Project Quality Assurance Officer

Category:
Agriculture, Social Sciences and Community
Location:
Bale Robe 
Career Level:
Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Salary:

Job Description

Farm Africa , founded in 1985, is an international non-governmental organization working in Ethiopia since 1988. We drive agricultural and environmental change to improve lives. Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural expertise, management and preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive prosperity. We believe Africa has the power to feed itself and are helping make this happen by establishing and spreading the best farming and forestry techniques so that poor farmers and herders have more food to feed their families and to sell. We help smallholders manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can withstand climate change challenges and shocks and ensure their families have enough food in the future as well as now. Farm Africa works in partnership with communities, government, local and international organizations, and the private sector to innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our projects.

Farm Africa , founded in 1985, is an international non-governmental organization working in Ethiopia since 1988. We drive agricultural and environmental change to improve lives. Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural expertise, management and preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive prosperity. We believe Africa has the power to feed itself and are helping make this happen by establishing and spreading the best farming and forestry techniques so that poor farmers and herders have more food to feed their families and to sell. We help smallholders manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can withstand climate change challenges and shocks and ensure their families have enough food in the future as well as now. Farm Africa works in partnership with communities, government, local and international organizations, and the private sector to innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our projects.

BACKGROUND

Farm Africa is implementing a large number of projects/programmes in the areas of agriculture (crop and livestock), natural resources management and market engagement across Ethiopia. We are increasingly designing and implementing complex and integrated multi-sector projects, some by ourselves and some others in partnership with like-minded organizations in the form of consortium.

The Bale REDD+ phase II project is being implemented in 11 woredas of Bale Ecoregion. The overall goal of project is to reduce carbon emission through practice of participatory sustainable forest management. This aims to generate incentive from carbon credit that motivates local community for better sustainable forest management.

PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

The Quality Assurance Officer will contribute to development of effective results-based M&E system, ensuring that knowledge generation, management and use is effectively built into the whole project cycle. The position holder will play a major role in project monitoring, periodic data collection and analysis, devise mechanisms and lead the process for effective dissemination, utilisation and documentation of learning. S/he actively takes part in the design as well as the execution of baseline, midterm evaluation and final evaluation of the aforementioned project. In addition, s/he works very closely with Farm Africa’s Programme quality team and partners to support monitoring, and evaluation of the project.

KEY TASKS AND RESPONISBILITES

Key areas of responsibilities are:

  • Establish a robust M&E system for data collection, analysis, feedback and reporting by working closely with Farm Africa’s Programme Team. Report after analysis can include OCAT results, cost benefit analysis on coffee business, PFM business plan development, etc
  • Develop strategies for long-term, sustainable systems to support data production, storage, analysis, documentation, dissemination and use
  • Work in consultation and partnership with project coordinator, team Leader and partner staff to ensure consistency across the M&E system
  • Represent the organization in discussions and events relating to cross learning
  • Design tools and oversee implementation of Community/Beneficiary feedback
  • Support program team on preparation of annual work plan. Also, document & follow up the implementation of plan of action (where necessary) to strengthen the positive impacts on the lives of target communities/households
  • Actively engage in the design and execution of baseline, midterm and final evaluation surveys and documentation and dissemination of findings
  • Update records regularly and facilitate monthly project progress review sessions at field sub-office level
  • Review and ensure quality of baseline, logical frame indicators, reporting formats and contents and other relevant management tools from the perspective of knowledge management and learning
  • Support the establishment of and work closely with an M&E taskforce that will meet periodically
  • Assist in the preparation of weekly, monthly and quarterly reports that will be used internally, and for government as well as for donor reporting.
  • Make sure the report answers the 5Ws, rich-in gender and other segregated data, that includes challenges during implementations and justifications for over/under achievements.
  • Follow up all training activities of the project are ended with joint plan of action with the view to help cascading and wider dissemination of the training given. Also, follow up and collect data for its implementation after planning.
  • Facilitate biannual and annual review meetings to help share progress and outcome level changes and seek solution for problems of the project. Assist in organizing and lead knowledge and learning events/workshops
  • Compile lessons learned & best practices of the project. Also, prepare case studies/stories and regular reports and submit it to supervisor timely
  • Capacitate project team in the area of monitoring and evaluation. Train, advice and coach project staff members and partners in proper planning, monitoring, data collection, and reporting.
  • Support the project Team Leader in market and related project activities

These essential functions are not to be interpreted as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related duties as required. All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established.

DURATION & HOURS: One and half year with probation period of 45 days

LOCATION: B ale Robe with frequent travel to project Woredas in Bale Ecoregion and Addis Ababa to work with project coordinator and other M&E team of Farm Africa 

Job Requirements

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Education, qualifications & other knowledge

Essential

  • BSc/BA/MSc/MA in social studies, Rural Development, Agricultural Economics, Applied statistics or other related discipline
  • Training / knowledge on statistical software, and ability to interpret what conclusions can and cannot be drawn from data
  • Strong understanding of participatory approaches and current developments trends
  • Strong understanding of sustainable livelihood
  • Ability and interest to contribute in marketing

Desirable 

  • Experience of working in PFM project 

Experience

Essential

  • Minimum 5 years work for BSc/BA holders and 3 years for MSc/MA holders working in M&E
  • Skills and hands on experience on conducting or commissioning qualitative and quantitative research methods, designs and impact evaluations
  • Working in multi partner environments to insure sufficient rigour in M&E. 
  • Demonstrable experience of participatory development approach

Desirable

  • Experience of  writing case studies , case stories
  • Experience working in rural 

Skills & abilities

Essential

  • Ability to analyse data to extract findings, lessons and recommendations and to further develop M&E systems
  • Ability to write and present analytically sound documents clearly to a wide range of audiences
  • Highly organised with attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and motivational skills
  • Firm belief in teamwork and gender equality
  • Good facilitation and coordination skills
  • Very good English language skills (written and spoken)
  • Excellent record keeping and report writing skills
  • Computer literacy, friendly with MS-Office packages, Excel,
  • Ability to work in a multi partner environment

Desirable

  • Skills in developing and implementing new creative strategies
  • Ability of data base creating and data management 

Our VALUES

Investing in smallholder farming is the number one way to combat poverty in rural Africa. Farm Africa is a leading NGO specialising in growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural Africa.

EXPERT. Deep expertise and insightful evidence-based solutions are at the heart of everything Farm Africa does.

GROUNDED. Positive change starts with Africa’s people, so our experts work closely with local communities, engaging them in every level of decision-making.

IMPACTFUL. We take a long-term view so we can deliver lasting changes for farmers and their families.

BOLD. We model innovative new approaches and are not afraid to challenge strategies that are failing.

How to Apply

Those who meet the above requirements should submit their short CV (maximum of 3 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 1 page) addressing ethrecruitment@farmafrica.org with the subject REDD+ Project Quality Assurance Officer by May 19, 2019. 

Documents cannot be returned and due to large number of applications, only short listed candidates will be contacted. Applications are especially welcomed from female applicants.

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