Date(s) - 31/12/2023
Location: Nampula, MOZ
Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better future. This simple idea has been at the heart of TechnoServe’s work around the world for over 50 years. TechnoServe is a pioneer in leveraging the power of business and markets to create sustainable pathways out of poverty.
The low-income communities in which we work are full of enterprising people. Their small-scale farms and businesses are the keys to economic development. But they face many challenges: low literacy, lack of access to jobs and markets, unpredictable political dynamics and, increasingly, the effects of climate change. For many women and young people, the challenges are even more daunting. Working with TechnoServe staff, people around the world are lifting themselves out of poverty. The results are amazing…when incomes increase and living conditions for families get better, they are able to access health care and education previously out of reach. Communities and even whole countries are better off.
Feed The Future Mozambique Promoting Innovative and Resilient Agricultural Market Systems (FTF Premier) is a USAID funded Feed the Future activity in its second year of a five-year implementation in the Nacala corridor – including districts of the Nampula, northern Zambezia and southern Niassa provinces.
FTF Premier supports agri-businesses through advice, capacity building and grants to improve their businesses management skills and expertise, to reduce the risk of investments and to facilitate access to finance to help strengthen market systems. FTF Premier aims to create a thriving, competitive agribusiness sector in the Nacala corridor that will increase incomes, create employment and improve food security for the region through the development of local food systems.
The Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) and Collaborating, Learning & Adapting (CLA) Senior Manager (Sr. Manager) is responsible for leading and delivering all of the project’s Monitoring Evaluation and Learning activities and reporting, as well as all activities related to Collaboration, Learning and Adapting initiatives. The Sr. Manager will be responsible for the fostering of a culture of learning and adapting across the whole of the FTF Premier team. S/he will define the CLA and MEL calendar of activities, lead the FTF Premier team in delivering the same, and ensure that clear learning objectives are defined. The Sr. Manager will be responsible for quarterly and annual data collection, storage and analysis, baselining, and quarterly and annual reporting on FTF Premier indicators.
The Sr. Manager manages a team of two M&E assistants and a CLA Specialist, based in the FTF Premier office in Nampula. The Senior MEL Manager is part of FTF Premier’s Management Team, and reports to the Chief of Party. The Sr. MEL Manager works closely with the Mozambique Country MEL manager for organizational alignment.
Primary Functions & Responsibilities:
Monitoring and Evaluation:
Responsible for monitoring the FTF Premier activity implementation,
Responsible for the FTF Premier CommCare and MySql base, MEL system up to date and adapt the system to new donor requirements due to additional funding streams for the FTF Premier activity, including the development of questionnaires for beneficiaries, partnering businesses and finance institutions, and the data collection, storage and reporting systems,
Build and monitor a dataset that covers 100,000 beneficiaries, and over 400 partner agri-businesses that are reached with multiple types of interventions.
Ensure the database is properly maintained and data management routines are followed.
Organize and supervise FTF Premier quarterly and annual indicator data collection from beneficiaries, including the selection and training of data collectors, interviewee selection,
Assess the quality of FTF Premier monitoring data conform USAID standards, validate the data, and analyze data.
Responsible for accompanying and supporting the USAID annual Data Quality Assessment (DQA) team and follow up on and implement recommendations from the DQA.
Monitor the FTF Premier deliverables’ deadlines.
Prepare and oversee the midline data collection, analysis and reporting for the mid-term evaluation.
Assure timely and complete quarterly and annual indicator reporting in DIS and to USAID, including analysis of under and over achievements of targets.
Responsible for timely quality responses to ad-hoc USAID requests.
Prepare monthly performance reports to the FTF Premier Management team including analysis of under and over achievements,
Update USAID’s AOR on a weekly basis on progress with MEL, and interact with the USAID Mozambique M&E team on M&E related issues and requests.
Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation:
Develop a learning and adapting culture in the FTF Premier team.
Lead the CLA agenda development and supervise the CLA activity implementation.
Contribute to annual work planning processes.
Advice and support FTF Premier technical and grants team in determining USAID indicator based targets for grants and partnerships,
Train, coach and mentor the FTF Premier MEL and CLA Assistants,
Participate in and contribute to Southern Africa regional leadership meetings and support the TNS Mozambique country and SA regional M&E managers with understanding of USAID’s M&E requirements.
A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as economics, business administration, statistics, evaluation, data science, and a minimum of 10 years of professional MEL experience; or a Master’s degree plus seven years of professional MEL experience.
In Depth experience with managing MEL for USAID-funded projects required including: concepts and indicators, rules and regulations, compliance, and reporting.
Experience with project management systems that allow for effectively planning, tracking, and ensuring quality reporting for complex projects.
Background in a range of monitoring and evaluation methodologies, including both quantitative and qualitative research approaches
Feed the Future experience preferred
Market Systems Development experience preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Proven ability to translate research, methodologies, and data into accessible formats for colleagues with non-technical backgrounds
Experience demonstrating the value of integrating gender into project approach
Comfort delegating responsibility and thinking creatively about how to use the available resources to achieve the best results for the FTF Premier activity.
A commitment to developing and promoting MEL staff skills.
Outstanding written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated track record of producing high quality, well-written deliverables
A demonstrated ability to coordinate and communicate effectively and diplomatically with a range of external and internal colleagues including donors, partners and senior and junior team members across diverse cultures
An ability to value and respect voices of staff at all levels, external stakeholders, and the men and women we work with.
Required Languages: Fluency in English and Portuguese is required.
Travel: Local travel to monitor project activities and supervise quality data collection is required for 30-40% of the time.
NOTE: This position is open to national and international candidates, and is contingent on donor approval of the final candidate. All application materials must be submitted in English for further consideration.