Action Against Hunger USA Monitoring and Evaluation Project Officer - West Pokot Jobs in Kenya

Action Against Hunger USA Monitoring and Evaluation Project Officer - West Pokot Jobs in Kenya

Action Against Hunger USA Monitoring and Evaluation Project Officer - West Pokot Jobs in Kenya

Founded in 1979, Action Against Hunger (AAH) is an international humanitarian organization that delivers programs in over 44 countries.

Recognized worldwide as a leader in the fight against hunger, our mission is to save lives through the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations and conflicts.

From crisis to sustainability, Action Against Hunger tackles the underlying causes of malnutrition and its effects.

By integrating our programs with local and national systems, we further ensure that short-term interventions become long-term solutions.

With head offices in France, the United Kingdom, Spain, the United States and Canada, our international network shares its combined resources, breadth of experience and technical expertise in pursuit of a world without hunger.

Action Against Hunger has been present in Kenya since 2001 and is a transformative leader in nutrition security for improved quality of life among vulnerable communities.

Action Against Hunger wants to contribute to the optimal functional performance of National, County, and Community systemsthrough strategic partnerships for innovative nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions to achieve its impact.

Action Against Hunger is currently implementing activities in West Pokot, Mandera, Samburu, Isiolo, Trans Nzoia, Kakamega, Bungoma and Busia counties.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Project Officer reports hierachially to the Program Manager and technically to the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager . The position will be based in West Pokot- Kenya.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Project Officer core responsibilities will be;

  • Intervene on the Health and Nutrition sector: evolving from direct service provision to strengthening the health system- focusing on ‘strengthening’ the system more than ‘supporting’ the system
  • Action Against Hunger health and nutrition program has considerably evolved from direct service provision, to scaling up the relationship and partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH) by recognizing them as the primary health and nutrition service providers and working at building their technical capacity to reach a higher level in the quality of services provided.
  • Strengthening the health system will not happen by indiscriminately working on the six (6) HSS pillar alone but through a critical and holistic review of the health system processes.
  • This critical and holistic diagnostic approach requires having developed a trustful relationship to be able to work together with the health departments, at national, County and sub-county levels
  • Within the Health Systems Strengthening approach, Action Against Hunger will focus on community health strategy (CHS) as CHS has the potential to have a huge impact on addressing under-nutrition and is, unfortunately, under-utilized. Through this system, Action Against Hunger will work with the MoH to create demand and accountability for services offered. This will be achieved through
  • Applying Social Behavioral Change Communication(SBCC) approach at community level
    Strengthen referral and counter referral system
  • If the system on which Action Against Hunger is supporting is not properly connected to people and there is inadequate engagement with people themselves then results will not be achieved.
  • Deciders are still making crucial decisions on behalf of their citizen and on what they think should be the strategies and the priorities. The most vulnerable groups lack strong voice to advocate for their priorities thus the requirement for an engagement platform.
  • Nutrition sensitive programming remains key to achieving better nutrition impact and reaching targets.
  • WASH is a vital element but the main problem in Kenya is about sustainable access to safe water and sanitation services to withstand the recurrent shocks in ASAL regions.
  • Findings clearly demonstrate critical role of WASH in good nutrition require long-term sustainable solutions for the vulnerable communities embedded in the existing systems and communities
  • The position holder will aim to work closely with the Ministry of Health both at National and County levels to support surveillance, data management and utilization at National and County level related to improving project delivery

    Roles and Responsibilities
  • Implementation of
    the integrated nutritional surveys and other survey activities in collaboration of the local authorities and relevant government ministries ensuring adherence to Government of Kenya procedures / protocols / guidelines designed methodology, reporting process, etc.
  • Support in Strengthening the capacity of staff, Ministry of Health, and other partners in surveys methodologies, processes to include sampling, data collection, analysis and report writing skills
  • Design of the program of activities / activity plans for the survey in collaboration with the logistics department and the County and National
  • Partners, presentation of survey methodologies and results for approval by relevant bodies
  • Develop and strengthen monitoring and evaluation procedures for all project activities and progress towards achieving the project output;
  • Recommend further improvement of the logical frame work; to include: monitoring and impact indicator for the project success, Monitor and evaluate overall progress on achievement of results;
  • Provide feedback to the Project Manager on project strategies and activities to include suggesting strategies to the Project Management for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the project by identifying bottlenecks in completing project activities and developing plans to minimize or eliminate such bottlenecks;
  • Assist the project manager in collating reports: monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and annual progress on all project activities /Project Manager;
  • Conduct capacity assessments on existing monitoring and evaluation system Develop indicators and a monitoring strategy for the project;
  • With support of project manager and other project staff, support the develop M&E system for the Project and Prepare and maintain data bases
  • Support prepare cash forecast based on the work plan of the project
  • Ensure the expenditure is as stipulated in the budget lines and strict adherence to the budget limits
  • Propose anticipated budget realignment in line with field realities
  • Support the project manager to prepare a monthly report of estimated expenditure (including actual and commitments) based with narrative summaries.
  • Review budget expenditure in consultation with the project manager, HoR and Finance Coordinator and address any concerns, updates or changes
  • Representing Action Against Hunger in various external meetings on information management, monitoring , and evaluation

    Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics, Epidemiology, Public Health, International Development, Economics, or another field of social sciences Min.
  • Bachelor’s degree in procurement / Supply chain / Logistics from recognized reputable University

    Skills & Experience
  • Demonstrated experience in developing project monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated kills in data collection, data analysis, documentation, data interpretation, and reporting
  • Experience developing and deploying feedback mechanism for multi-sector program working through county and national systems
  • Experience in SMART surveys, including collection and management of anthropometric and mortality data
  • Proven skills in statistical analysis using Excel and EpiInfo / ENA, as well as at least one other software platform such as SPSS, STATA, or PSPP,
  • Ability to represent organization in national technical Forums
  • Extensive knowledge in computer applications such as Excel, Word, Access and PowerPoint
  • Experience in GIS and with a mapping software such as QGIS or Google Earth will be an added advantage
  • Team player
  • Ability to review technical reports, including internal and external sector documents
  • Experience in integrated programming will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to capacity build and direct a team

    How to Apply
  • Applications, including CV with cover letter and 3 professional references to be sent via email to:
    hr-recruitment@so-actionagainsthunger.org not later than 28th June 2019 clearly mentioning the position on the subject line. e.g M&E Program Officer –West Pokot.
  • Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply

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