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Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning Manager

Location: The BOMA Project,  Kenya, Africa
Reports to:  Kenya Program Director
Job titles of persons supervised:  Data Analysts, M&E Officers

JOB SUMMARY – PURPOSE

The position is responsible for development and implementation of an effective monitoring and evaluation system: design and implementation of research, surveys and studies, seeking innovations and best practice methodologies to strengthen the quality, design, and metrics of BOMA MERL activities; and promoting a culture of data demand and use within BOMA and with stakeholders.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Strategy and Business Management

  • Provide leadership and day-to-day-management of BOMA’s monitoring and evaluation activities, digital data collection and analysis for baselines and end-lines.
  • Provide support for the development of a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan across the organization and ensure its delivery.
  • Establish and guide a data quality management strategy.
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategic, business, management, operational, and work plans as well as budgets for MERL.
  • Support fundraising and resource mobilization initiatives through provision of appropriate data and information for concept papers and proposals.
  • Manage financial and material resources allocated to Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Design and Manage the implementation of BOMA’s MERL system in line with internal and external requirements
  • Design and coordinate/implement quantitative and qualitative research and surveys, impact assessments and longevity surveys/studies to build evidence of the impact of BOMA’s graduation model.
  • Coordinate and supervise MERL activities and ensure MERL framework (indicators, tools and methodologies) and practices are aligned to industry standards and/or compliant to donor requirements
  • Facilitate capacity development of staff in MEL.
  • Manage continuous monitoring and periodic evaluations of BOMA’s programs/projects as designed in work-plans and provide consolidated reports to Program Managers and leadership team that summarize implementation progress, trends, variances and learning
  • Lead in writing of M&E reports and coordinate documentation and dissemination of findings.
  • Facilitate period review of performance metrics with program teams to ensure programs/projects are within design and implementation principles of MERL.
  • Provide MERL technical support to BOMA’s partners as they adapt, design and implement MERL systems for BOMA-supported graduation activities in new projects, contexts, and populations

Data Quality Assurance

  • Ensure data quality standards are established and maintained for program and projects.
  • Undertake regular review of data management systems and processes and advice on ways of continuous improvement.
  • Ensure feedback loops to regional managers or technical advisors and corrective actions implemented.
  • Review and analyse monthly monitoring data and work with regional and project teams to identify and resolve variances.
  • Lead and strengthen quality control of BOMA data to assure the integrity of data for analysis, tracking, and validation

Financial Management

  • Assist in preparation and use of the budgets and support budget monitoring and control for the unit.
  • Oversee prudent management of resources allocated to the unit and ensure value for money in all financial commitments.
  • Uphold BOMA’s financial management policy and adhere to set benchmarks and guidelines

Documentation and Record Keeping

  • Ensure proper documentation for all programs/projects and put in place a proper filling system that is easily retrievable in line with BOMA’s program implementation policy and guidelines.
  • Maintain adequate documentation and records for programs/projects initiatives that ensure processes, activities and statistics are well captured and records kept in line with established policy and protocols.
  • Facilitate training of staff on documentation and record keeping; and enforce adherence to standards and protocols.

Sharing and Learning

  • Coordinate documentation and dissemination of research and study findings; case studies, experiences, best practice and lessons.
  • Synthesize and develop frameworks for adoption of lessons and experiences for continuous improvement of program approaches and methodologies at BOMA to promote its work.
  • Encourage and promote sharing of learning and experience with the team, across the organization and with like-minded/peer organizations.
  • Provide inputs for program learning and improvements, contribute to the global evidence base for graduation, inform future project design, and underpin quality donor reporting.
  • Organize and support quarterly reflection and training meetings to ensure continuous learning, adaptation and quality improvement of BOMA’s program

Relationship Management

  • Develop and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with colleagues, partners and relevant stakeholders.
  • Represent and participate in relevant forums whenever nominated.
  • Maintain a network of peers and professional contacts for exchange of ideas and information.
  • Maintain good public relations and promote visibility of the work of BOMA.

