Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Website Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology

Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology (Kusamala) is a local, non-governmental organization that promotes household-level permaculture and agroecology systems in Malawi. Founded in 2009, Kusamala houses Malawi’s largest permaculture demonstration site, Nature’s Gift Permaculture Centre. Through the Centre’s demonstrations, Kusamala educates individuals and communities on how to improve nutrition, income generation, and environmental health. Through grants and programs, Kusamala conducts outreach, research, and advocacy with the aim to show the viability of permaculture as a local and national agricultural strategy. In a country where approximately 80% of the population, are subsistence farmers, Kusamala demonstrates how local resources can meet human needs while improving quality of life both for people and the environment.

We are currently seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the German Ministry of Cooperation and Development (BMZ) funded Project ‘Multisectoral Food and Nutrition Security for the Young Smallholder Farmers’ which is implemented in partnership with the Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH) and Zankhalango Association. The project utilizes principles of permaculture and agroecology to improve food and nutrition security of smallholder households. The goal of the project is to see 4500 family members of 900 smallholder households with young parents (about 60% being women) using the resources available to them optimally to feed their families, for income-creation and the general development of both the natural and cultural environment.

The position will be based at our head office in Lilongwe and will require regular travel to project sites.

Job Title: Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Location: Lilongwe

Reporting to: Executive Director

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer is responsible for monitoring and evaluation of results and impact of the project and for providing a basis for evidence-based decision making on necessary amendments and improvements of the project. In addition, s/he will promote accountability for resource use and document, provide feedback on and disseminate lessons learned. In accordance with Kusamala’s policy and procedures, the incumbent will:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Set up the monitoring and evaluation system: Develop the overall framework of the monitoring and evaluation activities; clarify the responsibilities and prepare the work plan and the detailed budget for the monitoring and evaluation activities;
  • Supervise the work of the field staff; provide guidance and technical support;
  • Guide and coordinate the review of programme log frames including:
    1. providing technical advice for the revision of performance indicators;
    2. ensuring that realistic intermediate and end-of-programme targets are defined;
    3. identifying sources of data, collection methods and resources needed and related cost;
  • Prepare consolidated progress reports for the Management including identification of problems, causes of potential bottlenecks in implementation, and providing specific recommendations;
  • Check that monitoring data are discussed in the appropriate forum such as the Project Group Meeting and in a timely fashion in terms of implications for future action;
  • Undertake regular visits to the fields to support implementation of monitoring and evaluation, check the quality of data produced, and to identify where adaptations might be needed; monitor the follow up of evaluation recommendations with Project officer and Programme Manager;
  • Foster participatory planning and monitoring; organize and provide refresher training in monitoring and evaluation for project field staff.

The ideal candidate:

  • A university degree in social sciences, development studies, statistics, agriculture economics or related field;
  • At least six years work experience in planning processes, performance management, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building in large governmental or international organization;
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English.
  • A solid understanding of the management of cross cutting issues, with a focus on participatory processes, integrated programming, protection and gender issues;
  • Supportive attitude towards processes of strengthening staff capacity;
  • Leadership qualities, personnel and team management including mediation and conflict resolution;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of advanced statistics and research methodology including skills in sampling techniques and use of computer software for statistical and other relevant applications;
  • Proven skills in critical thinking, assessment and analysis; strong competency in conceptualizing and designing strategic frameworks;
  • Excellent communication, team building and training skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in and outside the Agency; ability to work effectively in multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability in report writing and presentation.

Please email [email protected] to apply. To reach her not later than Friday 18th June 2021.