Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager


Background:

Land O’Lakes Venture37 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to helping communities around the world build economies by strengthening local agriculture, helping agribusinesses create jobs and linking farmers to markets. Since 1981, it has implemented over 315 integrated dairy, livestock and crops development programs in nearly 80 countries — creating lasting impact by linking farmers, businesses, and the public and private sector in local and global contexts. Land O’Lakes Venture37’s long-standing affiliation with Land O’Lakes, Inc. sets it apart. Land O’Lakes, Inc. is one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives. It supports Land O’Lakes Venture37 project implementation with nearly 100 years of expertise in dairy, animal nutrition, crop inputs and agricultural insights and technologies. This gives Land O’Lakes Venture37 development projects a unique global view of agriculture, food and the power of well-functioning market systems. Land O’Lakes, Inc. supports these efforts as part of its enterprise purpose of Feeding Human Progress at home and around the world.


Project/Proposal Summary: 

Venture37 anticipates release of a USAID-funded agriculture development project in Malawi focused on the central and southern regions. This project will focus on scaling smallholder farms to commercially oriented operations; while also aligning with the Government of Malawi’s goal to help agribusinesses diversify Malawi’s agricultural production and in order to become less dependent on tobacco exports while driving system resilience.


Position Summary: 


The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager will develop and implement a monitoring, evaluation and learning system for the project. Specifically, the MEL Manager will develop data collection tools and processes, documented in a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan, train staff and partners in MEL system, coordinate all data collection efforts, ensure data quality, process and analyze the data for donor reporting, adaptive management, and learning purposes, and provide oversight support to external evaluators. The MEL Manager will also lead significant learning and outreach activities, such as planning collaboration and learning events, developing outreach materials, and ensuring program adaptation based on findings.


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This individual reports to the Chief of Party with technical support from the headquarters Global MEL staff.



Primary Responsibilities:



 

  • Lead the development of the MEL system and update as necessary throughout the life of the project.


  • Implement appropriate activities to monitor, evaluating, and learn from project activities and results. 


     


  • Train all project staff and key partners in their role in project monitoring and evaluation. 


     


  • Manage a tablet-based data collection platform, including training staff and ensuring timely data entry and cleaning. 


     


  • Select and manage appropriate consultants for evaluations and research, as required, including developing scopes of work, reviewing survey design, conducting quality control of the work, and reviewing final reports.


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  • Regularly review data collection processes, including regular field visits and data quality assessments, and adjust processes as needed.


     


  • Organize regular collaboration, learning and adaptation events both internally and externally.


     

  • Provide regular updates on project progress against key metrics to the Chief of Party for inclusion in donor reports, work planning and learning events.


  • Demonstrate the highest degree of integrity throughout all activities, and raise any concerns with implementation quality immediately with the Chief of Party.


     



Required Skills and Qualifications:



 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in economics, statistics, or related field.


     


  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience designing and implementing MEL systems for USAID or similarly funded development projects.


     


  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and evaluation skills.


     


  • Computer literacy and competency in use of Microsoft Office software.


     


  • Proficiency in statistical software (e.g. Stata, SPSS). 


     


  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical and innovative problem-solving ability.


     


  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor tasks.


     


  • Ability to independently and proactively work as a team member with minimum day-to-day oversight.


     


  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills in English.


     



Preferred Skills and Qualifications:



 


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in economics, statistics or other relevant area.


     


  • Minimum two (2) years of management experience overseeing a team of MEL specialists. 


     


  • Experience with measuring outcomes and impacts of resiliency programming in Malawi. 


     


  • Experience with electronic data capture and analysis platforms. 


     


  • Experience utilizing data for creative communications.


     


The position described above is contingent upon activity award. 


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.


Land O’Lakes never requests money or payment from candidates for any position type. Please report any such requests to Land O’Lakes.


Land O’Lakes Venture37 is an equal opportunity employer and an 

organization striving to help global communities thrive through agriculture. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status, among other factors. Our culture values a diversity of voices. So bring us your unique experiences, your workstyle, and your dreams — they’ll only make us stronger.


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