Management of Staff

  • Provide direct supervision to MEL unit staff, including technical oversight of regional MERL officers, participating in their performance management reviews and professional development planning
  • Support in the recruitment and selection, and provide effective coaching of staff, while inculcating culture and values of the organization for the unit.
  • Promote effective communication among staff of the unit with head office and other departments/units/regions.
  • Proactively employ practices that lead to staff motivation and retention; and provide for succession plans.
  • Proactively mentor and support upcoming team members as a way of building a pipeline of talent in the organization.
  • Conduct annual appraisal for professional staff in the unit.

Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor from time to time.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Level of Education/Academic Qualification

  • Bachelor’s degree, MBA or advanced degree in monitoring and evaluation preferred

Specialized Training/Professional Qualifications

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management/Monitoring and Evaluation is an added advantage.
  • Practical experience in use of data analysis tools like STATA or SPSS.
  • Formal M&E training and/or specialized skills in statistics are an advantage.
  • Experience in research and surveys – design of tools, data collection, data processing and analysis.
  • Experience using Collaborating, Adapting and Learning practices preferred.

Competencies/Abilities/Skills Required

  • Self-directed, dynamic, innovative, and highly motivated individual with strong leadership and management skills, and demonstrated ability to build, nurture and direct team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and develop and maintain constructive relationships and profitable networks.
  • Strong communication skills (both written and spoken English and Kiswahili language), and strong presentation and report writing skills.
  • Excellent analytical and detail-oriented individual with extensive experience in research, surveys and data management.
  • Experience in the arid lands, preferably in East Africa, and passionate about women’s economic empowerment.
  • Strong computer skills and very good knowledge in use of applications such as Excel, Word, Access and PowerPoint required, while working knowledge of Salesforce and Taroworks would be an advantage. Also demonstrated ability to leverage technology in social entrepreneurship.
  • Good planning and organizational capacity with demonstrable ability to work with minimal supervision and demonstrated ability to multitask

Relevant Work Experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in management and leadership of complex M&E frameworks and systems.

AUTHORITY/INDEPENDENT ACTION

The job is performed in accordance with established policies, practices, standard procedures and guidelines with occasional need for independent decision. It makes recommendation to the management on issues relating to management of MEL at BOMA to enable effective service delivery and impact of the program. Consultations with senior management team and program team are made consistently to promote cooperation and collegiality in decision making.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY

The job provides responsibility for human, financial, material resources and assets for MERL.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Working Environment

The position is based in BOMA’s country program headquarters in Nanyuki with frequent travels to the program areas. The job will occasionally require the jobholder to work for long and odd hours.

Occupational Hazards

The work performed presents exposure to difficult situations/environments, harsh terrain, and periodically exposed to adverse weather conditions during field visits. Occasionally works under pressure from time to time to meet deadlines.

Application

Qualified and interested candidates who meet the person specifications and the requirements as outlined above should send a cover letter and CV to Recruit@bomaproject.org with the subject line clearly marked MERL Manager (do not send any other attachments apart from your application letter and CV). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis – as and when received until a suitable candidate is identified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Deadline for application is Friday, 28th February 2020.

Qualified candidates should be prepared to provide three industry-related references upon request.

BOMA is an equal opportunity employer; qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING DIRECTOR

The BOMA Project

Founded in 2006, The BOMA Project is a Kenyan NGO and a US 501C3 nonprofit with a proven track record, measurable results, and a transformative approach to alleviating poverty and building resilience in the drylands of Africa.
Through a two-year poverty graduation program called the Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP), BOMA helps women to “graduate” from extreme poverty by giving them the tools and training they need to start small businesses and establish a savings program in their communities. With this new and diversified source of income, they can feed their families, pay for school fees and medical care, accumulate savings for long-term stability, survive drought and adapt to a changing climate.

