, report-writing and strategic planning skills, with particular competency in participatory research methods;
  • Practical knowledge of Justice and Security current thematic issues and debates in the Kenyan context, and of the major institutional donors such as DFID.
  • Working knowledge of data/statistical programmes e.g. SPSS, Epi Indo, STATA will be an added advantage.
  • Gender aspects of programming and conflict analysis desirable.

[1] OCHA: Impacts of Communal Conflict, Kenya (2013).

[3] Small Arms Survey: Availability of small arms and perceptions of security in Kenya (2012).

[4] National Bureau of Statistics and ICF Macro (KNBS and ICF Macro) (2010) Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2008–09. Calverton, Maryland: KNBS, page 247

[5] Including the design, inception and implementation phase.


How to Apply (Below text needs to customised to the role and program) For any enquiries, please contact [email protected] and quote the job reference number.

Applications close:  18:00, 21 July 2017 (EAT)

Advertised: 14 Jul 2017 E. Africa Standard Time
Applications close: 21 Jul 2017 (11:55 PM) E. Africa Standard Time

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