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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist


NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist for an upcoming program in Malawi. The MEL Specialist will work in close collaboration with program leadership, M&E staff, and technical advisors to integrate tools and approaches into the program operations and ensure that the program’s technical foundation is solidly anchored in quality and performance improvements. S/he will be experienced in designing, implementing and monitoring logical framework, results-based M&E systems for agriculture programs in Malawi. S/he will analyze and document program results and impact, compile reports and all other submissions to appropriate parties and assure transparency of performance data system. S/he will participate in the determination of performance indicators and targets with field staff and NCBA CLUSA HQ staff to assure the expectations and required results are understood. S/he will be responsible for developing and implementing a system to support continuous adaptive learning and management throughout the project’s lifetime (a Learning and Adapting approach). The position is based in Lilongwe.



  • Spearhead M&E program start-up to ensure properly trained staff and system set-up including the design of a Performance Monitoring Plan;
  • Work with the program staff and NCBA CLUSA HQ M&E team to define and implement monitoring, evaluation, and learning conceptual framework, plans and trainings;
  • Lead the development a Performance Monitoring Plan that will track quality, quantity and timeliness of achievements against the intermediate results and project goals (based on the Theory of Change)
  • Outline indicators and their definitions, data sources, and collection methodologies, and frequencies of collection and reporting processing consistent with the donor’s requirements under the Performance Monitoring Plan
  • Work with department managers to develop and implement systems for 1) building the capacity of staff to support M&E; 2) training producer organizations (POs) to improve their M&E capacities; and 3) strengthening adaptive learning within the program;
  • Ensure that M&E systems support adaptive program management, continuous learning, and a learning agenda with farmers, producer organizations, donors, and public and private sector partners;
  • Direct oversight of three M&E Officers based in the field and provide these staff with performance feedback throughout the year;
  • Document processes in a field manual with templates for easy use and modify and update as necessary;
  • Train field staff in monitoring processes and standard procedures and templates;
  • Organize and implement trainings and learning events to share methodologies, training tools, materials with agriculture extension, government officials, universities, and other stakeholders;
  • Design and implement evaluation and research studies including formative assessment, market surveys, complexity evaluation utilizing scientific methods;
  • Review all monitoring data for accuracy in donor reporting and organizational communications materials;
  • Work with the communications team to prepare periodic publications to publicize impacts of the project;
  • Respond to periodic donor and headquarters requests for additional information on project activities and results;
  • Manage quarterly reviews and planning with technical and management team;
  • Provide support to field teams in all data quality assessments (DQAs).


  • Master’s Degree, with a minimum of 8-10 years’ experience, with donor funded monitoring and evaluation systems, preferable in agriculture and agribusiness;
  • Understanding of requirements for carrying out formative assessments, market surveys, and other studies in the agriculture and agribusiness;
  • Experience in database management and panel data for reporting processes;
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative analysis;
  • Experience using routine M&E data for learning through meetings and events;
  • Strong knowledge of statistical software e.g., SPSS, STATA, SAS;
  • Strong proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Experience in designing, implementing and managing surveys, assessments and evaluations and providing input on scopes of work;
  • Knowledge of World Bank policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and reporting requirements;
  • Knowledge of smallholder agriculture, producer organizations, cooperatives, agribusiness, youth programming, and/or rural enterprise development desired;
  • Experience managing and lading a team of people.
  • Ability to work with people and willingness to support and train others;
  • Very high degree of social, political and cultural sensitivity;
  • Strong written/oral communication;
  • Ability to travel to project sites nationwide.

NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity.  All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors. 



To apply, please email your CV and cover letter indicating the position(s) and region(s) to which you are applying.


Applications will be accepted through the closing date of Friday, 27th March, 2020. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Only those applicants who qualify will be contacted. No Phone Calls will be accepted. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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