Position

Reporting to the Director of Strategic Partnerships, the Communications and Marketing Director (CMD) will set and guide the strategy for all relevant internal and external communications including the BOMA website, public relations and donor messaging and collateral to consistently articulate BOMA’s mission, vision and impact. The CMD will leverage BOMA’s existing communication and marketing assets, as well as oversee the development and increased presence of new assets, in order to support development and fundraising as well as to establish BOMA as a thought leader and visionary in the fields of extreme poverty, women’s economic empowerment and mitigating the impacts of climate change on women and children in Africa.

The CMD will work closely with staff in Kenya and the US, as well as ad hoc contractors (graphic and web design etc) in order to meet a set of annual strategic communication objectives.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate an annual communications and marketing plan that is based off of and contribute to BOMA’s strategic plan and organizational growth objectives.
  • Lead the design and oversight of vibrant, print and online content that engages external BOMA stakeholders and press in ways that lead to measurable results, including increased web-traffic and increased funding from individual donors.
  • Create and oversee public relations and marketing pieces that create momentum and awareness of BOMA’s mission and work to increases BOMA’s brand visibility, web traffic, social media followers and increased donor giving.
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, online and print appeals, annual report, academic and impact studies, and decide who, where, and when to disseminate such connects.
  • Manage the update of, and if needed, oversee the redesign of BOMA’s website and social media platform. Create, coordinate, maintain and update contents of the BOMA website and social media platforms in order to keep them visually attractive, fresh and relevant. Ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted on the website and the social media channels regularly.
  • Track and measure levels of engagement for web, constant contact and other online platforms and appeals.
  • Create effective and targeted communication and marketing contents and campaigns for segmented donors and partners.
  • Develop and implement an effective social media plan and perform routine maintenance and update of BOMA website.
  • Coordinate and manage an editorial calendar and manage all media contacts.

Qualifications

BOMA is seeking an accomplished Communications and Marketing Director who has at least 5-7 years of communications, marketing or comparable experience, ideally within a nonprofit entity, and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and donor and partner communications. The ability to take studies and knowledge products and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.

  • 5-7 years of experience in a senior communications and marketing role, or equivalent.
  • Experience with global development related topics a plus.
  • Self-starter, results oriented leader with collaborative style.
  • Experience developing and implementing communications and marketing strategies.
  • Knowledge of contemporary trends and techniques in marketing, particularly digital marketing and advanced knowledge of current technologies used in strategic marketing including web-based software and Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) software.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Proactive, well-organized and able to lead multiple projects/initiatives simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and processes from start to finish, including ongoing analysis of impact and results.
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Sincere commitment to working collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
  • Able to travel up to 5-10% internationally as needed.

Location

Flexible. This is a fully remote work position with flexibility to be based in the US, Europe or Africa.

How to apply

Please submit a resume and a one-page cover letter by Feb 7, 2020, to mailto:humanresources@bomaproject.org with the subject line clearly marked COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING DIRECTOR POSITION.

The cover letter and resume must provide specific examples of marketing and communication projects, initiatives, campaigns and collaterals you have developed and implemented and relevant success metric (e.g.  wrote articles/thought pieces that were published in XX publication, developed new website contents that led to increased web traffic by x%; launched marketing campaign that raised $xx, increased social media reach of organization X by Y%).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Writing, work samples, and references required upon request.

Salary range and benefits

Salary range USD 60,000-80,000, depending on experience.

BOMA offers a competitive benefits package, including health insurance, paid personal and sick leave and retirement plan.

BOMA is an equal opportunity employer.

Technical Manager - Pastoral Market Systems & Resource Management

Location: The BOMA Project,  Kenya, Africa

JOB SUMMARY

The Pastoral Market Systems and Resource Management Technical Manager (TM) position is responsible for strategic leadership and implementation of Market Systems and Natural Resource Management activities within BOMA’s programmes.  The TM has a specific duty of designing and implementing strategies aimed at layering and integrating NRM and market systems interventions into BOMA’s activities to enable poverty graduation participants and their communities to effectively utilize and govern their natural resources while profitably engaging in new and existing market and financial opportunities for the growth of their enterprises.

