Senior Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Officer – CIFOR, Nairobi, Kenya 185 views

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PO Box 30677

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Nairobi, Kenya



Job Category

Nationally Recruited Staff

Terms of offer

  • We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we encourage applications from qualified women. This position is remunerated on Local Terms.
  • The appointment is intended for two (2) years, inclusive of a six (6) month proba

Job Description

The position will involve liaising with scientific teams within CIFOR, to provide them with monitoring, evaluation and ongoing learning support, including data driven reporting to donors, throughout often large and multi-year programme lifecycles.

Under the supervision of the Team Leader, Research to Impact, the incumbent will undertake the following duties:

· Supporting the CIFOR RTI team to refine and implement a suite of monitoring tools.

· Supporting research project teams to collect and manage required monitoring information, including data from the field.

· Conducting and assisting in the design of qualitative and quantitative surveys using Open Data Kit (ODK).

· Undertaking qualitative and quantitative data analysis (using STATA, R, Excel, Nvivo)

· Supporting information synthesis across CIFOR’s monitoring and evaluation work to support institutional learning.

· Supporting Theory of Change planning processes at project inception or in preparation for project evaluation.

· Undertaking literature reviews to investigate common project assumptions in CIFOR theories of change.

· Maintaining CIFOR and FTA monitoring data information systems and support CGIAR annual outcome and impact reporting.

· Support additional RTI team institutional tasks as required.

The details of duties, assignments and objectives will be further discussed annually with the Team Leader and laid out in the staff member’s annual performance contract.


· Master’s degree in development studies, social sciences or economics.

· Minimum 5 years’ experience working with bilateral and international overseas development assistance funded projects.

· Statistical analysis and narrative report writing skills.

· Experience designing, organising and conducting fieldwork using structured (quantitative) and semi †structured (qualitative) interview techniques.

· Excellent spoken and written English, working French would also be desirable.

· Knowledge of Theory of Change as a monitoring tool, and experience in developing project and programmatic Theories of Change.

· Experience developing monitoring frameworks for multi-year development programmes and conducting longitudinal evaluations preferable.


  • Good personal organisation with the ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Capable of working independently as well as being an effective team player, with initiative and creativity.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively interact with people in a multiâ€disciplinary and multiâ€cultural environment.
  • Values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning.

Job Summary

CIFOR is committed to both strengthening and credibly evidencing the translation of their research, engagement, and capacity strengthening efforts into tangible development outcomes and demonstrating a contribution to the CGIAR’s Strategic Results Framework (SRF) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CIFOR’s internal Research to Impact (RTI) team is responsible for developing and implementing appropriate methodologies to deliver on this objective.

In support of this objective CIFOR is systematically integrating outcome-oriented planning and monitoring in CIFOR’s bilaterally funded and flagship research projects. The RTI team are seeking an appropriately skilled, monitoring, evaluation and learning officer to support the RTI Team Leader in integrating outcome focused monitoring and learning into CIFOR’s research portfolio.

The position of Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning officer will support the implementation of CIFOR’s Planning, Monitoring and Learning strategy with a focus on implementing systematic monitoring systems at project and portfolio level. The position will work closely with the Research to Impact Team Leader and Impact Assessment Specialist to design and implement monitoring frameworks, analyse the outputs of these systems (including data) and support the development and communication of lessons learned products internally and externally.

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