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Practical Action is an international development agency working with poor communities to help them choose and use technology to improve their lives today and in generations to come.

We are seeking to recruit results-oriented and proactive team players to fill the following positions within June 2012.

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Based in Mandera

Reporting to the Area Coordinator, the successful candidate will be responsible for the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) function within the Livelihoods and Donkey Welfare Project (LIDOW) and ensuring compliance with Practical Action’s internal and donor requirements.

Key Responsibilities

  • With guidance from the Budget Holder and Area Coordinator, manage the monitoring, evaluation and learning functions of the project.
  • Work with project team in designing and implementing plans for monitoring performance, achievements and impacts of project.
  • Manage the M&E data base, carry out regular analysis of M&E data and produce timely reports on project performance for internal review.
  • Advice, guide and train project team on the principles and practice of monitoring, evaluation and project learning.
  • Ensure that findings and recommendations from evaluations are shared with all the key stakeholders, including the donor and beneficiaries.
  • Organize and participate in regular project and programme reviews.
  • Assist programme teams in developing concept notes and proposals with special emphasis on M&E aspects.
  • Participate in working groups, conferences, consultations with other agencies on M&E issues.
  • In liaison with the Grants Officer, ensure compliance with internal procedures and contractual obligations paying special attention to start up and closure procedures as well as donor requirements.
  • Assist in the preparation and quality assurance review of reports and proposals.
  • Undertake any other relevant tasks as assigned by the Area Coordinator and Team Leader.

    Qualifications & Skills

  • A bachelor`s degree in development or any other relevant field.
  • Diploma in Animal health and/or project management (desirable)
  • At least 3 years’ experience in development work and evidence of M&E.

    Other Competencies

  • Strong analytical and statistical skills; and ability to produce high quality reports.
  • Proven experience in results oriented monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Experience in planning, organizing and conducting project evaluations
  • Computer literacy with special emphasis on statistical packages, spreadsheets and database management
  • Ability to work independently with high degree of responsibility and with minimum supervision.
  • Excellent verbal, presentation and writing skills in both English and Kiswahili.

    Applications together with a CV and names of three professional referees should be submitted by email to: recruitment [at] practicalaction.or.ke

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


    Animal Health Assistants

    (3 positions) – Based in Mandera

    Reporting to the Project Officer (Animal Health), the successful candidate will be responsible for the frontline implementation of Livelihoods and Donkey Welfare Project in Mandera.

    Specific duties will include effective mobilization of communities and other stakeholders at the grassroots level as well as providing animal health services.

    Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undertake community mobilisation and frontline extension work for livestock producers
  • Participate in needs assessments and other surveys within the cluster area
  • Participate in routine monitoring and evaluation of project activities
  • Contribute to the development and review of relevant project documents for information sharing
  • Collect data on a regular basis to document lessons learnt within project
  • Champion the development of strong community participation and ownership of the projects
  • Play lead role in managing relationships with grassroots communities and other stakeholders
  • Prepare accurate and timely project reports
  • Prepare and implement work plans/activity logs to time and budget
  • Actively participate in the identification and timely reporting (early warning) of significant livestock challenges

    Qualifications & Skills

  • Diploma in Animal Health/Vet Medicine, Animal Production or range Management.

    Other Competencies

  • Good Knowledge and understanding of pastoralist production systems and general pastoral issues in Kenya
  • Ability to think strategically and operate under pressure
  • Proven writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to travel, live and work in remote ASAL areas.

    Desirable

  • Experience in project implementation (design and use of work-plans, activity-based planning, basic knowledge of operating budgets, etc.)
  • Computer literate, in particular knowledgeable in word processing and spread sheets
  • Experience of working in an international NGO.

    Applications together with a CV and names of three professional referees should be submitted by email to: recruitment [at] practicalaction.or.ke

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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