The TM position reports to the Regional Technical Advisor with close internal working relationship with the Marsabit and Samburu Regional Managers and collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager; Training Manager; and Kenya Programme Director.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

i. Technical Responsibilities

  • Plan and coordinate implementation of technical activities to identify and assess NRM/market needs.
  • Develop and lead the implementation of strategies, standards, tools and best practices in NRM and market systems interventions to enhance BOMA’s poverty graduation programming and meet sectoral/project targets.
  • Collect and analyze program data, capture and share lessons learned and best practices to inform implementation, keeping desired project outputs in perspective.
  • Provide technical solutions to BOMA project teams, remotely and on-site, on how best to apply standards, best practices, tools and M&E helping to ensure high quality implementation in the areas of NRM and market systems.
  • Support awareness-rising and capacity strengthening initiatives to develop staff and participants’ ownership of NRM and market systems interventions through development of strategies, agendas/curricula, workshops, and coaching.
  • Develop, review, and disseminate project documents that capture best practices and lessons learned from BOMA’s NRM and markets activities to capture learning, spur program innovation, and inform future project design.
  • Lead BOMA’s collaboration and learning with other NRM and market systems actors to collect and share best practices and promote BOMA’s work.
  • Participate in the development and review of project concept notes, proposals, log frames, and budgets.

ii.  Program Implementation

  • Take the lead in effective planning, implementation, documentation and monitoring of natural resource management and market systems projects/components in BOMA’s programming.
  • Work with local communities, REAP participants, local leaders and county government(s) to ensure effective pasture, water and range management.
  • Carry out research, synthesize and document relevant market and financial linkages information and opportunities for sharing with participants and staff.
  • Carry out quarterly reviews on the natural resource management and market systems interventions with a view to informing the implementation process and keeping the desired project outputs in perspective.
  • Lead in the integration of natural resource conservation and market system strategies in the organization’s program development.
  • Prepare and present accurate and timely project reports on market systems and natural resource management activities.
  • Prepare, maintain, and implement work plans and activity logs.
  • Assist the organization/lead in innovation in any other activities related to market systems and natural resource management.

iii.  Strategic Responsibility

  • Ensure effective, strategic layering and integration of natural resource management and market systems intervention’s within BOMA’s core graduation programming.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

i. Level of Education/Academic Qualification

  • At least first degree in Agricultural Economics, Livestock Production, Rangeland Management, Rural Development, or Environmental Studies/Natural Resource management.

ii. Specialized Training/Professional Qualifications

  • Post graduate training in Market Systems, Value Chain Development, program management and/or community development

iii.  Other Competencies/Abilities/Skills Required

  • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in natural resource management and pastoralist market systems
  • Good understanding of dryland biodiversity, gender issues in the pastoral communities, and pastoral value chains and market systems
  • Field experience in formal and informal data collection techniques
  • Proven report writing and technical writing skills
  • Good communications skills and fluent in both spoken and written English and Kiswahili.
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills.
  • Good relationship management skills including abilities to work effectively in a team, to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision, and work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
  • Ability to think strategically and operate at a senior technical level.
  • Willingness to travel and work in remote areas.
  • Basic computer proficiency and knowledge of MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

iv.  Desirable Competencies/Abilities/Skills

  • Knowledge and ability in statistical analysis.
  • Understanding and experience of community development processes, preferably in effective natural resource management and pastoral value chains and/or market systems.

v.  Relevant Job Experience

  • Minimum of five (5) years relevant experience of which at least three (3) years working experience in rangelands and associated market systems.

APPLICATION:

Qualified and interested candidates who meet the person specifications and the requirements as outlined above should send a cover letter and CV to recruit@bomaproject.org with the subject line clearly marked Pastoral Market Systems Technical Manager (do not send any other attachments apart from your application letter and CV). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis – as and when received until a suitable candidate is identified.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Qualified candidates should be prepared to provide three relevant references upon request.

BOMA is an equal opportunity employer; female candidates are encouraged to apply