Mercy Corps County Learning & Accountability Coordinator, Samburu Jobs in Kenya
Mercy Corps County Learning & Accountability Coordinator, Samburu Jobs in Kenya
About Mercy Corps Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.
Program / Department Summary
With funding from USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), Mercy Corps is leading a consortium of Kenyan and international partners on a five year journey to sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition in Turkana and Samburu Counties of Kenya.
Through an approach that emphasizes partnership, learning, and co-creation with government, civil society, communities, and the private sector, the USAID Nawiri program aims to drive sustained reductions in acute malnutrition in both counties. Mercy Corps’ consortium brings together the global leadership, research capacity, technical expertise, and implementation experience necessary to partner with local institutions to test, adapt, and scale evidence-based solutions.
The program has taken a robust county-centered design with government leadership, active engagement from communities, the private sector, and civil society. Together we will sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition for vulnerable populations in Turkana and Samburu counties.
General Position Summary
The Samburu County Learning and Accountability Coordinator (CLAC) plays a key role in ensuring USAID Nawiri delivers responsive, well-informed and high-quality programming in Samburu. As a key member of the Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Team led by the Strategic Learning Lead, the CLAC Samburu is responsible for operationalizing USAID Nawiri’s Phase II CLA Strategy at the county level, ensuring the progressive integration of CLA principles and practices into all activities.
The CLAC Samburu plays a leadership role in embedding and supporting a culture of collaborating, learning, and adapting across USAID Nawiri initiatives at county level, including by identifying and actioning innovative, cost-effective ideas for generating excitement and commitment to learning.
Essential Roles and Responsibilities:
Lead USAID Nawiri CLA actions at the county level, including developing and managing the work plans for the scope
Work with the Adaptive Learning Facilitators to develop/adapt and organize adaptive learning frameworks/modalities and see to the implementation of learning agendas across diverse implementation streams
Guide and support quality data gathering, management and analysis, as requested/ guided.
Develop, oversee and support the implementation of systems and guidelines for capturing field-based observations and perspectives and ensuring they are fed back into adaptive learning cycles.
Support development of innovative and contextually appropriate mechanisms for learning with communities and enhancing the community voice in program decisions.
Facilitate and support USAID Nawiri teams, county government, partner organization and other key actors’ efforts to lead the collective sense-making and reflective review of program and other developments to enable timely programmatic adjustments and evidence-based decision-making.
Ensure the quality documentation of regular sense-making and reflection activities, both scheduled (e.g. weekly, monthly, quarterly progress review) and ad hoc (e.g. after action reviews), with mechanisms/processes that allow for the contribution of county and community stakeholders.
Work with the Reporting Officer to ensure key insights, lessons learned, and corresponding adaptations are documented and shared in relevant donor reports (weekly, quarterly, annual) and other fora, as relevant.
Collaborate with the CLAC Turkana to implement a learning agenda that drives progressive improvements in CLA practices and processes, while building a culture and enabling environment for learning.
Collaborate with the program’s systems strengthening team to support program teams to develop, execute, monitor, learn from and progressively adapt plans for enhancing internal and external collaboration.
Facilitate processes that inspire innovation in the development and testing of modalities/ processes for addressing identified inefficiencies and bottlenecks in the adaptive learning cycle
In collaboration with the communications team, support the program team and county counterparts to identify, capture, and
package significant learning for sharing through publication, conferences, and other channels.
Work with the Adaptive Learning Facilitators embedded within implementation teams and Communications Advisor, to develop and execute an ambitious yet realistic plan for the regular production of learning briefs on cross-cutting, priority themes
Coordinate with the USAID Nawiri Turkana CLAC to develop and implement mechanisms and processes for inter-county learning (Samburu and Turkana).
Coordinate with the county-based learning coordinators in Isiolo and Marsabit (under CRS-led USAID Nawiri Consortium) to plan for and organize cross-county learning exchanges and learning events
Support and enhance USAID Nawiri knowledge management systems, processes, and products as guided
Management & Capacity Development
Directly supervise and mentor the Adaptive Learning and Communication Officers in USAID Nawiri’s Samburu sub-county offices.
Facilitate a culture of curiosity, learning and adaptive work planning and implementation with program teams; facilitate self-assessments of USAID Nawiri’s CLA “maturity” and help individuals’ teams develop and track action plans to enhance CLA capacity
Build the program team’s capacity to identify unintended outcomes, collect high-quality qualitative and quantitative data, interpret findings from quantitative and qualitative analyses, and translate insights into implications for action.
Build the capacity of program staff and stakeholders to facilitate learning activities and processes, including documentation of the same.
Support in ensuring continuous, transparent communication and engagement with USAID Nawiri participants and other relevant stakeholders on Nawiri progress.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with USAID Nawiri stakeholders and proactively identify, pursue, and nurture additional partnerships with county stakeholders (including civil society organizations) that will contribute to Nawiri influence and impact.
Represent Nawiri in PREG Learning and other coordination fora, as requested. Capture and disseminate relevant insights/learning from other initiatives/programs and counties (including Nawiri in Marsabit and Isiolo) to USAID Nawiri partners in Samburu
Other duties as assigned. The County Learning and Accountability Coordinator, Samburu, must remain flexible and open to taking on new responsibilities as USAID Nawiri evolves and progresses, especially as requested/ guided by the Strategic Learning Lead.
Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences; Demography, Sociology, Statistics or another MEAL-related field. Master’s degree is an added advantage. Additional education may substitute for some experience.
Minimum of five years of relevant work experience in accountability and learning, participatory development, or adult learning, ideally with an international NGO working with county governments.
Experience setting up and implementing accountability and learning systems
Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow instructions, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members is required.
Demonstrated ability to facilitate and moderate dialogue and discussion among diverse groups
Demonstrated ability to communicate complex thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely in writing; keen attention to detail.
Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to deeply connect and empathize with a range of individuals with broad backgrounds and expertise.
Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information management systems, knowledge-sharing networks is required.
Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement a strong advantage.
Experience in using mobile-data collection and management software a strong advantage.
How to Apply
For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps County Learning & Accountability Coordinator, Samburu Jobs in Kenya
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