MNE Specialist (Re-advertised)

  • Full Time
  • Zomba
  • Applications have closed

One Acre Fund


One Acre Fund Malawi’s M&E department currently works in Zomba, Mulanje, Chiradzulu, and Blantyre districts in the Southern Region. The M&E department is responsible for evaluating the impact of our program and assessing the benefits to our farmers. Throughout the year, the department executes 5-8 mid-scale survey projects. The M&E Project Specialist will be expected to take over full responsibility for managing the Malawi program’s impact evaluation and grow into the role of “MNE Department Lead”.

During this time, the M&E Project Specialist will work closely with M&E and Program leadership on design, planning, execution and analysis of surveys.

This role is centered on 5 key responsibilities with percentage of time in brackets:

  1.  Survey Planning & Design (10%)
  2. Survey Management (30%)
  3. Data Quality Management (20%)
  4. Data Analysis (30%)
  5. Staff Development (10%)

Survey Planning & Design

  • Working with M&E and Program leadership on survey planning and design, including:
    • Sample size calculations
    • Consideration of sample selection including randomization and stratification
    • Protocols for selecting treatment and control groups
    • Instrument design focused on collecting actionable indicators and insights
    • Programming surveys into electronic platform (CommCare)
    • Carefully planning all survey activities in advance to ensure a predictable and steady flow of activity throughout the season
    • Assess survey methodology and design adjustments and improvements for the following season, where needed

Survey Management

Oversee execution of surveys in the field (with M&E Field Manager & Data Supervisor), including:

  • Regular in-field survey testing
  • Tracking of survey targets (known as Key Performance Indicators) for data collection
  • Coordinating logistics with the M&E Field Manager & Data Supervisor
  • Troubleshooting challenges
  • Flexible adjustment of surveys in response to field realities
  • Assess efficiency of survey operations and design adjustments and improvements for the following season, where needed

Data Quality Management

  • Ensure field projects have intensive data quality protocols in place. This includes:
    • Analyzing incoming data on a monthly basis to check key survey variables
    • Overseeing survey error analysis and tracking on a weekly basis
    • Overseeing collection and analysis of back check data on a weekly basis
    • Overseeing development of data quality training protocols, content creation, and training delivery
    • Assess survey precision and data accuracy, and design adjustments and improvements for the following season, where needed

Data Analysis

  • Initial analysis and presentation of data for review with M&E leadership. Including:
    • Codebook creation
    • Data cleaning
    • Summary statistics
    • Analysis in Excel and Stata
    • Regression analysis
    • Graph creation
    • Writing reports incorporating clear interpretation and actionable recommendations

M&E Staff Development

  • Overseeing the professional development of mid-level M&E staff, including:
    • Weekly check-ins with each staff member, supporting them on task prioritization, problem-solving, and providing technical guidance as needed
    • Managing staff performance through bi-annual Performance Development Reviews, promotions and bonuses
    • Developing professional development plans for each staff member and holding them accountable to those plans
    • Assess staff training and development processes, and design adjustments and improvements for the following season, where needed


One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager and a global support team will commit significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions.


We are seeking an exceptional professional with minimum 2 years of practical experience with data collection in a rural setting and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Masters degree in social sciences (sociology, economics, psychology), statistics, or other fields related to behavioral research
  • 2 years minimum practical experience working on data collection in a rural setting
  • Graduate of a 4-year University degree will be considered with at least 4 years of field research and at least 2 years survey data analysis experience
  • Practical experience designing surveys and managing field data collection
  • Knowledge of electronic data collection platforms (e.g. ODK, SurveyCTO, CommCare)
  • Understanding of best practices in experimental design concepts, such as control group selection and randomization
  • Strong analytical skills and proven capability of quantitative data analysis
  • Experience in statistical packages such as STATA, SPSS or R
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel using both Pivot Tables and basic Excel formula
  • Proven ability to teach/mentor others
  • Excellent ability to communicate in logical, clear, and relevant manner both verbally and in writing
  • Dedication to honesty, open to feedback, and willing to admit mistakes
  • Curious and eager to learn
  • Comfort & sensitivity working in a multicultural environment
  • Language: English and Chichewa required


Zomba, Malawi. With some local travel


Minimum two years commitment, full-time job.


1 August 2018


We offer a modest starting salary that affords a high quality of life in our areas of operation. This is a career-track role with performance-based raises and the ability to expand responsibilities over time.

Note: We will not be able to sponsor a visa for this position.

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One Acre Fund is an equal opportunity employer.