TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. We are a non-profit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital, and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs, and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
Business Women Connect (BWC) seeks to address the constraints women in agriculture face in accessing information on improved agricultural practices, access to finance, market and labor-saving technologies for their agro-enterprise which are important in increasing their incomes and improving their overall livelihoods.
The project aims to increase economic opportunities for 1,000 women in Northern Nigeria (Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa States) involved in rice production, rice and/or groundnut processing by developing their capacities for higher productivity to increase their income and control over resources through improved agri-business practices and access to financial services.
Under the overall guidance of the Project Coordinator, the MEL Officer will be focused on activities and technical details of project implementation and monitoring & evaluation.
S/He will provide technical M&E support on project-specific assessments (in accordance with the donor and TechnoServe requirements). It should be understood that the tasks outlined below are the key responsibilities, but the candidate is expected to perform any tasks that are necessary within the context of the evolving needs of the project.
Duties & Responsibilities
With support from the Project Coordinator and Regional MEL Advisor, develop Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks as well as Performance Monitoring Plan
Plan and oversee MEL data collection and analyze such data to ensure relevancy and accuracy on a regular basis.
Support the program management to integrate MEL data into program planning
Share analyses and trends with project team members to help synchronize project decision-making processes with MEL results
Monitor, review and analyze data for report writing and impact evaluation
Recommend changes to performance monitoring and work plans
Supervise the data collection and management process from primary data source (implementing communities and farmers through the LCTs) to final reporting to ensure quality
Develop and manage a DQA system for all Monitoring and evaluation activities on the project
Conduct periodic data verification exercises and provide feedback with recommendations for improvement
Ensure databases are updated regularly
Supports the documentation of best practices and facilitate the use of such data to drive program design and decision making. Produces information to share lessons learned and for advocacy purposes.
Any other tasks that may be assigned.
Required Skills & Experience
Bachelor's degree in social sciences, agricultural sciences or other relevant fields;
2 - 3 years of experience related to monitoring and evaluation required
Prior experience working on agribusiness project with a strong gender component is highly desirable
Ability to develop well written, cohesive analyses and reports
Excellent communication, analytical and strategy skills
Understanding of Hausa language would be an added advantage
Understanding and practical experience using CommCare for data collection, analysis and reporting will be an added advantage
Proven experience with relationship building and team-building skills
Experience with relevant software packages, including Microsoft Excel, SPSS and PowerPoint
Self-starter, energetic, and friendly
Comfortable with new ways of thinking and working
Engages people and empowers them to deliver on promises
Maintains integrity and personal reputation
Ability to analyze complex issues and propose solutions
Reviews information quickly and does not hesitate to try out solutions