SoCha MEL Specialist Jobs in Kenya

SoCha MEL Specialist Jobs in Kenya


  • USAID Kenya and East Africa (KEA) recently received approval for its 2020-2025 Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS).

  • Within three months of CDCS approval the KEA mission must develop a performance management plan (PMP) to accompany the strategy.

  • The USAID/KEA Strategic Planning and Analysis Office is charged with developing said PMP and has requested the Mission Support for the Journey to Self-Reliance Pivot (MSP) activity to support PMP development with short-term technical assistance (STTA).

  • USAID/KEA aims to develop a comprehensive and utilization focused PMP.

  • The purpose of this work order is to provide support for the development of that PMP, AND to improve the PMP product and the process of its development so that it will be utilized throughout the life of the strategy.


  • Support for PMP development provided by MSP will include STTA and MSP staff. MSP will work with a USAID/KEA Mission PMP core group and various internal development objective (DO) or project working groups.

  • MSP will be guided by a point of contact from the SPA office and liaise with the Mission Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) working group and CLA champions group throughout the process.

  • MSP support will include advisory services, coordination, group facilitation, knowledge capture, ideation, writing, editing, and document production.

  • Although MSP may provide guidance and suggestions, all proposed monitoring, evaluation, and learning approaches and activities will be approved by USAID.

  • Extensive participation, ideation, content creation, information sharing, and program guidance must come from USAID.

  • This PMP support activity is expected to last up to three months.

  • Public health situation note: Because of the current public health situation which restricts safe movement and interaction with stakeholders, all meetings will be conducted remotely.

    Position background:

  • MSP seeks highly motivated Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialists to support USAID/KEA development objective (DO) working groups (teams) to develop plans for monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities which will form the basis for the mission’s performance management plan.

  • MEL Specialists will be assigned to specific DO teams at the mission and support that specific team while ensuring cross-team collaboration and communication throughout the process.

  • MEL Specialists will be led by the MEL Advisor for the same task and collaborate with other USAID and MSP staff.

  • MEL Specialists must apply their knowledge of USAID technical areas, background in MEL, and skills in facilitation, ideation, and coordination, to ensure their respective DO team assignments and the overall PMP are completed on time with quality and

  • Further, MEL Specialists should ensure ideas and content created for and adopted in the PMP reflect the decisions of their respective teams, relevant technical and support offices, and the mission leadership.

  • MEL Specialists will look to the MEL Advisor for guidance on USAID automated directives and policy but will also work with the USAID/KEA SPA office, MEL working group, and MSP to ensure coherence and alignment to the strategic choices in the 2020-2025 CDCS.

    MEL Specialists’ Responsibilities:

  • Support one or two DO/project teams to develop
    monitoring, evaluation, and CLA plans.

  • Execute working sessions and o Generate ideas and facilitate discussions with mission colleagues.

  • Support Mission with implementation level expertise on MEL activities.

  • Write content for monitoring, evaluation, and CLA plans,

  • Compile and organize written content from mission colleagues.

  • Generate performance indicator reference sheets and context indicator reference sheets.

  • Other duties, as assigned by USAID or MSP.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field; Master’s degree preferred

  • 5+ years of experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning

  • Experience supporting AMELP and indicator design and writing corresponding PIRS

  • Experience facilitating workshops with high level personnel

  • Strong writing in English required

  • Experience working with USAID

  • Experience in USAID/KEA technical areas; experience in more than one technical area or working across technical areas preferred

    Team Collaboration:

  • Four MEL Specialists, four MEL Assistants, and one MEL Advisor will comprise the team.

  • The MEL Advisor will lead with the consultant team and assign responsibilities to each team member which are aligned to the responsibilities in their respective SOWs and DO working groups.

  • Team members will be jointly responsible for the final deliverables and individually responsible for their specific tasks and level of effort.

  • Place of performance: Nairobi, Kenya, and Remote/Teleworking

  • Period of performance: October 26, 2020 – January 31, 2021 unless extended by a modification to the agreement or terminated in accordance with SoCha LLC policy and Kenya law.

  • Level of Effort (LOE): 75 days LOE

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; SoCha MEL Specialist Jobs in Kenya

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