Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning/Collaboration Director USAID Kenya Private Sector Development Initiative – Jobs in Kenya

Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning/Collaboration Director USAID Kenya Private Sector Development Initiative – Jobs in Kenya

About MESPT:
Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) was established in 2002 by the Government of Kenya and European Union. EU later relinquished their position to the Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA) through a Trust Deed of 2013.

The Trust is a development organization with a purpose to grow small holder farmers and Agri SMEs to increase productivity, incomes and enhance competitiveness for job creation especially for youth and women. This is achieved through capacity building which includes skills development, technical support, business advisory, financial and market linkages.

Our focus is to facilitate support and provision of integrated financial and business development services for small holder farmers and Agri SMEs in Kenya. This is aimed at enabling beneficiaries to access finance, increase agricultural productivity, agro-processing, and access markets/ trade opportunities.

For over a decade, MESPT has partnered with development agencies, donors, and investors to build the capacity of the business services sector and the agricultural sector in Kenya through a unique tripartite business model that links Farmers, Agri- SMEs, and Financial Institutions – creating linkages along value chains.

We pride ourselves for successfully implementing 12 agriculture-based Programme that have seen us facilitate creation of 70,000 decent jobs at various levels of the agriculture market systems. We have also cumulatively disbursed KES 6.4 billion to financial institutions and over 250,000 end users have accessed finance.

About the Job:
Position: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning/Collaboration, Learning, and Adapting (MEL/CLA) Director for an anticipated USAID-funded private sector development initiative.

Start Date: Contingent upon award

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Project Overview:
MESPT is recruiting for a MEL/CLA Director for the anticipated USAID Kenya and East Africa Private Sector Development Initiative Activity. The activity is focused on accelerating ag-led growth in Kenya through partnerships with larger agricultural sector firms (such as processors and off-takers) and expansion of smallholder farmer out-grower schemes.

The anticipated activity will focus on creating jobs and generating large scale increases in sales/exports in the agriculture sector cost-effectively and, ideally, through a sustainable and locally led vehicle.

Role:
The MEL/CLA Director will lead the monitoring, evaluation, and learning/collaboration, learning and adapting components of the project. S/he will be responsible for designing the MEL system in alignment with the USAID results framework; leading the project data collection; conducting data analysis to inform the project implementation; and producing timely, accurate, and complete reporting.

S/he will be responsible for building the capacity of project staff, local partners, and other stakeholders in the collection, utilization, and dissemination of data. S/he will also lead quarterly CLA pause-and-reflect working group meetings and other CLA activities.

Qualifications:
Minimum of eight (8) years of experience designing and implementing MEL and CLA systems for international development projects. Prior experience in a MEL leadership position required.
Strong track record of working on projects of similar scope (agriculture, market systems), complexity, and size. Experience managing MEL for a USAID Feed the Future activity is desirable.
Ability to communicate findings to a range of external and internal stakeholders and apply MEL results to project implementation strategies.
Experience mentoring staff in MEL techniques. Experience strengthening the capacity of local organizations in knowledge management and learning.
Prior experience leading, designing, managing, and/or commissioning performance evaluations and other types of research.
Previous experience in Kenya or another East African country strongly preferred.
Master’s degree in Statistics, Public Policy, International Development, or a related field.
Proficiency in statistical software such as STATA, SPSS, or a similar package.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Fluency in English required.
Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
How to apply
Interested applicants should send expressions of interest including detailed curriculum vitae/s with contact references of previous relevant works done, to careers@mespt.org by 2nd September 2022, 5.00pm EAT.

Early applications encouraged.

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