Kenya: Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning Manager

Organization: Adam Smith International
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 31 Oct 2016

Period of Performance

Start date: 14 November 2016

End Date: 13 November 2017

Background

The Somalia Stability Fund is a multi-donor fund working towards a peaceful, secure, and stable Somalia. It offers Somali stakeholders a source of multi-year funding that can respond to local needs and opportunities. Its aim is to provide sustained support over the longer term to local process of building stability in Somalia, and to help areas become stable over the medium-term whilst building their linkages to a national framework.

It seeks to be flexible, and to respond to the context as it evolves, addressing priorities and approaches developed by local stakeholders. The Stability Fund aims to address the security, development and political drivers of conflict to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Legitimate, viable governance structures that are able to make and enforce rules locally; and
  2. Existing and emerging conflicts are brought to conclusion and risks of future conflicts are mitigated.

The SSF is guided by key principles of local ownership and sustainability. It is committed to high-quality programming. This entails investments that:

  • generate and use high quality evidence on Somalia, and adapt in light of it;
  • build on the organizational capacity of its investees/partners;
  • foster partnerships between Somali and International organizations;
  • deliver value for money; and
  • deliver lasting and meaningful impact

The Fund seeks to promote innovative and diverse investments that enhance local capacity, support local priorities, and contribute towards peace and stability in Somalia. As a learning organization, it invests directly in understanding the Somali context, political and conflict dynamics, and the impact of its investments.

Purpose

As the Fund grows in complexity and size, SSF will have a robust Knowledge Management and Communications unit responsible for all aspects of Fund and Investment level monitoring, evaluation, reporting, learning and communications. The Knowledge Management and Communications Manager will supervise the four-member unit, lead learning and capacity building efforts for staff and SSF partners, oversee enhancements to the Knowledge Management Database, and develop and enforce the SSF II Results Framework.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Results Framework Development

  • Lead revisions and adaptation of the SSF II results framework and Theory of Change, in coordination with DFID, in order to ensure that it is aligned with the overall SSF II Strategy and emerging learning.
  • Monitor progress, support impact evaluation and ensure that the results framework remains relevant vis-à-vis emerging evidence and learning. Coordination
  • Through the Team Leader, coordinate closely with DFID, the Secretariat Office (SO) and the SSF Fund Manager team on all issues related to knowledge management, learning, reporting and communications.
  • Enable the Team Leader to facilitate information sharing to support the SO policy advisors and Conflict advisor.
  • Ensure that feedback from the SO on evolving strategy informs implementation Investment Performance & Learning Plan
  • Lead implementation of the SSF II Investment Performance & Learning Plan, including M&E guidelines, tools and systems for SSF and its partners
  • Review Investee reports, and ensure key results and learning are captured and easily accessible on the Knowledge Management Database
  • Provide oversight and support to the Performance & Learning Management Analyst and the M&E and Database Manager
  • Develop tools and enhance Investment Managers capacity to track and report on investment performance and learning of their respective portfolios
  • Lead Monthly, quarterly and annual report development with Team Leader support and guidance
  • Coordinate closely with the Gender Advisor, to ensure gender is integrated into all aspects of SSF investment design, M&E and reporting.

Learning

  • Manage the SSF learning log, and contribute to ASI Somalia learning log, including implementing actions agreed against each learning
  • Organize Learning Forums for Investees and SSF staff to share information
  • Coach, guide and mentor SSF team and partners as needed
  • Lead capacity building for staff and investees on all aspects of M&E and Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA); and, in coordination with experts, lead thematic training on gender, conflict sensitive programming (Do No Harm), Value for Money (VfM) assessments and other themes based on need
  • Ensure all M&E and learning systems and approaches are applied consistently across the SSF core team and partners
  • Identify capacity gaps and develop TORs to draw upon additional Short Term Technical Assistance to deliver training to SSF staff and investees
  • Ensure evidence gathered through research feeds into programming and that SSF investment adapt to the evolving strategy of SSF II.
  • Enrich the SSF II strategy with input from SSF investments and learning from implementation experience

Communicating Learning & Results

  • Develop communications products and in order for the Team Leader to share information on learning to a wider audience in addition to SSF partners and donors
  • Coordinate the deliverables and support expected from the Communications Specialist and the Communications Advisor

Oversee Research to Measure Outcome and Impact

  • Provide quality assurance and guidance for Investee Baseline and End-line research
  • Oversee thematic impact evaluations to generate a body of evidence to inform future investment and programming decisions
  • Develop TORs, manage procurement and selection of research firms to measure SSF’s overall outcomes and impact.
  • Manage research and M&E firms selected for specific work streams

Deliverables

  • SSF Learning Log
  • Semi-annual Learning and Capacity Building training plan
  • Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Reports
  • Results Framework including log frame updated annually
  • Annual Thematic and Regional Learning Documents
  • Other Deliverables as requested by the Team Leader

Reporting

The Knowledge Management and Communications Manager will report to the SSF II Team Leader.

Qualifications

  • Minimum ten years’ experience managing monitoring and evaluation, and knowledge management for large complex projects
  • Advanced degree in Social Sciences
  • Minimum seven years’ experience leading research aimed at measuring outcome and impact level change
  • 5 years’ experience in Somalia or other Fragile and Conflict Affected Country
  • Substantive knowledge and prior experience working on governance, stabilization or peacebuilding programs
  • Fluency in Somali highly desirable but not required.

How to apply:

Application instructions: Please submit your cover letter and CV to Admin.Africa@adamsmithinternational.com by 31st October 2016. Please include title of the position on the subject line.

Adam Smith International is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices.

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